Essentially, Digital Chocolate plans to release a series of games with virtual goods -- in this case special characters -- that can be used across all of the games on the same platform. These NanoStar characters can be unlocked while playing games or purchased in a pack. Below is an example of one of these characters, which can be used different ways in different NanoStar games.
The first game on the new platform is called NanoStar Castles, a simplified trading card game, something along the lines of Pokemon or Magic the Gathering. To that point, Digital Chocolate founder Trip Hawkins says he wants the game to be a "Pokémon for grownups. I like films like Shrek that can appeal to a wide-age range audience. People who grew up with Pokemon that are now on Facebook can also enjoy NanoStar Castles."
As someone who has never touched a trading card game, I found the basics in this game relatively simple to understand, and the tutorial does a good job explaining the game basics. Then comes the tough part, really digging into the game, in order to customize decks and attack friends to earn experience points. NanoStar characters can also be used to build out a deck or launch surprise attacks mid-battle. I also like that you can jump into the game quickly -- either playing solo or with a live opponent. I will be playing this game more over the next few weeks, and get back with more thoughts.
The second game on the NanoStar platform is NanoStar Siege, a tower defense-style game, but purportedly with a big offensive element as well. The Siege launched Friday, March 26 (today), and we'll be taking a look at the brand new game shortly.
Play NanoStar Castles on Facebook >
Play NanoStar Siege on Facebook >