MiniMega created Bonza Word Puzzle, a game that stormed the App Store and became the most popular game in the puzzle category in 2014. For the follow up, MiniMega teamed up with National Geographic to create an animal and nature-themed sequel, Bonza National Geographic.
The Bonza style of puzzle combines a few genres in one. There’s jigsaw, crossword, and word-search elements blended in a touch-and-drag interface. Given a one-word hint, such as “tiger” or “Egypt,” players must put together a crossword from already filled squares, but they have to be aligned properly to make sense. There are some visual puzzles added to the mix, and as expected from the team-up, the themes this time revolve around National Geographic concepts and imagery.
The MiniMega studio is composed of two Australian brothers, Ben and Punya Huxter, who took a risk by going indie. Their successful debut game shared its fair of tribulations, including rampant cloning on the App Store. For the sequel, MiniMega paired up with National Geographic for a multi-year licensing deal and development support.
“Bonza National Geographic adds a fun twist that we think fans of the original game will appreciate, and will attract new fans as well,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s Senior Vice President for Licensing, North America. “We look forward to creating new levels of gameplay as our community grows, and finding new, dynamic ways to infuse our content into the gameplay.”
Bonza National Geographic is out now on a variety of mobile services: It can be purchased from the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon. It’s free and it comes with some in-app purchases, such as for hints and puzzle packs. Let us know if you’ll be having some head-scratching fun soon in the comments section below!