The Thai video game industry is on the rise! This has mostly come through the rise of different app stores and a growing interest from foreign investors in Thai game development talent, and more and more Thai game studios are being empowered to produce quality content for a global audience.
Some games are slowly getting a foothold in the international market, with an increasing number Thai game developers finding both the talent, resources, and the guts to aim for international releases of their games. We rounded up some of the most interesting video games made in the Asian nation that you should check out for yourself. Here they are!
1. Stylista (PC), from Sandbox Global
Though Sandbox Global has not yet started largely promoting its first social game, the fashion themed Stylista, user numbers are growing steadily and a Thai version is already up as well! Stylista is a social game that lets the player explore the world of fashion, art, and design. The game allows you dress up your avatar, travel to different destinations to shop for new clothes and design your own apartment. Sandbox Global has the ambitious goal of reaching one million users by the third quarter of 2012.
2. Cube Raider (iOS), from Gamesquare
You have to give it to the guys from Gamesquare for coming up with one of the more original 3D puzzle games available on iOS. The game blends a bit of action with a lot of puzzling in 3D cube worlds where you have to move boxes, fill holes, and sometimes fall off the side to get where you need to be. There’s also a free ‘Lite’ version for everybody to try.
Though ‘spot the differences’ might be a very well known concept, Sanuk’s Spot the Differences is one of the most polished and fun versions on the entire planet. And best of all, it’s free to play using Google Play. The Bangkok-based studio is mostly known for their outsourcing work that involves bringing popular mobile game titles to platforms such as the Playstation 3 and the Wii. Sanuk Games has worked on and released over 40 titles to date.
Sanuk also recently made the iOS version of Mastiff Games’s Major League Eating.
Novaleaf, one of the most renowned game studios in Bangkok has been around for a while. Though most of its work, much like most other Thai game studios, revolves around taking on outsourcing jobs, it did enjoy a breakthrough hit with its game Biology Battle on the Xbox Live Indie Games service for the Xbox 360 and PC. Check out their video trailer here.
The game was initially planned to appear on the more established Xbox Live Arcade platform, but was refused for looking too much as another title. The game cost $100,000 dollars to make, which makes it the most high-budget XBLIG title to date.
5. A.R.E.S. (PC), from Extend Interactive
Their flagship title until recently being the Ares, a 2.5D side-scrolling, action platformer for the PC. The game received good reviews from big game websites like IGN (7.5/10) and PC Gamer US (7.9/10).
Extend Interactive is currently working on a new 2D puzzle platformer called So Many Me, which they are planning on releasing later this year. The game features a cute character called Filo and his band of misfit clones. Together they attempt to save a world that is being threatened by an ancient, malevolent evil. A sequel to A.R.E.S. has also been confirmed (see video).
6. Unblock me (iOS & Android), from Kiragames
Based out of Chiang Mai, the creators of Unblock Me free are at this moment making the most best-selling video games made in Thailand. The simple puzzle game offers a huge amount of fun, but is quite challenging from the get-go and requires some patience. The player has to attempt to get a small red block outside of a large square level by moving the blocks around it. Horizontal blocks only move from left to right and vertical blocks can only move up and down. Stick with it and become a puzzling master!
You can try out the free iOS version here and the Android version here.