Zombinis, a social game that revolves around the collecting, trading, and assembly of zombie animals, will begin its (after)life as a 30-day exclusive for Google+.
When developer Eastside initially talked to InsideSocialGames about Zombinis back in July, the plan had been to launch the game on Facebook and Eastside’s own website, whereas Google+ was an afterthought. Plans change, however–not unlike zombie animals with detachable limbs.
“We are still actively working on launching Zombinis as a stand alone experience, but we felt that we first needed to work on some core mechanics in Zombinis to ensure our players were having a great experience,” Eastside co-founder Josh Nilson told InsideSocialGames. “We decided to extend our closed Beta and really work and improve the game, to focus more on community driven design. Rest assured a stand alone is still in the plan.”
So why Google+? Simply put, the social game market for Google’s platform is far smaller than Facebook’s, but working in a less-crowded space isn’t necessarily a bad idea. “For an indie studio this means you can get discoverability,” Nilson said. “We have had success on Facebook and also on the open web and see potential in G+. We want to be able to contribute to G+’s success, more platforms in the social space would be great for the game industry, both for developers and also for players.”