MarijuanaGames.org announced the release of 2 new cannabis-themed video games this week, adding the titles Crop Defender and Too Stoned Russ to its stable of marijuana games. Previous games produced by the US-based company were mostly parodies such as Stoned Mario and Stoned Pacman. However, the 2 new games released by the company stray from this concept with more original storylines and game play.
Crop Defender is an 8 level full feature video game where players must defend their marijuana crops from a variety of threats including drought, fungus, insects, deer, thieves and police.
Too Stoned Russ is just 3 levels and pokes fun at the company's founder, Russ Hudson. In this game players are tasked with keeping "Russ" upright as he travels through a stoner's world. Hudson says this game was meant to let people know that although he takes his work in the cannabis industry serious,
"There is also a fun side to this industry that we must keep in perspective. Yes, marijuana has significant medical applications, but it's also a great way to have fun, socialize, relax and unwind." Hudson explained during a recent interview.
Hudson is the primary writer and editor for MarijuanaGames.org and has written numerous articles about the cannabis industries in Barcelona, Amsterdam and Denver. He has also penned a large number of cannabis strain reviews and has been featured for his work in publications ranging from The New York Times to BusinessWeek and Barcelona Metropolitan to High Times.
Hudson says that although Crop Defender and Too Stoned Russ have become the 7th and 8th video game titles released by the company, the site name and most of its content is really a play on words:
"Marijuana Games are fun to play and the games we feature are a huge draw to the site, but the site name refers to much more than this. It's a statement of the literal and figurative games we have all had to play for the last 60 years just to get a little bit of weed."
Hudson's sentiment is shared by many, with recent polls showing that 51% of the US population supports legalization of marijuana. With 3 new US regions passing recreational marijuana legislation (Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C.), it's likely that niche businesses in the cannabis industry like Marijuana Games will become more popular.
All games produced by the company are based on Flash, although Hudson says that apps will soon be available for game play on mobile devices and tablets.
Crop Defender can be played for free at the following link:
Too Stoned Russ can be played here: