Say 'WHOT!'? Nigerian card game debuts on Facebook, iOS and 'droid
nKanika is a games developer new to the social games scene. Based in Silicon Valley, the company was founded in October by Amaete Umanah and Ime Etim. Ime Etin is originally from Missouri and came up with the idea for a digital version of Whot when he saw it played by locals on his trip to Africa earlier this year. He's currently trying to get WHOT! printed as an actual card game by Mitee Games Inc., a Midwestern start-up card manufacturer (likely also created and owned by him), and is asking for $5,500 USD through Kickstarter.
WHOT! is a game that's family-friendly, user-friendly, and easy to pick up. It's obviously designed for a touch screen interface, so mobile players will walk away happy, but the Facebook version was obviously an afterthought, given how poorly it fits into the platform.
Another thing mobile players can benefit from, but Facebook gamers won't, is that nKanika recently partnered up with Kiip, a San Francisco-based company that offers "Real rewards for virtual achievements" to gamers by connecting advertisers to game companies. Kiip rewards include an Xbox 360 console and the immensely tempting, Amazon Kindle Fire. That's certainly enough of an incentive to break away from Facebook UNO for some WHOT! on mobile.
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