Konami Target Ladies With Mori no Kuma House, A Tree House Management Game

By Ishaan . May 29, 2011 . 11:59am

As reported earlier this month, one of Konami’s goals for the year ahead is to focus on the social network games market. While they plan to make use of known Konami brands for this purpose, they’re also developing original titles, like Mori no Kuma House.

 

This is a game aimed that Konami are targeting at women. Mori no Kuma House has you living in and customizing a forest tree house. You obtain points to exchange for furniture and collect ingredients to cook meals with. You’ll be visited by woodland creatures, and you can snap photos of the animals while they relax at your tree house.

 

Since Mori no Kuma House is a social network game, it also has communication features. Players can show their rooms to others and obtain points by leaving comments on other people’s houses. Konami say they’ll add more network features to the game over time.

 

Mori no Kuma House released earlier this week for DeNA’s Mobage service. It’s a free-to-play title, with players paying for in-game items.


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  • Ryos

    I don’t know if I’m just having a case of serious deja vu, but this seems like Farmville with a few tweaks (or a myriad of similar simulation games).  It’ll probably be popular, but that doesn’t mean it’s the sort of game that people should be interested in playing.  Microtransactions are quite the annoying funding hook…

    • http://wiredjungle.wordpress.com/ DrakosAmatras

      This is just my assumption, but as a social game, I don’t suppose it’s directed towards the well-integrated video game players. And even among them, most people play what they find interest in, so be it casual or veteran, I don’t see any sort of game they ‘should’ play if it’s not what they ‘want’ to. Of course, it’d be nice if they can see those games made with much more thought and effort, but this kind of game is a harmless start as well. Any program that can integrate folk into interactive software is a step forward at the minimum, I feel. It might even make some unexpected game fans out of it.

    • puchinri

      It kind of struck me as Farmville meets Animal Crossing meets… Gah. I can’t remember the name of the game, just that it had the pink bear (and other cute animals) as pets. But I agree.

  • ikiryou

    Oh what I would give to meet a woman who plays and enjoys Monster Hunter instead of these types of games.

    • Bakuryukun

      I know a girl like that. Her and her boyfriend play Monster Hunter together. And she’s way better than him at it.

      • ikiryou

        I do know one woman who digs MH, but then she’s obsessed with video games period. So there’s two ^_^

    • puchinri

      Isn’t that pretty much the norm in Japan? Or am I thinking of them preferring DQ? Or is it both?
      But really, there are plenty of ladies all over who prefer MonHan over these type of games. And I’d say most want more out of their social networking game than this anyway. (I know I do. Animal Crossing or bust!)

      • ikiryou

        I might give Animal Crossing(I think there’s a Wii version…) a try since I seriously need a chillout game after fighting bosses all day in MH.

        • puchinri

          Animal Crossing City Folk (the Wii one) is a lot of fun. The GC one remains the best to me (and I still revisit it at times), but CF is a nice, chill and relax game. And it’s a lot of fun if you play online with your friends~.

    • http://twitter.com/ivanpc_009 Ivanir Paulo Cardoso

      I only know women that like Monster Hunter and violent games. All the time I show them something more story-based, they’re like: “Cut the crap already, I want to kill something”. It was a little scary the first time. :’(

      • ikiryou

        My ex-waifu didn’t like Final Fantasy 7 because she said the turn-based combat was “too slow”. But then she’d just go and get motionsick while playing a 3rd person game >_<

  • http://www.youtube.com/B4ULoveShine Tim_at_where

    Ugh, this, all of the sudden, reminds me of my little sisters’ #PollyPocket, given the tree house aspect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1769064526 Vivian Mai

    “This is a game aimed that Konami are targeting at women.”

    So it’s like a non-fun Harvest Moon combined with GaiaOnline/TinierMe? 

    Well, that’s definitely the key to success. >.>

  • http://madebyluke.com madebyluke

    Do you think they new about Tecmo Koei’s own Treehouse Social game only recently released, Jollywood?

  • http://twitter.com/tweetDAVEtweet Dave

    Women are the major untapped market in gaming, but I’m not sure “tree house management” is going to do the job.

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