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The Social Times has just released a review of Hello Kitty Online in which they proclaim HKO “the cutest MMORPG in history”. Also praised were the art and graphics, fun gameplay, friendly interaction with other players, and overall quality. The verdict:

“As a veteran MMORPG player, I loved the simplicity, adorable graphics, and introduction tutorial that makes this game extremely accessible for (nearly) all ages. The community is just what you’d expect from Hello Kitty fans – fun-loving and helpful. I really enjoyed the cooperative gameplay, outfitting my avatar in cute clothes, and talking to the Sanrio characters scattered throughout HKO. This is a quality, attractive and fun game for gamers of all skill levels – give it a shot!”

Click to read the Social Times full review of HKO!

MPOGD.com reviewed Hello Kitty Online and found it “cute”, “peaceful”, and in possession of “a system that other games would be smart to copy”.  Jason Van Horn explains why HKO is a good choice if you enjoy relaxation and conviviality:

Most MMOs are based around combat, leveling, and eventually hitting end game content. There is still an element of combat in the game, but it takes a bit of a backseat to everything else, and the process of leveling didn’t even register as a driving factor in the game for me. I’m desperately trying to reach level cap in World of Warcraft before its expansion comes out, so I’m constantly hurrying, fighting, and trying to do only the things that will help me level as fast as possible. With HKO I found myself playing at a much more relaxed pace, engaging in crafting, farming, playing mini-games, and not really paying attention to gained levels at all.

Head over to MPOGD.com to read the full review of Hello Kitty Online!

Good news everyone!

Players from the US & Canada and International servers will soon be able to purchase Sanrio Cash Points via Playspan’s payment portal.  These Sanrio Cash Points can be used to purchase cute and cool virtual items from Hello Kitty Online’s item mall.

Playspan is an industry leader in monetization solutions for more than 1000 online games, virtual worlds and social networks.  We’ll be announcing more updates on this real soon so stick around!  In the meantime, read-up on the coverage from TechCrunch.

Last week, Hello Kitty Online was in the spotlight at Massively! “Rise and Shiny” columnist Beau Hindman gave the game pretty high marks!  He said:

“Although I knew what to expect when I logged in, I was pleasantly surprised at how it all flowed together. While the animations were primitive, there was a consistency to it all; a flow that made it feel more together than quite a few “adult” games I have played.”  He added: “Even with that title, it does more to satisfy my love for open character development than many of the major players.”

The game isn’t short of praise from Massively’s readers too.  User Branclem noted:

“Polish, polish, polish - that always seems to be where my mind is at when I’m taking and writing up my notes. Unlike the last 2 weeks, this is a game that has it. The production qualities are high, nothing seemed buggy or broken, and everything just feels like it flows together rather smoothly. There are little flash-style minigames that come up during some quests, and they are fully animated and even have some voiceovers, providing a fun distraction from the main gameplay.”

Another reader, Yogi commented:

“I think it really fills its niche well. It runs smooth, has easy controls, decent graphics for younger audiences, and has a lot of stuff to occupy your time.“

Some potential issues were also raised by Massively and users, and we are now reviewing our sign-up and client download procedures.  We really appreciate any comments that allow us to improve the game experience for everyone.

Check out the full review at Massively and let us know what you think!  We always look forward to hearing your feedback!

The Hello Kitty Online Team

MMORPG.com released today an exclusive interview with two members of the Hello Kitty Online team.  Game Designer Abby Reyes and VP of Business Development and Publishing Robert Ferrari offered some updates regarding the latest news in HKO as well as an exciting peek of what’s to come!

Click here to read the interview at MMORPG.com.

HKO Splash

We have a lot in store for you as the year winds up.  Stay tuned for more news and updates!

Hello Kitty Online receives another positive review, this time from Examiner!  Tucson Video Game Examiner Tara Foulkrod took a peek at the North American closed beta of Hello Kitty Online and she liked what she saw.

HKO at Examiner.com

According to her review:

“The graphics are smooth, and what you would expect from the Hello Kitty world.  Very detailed and very much from a fantasy world.  The controls are easy to master, and the quests are relatively easy to finish.  Very child friendly, and very friendly in general.  I’m going to give this game an 8.0/10…”

The article covers quite a bit of info about the game and it’s a good read for anyone who wants to check out the game.  Click here to read the rest of the review at the Examiner website.

The closed beta tests of the North American release of Hello Kitty Online is currently underway.  Visit the Area Games website for more information.

They’re onto us! The clever folks at Massively have put the puzzle pieces together, and uncovered our plans of world domination! And yes, it’s true: Hello Kitty Online is working on conquering Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brazil, Europe, and North America. And, soon, the rest of the world!

Hello Kitty Online on Massively

There’s no hiding it now, so we invite you to get the scoop from the Massively article, a true example of peerless investigative journalism. It was only a matter of time before our secret was revealed, but it’s too late to stop us now! Onward, Hello Kitty Online!

Thanks to everyone’s support, Hello Kitty Online got 4th place in the “Most Anticipated Game” category of the 2008 MMOsite’s Reader’s Choice Award.  This is truly an amazing feat considering the competition, and we know we wouldn’t make it there without everyone here who supported us.  Thank you for voting for us!

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Hello Kitty Online also won the Best Graphics award in this year’s Hong Kong ICT Awards. The Hong Kong ICT Awards is a yearly collaborative effort among digital entertainment organizations, ICT professional bodies, academia and the government to select and honor Hong Kong’s finest accomplishments in IT and digital entertainment.  The Best Digital Entertainment Award recognizes the best works produced in the Hong Kong digital entertainment industry. The presentation ceremony was held on February 9, 2009 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

SanrioDigital awarded

We are truly honored to garner such a prestigious awards! We’d like to thank the community not only for their support but for their feedback as well! Your continuous feedback has really helped us improve the game and bring it to where it is now.  We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Here comes another exclusive interview, this time from the popular game website Gamers Daily News! In it you’ll find fresh information on the concepts behind the game, so check it out by clicking this link!

Hello Kitty Online Interview on Gamers Daily News

Hello Kitty caused quite a stir when she hit the gaming scene, and HKO has since exceeded expectations. This new interview with Community Manager Abigail Reyes can give players, fans and those who are simply curious a better idea of just what makes the game so unique. Happy reading!

If you’ve been eager to learn more about the future of Hello Kitty Online, then we’ve got a treat for you! The popular game website Ten Ton Hamster has posted yet another exclusive interview on their site, this time with HKO Community Manager Abigail Reyes. In it you will find more information about the upcoming Founders’ Beta, more details about the game in general, and even about Open Beta! There are also a couple of exclusive screenshots there, so don’t miss out!

Exclusive New Interview on Ten Ton Hamster

Also on Ten Ton Hamster, in case you missed it, are the results for the poll on “Which Game are You Most Looking Forward to Coming Out in 2008?“. The people have spoken, and HKO leads the race with a whopping 66% of votes!

And finally, you can view the highly talked-about New HKO Trailer on their site as well. Just click this link to see it again, and if you haven’t yet, now’s a good chance! Enjoy!

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