Here’s a bold step for the BBC. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcasting behemoth, are publishing a game based on creator owned IP (rather than BBC properties) for the first time in the mobile space. Step up Ka-Bloom.
Originally released as a free flash game in 2010, it was always designed with touchscreen in mind, but it’s taken the backing from the BBC to rebuild it for iOS and Android, and it’s gained new artwork, remixed music and 56 new levels in the process.
Strongman Games’ Creative Director Erlend Grefsrud said this:
“I’m Exceptionally pleased and more than just a little surprised that a behemoth such as BBC Worldwide would take interest in and commercially back a game about a gem-eating space flower that blooms explosively when his consciousness has sufficiently expanded. It’s not the sort of thing I would expect anyone to throw money at, and is a testament to BBC Worldwide’s daring and creative approach to new IP.”
No release date yet, so keep an eye on Strongman Games’ website for updates.