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i-mode Games

The i-mode platform and phones have similar capabilities to WAP, but generally provide much faster service and have the potential to display color graphics. There are hundreds of different games, many of them similar to the games reviewed in the previous sections.

Dwango's Turibaka Kibun

URL: http://www.dwango.com/

It's not often that a cell phone game becomes a sensation. And who would have thought that the game to take Japan by storm isn't about princesses, monsters, or soldiers, but about fishing?

As of early 2000, Dwango Kamone, the company's site for i-mode games, has accumulated more than 1.5 million users. Some of the most popular wireless games in the world can be found here.

Turibaka Kibun literally means "crazy for fishing" in Japanese. The idea couldn't be simpler. You choose a place to fish, select your bait, and then...wait. See Figure 3.19 for a sample screen shot.

Figure 3.19 Turibaka Kibun.

Eventually your phone will call you back. If your phone is on vibrate mode and you hold out the antenna, it'll even feel like a virtual fishing rod.

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