Better late than never, huh? It’s only a few weeks before E3 and the release of Tiny Troopers on iOS and this is our first real blog entry. Our little soldiers are getting ready to fight and die on iOS, Android, PC and even Mac too!
Let’s get the obvious question out of the way first: Yes, Tiny Troopers is kind of like Cannon Fodder. It should be, because in my books Cannon Fodder was one of the best Amiga games ever. When I was thinking about our company’s strategy and what kind of games we should be making, I thought a lot about old games.
Not games that were released 1, 2, 5 or even 10 years ago. Those are not old. Think about games that were released on C64 or Amiga, in the 80’s and early 90’s. I spent thousands of hours playing everything from Commando to Phantasie and Last Ninja to Cannon Fodder. From all those games, it was Cannon Fodder that ended up being the inspiration to us all at Kukouri.
There’s a large amount of great games that you can learn from and I would love to see more games inspired by the ones I played as a kid. It can also be very successful, as another Finnish company Almost Human demonstrated with their classic dungeon crawler game Legend of Grimrock. Grimrock was inspired by games like Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder.
Being inspired by something does not mean you should copy someone else’s work. It’s actually surprising how compact the essence of both CF and TT is: commanding little soldiers that die easily on the battlefield and get promoted if they survive. That’s it. That’s the core.
In Tiny Troopers we added a lot of ideas and mechanics we think are cool. The most prominent one is the mechanic of Command Points. You get CP’s for every enemy you kill, bunker you destroy and so on. With CP’s you can buy items both in the mission briefing and during a mission. For example, you can purchase armour so that your troopers can withstand a few more bullet hits. Or you can call in an airdrop of grenades and other supplies while on the mission.
You can also strengthen your squad with specialists. Specialists have a lot of impact, as your normal squad is only 1-3 troopers strong. Buying a Specialist before a mission adds one more trooper to your squad, there are five of them and each with their own specialty. Not to mention that they are powerful soldiers in their own right.
OK, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions or comments just ask! Oh and you might want to follow us on Twitter as well to keep updated with more news!
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Kim Soares - CEO, Kukouri Mobile Entertainment