Our favorite internet game, manygolf, is exploding and we're shepping nachas - Technical.ly Brooklyn

Creative

Sep. 2, 2016 9:55 am

Our favorite internet game, manygolf, is exploding and we’re shepping nachas

When good things happen to good people, the manygolf edition.

Screenshot from the game.

Screenshot.

My editor and I woke up one day last week to find something drastic had occurred to our favorite internet game, manygolf. We wrote about it back in June, but for months, this mostly obscure, multiplayer game you can play in a browser would consistently have just a few people playing at a time. Occasionally it was just me and my editor, locked in a fierce duel. And then, one day last week:

All of a sudden there were all these players.

All of a sudden there were all these players. (Screenshot)

The sleepy confines of manygolf.club had exploded from two or three players to 20 and then 50 players. It was a whole new game. The manygolf of the June to August era, when my editor and I would set tee times to play against each other (for five dollars a game, I’m down $30, smh), was decidedly over. The Boing Boing story brought waves of new players and the game climbed the ranks of Reddit’s r/webgames.

Advertisement

Manygolf is a multiplayer game that is kind of like mini golf but way more just like a computer game where you have to shoot a ball into a hole in a series of geometrical landscapes. Games last five minutes and after each hole, scores are apportioned and a leaderboard is built.

The game came to our attention in June, after creator Thomas Boyt shared it at the BrooklynJS meetup.

At the time, we wrote that manygolf was, “Your favorite new internet game.” Boyt didn’t return our request for an interview then or now, but he did write about the experience in a blog post this week.

“With Manygolf, I was lucky enough to create a game that functioned as a huge experiment — the first project I’d ever built with TypeScript, and the first realtime multiplayer game I’d ever made — that also turned out fun,” he wrote.

And so he’s pushing ahead. The scoring system was modified to accommodate the added demand. Boyt is working on an iOS and Android app of the game, and has placed it on Steam Greenlight. And who knows? Sometimes when these games go viral, the creators can make a good chunk of change off them.

-30-
JOIN THE COMMUNITY, BECOME A MEMBER
Already a member? Sign in here

Advertisement

Game Developers Conference had a different vibe this year: worker solidarity

Blockchain’s first breakout app is CryptoKitties, a game about breeding kittens

Play the brand new games from the NYU Game Center next Friday

SPONSORED

Brooklyn

You can win up to $360,000 at the WeWork Creator Awards

Brooklyn

Partners Coffee (formerly Toby's Estate)

Customer Service & E-Commerce

Apply Now
Philadelphia

Cohere

Digital Marketing Manager

Apply Now
Baltimore, MD 21201

14 West

Senior Software Engineer (Java + Apache Spark)

Apply Now

This weekend: How games can be used in political protest

Applications open for NYU Game Center Incubator

These 17 student games from the NYU Game Center are tender and nice

SPONSORED

Brooklyn

Explore how diverse teams build dynamic products with Dev Bootcamp

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Brooklyn

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!