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Hexagonium

Hexagonium

Overview

Hexagonium is a mobile MMO video game that uses elements of both turn-based and real-time strategies. Making the most of the massively multiplayer online model, this game supports heavy simultaneous usage and features addicting, fast-paced gameplay for users around the world. It has been released for iPhone and Android as a free-to-play game. The application proves Program-Ace’s capacity for developing complex online gaming solutions from scratch supported by appropriately-designed servers and software architecture.

Audience

Designed to primarily target a mid-core audience that have particular affinity for medieval/fantasy aesthetics.

Specific Target Demographics:

  • Casual gamers looking for an easy-to-learn mobile strategy game with depth
  • Hardcore strategy gamers - particularly fans of turn-based games such as Civilization - looking for a mobile-based variant for play while in transit or away from computers/consoles
  • Fans of medieval/fantasy lore

Technologies Used

  • Art: Adobe Photoshop Sketches, Textures, After Effects 2D Animation;
  • 3D: Low-poly modeling, High-poly modeling, Retopology, UV creation, Normal Map Baking, Texturing, Skinning, Rigging, 3D Animation, LODs;
  • Server: Linux OS - CentOS 7.X, MySQL, Nginx, PHP 7, Redis, Rabbit;
  • Client: Unity3d, WebSockets, FacebookSDK, Push Notifications, GameAnalytics.

Objectives and Challenges

Our objectives were basically two-fold. The first was to design an addicting and fun strategy game from scratch that is simple to learn but difficult to master. The second was to fully integrate this game into a MMO, mobile-based format. Each goal came with its own unique challenges. For the former, we needed to devise a game scheme that would appeal to casual gamers but have the depth to satisfy more intense players. For the latter, we needed to precisely structure the game and the servers in order to perform seamlessly in real-time under heavy traffic.

Solution

We decided to pursue a strategy that incorporated aspects of real-time and turn-based games in order to offer something new and challenging. The basic breakdown of how the game functions is as follows: A user chooses a world to play in. This world is represented as a map populated by other real players. The map is divided into tiles. Each tile contains a strategic resource. The player's goal is to gain control of tiles with his armies, collect resources from them, and then build structures and units to compete against other players. We chose to wrap the game mechanics in a medieval/fantasy aesthetic and theme due to its popularity for a wide demographic of users.

Research regarding mid-core mobile gaming has revealed that the most successful incorporate short-gaming sessions with longer-term narratives. In line with this, we decided to structure Hexagonium so that each “world” has a time limit. When the time limit is reached, players receive rewards based on their performance that can be used in future worlds. This has resulted in a game that can be easily played during commutes, while waiting for others, or other common situations for mid-core mobile gaming. It retains, however, an in-depth reward scheme, highly-variant gameplay, and an MMO online community that inspires continued usage and retention.

Solution Advantages

  1. Incorporates aspects of popular genres but ingeniously blends them to produce a unique gaming experience.
  2. Maintains a key balance between strategic depth and simple learning curve in order to attract new users and retain current users.
  3. Well-constructed software architecture and sharp server configurations results in a quick-running online experience.
  4. Carefully crafted, lush 3D world with a host of unique terrains, buildings, and units.
  5. Two-part game model in which users are able to play quick sessions while all the time building and maintaining their overall prestige and power.

Benefits of Working with the Program-Ace Team

  • Seek advice from, and bounce ideas off, our team of premier game designers, modellers and developers.
  • Our proven excellence in full-cycle production allows us to help you where needed - from conception to post-release and all the steps in between.
  • Boasting a robust, in-house team of experts in cross-platforms, we guarantee a seamless and beautiful game for any platform.

Results

  • A fully-functioning, visually-engaging, fun-to-play mobile MMO strategy developed full-cycle, in-house by Program-Ace.
  • Exemplifying our team's ability to agilely mold solutions to the requirements at hand; in this case, to maintain online play while providing high-level gameplay and graphics.
  • An innovative take on the strategy genre by combining aspects of 3X mapping, MOBA hero-development, and real-time gameplay mechanics.

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To download Hexagonium, click on the links below:

Google Play App Store

Hexagonium Trailer

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