Familiars.io is a minimalist monster-catching game that went on-line final 12 months, and proper now, you can play it inside Twitter. As developer Nigel Nelson tweeted this afternoon, he ported (or in his phrases, “smuggled”) the whole game to an embedded Twitter card. That signifies that you can play it straight by Twitter’s net interface or cell app.
The game is constructed round Pokémon-style exploration and fight in a shared, lo-fi setting. You can wander round capturing enemies to increase your staff of familiars, then use them to battle different gamers (or just stroll round saying “howdy,” if you desire.)
“Me and my brother used to do this thing where we would start new games on Pokémon Red and Blue, progress through the game as fast as we could in a 3-hour period, and then fight each other with our pokémon teams,” Nelson says. “A year ago I was looking for a new project, and my brother suggested that a multiplayer Pokémon-like PVP experience might be fun, and I thought it was a great idea.”
The game’s Twitter model gained’t essentially be on-line for lengthy. Familiars.io is utilizing the Player Cards that Twitter affords for linear media, and Twitter admonishes customers to not “circumvent the intended use of the Card” with interactive experiences. In 2015, Twitter disabled embedding traditional MS-DOS video games in tweets. But the game has nonetheless taken off on the platform. Nelson tells The Verge that he’s seen about 3,000 logins and 250 gamers on-line at a time, in comparison with a customary person base of 1 or two folks. “I’ve had a few ideas for new fun things to add, but I think I might need to take a step back to figure out how to make my servers accommodate the increased player base,” he says.
Familiars.io is a passion and a work in progress; some customers have tweeted reviews of bugs, notably on Firefox. But I’ve loved the illicit thrill of Twitter gaming on desktop Chrome and Android’s Twitter app simply high quality — and Familiars.io itself isn’t going wherever. If the game will get taken off Twitter, its digital world is nonetheless accessible on the net.