Haypi Kingdom, the first MMO for Windows Phone 7 now available

While Xbox Live games for Windows Phone 7 continue to remain online-only affairs, that hasn’t stopped indie developers from creating games with online play. Lately we saw Broiled Earth, a competitive artillery game, and now thanks to Haypi Kingdom, Microsoft’s mobile platform has its first MMO (Massively-Multiplayer Online game).

The game's description, according to Haypi Kingdom’s official website:

Haypi Kingdom is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). You will be a general directing an ancient kingdom in a strategic game - boosting resource production, adventuring in extensive wild land, reaping legendary treasures, equipping your troops with advanced abilities and fighting against enemies - with the ultimate goal of becoming the strongest kingdom in the ancient world. Your general can get higher title and more advanced attributes as he joins more and more battles. His attributes will be shared among his troops as well.You won't play alone. In this massive multiplayer online game you will be able to interact with thousands of players from all over the world in a competition for fame, power, wealth and glory. What's more, there are plenty of possibilities to interact with others - Not only offense and defense, but also trade, alliance, mail system, chat system, etc.

Of special note is Haypi Kingdom’s revenue model. The game is free to play, but players can purchase in-game coins through optional microtransactions.

Coins can be used to speed up upgrades, enhance resource production, buy VIP time to add upgrading slots, buy resource or treasures, call back troops, and enhance your city loyalty immediately, etc. Coins can only [be] purchased with real money at "SHOP". Each player is awarded 30 coins when they first play the game.

Basically, coins allow impatient players to speed up various processes in the game. Smurf Village on iPhone and of course Farmville use similar payment models.

We previously heard from another developer that microtransactions were prohibited on Microsoft's mobile platform, so it’s surprising to see that may not be the case. Micro payments would certainly open up the door for more popular online games to come to WP7.

Gamers who are interested in a social role-playing experience on Windows Phone 7 can get Haypi Kingdom for free here (opens a link to your Zune software) on the Marketplace. We’ll have a full review of the game soon.

Paul Acevedo

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  • Downloaded it but can't seem to register :(
  • I was playing...and then my battery died....Anyway - I seemed to register (though I haven't gotten the email yet...) and when I try to save it says to check my connection...But yeah it's addictive as hell.
  • I love that they haven't added support to the forums or registration for anything but iOS products. They are on Android as well. I can't even register an account.
  • Anybody can use the forums. You just have to register through the game itself. The forum description needs to be updated to reflect that the game is on multiple platforms now; we've informed the developers so hopefully it gets fixed.
  • I am uninstalling the game off my phone. To level up your ranking in the game you have to buy items with real money, I bought 1600 coins through Paypal and I got the coins and I bought equipments that costed me almost all my coins, now Haypi took all my equipments and coins off, I made a complain but I did not get any answer. I am not the only one complaining about this, at least in the server I was registered there were a massive number of other players having similar complains to mine but still Haypi did not answer to anyone.A supposed free game that costed me $99.99.DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS GAME!!!
  • If you end up getting into this game, you should check out HighPie. They have a map scanner that can do automatic scouting and stuff, which will be very handy once you've got your army ready and looking for troops to kill or resources to steal. Their website is http://highpie.in