Posts Tagged ‘ankama games’

Bloodless But Hexy: Gobbowl

By Adam Smith on October 19th, 2011.

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Remember Dofus? I don’t know if it really appealed to our target demographic of landed gentry and high ranking naval officers, but it is a cartoony, apparently hugely popular and somewhat adorable French MMO that has already spawned a strategy role playing spinoff, Wakfu, and developers Ankama are now releasing a free browser-based tactical game based on a sport in Dofus’ world. Is Dofus’ world actually Dofus? I don’t know and I don’t intend to find out right now. Instead, I’m going to drop a trailer and tutorial for Gobbowl right here and inform you that it will be playable on the 26th of this month.

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The Dofus Millions

By Jim Rossignol on October 21st, 2008.

I did mean to post about this earlier in the week, but I got distracted by a bee or something. Dofus creators Ankama games are claiming ten million players. The super-cute French MMO has been quietly hooking people in for quite some time now, but in the last year the game seems to have expanded drastically in popularity. It’s worth remembering that Ankama could just be claiming ten million accounts, like so many other free MMOs whose rosters never truly go inactive. Nevertheless none of this is really relevant, what is relevant is that the option subscribe to the game – for extra options, and presumably higher-level hats – is being taken up by hundreds of thousands of players. The Ankama report says that one and a half million people are paying £3.90 a month to play with the enhanced options.

I can kind of see why, too. I found it quite charming when I spent some time with it a couple of years back. It’s impossibly cute and friendly, with a low difficulty curve and none of the off-putting hardcore brass-knobs that hang so opulently off the rest of the MMO fraternity. (Although they’ve recently turned around and out-done even the most hardcore of MMOs with an option for permanent-death on their “heroic” servers. Blimey!) Anyway, well done Dofus. That full press release after the jump.

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