As part of our 'Showcase Series', we shall be highlighting games companies large and small with a few quick questions to discover more about their conception, evolution, inspirations and aspirations. From the largest multi-national companies to indie games makers and even individual new-comers, we're happy to shine a light on a variety of views of the gaming industry and experiences for those at all points on the gaming ladder!
Today - Haba...
Since 1938, HABA has been making children’s eyes light up, from the very start. For more than 80 years, the company has been developing and manufacturing high-quality and durable products that provide children with fun and age-appropriate developmental support. This includes the well-known games in the distinctive yellow box, toys made of wood and fabric, but also imaginative home accessories, exciting books and beautiful gifts. Over the decades, the company has grown substantially and continually developed. These days, HABA products are sold in more than 50 countries. HABA subsidiaries are spread over several continents and far more than 10,000 retailers in Germany and abroad know the company as the “Inventors for Children.”
When it comes to making games, HABA is never afraid to think outside of the box. Markus Nikisch from the Games Development team explains it best: “Every year, we look at around 1,500 game ideas that we discover at trade fairs or that have been submitted by designers from all over the world. They are not always professional game developers – prototypes are sent in by people of all ages and professions. For example, I love remembering when then 7-year old Benjamin Bur
khardt confidently presented a prototype of his game idea as ‘The best game in the world.’ We may have ultimately changed the name to “Knuckling Knights” but the idea behind it was great!”
HABA has a lot of great new games, as well as a new take on a couple of classics, that you can look forward to in 2021
Award winning designer Thomas Sing’s The Key series will be available for detectives ages 8 and up to solve starting this winter and releasing throughout the year. The first of the three titles available will be The Key – Sabotage at Lucky Llama Land. Players must find out who is behind the sabotage of the three damaged attractions – not only quickly, but also as efficiently as possible. Game Designer Thomas Sing explains: “Players start their investigations and combine clues about the day of the crimes, tools and crime scenes. You have to proceed carefully, because only players who have generated the right number code at the end can put the saboteurs behind bars.”
Younger superhero stackers will be excited to hear about My Very First Games Rhino Hero Junior, a dexterity and first-counting game for ages 2 and up! Can you help Rhino Hero Junior climb the tallest building in the city with the 3 included ways to play? Work on colors, numbers, quantities, or fine-motor skills in the newest addition to HABA’s toddler-friendly games line, My Very First Games.
There are gems in the mine and that means it’s Hammer Time! Grab your hammer and get to tapping to be the first to fill your mine cart in this smashing new hit from HABA. Ages 5 and up and welcome to take a swing in this strategic dexterity game where hitting the hardest isn’t always the way to win. Careful planning and even more careful hammering are the secrets to victory in this shiny game. Will you be the first to fill your carts, or will you wake the mountain dragon and lose it all?
Submitted by Josephine Scheibe