At MWC 2017 (Mobile World Congress), Nokia 3310 with Snake app was one of the most impressive products, developed by a group of Vietnamese engineers.
Attending MWC, Tran Manh Hiep, administrator of Tinhte, discovered the Vietnamese names in the introduction about the game. He saw that Vietnamese was one of the languages offered to players.
Pham Dinh Thinh, head of the design division of Studio Saigon 1 (SA1) belonging to Gameloft Vietnam, has confirmed that the game was developed by Vietnamese.
One group was in charge of creating the master version of the game, while the porting group was in charge of converting it to make it fit the devices with different configuration features.
The creation group had 20 developers in charge of creating mini games, easy to play, and therefore, accessible to many different groups of players.
According to Thinh, developers can imagine what devices the games would fit, because every kind of device has specific technical requirements that need to be strictly followed.
Snake is a game with simple graphics, but it is among the most popular in the world. It first appeared in the market in 1976, but only became well known after it was programmed to fit Nokia phones in 1977.
The game was upgraded many times later with different versions, from Snake II, Snake Xenzia to 3D. The Museum of Modern Art in New York stated that Snake on Nokia is one of the 40 games it wants to add to the museum’s collection in the future.
The fact that Vietnamese are authors of famous games is a nice surprise to Vietnamese, because no one thinks developing games is a strength of Vietnam’s software.
However, the world might have changed this view since Nguyen Ha Dong's Flappy Bird.
The game was released in May 2013 and saw a strong rise in popularity in early 2014. It was the most downloaded free game in the iOS App Store until Dong pulled it down amid criticism that the game was ‘addictive’.
In January 2017, Dong, in cooperation with a Japanese firm, launched a new mobile game named Ninja Spinki Challenges.
Bangkok Post, in an article published recently, commented that ASEAN countries, especially Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, have created policies to support game programmers in order to develop the game industry, which is booming.
Regarding Nokia 3310, Phu Nu Vietnam quoted a source as saying that the product would be available in Vietnam by the end of April.
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