Mind Candy, the business founded by 2003 Growing Business Young Gun Michael Acton Smith, has teamed up with GREE, a global network for mobile social gaming, to create a smartphone version of the all-conquering kids’ game Moshi Monsters.
Although the financial deals of the joint venture have yet to be disclosed, the partners have confirmed that they hope to release two mobile games by the end of 2012.
The games will be tailored to nine different languages, and will be hosted on the GREE platform, a global mobile network which offers social networking functionality.
Each game will be based on the existing Moshi Monsters game, which enables users to adopt their own virtual pet monster and nurture it by solving puzzles and challenges.
GREE boasts more than 230 million users worldwide, and Smith was quick to express his delight at the prospect of tapping into this vast user base. He told reporters: "Our fans love tablets and smartphones so we're really excited to take our much loved characters and stories to these new platforms. GREE has achieved phenomenal success, and we're looking forward to working with them on these two games."