There is a famous quote by William Shakespeare: “The world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players…”
While the world isn’t technically a stage, the ascent of the smartphone means we have mostly become players or more accurately gamers. Truly Social is a startup focused on developing games that will enhance human experiences in the real world.
The founder of Truly Social, Seb Coman is dedicated to developing games that help people explore themselves. The games developed by Truly Social are aimed at social and explorer player types (look up the Bartle test). Coman’s design is driven by his passion and interests, video games and socialising; leading Truly Social to develop social world games that push ‘self exploration’.
By creating immersive social-world role playing games, Truly Social are designing games that allow gamers to socialise in both the real and virtual worlds. Using the free-to-play method their games are developed for mobile devices and use social media platforms such as Facebook to expand their audience.
The first game developed by Truly Social was a dating simulator, Flirt Planet, developed with the most awkward of social interactions in mind, flirting. The main objective in Flirt Planet is to help players develop flirting and social skills; by conversing with non-player characters and rewarding the player for successful conversations. However, Flirt Planet wasn’t intended as just a dating simulator; using the conversations responses between players and npc’s, Truly Social matched partners in the Flirt Planet dating app.
Currently developing their second game, Hugs, will be Truly Social’s first casual game with an aim of gamifying, social and romantic encounters; while remaining focused on building relationships. Hugs will blend real world content into the game world allowing the player to explore society with an avatar based on their real world look or virtual persona.
Truly Social is startup and indie game developer who’s core aim is to make games that are fun, social and explorative; making the virtual and real world more enjoyable, without compromising the other. The games being developed by Coman and his team are “offering ‘trulysocial’ gameplay” experiences all the while helping gamers to learn more about themselves.