Kinoko Collection Mushroom Girl Game Closes Shop
posted on by Eric Stimson
After a mere few months, the cute mushroom girls of Kinoko Collection have hung up their caps. According to an announcement posted on the game staff's official Twitter feed, Kinoko Collection's server was taken down on July 1 due to "financial difficulties" at Cmix, the game's developer. The staff deeply apologized for letting down those who had been awaiting improvements to the game system's problems.
The game took its inspiration from a long-running dispute between partisans of two Japanese snack brands, the Kinoko no Yama ("Mushroom Mountain") and Takenoko no Sato ("Bamboo Shoot Village"). The objective was to gather and train girls into an army to defend their village from a bamboo shoot onslaught. The girls were all anthropomorphized mushrooms, ranging from Buna Shimeji (brown beech mushrooms) and Eringi (king trumpet mushrooms) to Numeriiguchi (slippery jacks) and Hatsutake.