Re­gional Games

A Round-up of Fresh Games from the Arab World

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As more mo­bile games are de­vel­oped in the re­gion, we bring you a list of the fresh­est and great­est to keep you up-to-date

FAIRY­TALES GANG

De­vel­op­ers: Maysal­ward Coun­try of ori­gin: Jor­dan Date of re­lease: De­cem­ber 2013 Avail­able for: An­droid Lan­guage: English Price: Free Play­ers need to help Santa and his bud­dies free the elves from an evil gang wear­ing pa­per bags on their heads. Play­ers run through the streets and jump over fences and wa­ter canals to col­lect gifts and coins to ul­ti­mately free the North Pole brethren. Some weird ob­sta­cles are on the way such as a dog on a canon and nails on the ground, and play­ers might run into Fairy­tale he­roes like Cin­derella or find them­selves lost in a mag­i­cal for­est. Play­ers can pur­chase “power gad­gets” to help them com­plete more lev­els.

GID­DAM

De­vel­op­ers: Gir­naas Coun­try of ori­gin: Qatar Date of re­lease: March 2014 Avail­able for: IOS, An­droid Lan­guage: English Price: Free Gid­dam is a side-scrolling, rac­ing game with a unique Qatari spin. The char­ac­ters are grumpy Ali, plump-and-round Um Altha­hab (Big­mama), smirky Rashid, and cu­tie-pie Farawla (Straw­berry). They race through car­toon-qatar, pass­ing through palm-rid­dle deserts and cities filled with mosques and sky­scrapers. Not only are the char­ac­ters in­spired from lo­cal cul­ture, but so are their weapons. Play­ers can use Karak tea, A’qal Zanuba, or the boost­ing drink Eshrij to trap and get ahead of their op­po­nents. Play­ers can com­pete head-to-head against their friends and chat with other gamers. The app makes rev­enue from in-app pur­chases.

IN­DOMIE DASH

De­vel­op­ers: Pinehill Arab Foods Co., LTD. In­domie Date of re­lease: Jan­uary 2014 Avail­able for: IOS Lan­guage: Ara­bic Price: Free In­domie Dash is very sim­i­lar to worl­drenowned Di­a­mond Dash, though it comes fully in Ara­bic. Each game lasts for 60 sec­onds. Play­ers col­lect points by plac­ing at least three match­ing fla­vors next to each other, and with the speed of fla­vor place­ment in­creas­ing, the In­domie bar fills up, at­tract­ing big­ger com­bos and more points. Play­ers can ex­change the coins they col­lected with magic pow­ers that can help them save time or change the or­der of all fla­vors. They can also pur­chase coins to get more magic pow­ers to see their scores soar­ing.

FLUKE HD

De­vel­op­ers: Lo­cal Aliens LLC Coun­try of ori­gin: King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia Date of re­lease: Septem­ber 2013 Avail­able for: IOS Lan­guage: English Price: $0.99 Fluke HD is an on­line mul­ti­player board game. It is sim­i­lar to the clas­sic game of “Chutes and Lad­ders”. It chal­lenges play­ers to get their unique 4 game pieces and fin­ish the race. It’s a ca­sual, sim­ple game to play with a small party of friends or fam­ily, even though it asks for a bit of strate­giz­ing. Un­ex­pected sur­prises and unimag­ined ob­sta­cles may some­times come in the way of play­ers to make the game that much ex­cit­ing. Although there are many sim­i­lar apps, Fluke HD is su­pe­rior in its vis­ual ef­fects.

CHARBAKA

De­vel­oper: Samer Hamandi Coun­try of ori­gin: Le­banon Date of re­lease: De­cem­ber 2013 Avail­able for: An­droid Lan­guage: Ara­bic Price: Free Charbaka is a mul­ti­player word game in Ara­bic. The play­ers share the same grid of 16 let­ters and com­pete by try­ing to find as many words as they can in two min­utes. Users can only play for a limited num­ber of times each day. Un­like other sim­i­lar Ara­bic games, such as Puz­zle des Let­tres Arabes and Play with Ara­bic Words, Charbaka tar­gets play­ers of all ages and not just chil­dren.

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