Netbabyworld

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Netbabyworld AB
Basic Information
Foundation
1999
Industry
Browser games

Netbabyworld is one of the first browser-based social gaming sites, known for its distinctive low-polygon 3d imagery, centered on an ensemble cast of characters. Founded in 1999, Netbabyworld developed as a merge venture with the Swedish company PlayCom (formerly Game Design Sweden).

Characters[edit | edit source]

Digger[edit | edit source]

Slacker[edit | edit source]

Ninja[edit | edit source]

Pekka[edit | edit source]

Moniq[edit | edit source]

Boss[edit | edit source]

Copernicus (Copern)[edit | edit source]

Games[edit | edit source]

Netbabyworld created around 20 games from 1999–2003, initially through Macromedia Shockwave, then later moving to their own proprietary PlayCom engine.

Shockwave games[edit | edit source]

Cycling[edit | edit source]

Probably the first of the NBW games, Cycling was quickly removed. The player mashed one or two buttons to move a cyclist along a track, similar to the 1980s series Summer Games.

Hi-jump[edit | edit source]

Another early game, Hi-jump is a two-button game where Digger

Ninjagirl[edit | edit source]

Ninjagirl II[edit | edit source]

Ninjagirl III[edit | edit source]

Now unavailable, Ninjagirl III allowed players to create and share their own levels.

Boat race[edit | edit source]

A top-down jet boat racing game where the player can choose between Slacker, Digger and Ninja, competing in circuit races against the other two players.

15-Love[edit | edit source]

A tennis game where the player is represented by a floating racquet.

16-Beat[edit | edit source]

In this game, the player is represented by Slacker, receiving a music lesson from Copernicus.

Tune Inn[edit | edit source]

Post Office[edit | edit source]

PlayCom games[edit | edit source]

Burger Inn[edit | edit source]

The first of the PlayCom-based games, Burger Inn sees the player represented by either Pekka or Moniq, earning money by flipping burgers for Boss.

Boatrace Gold[edit | edit source]

Now unavailable, boatrace gold was the only PlayCom game to run outside of a browser. The player raced in a 3rd-person, 3-dimensional environment.

Mobile games[edit | edit source]

Mini-Ninja[edit | edit source]

A mini-golf game featuring Digger.

Unreleased games[edit | edit source]

Jock-Strap[edit | edit source]

A 3D boxing game featuring Slacker and Digger.

Netbaby Grand Prix[edit | edit source]

The Netbaby Grand Prix Concept was developed for Nokia in a joint venture with Daydream Mobile and Terraplay. Netbaby Grand Prix is a racing game and allows up to three players to compete simultaneously in real-time over networks.

Reception[edit | edit source]

While the site enjoyed a great deal of popularity through this period, winning the 2002 Webby for best game site [1], Netbaby's monetization model was unclear.

The Playcom website states that "In April 2003 PlayCom was acquired through a management buyout by the management team, as well as key employees from former Netbaby World." It was around this time that the community features were removed, and site updates ceased.

Legacy and influence[edit | edit source]

As of 2009, Netbabyworld.com is still online and serving the Shockwave-based games. A former member of the team, Nick Sakellariou, has released a mobile version of Ninja Girl[2].


External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2002 Webby nominees & Winners. Webby awards.
  2. Ninja Girl. Nick Sakellariou.