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Culture/Entertainment

FIVE FROM FINLAND: Games

Finland is synonymous with its thriving games scene. Here are five more reasons why.

James O’Sullivan

24.08.2018

The likes of Max Payne, Angry Birds and Supercell made the world sit up and pay attention to the Finnish games scene. This quintet is ensuring interest remains high.

Psyon Games

After gaining worldwide fame with its Trump vs. Science, this Jyväskylä-based game studio set out to sway those who don’t believe in vaccinations. Its Antidote was created to spread awareness about vaccines and their benefits in a fun and educational way. The studio’s approach is all about learning by entertainment.

“Games are superior to any other form of advertising because of their high level of engagement,” founder and CEO Olli Rundgren told us. “If they’re used to educate and inform people, the impact can be huge.”

SyraWise

The use of technology and gamification is rapidly increasing as part of school education. With its core product, Rescuebusters, the educational games company is hoping to teach children basic safety skills that they will need throughout their lives.

“If you think of a lot of popular games, they are about fighting, killing or smashing cars,” noted co-founder and CEO Markus Syrjänen. “We wanted to make something that does the opposite and teaches how to save lives.”

Bon Games

This Tampere-based studio has something exciting to offer to all tycoon game enthusiasts out there. Its Transit King is a tycoon game where players strive to create the largest and most efficient transport networks possible in order to dominate the world’s logistics industry.

“We saw that the tycoon and simulation genres offer opportunities for new ideas,” explained CEO Ilkka Immonen. “We are aiming to build the world’s best studio focusing on tycoon games.”

Iceflake Studios

Although at first glance this studio’s ice fishing game, Ice Lakes, may seem to be something of a niche title, it has managed to attract some widespread interest.

“There have been lots of players from more exotic locations, like Japan, China, Spain and Brazil,” said CEO Lasse Liljedahl. “We didn’t expect it would be so successful. It’s fun to see that some players know how to do ice fishing, even though there is no ice or snow in wintertime in their area.”

Next Games

Headquartered in Helsinki, Next Games specialises in games based on popular entertainment franchises, such as movies and TV shows. The company is particularly famous for the two The Walking Dead games that have enjoyed international success and won the prestigious awards.

“The huge amount of positive reviews […] confirms we have succeeded in creating a beautiful game that resonates with gamers and The Walking Dead fans alike,” commented CEO Teemu Huuhtanen.

Originally published in August 2018

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