Nduthi 2.5 Development

Introduction

Nduthi 2.5 is a Kenyan mobile game that simulates the life of a boda boda rider who has to earn money through picking and dropping passengers to their respective destinations.

Initial Release(2017)

Nduthi 2.0 was a test project for the potential of a Kenyan themed and Kenyan developed mobile video game. The main aim was to test the market of Kenyan developed mobile games. In 2017 we created the first working prototype and distributed it through our company website as an APK. Through this initial release we were able to get feedback from a small group of players who downloaded the game from our website.

Below are screenshots showcasing the first version on the Nduthi android game:

After engagement from all our testers we knew that we had to do an entire overhaul of the game, from the graphics, game-play and literally every aspect of the game.

Second Release(Nduthi 2.0 – 2020)

Development for Nduthi 2.5 began in January 2020, with Erick Njue as the project lead and Murugi Muchangi as the project coordinator.

Nduthi 2.5 will feature two distinct modes: Speed Run and Hustla. In speed run you avoid obstacles at varying speeds on a never ending highway, utilizing speed bombs and speed variations to zoom as far as you can without a collision. Husla mode allows a player to enter the street and roam at will searching for customers so as to earn some pesa! In husla the police will not be friendly and you are sure to avoid them!

PROTOTYPING

We settled for Unity 3D as our prototyping and development tool for Nduthi 2.5, carefully choosing what aspects and features we thought would create an enjoyable player experience. We were also interested in retaining the ability of the player to relate with the experience based on real boda boda riders and the technicalities of the industry.

To this end we created and started prototyping a customer pick-up and drop-off system. Below is a video of initial Husla Mode testing.

Speed Run in Nduthi 2.0 (Beta)

Development

We are still in active development and currently headed towards pre-alpha testing phase, below is a video of our progress:

To apply as a tester please contact or support team on gamedev@starjabu.co.ke.