When I was a kid, my dad used to tinker with model cars. As I got a bit older, he started buying them for me, as well; first, the simple snap-together kits, eventually moving up to ones that required glue, and then on to completely blank canvas vehicles that needed paint, glue, and everything in between. Those took some time, but there was a real sense of accomplishment when it was all finished (assuming everything went smoothly). That seems like it was ages ago at this point, and I probably haven't even thought about model cars in close to two decades. I feel old.
Today, Madfinger Games took me back to my childhood with its upcoming virtual model builder MONZO. From a company known for shooters and action-style games, this is a pretty dramatic departure, but it looks fantastic.
The goal of the app is pretty clear: to provide a realistic model-building experience on a digital device. Judging by the teaser video above, I'd say they nailed it. Or glued it. Whatever.
It looks like models will be available though IAPs, and there will be various categories right out of the box. Madfinger says that "emphasis is placed on the experience of buying the kit and unpacking the boxes for an exciting first experience with the model," which sounds interesting. Instead of just going through the motions of paying for an IAP and having the pieces show up on the screen, the company is really looking to provide a lifelike model building experience, of which a big part is actually unpacking and inspecting the pieces.
Unfortunately, there's no set release date for MONZO just yet – only a "coming soon" sign at the end of the teaser. I personally look forward to giving a try, and we'll keep you posted as more information arises.