Top Games played in Kenya and what makes them popular
Kenyan made innovations that rival those of the world
1. Bungoma Hangman
This game was released on June 25 having been developed by Frank Tamre. The game was inspired by the man in Bungoma who hang on a helicopter that was transporting dignitaries to the home of slain businessman the late Jacob Juma.
The Bungoma man elicited a widespread online sensation having pulled that deadly stunt which led him to be arrested.
Frank Tamre is also developing another game called Boda boda Madness which he hopes will get similar notoriety. Bungoma Hangman has so far gained more than 10,000 downloads.
Boda boda madness has been inspired by the crazy experiences that boda boda riders and passengers go through. The developer aims at developing original Kenyan games that do not have any iota of copying international games. They also target the global audience, not just Kenya, in order to tap into the billions of dollars that the gaming business generates.
2. Nairobi X and Kuku Sama
Nairobi X is about a fictional character called Otero who is an elite GSU Recce Squad member. Otero emerges as the sole survivor in a special operation tasked to defend his country. Its plot also revolves around an imminent attack on Nairobi by an unknown alien colony.
Kuku sama is an arcade game where the player controls a flying chicken to avoid forks and grills.
Both games have been downloaded more than 750,000 times already.
3. Wings of Fury
The game was released in 2015 by Mekan games. The player assumes a war plane that has to fight enemies from the air who want to shoot it down. The player has to ensure that he keeps alive in order to progress to other stages. As the player progresses he gains access to better weapons and warships.
The game has already gotten more than 25,000 downloads in Kenya and Nigeria. It has also acquired a 4.3 star rating on Google Play Store.
Mekan Games which is made up of programmers ranging from the age of 19 to 21 also developed Craving Carrots.
4. Super Mario Odyssey
It is an open-ended sandbox game that folds in action, platforming, puzzle-solving and exploration. The game is about a character called Mario who travels to various kingdoms to perform tasks for familiar characters and will flick his hat to defeat enemies, flip switches, possess objects and more.
The player will go through climbing, blasting up to high areas, teleporting and scaling due to the verticality of environments. It is exclusively available for Nintendo Switch.
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