Nexon Mobile’s first Global released, MapleStory Thief Edition, was released for the iOS on July 26, 2010. Since then the company has released five other games including the popular Kart Rider Rush. Their next game will be the next MapleStory-based mobile game, MapleStory Cygnus Knights Edition.
In MapleStory Cygnus Knights edition, players will be able to choose between the Blaze Wizard and the Dawn Warrior.
Another Nexon America game bites the dust. This one I could have seen coming, it’s PopTag!. Launched in North America on January 26, 2010, PopTag! is a casual bomberman-style MMO. PopTag! is known as ‘Crazy Arcade’ in Korea, where it was launched in 2001 as one of the world’s first free-to-play online games and spawned the massively successful ‘Crazy’ series of games, which also includes Crazy Racing Kart Rider, Crazy Shooting Bubble Fighter and Crazy Racing Air Rider.
PopTag! will close on July 14, 2011. Nexon blames “the ability to deliver new content regularly due to the limited resources we had available for the game”, along with other reasons for the closure. I say a low playerbase has a huge factor in their decision as the game has had a noticeably low active playerbase.
PopTag! is the fifth Nexon America game to have its service terminated. When that’s fifth out of just twelve total, it’s not exactly an impressive record. Come on Nexon, I could have told you that PopTag! would be unsuccessful. For a company that I know knows the Western gaming market so well, your decision to take PopTag! over to America instead of finding a hardcore game such as a shooter or action RPG baffles me. PopTag! is an awesome game, but it just doesn’t have the criteria for a successful game in America.
Now if you want a semi-casual game that will be successful, try Kart Rider.
R.I.P. PopTag! January 2010-July 2011
The latest Nexon Mobile English release, Jumping Jack and the Beanstalk was released on May 30, 2011 for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This game is REALLY addicting.
Become Jack in the fairy tale, and hop on a magic beanstalk for an adventure beyond the clouds!
‘Jumping Jack and the Beanstalk’ is a jumping action game, where you become Jack in the fairy tale and jump up the magic beanstalk.
You have to jump up the beanstalk by stepping on the leaves. But the leaves will break if you stand on them for too long, so you need to touch the screen with accurate timing, like in rhythm action games, to jump higher.
Varied scores are given according to the jump timing, and continuously jumping with good timing will give you higher scores through combos.
As you jump up, collect the golden eggs and the regular eggs while avoiding the rocks and the giant’s hand.
-Tilt jump + timed touch
-Pleasant BGM and sound effects
-Fantastic fairy tale-style graphics
-Supports Game Center ranking and achievements