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The idea here is to make it as easy as possible to access technology-related news and information (plus a game portal), just by flicking through the following sites from a single app:
Two huge Japanese social gaming networks who are working on oversea expansion showed a new move to utilize their accumulated assets on Japanese feature phone world – Flash based games.
On June 30, Mobage company DeNA announced [J] that they had purchased Broadtail, a Tokyo-based tech start-up, who developed a tool named “ExGame” to run Flash Lite 1.1 applications on smartphone(iOS and Android). Flash Lite is a light version of Adobe Flash, which is used on Docomo’s feature phone. realized huge variety of Docomo’s cellphone app store years before Apple’s app store.
DeNA is to provide the ExGame engine to their important third-parties like Kayac, Klab, Crooz, Koei-Techmo, Pokelabo etc.
DeNA says that this engine enables to offer their over 1,000 feature phone games on Mobage into their smart phone platform.
Then today, July 11, Gree announced [J] that they developed and are to provide a Flash-to-HTML5 converter, which makes feature phone Flash applications run on iOS, for Gree partners(their development partners).
Gree also revealed that July 5 released smartphone version of Kurinoppe, a virtual pet raising social game which is one of their most popular games on feature phone platform, was made by using this converter.
UEI says their aim with the release of the engine is to motivate young people in particular to start programming games as well as to lower the hurdle for entry into their 9leap game creation contest (more info on that here).
The company not only provides the code, but also a range of graphics from previous game titles for free (a map editor and other elements are in the works).
The features of enchant.js include:
2D sprite library
multi-layer background scrolling
ActionScript-like event model
enchant.js is the brainchild of Ryo Tanaka (who is just 19 years old).
The game engine supports Android 2.1 and up, plus iOS 3.0 and up.
Here are two screenshots from games that have been created with enchant.js:
Kayac, the company behind Jsdo.it, has already succeeded with the similar type of “code and share” community on Adobe Flash, Wonderfl. Some popular Flash applications made on Wonderfl seem to be transplanted to Jsdo.it already.