420 Weed Street: Pokemon GO with WEED
420 Weed Street: Pokemon GO with WEED
Location-based weed dealing game in your phone
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About this project
420 Weed Street is a location-based marijuana dealing game for your phone. A-Steroids is known for location-aware online games for mobile and our new title is the latest and the most polished effort in the series. The previous versions have a long history of being banned from the AppStore, but due to recent changes in the policies and based on our test submission, it seems that we'll finally get in. But more on that below!
The game in brief
- You start as a small time weed dealer in your hood: buy cheap product from local grow houses and sell for profit to local recreational users, patients and dispensaries
- Once you've got enough money coming in, you can access higher volumes of product by signing new Suppliers, also hire Runners and Accountants to step up your operation
- Avoid cops and DEA or pay them off if you got caught
- Deliver VIP orders and complete special quests
- Travel the world to find better deals and bonuses
- Buy better equipment, cars, storefronts, etc
- Join the global network of dealers around the world
- Climb to the top of location-based leaderboards to claim the title of the most successful dealer in your hood, city and the country
According to the recent survey made by Stoner’s Magazine, about 4.20% of marijuana smokers thought of becoming weed dealers for living at least once. Did you?
Day 1. A friend introduced me to this guy Rick. Apparently Rick can recommend how to get this whole weed operation going. Seemed friendly and helpful dude. Maybe a bit too friendly? I wonder what’s his deal? Anyway, he gave me some contacts, said these are the places to can get some decent stuff for cheap. Let’s hope it works out, my rent is due this Thursday and I’m broke!
Day 2. Meet with supplier, get the stuff. Wait for new orders to come up in the hood, deliver the stuff. Profit! Gosh, am I really good at this or is it just beginner’s luck? Shit, a new order just around the corner, gotta run.
Day 3. The word gets around about me in the hood. A local dispensary is super short on Northern Lights, helped them out from my recent delivery. Got a little extra $$$ for urgency. Niiiice.
Day 4. Phew, it’s been three days and I’m still doing it. Easy money so far! Paid my rent in time for the first time in months. Anyway, seems like I should really hire that dude Jay and his friend, whatshisname? Seemed okay. And it wouldn’t hurt to have two Runners help me deliver.
Day 5. Rick just called. Says I should meet this guy who can provide product in bigger quantities. Bigger risk, bigger reward, right? Note to self: Girl Scout Cookies seems to be quite popular in the hood, also try Pineapple Express.
Day 7. F$%&ck. Some cop saw Jay purchase stuff from the supply guy, almost got them both! We lost both cash and the product. Must be more careful! Would be stupid to attract unwanted attention.
Day 15. Things are beginning to spiral out of control. Two of my guys got raided by the police, ended up in jail. Rob says he can make the problem go away for 50 grand. 50 grand!!! Not like there’s a choice though… On the good side: I’m meeting new supplier tomorrow. Looks like it will finally allow me to step up the operation to city-level.
Day 30. Too much cash becomes a little problematic. Who would’ve thought I will have this problem, ever? Shit. Need to hire an accountant who can help with all this mess. Also need more Runners? And a better safe house to store the product?
Day 50. Got stoned with Rick last night. Awesome dude and I’m still not sure why he’s helping me so much? Anyway, apparently there’s a rumour about this secret network of weed dealers where they make wholesale deals, discuss pricing and form local cartels. Is it real? Probably not. But if it is, how do I get in???
We’re A-Steroids, an independent game development team, founded back in 2008. The studio is run by two guys: Andrey and Anton, who get a kick out of developing games. And a cat. Well, mostly by the cat.
We've always been a remotely operated studio with our colleagues scattered around various locations in Europe, Russia, United States etc. But the birthplace and the headquarter location is Lithuania, a Baltic country in Northern Europe. It’s so cold out here and not much to do except for smoking weed and making games. Kidding, it’s actually awesome! :)
The game has quite a history with its previous versions. Back in 2008, Drug Lords has become the first location-based simulation game and caused a shit storm in press even though the game wasn’t even released. AppStore has rejected the game for it setting. Few years after we released a follow up game called Underworld. 420 Weed Street is the new game based on the same engine, but within a weed-trading setting and also its core gameplay and features significantly reworked and improved.
== What press said about the game
== What our players have been saying
>> AWESOME this game is fun and addictive. Lots of real life style mechanics like bribes, drug runs, gangster, store fronts and real time drug pick up location.
>> Great game I can remember playing it when it first came out back in 2008, but like this way much better, very very addictive
>> Absolutely outstanding. Bravo to the the creators.
>> Best game of my life! This game is so addictive I recommended this game to my friends and to everyone reading this, but beware you're gonna lose a couple of hours playing this cuz its so addictive.Peace ✌
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this for real, a weed dealing simulator enriched with real-time geo-location?
Yes, it is. You will be able to play it on your smartphone or tablet.
What platforms will be available?
The game will appear both for iOS and Android.
Is it necessary to actually move around in real world to play the game?
It's not necessary, you can play and have fun whole sitting in one place. Moving around gives you an opportunity to find better deals and stumble into bonuses, but you can travel the world by using a special item, Travel Ticket.
I'm concerned with my privacy. All the people in the game will see my actual location, is that right?
First, while the game uses your actual location to find the best deals around you, it scrambles your position for other players so they will only see an approximate location of yours. Secondly, you can choose to disable using your location in the game settings and still enjoy it.
You did a similar game before, called Underworld. Is this like a sequel or prequel or something?
This is a completely new game which we're developing based on the experience we gained while making Underworld and also using a lot of cool tech we created for our previous location-based games.
The idea is to take all good stuff from previous games and improve lots of things which needed improvement. The fans of Underworld will find a lot of similarities between both games, which is a good thing. At the same time, we want to make 420 Weed Street much more approachable and try to reach a much wider audience.
Do you guys support marijuana legalisation and decriminalisation?
Yes, we do, 100%.
Yep, we know that there's a lot of money-grab free-to-play games out there. But location-based titles such as 420 Weed Street are enjoyed best on mobile, where you can play on the go. And free-to-play is basically the only way to reach people on mobile nowadays.
No worries about pay-to-win though: there's no way this is happening. You can speed up your progress by paying a few bucks, but you will not gain any advantage over free players.
== Thank You Credit: Receive a special thank-you in the game credits!
== Wallpaper Pack: Get a set of funny and beautiful game themed wallpapers for your smartphone or tablet
== Backer's Game Pack: A special code to unlock the unique game package for the initial boost in the game, worth $25
== Exclusive 420 Weed Street Wooden Pin: Badass handcrafted wooden pin with the game logo (FREE shipping worldwide):
== Beta Version Access (Android Only): Access an early version of the game before the public release. Your feedback will directly influence how the game is shaped on the final stages of its development.
== Exclusive 420 Weed Street T-Shirt: Just look at it, it’s awesome time awesome, FREE shipping worldwide included:
== Executive Backer's Game Pack: Play like a boss: get a special code to unlock the unique game package and a set of rare equipment
== Alley of Stars: Secure your permanent spot in the Alley of Stars. Place a star with your name & short message anywhere in the world! Anyone passing this location in the game will be able to see your generous contribution to making this game happen.
== VIP Backer's Game Pack: Swag like a king: a special code to unlock the unique set of luxury equipment, only available to VIP Backer’s Pack owners!
== Lifelong: VIP Alley of Stars: Get a permanent spot in the VIP Alley of Stars. Place a star with your picture, name and short message anywhere in the world! Anyone passing this location in the game will be able to see your magnificent contribution to making this game happen.
== Dispensary Spot: Place a permanent dispensary icon at the location of your choosing anywhere in the world, promoting your marijuana dispensary to the local players hopping around.
== Become Game Star: Immortalise yourself as one of the main in-game characters. Send us your picture and choose who you want to become: Runner, Supplier or Accountant. We will take care of the rest! :)
To the Underworld Fans
While preparing this Kickstarter project and showing it to friends and existing players of Underworld series, we noticed it had raised some important questions. Some art assets and interfaces look the same, which may seem like we’re doing a mere re-skin of the existing game. Is that it, are we doing the same game with weed in it? No, it’s much more than that and we're glad you asked! :)
We made the first version of the game and then the second one and learned a LOT from both of them. A few months ago, after we confirmed that the AppStore will allow the game if it’s in the Marijuana setting, we realised it would be stupid to just do a mere re-skin and publish the update. We wanted to rework some of the core features that were holding Underworld back and that’s what we’re planning to do.
Here's a quick overview of the most important changes:
- Fully reworked and much easier Buy/Sell flow
- Dealer-to-dealer market as a separate entity for high-level players
- Travel Tickets: the ability to travel to different locations around the world even when you’re stuck at home/office
- Reworked Equipment & Crew system
- Secret Suppliers & bonuses on the map
- For the first time ever, players on Android and iOS will share the same world theme
- and much more!
We’re going to share more details on the changes that are coming. Meanwhile, please feel free to ask questions in the comments section.
Beta version will become available to Android players is August 2017.
Full release on iOS and Android: September 2017.
Risks and challenges
No game development project is without a risk, even more so when it comes to a game with innovative location-based mechanics. But 420 Weed Street is being built on top of the existing engine and we've been working on the game for some time, so all the nastiest technological and game design risks are pretty much covered at this point.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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