Hemp Inc. is a new cannabis mobile game that simulates what it’s like to own a cannabis dispensary. It is similar to other simulation games that have taken off in the past, like The Sims or Game Dev Tycoon, which are a few of many games that simulate life and alternate career experiences. However, Hemp Inc. has ties to the real life cannabis industry in a few unique ways.
The main goal of the game is to cultivate, sell and expand your cannabis business. There are over 20 different strains available to grow, and as players sell their harvests, they can purchase more properties. After they begin to make a name for themselves, celebrity cannabis users such as Wiz Khalifa, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg might discover your business. You’ll also see a few recognizable real-life organizations represent in Hemp Inc., such as NORML, and eventually, players will be able to listen to a live stream of Scottsdale, Arizona-based CannabisRadio.com while they play.
Hemp Inc. is developed by HKA Digital Studios and led by former Call of Duty and Tony Hawk developer, Danny Hammett, “I do intend for this game to communicate and send a message. The goal of the game right now is to grow weed, sell weed, and improve your standing in the community so you can help decriminalize cannabis within our virtual world,” said Hammett. As players rise up the rankings, they are confronted with difficult problems that mimic real-world issues, “You will have to deal with political issues, taxation issues, zoning issues, all of the above.”
As a veteran of the video game industry, Hammett admitted that even he wasn’t entirely sold on developing a cannabis mobile game until he did more research. “As a father of five daughters, do I want my kids out there smoking pot? No, I really don’t. But at the same time, do I think it’s vastly disproportionate, the laws that are applied in this space? Undeniably. Anyone with half a brain should understand that.”
The game first released on April 26, but is now starting to gain popularity, now with around half a million downloads. Hammett notes that the developers decided to stabilize the game and get it ready for high volume downloads and players before pushing its marketing department. The official launch for Hemp Inc. is set for August. You can download it for free now on iOS or Android.