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Posted 2005-09-19 by Tony Walsh
Tringo, a game originally launched within a virtual world, will soon be coming to the Game Boy Advance handheld console, courtesy of inventor Kermitt Quirk and Crave Entertainment. The puzzle game substantially altered the culture of Second Life's virtual community earlier this year and was originally licensed by Donnerwood Media, but doesn't seem to have been exploited on mobile phones as was hoped. According to an official announcement, Crave will be bringing Tringo to the Game Boy Advance this November at a suggested retail price of $19.95USD.

In the virtual world of Second Life, Tringo is one of the main social activities for many residents, involving casual betting (not unlike real-world Bingo). I have my doubts about any implementation of Tringo that ignores the social aspect of the game. Perhaps Kermitt Quirk and Crave have concocted some additional game play aspects that will make solo Tringo have lasting appeal.
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Comment posted by Torley
September 20, 2005 @ 1:25 pm
I am wondering about the social aspects too.

A great part of many Tringo games was the banter that game through during the game. It's kinda like part of the fun of an auction is having a rapidfire-talkin' guy do his magic.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
September 20, 2005 @ 5:10 pm
Yep, the banter is a huge draw. I guess we'll know in a few months whether Tringo for the GBA is a hit. I plan on grabbing a copy to review.
Comment posted by Torley
September 20, 2005 @ 10:20 pm
Kewl -- I look forward to reading ya review! :D
Comment posted by donnerwood
September 23, 2005 @ 3:31 pm
I'm playing with the GBA beta right now and I have to say that it captures the gameplay essence of Tringo really well. You're all correct in that it can't address the banter part as well as in SL, but I'm confident we can do so on future platforms which more readily support this interaction. In the meantime, the GBA version will be a lot of fun. Stay tuned.

Sean Ryan
CEO, Donnerwood Media
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
September 23, 2005 @ 4:43 pm
Thanks for the insider info, Sean. I think a lot of us will be looking forward to playing Tringo's future variations.
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