Published On: Thu, Jul 31st, 2014

Kimbomba Games First Yucatecan Online Games Developer

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Kimbomba Games is an independent game studio whose goal is to bring high quality games and interactive multimedia applications to mobile, web, PC and MacOS platforms.  Their main focus is the development of casual games, essentially games for non-hardcore gamers.

Casual games can have any type of gameplay and fit into any genre. Such games are typically distinguished by their simple rules and lack of commitment required, in contrast to their more complex counterparts. They require no special skills to play, and very little by way of time commitment. They are typically played online on a personal computer, although they are now becoming popular on game consoles and mobile phones. Casual gamers are typically older than traditional computer gamers, with a majority (over 74%) being female.
logo-kimbombaCasual games are platform-independent, meaning they can be played via the Internet, Facebook, Windows or Macintosh computers, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo DS, Wii and even mobile phones, iPhones and PDAs.
They are usually nonviolent, arcade-style games that involve puzzles, words, board and card games, game show and trivia. Popular games are Mahjong, Tetris, Solitaire, Bejeweled, Mystery Case Files, Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga and Farmville.
facesCasual Games basic features:

– Extremely simple gameplay, like a puzzle game that can be played using only a one-button mouse or cellphone keypad.
– Familiar genre, like a card or board game.
– Allow gameplay in short bursts, during work breaks or on public transportation.
– The ability to quickly reach a final stage, or continuous play with no need to save the game.
– Some variant on a “try before you buy” business model or an advertising-based model.

Mayan "Mestiza" Lady developed at Kimbomba

Mayan “Mestiza” Lady developed at Kimbomba

Every month, an estimated 200 million consumers play casual games online.

In JULY 2012 Kimbomba Games released “Escape from Xibalbá: the Adventures of Eek”, a puzzle game featuring the character “Eek”, a Mayan boy who is trying to get back home after becoming trapped in the underworld of Xibalbá.  In doing so, he has to avoid death warriors, evil priests, giant skeletons, and other demons who wander around the labyrinths looking for fresh souls.  

Eek, the Mayan kid trapped in Xibalbá

Eek has to negotiate 40 labyrinths before he can escape through the magical portal, which is opened by collecting green jade stones scattered throughout each level.  To get back home, Eek must defeat “Hun Came”, an evil god who lives in the Xibalba and guards the exit.

– 14 tutorial levels to get started
– FREE version: 10 challenging puzzles
– FULL version: 39 challenging levels and 1 final level in which you fight the evil Hun Camé in an epic battle
– 7 enemies with different skills you must avoid and kill in order to escape
– Diverse items and improvised weapons you can use to crush your enemies
– Gamecenter integration (leaderboards and achievements).

In August 2014, Kimbomba will launch their latest game called “Gametos”, a social game that uses Facebook as a platform to interact and play with friends. 
The concept is a “race for life“, featuring a crew of 5 gametes (Male reproductive cells or spermatozoa) that compete in a race against time toward the ultimate goal: fertilize the egg and get the grand prize: a newborn baby. 

“Gametos” in a race against time toward the ultimate goal: Fertilize the Egg

Gametos Game Screenshot

Gametos Game Screenshot


“Gametos” face hazards and compete in a race against time

The player can share the trophy on Facebook and earn virtual game coins that can be used to recruit more powerful gametes.

SPEEDY: Son of a Kamikaze gamete, his father left home on a suicide mission and never returned. Fast and light, Speedy has powerful skills and fast reflexes.
EL CHILE LOCO: This gamete is crazy. Runs the race of life in the daytime, works as a taco vendor at night. He is tenacious, determined, and has lots of stamina.
STRONGANOFF: He is slow but courageous and competitive; he is also addicted to tacos.
SUN MEKONG: He is incredibly strong and fast as lightning and belongs to the ancient Mekong dynasty.  Legend has it that he is a direct descendant of the gamete gods.

Kimbomba Games recently attended the ANIMEX / GAMES XP Expo in Monterrey, Nuevo León, a major convention of Anime, Manga and Comics.
Kimbomba Stand at ANIMEX / GAMES XP in Monterrey, Mexico

Kimbomba Stand at ANIMEX / GAMES XP in Monterrey, Mexico

ANIMEX / GAMES XP is a forum for the exhibition and launch of new developments, competitions, lectures, films, video games contests, cosplay, and Japanese culture.  More than 50 thousand people attended the event, where “Gametos” was officially announced, creating instant demand for the product that will be launched on Facebook this coming August.

But why would a Yucatecan company decide to invest time and money in the production of casual games?  Maybe because the size of the casual games industry is huge: more than 200 million people worldwide play casual games via the Internet. 
In the year 2010 alone, the world-wide connected casual games industry had revenues of nearly 6 billion dollars on mobile, iPhone, social networks, PC, Mac and Xbox platforms.

Market analyst group Newzoo says global game revenues reached $70.4 billion in 2013, reflecting a six percent year-on-year increase. In fact, the report highlights Latin American and Asian-Pacific regions as top growth sectors, with each expected to grow by 11 percent this year.
Yucatecan Bad Guy Gameto

Yucatecan Bad Guy Gameto

While the Latin American market is expected to remain small overall ($3 billion in the coming year… how small is that?), Asia-Pacific is expected to reach 477 million players and total revenues of $25.1 billion in 2013, exceeding projected North American revenues ($22.8 billion).

No other company (big or small) has dared to enter this field in the entire Yucatan Peninsula, except for Kimbomba Games. What if “Gametos” becomes the next Angry Birds or Farmville?

Located in the beautiful city of Merida, Kimbomba Games is made up of young entrepreneurs, engineers, web designers, marketers, programmers, and digital artists, all passionate about one thing: creating games.  There is no doubt you will be hearing more from them in the near future.  Meanwhile go to Facebook and play “Gametos” — you`ll love it!

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