Min-woo Kim, CEO of Sticky Hands presented his company and spoke about future plans with Leo Thevenet, CEO of Lecafedugeek at the Korea-US Startup Summit held at Pier 17, New York, USA from Tuesday September 20th to Wednesday the 21st.
Sticky Hands make hybrid games that are twice the fun
Sticky hands, a Korean mobile game startup, is known for its one-of-a-kind games, and has aimed to become popular around the world since its creation in 2017. Casual solitaire games with a twist became their trademark, such as Age of Solitaire, Solitaire Cooking Tower, Solitaire Farm Village and Solitaire Cat Island. A standout among these has been Solitaire Farm Village, which exceeded 2 million downloads and accumulated $6.12 million in revenue over the course of the past three years.
The game is based on traditional solitaire but combined with a storyline about building and maintaining a farm as well as developing a village in game. The gameplay is made even more fun by additional rules and methods of play in the game such as Spider, Pyramid, and Free cell rather than the simple Klondike rule which is the only option in most other games of this kind. Players are incentivized by collecting cards or farm animals while following the story and rewarded when playing solitaire.
According to Min-woo Kim, the CEO of Sticky Hands, it is “Unlike existing traditional solitaire games. Solitaire Farm Village provides the results of the game as simulation elements such as the creation of buildings or pets or expansion of the village to induce continuous play without boredom. The element of having to collect cards and pets stimulate users’ desire to collect which drives sales.”
This fact is evidenced by the massive financial success of the game, as well as the interest it has generated for itself.
The next step for the company could be collaborations with IP or larger character companies overseas, Min-woo Kim continued, and that they hoped to make good connections over the course of the summit, and eventually be able to create content that would be easily recognizable for the global market.
The reputation of Sticky Hands as being skilled in the creation of engaging, unique solitaire games has made them a subsidiary of Neowiz Games, and so a possible future avenue could be creating a merge puzzle game in cooperation with a company specialized in casual games.