As part of our 'Showcase Series', we are 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 - ...Korea Boardgames, their entries to this years IGGY awards (Monster Dentist, Coconuts and Pharaoh Code), and future thoughts...
Tell us briefly the background of your company.
Korea Boardgames is the leading board game publisher and distributor in Korea. Since 2004, we have been guaranteeing our nationwide presence through Korea’s biggest retail chains and implementing a comprehensive marketing strategy to successfully expand the gaming and toy culture in Korea.
We also have a presence in markets outside of Korea with games such as Coconuts, TocToc Woodman, and Four Gardens to name a few. Our games are known for their beautiful artwork, easy to learn mechanics, and fun gameplay. We are excited to share more of our games globally.
Tell us what inspires you to make games and do you have any rules when making games.
Our specialty is children and family games, but we believe board games of all types are a fantastic way for people to connect in a fun and interactive atmosphere. We don’t have hard specific rules when it comes to making games, but we do ensure that the game is suitable for children while enjoyable for the whole family.
The game must be simple enough so that anyone can learn how to play, and it must also be fun for the entire family. We achieve this by incorporating fun/cute/exotic themes and strategies--whether it be through cognitive functions or agility.
What do you have coming up and out in the future?
The year 2020 has been a fantastic year for some of our new releases such as Four Gardens (East-Asia theme, set collection). It was our best seller internationally and it continues to receive interest and inquiries.
Classic games such as Coconuts (dexterity)(see above) still receive a lot of love many years after its release and is selling strong in North America and Europe. We also recently released Monster Dentist (dental mirrors, pattern matching)(see above) at the start of this year, and are already preparing our first batch of international shipments.
Sweet Holic (macarons, set collection) and World Changers (history, card game) will be released in March and April respectively this year. If you are interested in history or creating the ultimate pastry snack, I highly recommend you check those games out!