Virtual Penguins Go Mobile
Be the penguin
Mobile game developer Artificial Life announced today the release of its first massive multi-user 3G mobile title, Virtual Penguins. Based on the life and fate of the Emperor Penguins, the game simulates the difficult live cycles these penguins endure on the Antarctic ice and establishes a massive multi-user mobile virtual community.
Custom built for 3G phones, a single player version will also be released later on, offering high resolution 3D animation technology. Taking on the role of an individual penguin, players will have to go through several cycles of breeding and feeding their offspring. After finding a mate (a second player) the two must jointly take care of the egg that the female will lay.
As the game progresses, the egg will eventually hatch and the two players will need to nurture the newborn until it can survive on its own. Players will also be able to build virtual penguin families that co-operate with each other to survive, and even master a penguin language to communicate amongst one another.
The new game runs on an extended version of Artificial Life's Distributed Smart Engine Mobile Platform and uses a J2ME Java client technology, allowing players to interact with a potentially unlimited number of concurrent users.
Virtual Penguins is scheduled for release next month.