Stinktopia not as odorous as its name

Spoiler alert! Stinktopia is the perfect social network game for anyone fascinated with stink bombs and farts. You can build your noxious kingdom and pass gas with friends on a real map. Or you can stick with We Rule and the Smurfs.

It’s game day Friday, the first in a month, and the last thing I want to write about is another social network game (SNG). After a while they start to blur at the edges. You have to learn to settle on one or two you like and focus on them if you don’t want to piss away half your day and even more of your bank account.

I don’t usually ask WWJD because I can’t imagine him doing most of the things the people I know do while claiming they’re only following his example. Like whining about how badly we’re persecuted in the nation that treats Christians better than any on earth; persecuted because the liberal ruling elite asks us to get along with a few Moslems, Jews and atheists who can afford to move into our neighborhoods in a country as great as America.

But if I were to ask, I think it would be pretty clear that Jesus wouldn’t play SNGs and he especially wouldn’t play Stinktopia. That being said, since it strikes me that Stinktopia will appeal primarily to teenage boys and the girls misguided enough to want to hang with them, I doubt J’s WWID is high on their agenda.

Stink bomb heaven

I’m not going to bother describing SNGs in any detail since I’ve done it so many times readers should know the drill by now. And in case you don’t I’ve included a paper on it in the Pages section. But the basic idea is to build a city in the clouds to manufacture stink bombs and deliver them to friends.

Stinktopia begins with a city in the clouds that players can develop to conduct their gas wars.

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This is a major step sideways from the more familiar SNGs where players interact by conducting trade. Stinktopia seems to encourage players to conduct Rube Goldberg pokes, but with farts instead. It leaves Facebook in the dust when you think of it.

Players begin with a city in the clouds and a limited arsenal. They farm noxious plants like onions to provide the stink bomb essences. Then they add factories for defensive weapons like gas masks and missiles as well as houses and porta-potties.

Players build their cities from the game shop. Players familiar with SNGs will recognize the motif instantly.

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Once you have enough missiles you can go to Stinktopia’s version of Google maps to find other players. This is probably the most innovative element I experienced playing the game. Most SNGs create maps based on the game model and leave it to players to find friends. Stinktopia uses the iPad’s locator to find other players who have registered for the game.

Once you locate other players on the game’s equivalent of Google Maps, you can launch a gas attack.

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The game also allows players to build custom avatars from the ground-up rather than choosing from the game’s limited selection.

Surprisingly, the game can only be played in portrait orientation. I’m not sure that this matters and it doesn’t affect gameplay, but I thought it was worth noting.

One crucial element of SNGs that Stinktopia hasn’t changed, and that no game is likely to, is gas, the game’s in-app currency. Sooner or later, if you want to move ahead, you will have to buy gas from the Apple Store with real money.

If I hadn’t burned out on these games myself1, I would probably spend more time with Stinktopia. But I suspect this game is perfect for the middle-school high-school teen demographic that would consider themselves too old for the smurfs but not yet attracted to games like Trade Nations.

Jenny Manytoes rates Stinktopia

Jenny Manytoes would purr next to Stinktopia, but our Neanderthal dog Chutney would make biscuits if she had any feline genes. She loves anything stinky and this game is almost as good as digging through the garbage. Best of all, Carol won’t send her to her kennel if she’s caught burrowing through Stinktopia.

Of course, I will send her to her kennel if I catch her with my iPad in her teeth.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

1With the exception of We Rule, which is the subject of a weekly blog with an audience much larger than this one.back

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About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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