January 13, 2011 in Games (F)
[prMac.com] Brighton, UK - The first gay themed game to appear on the iPhone is available to download from the App Store now. Mini Gay Boyfriend is the brainchild of former Electronic Arts (EA) designer, Michael Othen, whose latest offering allows players to choose from an eclectic range of mini gays before flirting, dating and romancing their way through the various stages of a relationship.
The concept has caught the attention of the world, selling in 22 countries in just two weeks. From Singapore to Panama, it seems gamers - gay, straight or just mini-curious - can't get enough of Mini Gay Boyfriend.
The game, which features nine separate challenges, starts by rewarding players for well-timed winks, precision hugs and perfectly placed kisses. But squeeze too tight, or give the wrong signals and things won't last.
As the relationship grows, players will need to do more to keep their boyfriend happy. New challenges test memory, reaction times and observation skills. Stimulate your boyfriend's interest by taking him for coffee, to a movie or out for dinner. And make sure to keep his romance high with breakfast in bed, well-packed picnics and candlelit bubble baths.
Players can even get married and adopt their very own pet. But don't forget to feed it - nothing says it's over more than a dead pug.
Michael says his inspiration came from a perplexed mother, who had no answer to her child when he asked why his female Tamagotchi could only marry a male one:
"In most games, sexuality doesn't feature as a relevant concept. But in one that does, it seems only natural to offer an alternative to the norm."
Despite the app's unquestionable gay appeal, Michael - whose credits include global hits, Battlefield: Bad Company 1 & 2 - hopes that everybody will appreciate the light-hearted and addictive qualities the game has to offer. He is also conscious of what the game signifies:
"In an industry with a rapidly diversifying consumer base, Mini Gay Boyfriend caters to a niche that is, as yet, almost entirely unrepresented. I'm not trying to make a statement about equality, but I do feel that games have a certain responsibility to reflect the diverse nature of their audiences. So why not make a gay game?"
Summary of features:
* 9 mini gays to choose from
* 5 relationship stages to achieve
* 9 unique mini-games
* 9 cute pets
* 1 great theme song
Mini Gay Boyfriend currently has a 5-star rating on the App Store. Journalists can download the app for free by requesting a code from Michael.
Accompanying the launch of Mini Gay Boyfriend, Bradley White-Dale, finalist in this year's Open Mic UK tournament, has produced a song which is revealed when players reach the marriage stage. To request the song, please contact Michael.
* Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 19.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Mini Gay Boyfriend 1.0.2 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Digicub is a newly formed iPhone studio, founded by former Electronic Arts (EA) designer, Michael Othen. Michael, whose credits include global hits, Battlefield: Bad Company 1 & 2 hopes to offer charming and original games with a unique twist. Digicub is based in Brighton, England. Copyright (C) 2010 Digicub. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.