Cabango - the Social Word Game
September 9, 2011 3:44 AM   Subscribe

Cabango - the Social Word Game
Invent meanings for the letters shown and try to win the most votes. Play against others on your PC or smartphone*.

Cabango is a game that I created for the MXit chat service, which is popular in South Africa. I wanted to expand it beyond that platform, and is the result.

On the technical side, it uses Twisted, Orbited, ActiveMQ and the STOMP protocol for the messaging. The app itself is built in C#.

*works on Android, iPhone and newer Nokia devices.
Role: Creator / Developer
posted by Gomez_in_the_South (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Interesting concept but 60 seconds seems too long for part 1 and 40 secs is too long for voting. I think it needs to move faster. Just my thoughts...
posted by thorny at 6:32 PM on September 10, 2011

Totally agree... maybe I should have tried the game a bit longer, but lost interest after... about half a minute. Sorry.
posted by TolkienLibrary at 4:44 AM on September 11, 2011

I appreciate the feedback. The timing was one area I didn't give thought to when moving to the desktop version. I've made a few changes now to make it a bit quicker:

1. The guessing and voting round times are now 30 seconds each.
2. You can join in the middle of a game now (instead of waiting up to 2 minutes for the game to end).
3. A countdown timer now shows the time left in each round.
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 11:42 AM on September 11, 2011

This reminds me of an old flash (or was it shockwave?) game. Do we get over 3 characters?
posted by MuChao at 10:22 PM on September 11, 2011

There are 3 or 4 letters, biased towards 3.

The other room types only exist in the MXit chat interface. I will include some of these for more variation shortly. Some have more letters, others include a theme.
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 11:23 PM on September 11, 2011

Noticed a few ways people put their signature on their spelling with a z instead of an s (skillz, etc...) Then they could potentially collude with other people...which could happen anyway. But was thinking maybe you could have a bonus if you voted for the winning slogan to help with situations like that...encourage you to really vote for the best one...
posted by thorny at 7:57 AM on September 14, 2011

Yeah, people do try to find ways to cheat. I think that giving points for voting for the winner would encourage people to cheat even more. Everyone would want to vote together on the same answer to ensure they get points for their votes.

A way I could prevent cheating is where you join a room randomly, and don't know who you'll be playing with. But the users like the social aspect of it and often meet friends there, so I don't think they'd appreciate it if I did that.
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 11:21 PM on September 14, 2011

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