Pinoy-made game application Streetfood Tycoon a big hitPosted on January 4th, 2013 under Technology Milestones
Continuing to earn high approval rating from gamers is Streetfood Tycoon, a game application created by Filipino computer programmer/game developer Erickson Garayblas, which has already reached four million downloads.
Although hardly original – it obviously borrowed its format from several other popular tycoon type of games (Lemonade Tycoon, Fish Tycoon to name a few) – Streetfood Tycoon first gained notice early last year, earning over a thousand users by May 2012.
The game is available in iOS and Android formats. The main objective is to earn enough coins by selling food to customers who place their order through a picture bubble. Players need to tap all the right ingredients as shown in the bubble to create the order, dragging them towards the customer to complete the sale. There’s a time limit of course, and if you’re not quick enough the customer will leave in a huff.
There are also other matters (like stocks running low) that had to be addressed as you progress in the game. But users will also be able to upgrade their cart to serve more and better quality food.
According to Garayblas, developing the game meant months of research.
“Ang gusto ko kasi talaga ‘yung gumawa na isang game na topic ay pang-masa,” he told “Umagang Kay Ganda” on Thursday.
Garayblas said he thought of streetfood as the main component of the game as the idea seemed very “Filipino.” He was right. Among Streetfood Tycoons’ first few patron months after its release were Pinoys. Today, over a million Filipinos have already downloaded the game.
“Nakakatuwa na tinangkilik ng mga kababayan natin ang game,” he said.
Garayblas took the idea further by adding seeming caricatures of several celebrities that could or could not be Manny Pacquiao, Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber as featured customers.
“Nagustuhan nila [players] itong mga special characters sa game,” Garayblas shared. “So ginawan ko…pero parang spoof lang naman nila.”
(Story courtesy of NR Ramos of the Manila Bulletin)