Vancouver's Rude Boy Games Launches Zwonks, a Mobile Game Leveraging Waterloo's Kik Messenger

Rude Boy Games, a spinoff from Vancouver startup Ayogo Games, has come out of stealthmode to launch Zwonks. A "new twist" on social gaming, Zwonks utilizes instant messaging between friends in its gameplay.

“Zwonks is a new kind of social game,” said Palle Hoffstein, Producer at Rude Boy Games. “There's a layer of social play where you help your friends advance in the game, and another layer that's about expressing and sharing.”

Zwonks are "quirky creatures that can be customized and accessorized." These avatars are then shareable with friends and family via Waterloo-startup Kik's cross-platform messaging app as well as good ol' fashioned email. Zwonks game is available for free in Apple's App Store.

“Part of what has made Kik Messenger such a success has been connecting people anywhere while keeping the app experience very fast and easy to use,” said Ted Livingston, CEO of Kik Interactive. “The launch of the API and the addition of the Apps That Kik discovery service provide an insanely simple solution to drive app adoption for developers.”

Company:
Rude Boy Games
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Company:
Ayogo Health Inc
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Better Through Play: Games & Apps for Patient Engagement & Adherence. Ayogo motivates people to change their lives, one fun social game at a time. We apply the behavioral psychology of games and play to the management of chronic health conditions, and patient adherence. We are multiple award-winning start-up based in Vancouver’s emerging district for the digital and creative sectors on the... more

Company:
Kik Interactive, Inc.
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kik was founded in 2009, when a small but incredibly passionate group of University of Waterloo students decided to build a company that would shift the center of computing from the PC to the smartphone. Fast forward to today, and Kik has become the best way to connect with friends, no matter where you meet them. And unlike other messengers, Kik uses usernames - not phone numbers - as the basis... more


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