Facebook games are so five minutes ago.
Make no mistake: Farmville, Texas Hold ‘Em, Bejeweled Blitz, and Mafia Wars are big money-makers on Facebook. Now one game company wants to find out if games on Twitter can have the same level of success.
Play140, which uses the tagline “social games with words,” wants to turn your tweets into word-based gameplay. Having just started its beta period, Play140 currently offers three games: The Acronym Game, Robot Smash Battle, and Be Greedy. Playing is as simple as following the dedicated Twitter feed for a particular game, and each of them operates as variations of a similar play mechanic where Play140 sends out a tweet to start a round, and then players reply with a direct message back to Play140 as their entry. Three more games — MatchUp, Picwit, and Chatter — are coming soon.
Due to the nature of Twitter, naturally all of these games are extremely simplistic, using nothing but words. No graphics, no fancy game engines or algorithms. It’s entirely human-powered stuff based around real human interaction. Twitter simply facilitates that interaction.
It strikes me as the social media equivalent of Bingo and the like, which doesn’t sound too terribly fun to me. But then, I’m not dying to spend my game time farming, either, so what do I know?