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Monday 2 September 2013

Kata Ball - Satu bahasa tidak pernah cukup!

This is the very first review of a game submitted through the form in the header. This game is probably not for everyone. It is meant mainly for Indonesian children to learn English and Bahasa spelling and vocabulary. Living in Malaysia, I can actually play and learn something as well.

It looks like a simple casual word game - read the word and catch balls with correct letters into a basket. But it gets really challenging along the way when the words get longer. To make it easier, game offers a lot of bonuses. These can be bought for coins obtained by completing levels.

The graphics of the game are realy nice. There is not much to be done about the balls or the basket, but everything else is thought through - the game offers many details everywhere. And it's not just graphics, the music is nice, controls can be customized and you can play both English and Indonesian word game. Every level also add new features that change the balls movement and so on. I wish I had so many ideas for my game!

The game was made by PJ Game Studio which is actually a developer and three testers: his wife and two kids :) A perfect example how to leverage the resources you have. It's PJ Game Studio's first app, but it looks promising - there's certainly a huge market for localized games in Indonesia and elsewhere.

If you would like to play, give it a try - it's available for free in Google Play Store. No Indonesian language skills are required and you might as well learn a word or two!
Martin Varga is a Czech software developer who likes pygmy owls (hence Kulíš), running, ramen, travelling and living in foreign countries. He is also known as smartus or sm4 on the internet (read as smartass, but there are too many of them). He currently tries to make games in AndEngine like Mr. Dandelion's Adventures and hangs around a lot at the AndEngine forums.