How do you teach people about Africa? Make a video game! Tours, orientation programmes and occasional trip across boarders are probably not the best way to teach someone about a place in this day of technology. We are all interacting using our devices and the latest apps in them which seems to be working.
Nairobi has officially embraced the trend in new launch of Nairobi X which is Africa’s ?rst domestically developed 3D ?rst person shooter and multiplayer video game. This is the ?rst time game developers in the region have embraced multiple platforms by making it accessible for Android, IOS and Windows smart phone devices while Personal Computer users can enjoy the game play on both Windows and IOS operating systems.
The multiplayer video game by Black Division Games a developing company features the Landrover Defender as the car of choice in maneuvering into various stages of the game. Speaking at the launch, Sanjit Shah CEO of RMA Kenya said that RMA was keen on supporting Kenya’s creative industry. Other corporates who have been integrated into the game are CBA Bank and Redbull. The player will have to go through a CBA terminal to access various levels and will also be required to energize on Redbull before proceeding to the next stage. This type of in-game advertising is the first in Kenya and is set to grow with the emergence of gaming trends.
Nairobi X’s plot revolves around an imminent attack on Nairobi by an unknown alien colony. Player’s assume the role of Otero, an elite GSU Recce Squad member who through an unfortunate twist of events emerges as the sole survivor in a special operation tasked to defend his country. We are glad to launch Nairobi X as the ?rst video game in its series. We expect to release further information on characterization, setting and plot development with the release of its sequels.
The company has differentiated the game into two unique experiences on Mobile and PC systems. The mobile game is a ?rst person shooter based on different locations in the city of Nairobi. The player is assigned various mission objectives and they have to complete the tasks to unlock the next level of the game.
This version was designed to suite the current demands and capacity of the mobile subscriber base in Africa thus efforts were made to ensure the game application was a relatively small ?le making it accessible to a vast majority of smart phone users, optimized to be compatible with high end and entry level smart phones while ensuring a cost effective download cost at an affordable pricing point. Players can download the mobile version by typing Nairobix and sending that to 21797.
The PC version of the game presents a similar FPS genre featuring single campaign missions allowing the players to roam the city or #DefendKenya by engaging the enemies to complete certain tasks issued from the command base. Players on PC can also immerse themselves in two specially designed maps and invite other players for a multiplayer challenge allowing up to sixteen players to interact simultaneously for a high grade, fascinating and competitive gaming experience.