I played Karma Kingdom, a Facebook game loosely based around Hindu morality and mythology. There’s no money (only goodwill) and Ganesh is your guide (in later stages come Hanuman, etc). I played it for a while. It’s pretty cool. Kinda standard FB gameplay. I like accumulation games (SimCity, Age Of War) and accumulating fake karma is just as fun as accumulating fake money. Just not yet. Still trying to get the hang of this.
For reference, I don’t like Farmville and have never played Angry Birds. I am not the target user here.
So far, the game play is fine. Stuff looks good, Ganesh removes most obstacles and the initial walk thru is helpful without being dull. I like the design and general functionality. My only quibbles are that Ganesh’s later advice is rarely relevant to what’s going on, and the background text cuts off. You also have to manually mouse around and harvest karma and goodwill from people (I think), which gets annoying. Also, after about Level 4, there’s very little going on. This is not like SimCity or other accumulation games where you can try out being evil for a while. It only seems like there’s one way to go. It’s a bit like watching grass grow.
It’s just not that fun yet. My people keep walking around and I’ve built shrubs for them and they seem to worship me, but nothing to write home about. I’m honestly checking in just to write this, it’s already lost my interest. That said, I also lost interest in Farmville, so there must be something there. Have a look for yourself:
The game has also been getting a lot of play in Indian media, mainly for its quasi-sponsorship by the gods.