Promotional picture for Arabic MMO game "Knights of Glory". Photo: AFP
It was the world's first fully Arabic-themed browser-based massively multiplayer online (MMO) game and now, with its debut in the App Store, "Knights of Glory" has also become the first Arabic MMO app available for the iPhone.
Available to download as a paid app, Knights of Glory substitutes some of the now clichéd character types and historical settings familiar to MMO gaming fans with warring sultans in command of medieval armies all set against a historically accurate Middle Eastern backdrop.
Produced by Falafel Games, the browser version has proven a massive hit since its launch in 2011 and won the Readers' Award for the Best Arabic Browser Game of 2012 by ArabMMO.
The game's creators say that their decision to create the original version of "Knights of Glory" was a direct response to what they saw as a lack of existing games aimed at the Arabic world. The release for mobile is solely based on user demand. Before they were inundated with requests, they couldn't see any potential in MMO games optimized for smartphones or tablets.
So, if you're a gamer who prefers role play to single person shooters and is tired of playing the character of an elf or a pixie or an Arthurian knight, then "Knights of Glory" could be for you. Although it is a premium title, Falafel Games is offering a try before you buy service for early adopters.