Back in September, Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Yuji Naka announced his intention to start over as a game developer and create a simple mobile game with the Unity engine. This followed his departure from Square Enix after the failure of his, uh, unique platformer, Balan Wonderworld. And today, Yuji Naka has announced that his “hyper-casual” mobile game is now available to play for free on Android and iOS, called SHOT2048. Naka explained that this is the first game in 37 years that he created completely by himself, and he asks you to play it. He sounds quite proud of himself! (He does note that the leaderboard isn’t working on Android right now though.)
I created a hyper-casual game called [#SHOT2048]. This is the first time in my 37 years as a game creator that I, Yuji Naka, have made a game all by myself. I would appreciate it if you could play it and spread the word. Thank you very much. https://t.co/vuWmoxO0sj pic.twitter.com/LNwQDORXJO
— Yuji Naka / ???? (@nakayuji) December 18, 2021
I just gave SHOT2048 a, er, shot, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: It’s the hit mobile game 2048, but you’re shooting dice-like objects to the end of a board and trying to get the numbers to match while shooting them. Yuji Naka has indeed created a hyper-casual mobile game. Here is the full description for SHOT2048, which has only a bit of Engrish in it:
The purpose is to shot the same number to make 2048, but aim for more.
Tap to move the number left or right, and release your finger to fire the number.
If you hit the same number, they will be combined and the numbers will be added.
The game is over when the numbers stop in the red game over area in the foreground.
Give this free mobile game (with ads) a shot and make Yuji Naka happy. It’s a decent first effort.