Kihon Games takes $1.5M in round led by Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson

Tuscon-based Kihon Games just picked up $1.5 million in a round led by one of mobile and social gaming’s most prolific angel investors, Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson.

The funds will go toward Kihon’s second game, a physics-based title called Dojo Danger that will come out next quarter. It’s a strategy game that combines elements of pinball, billiards and a “touch of Angry Birds.” Thompson and Dan Fiden of Signia Ventures join Kihon’s board.

Kihon’s last game, Baby Monkey (Going Backwards on a Pig) is a whimsical platformer where a tiny monkey rides on the back of a pig and has to avoid obstacles like space unicorns and hamsters.

The company was co-founded by a duo from Sony Online Entertainment. Dan Kopycienski was a director of development there overseeing a few social gaming titles while chief executive Mark Grossnickle worked at Sony for a short time after several years in creating online brand advertising campaigns and websites for clients like KFC, Verizon, and Transition Lenses.

This deal adds more to Thompson’s portfolio of early-stage investments including holdings in Idle Games and Wild Needle. He also was an early investor in Modern War and Crime City-maker Funzio.