Chatbots are a thing now (again?)

Tried a chatbot recently? Chatbots are automated helpers, typically reached via Messenger and Slack and have been covered extensively in the tech media lately. But the jury is still out on their usefulness. Browse for bots to chat with here.

The possibilities for gaming related chatbots are relatively unexplored, but may be important to follow as users switch from social networks to messenger apps. One interesting game to be released as a chatbot is Trivia Streak: every day at 1 pm the bot messages you to compete in the daily trivia tournament, played out via chat.

Trivia seems like an obvious choice, as does text adventure. We’ll be watching closely to see if chatbot apps take off in the coming months… we’ve already done a bit of client work in this area (can’t say with who though, so don’t ask!).

Until next week,
Peter

Compulsion Loop
Compulsion Loop #39 banner

RAID HQ

Mobile Gaming Studios

Why Play? On its surface, RAID HQ appears to be yet another Clash of Clans clone, and it is, sort of. In place of the RTS lite core game its got an incredibly sticky shoot ‘em up, replete with all of the meta game goodness we would expect from the sort of games it’s borrowing from. In addition, it’s got a nice color based rock, paper, scissors circle of life layered in, along with base building. All in all it’s hitting a lot of check boxes and is worth a look.

Google Play App Store
Compulsion Loop #39 banner

Rerunners: Race for the World

Game Alliance

Why Play? This one’s an MMO platformer, which basically means that you’re racing against other players in non-realtime while navigating obstacles. Each level is around 30 seconds long, making this a quick game to pick up and play.

Google Play App Store
Compulsion Loop #39 banner

Rooms of Doom

Yodo1 Games

Why Play? Featuring pieces of the best of the latest gaming fads like Crossy Road and Flappy Bird, Rooms of Doom is sheer minigame madness. At its core, it’s an arcade game where you navigate minions through challenging rooms, unlocking new minions & rooms as you go.

Google Play App Store
Compulsion Loop #39 banner

Brave Trials

IGG.com

Why Play? Brave Trials is an action RPG in the JRPG model. It borrows a lot from games like Heroes Charge for the meta game with a few unique twists of its own thrown in. A solid core with the anime fantasy style art aesthetic wraps it up in a neat little package that’s worth a bit of play time.

App Store
Compulsion Loop

CompulsionLoop is AC+A’s (adriancrook.com) weekly pursuit of providing a Featured List for those in the games industry. A look at the latest must-play apps, along with short, useful takeaways from our team of game design and product experts. If you have a game that you think your industry colleagues should try, we’d love to hear about it at games@compulsionloop.com. Don’t forget to tell us why industry insiders should be compelled to try out the game (see what we did there?).

Know a game that you think others should play? Let us know and tell us why we should play it.

Thank you for reading and we look forward to helping you discover more games that you can glean learnings from. Feel free to reply to this email or contact games@compulsionloop.com — we’re always happy to hear from you.

Have a great week!

- Adrian Crook www.adriancrook.com