Korean social game company NoriTown Studio is expanding into other countries by releasing K-Pop Idol and Little Wizard on Facebook, versions of its popular games that have been improved, upgraded and adapted for international players.
K-Pop Idol, known in is previous Korean incarnation as Happy Idol, enables users to select their own trainees, then style and train them to become a star. Different elements let players choose whether their protogee will be a singer, actor or other celebrity, with the appropriate training classes and fashion items. Gaining proficiency as a Svengali means a player can recruit additional trainees and more advanced options, and social interaction helps accelerate the process and accrue coins. Once perfected avatars pass the audition they debut as a “pop idol,” either individually or as part of a group.
Little Wizard combines town building with player-versus-player battle action. Wizards must collect a mix of four types of elements in order to build buildings, train stronger skills, cast spells, summon monsters and do other wizardly things. In an interesting twist, players must use their move to weave specific patterns, similar to how a wizard uses a magic wand.
Andy Song, chief executive officer of NoriTown Studio, said the games themes had universal appeal that players from all countries would enjoy.
NoriTown Studio spun off from its parent AhnLab in October of 2010.