Minotaur China Shop Tomorrow

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Minotaur China Shop, from the mighty minds that brought us Jetpack Brontosaurus and Off-Road Velociraptor Safari, looks as though it will be with us tomorrow. Hints on the Blurst blog have been counting down to the release, along with the latest video (below).

At first glance watching footage of it your heart could possibly sink thinking, “What in the blue wave of hell, Flashbang are doing a Diner Dash clone?!” But fortunately first glances are not always very revealing. Because this is a game about smashing stuff up. Oh yes please. Words can’t do justice – watch the latest trailer.

More news tomorrow, I’d think.


  1. cyrenic says:

    It’d be enough for me had they just released that trailer. Playing the game is just a bonus now.

  2. Nero says:

    Finally the time has come! Can’t wait to try it out.

  3. Ceremony says:

    So you get points for smashing shit in a shop? Sounds cute, but seems really dull to play.

  4. John Walker says:

    I wish I could know whether games are dull or not before I play them. It would make my job a lot easier. Teach me your tricks, Ceremony!

  5. Okami says:


    There is no way a game that features a 7x insurance combo can be a bad game.

  6. FernandoDANTE says:

    You know, bulls don’t actually do any destruction if they enter a China Shop. Don’t these people watch Mythbusters?

  7. Pags says:

    When I see this game, I’m always reminded of the Family Guy gag where a bull is harmlessly perusing a vase in a china shop when a stray bullet ricochets around breaking everything in sight, leaving the hapless bull standing amidst the destruction.

    After I’m done being reminded, I think to myself “God I love Flashbang studios” and destroy vast chunks of my life playing Off-Road Velociraptor Safari again.

    I also did a John Walker when playing Jetpack Brontosaurus and got teary-eyed; I don’t know why, it just seemed so very splendid.

  8. SKACE says:

    This game might be good. Of course for 30 mminutes…

  9. Kevlmess says:

    Don’t these people watch Mythbusters?

    Why, of course they do. Which is precisely why there’s a fierce minotaur instead of a bull in the game.

  10. Iain says:

    This could well be a late contender for my game of the year.

  11. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    Man, Flashbang comes up with some of the best game ideas ever.

    And by “tomorrow” do they mean tomorrow there or tomorrow here?

  12. John Walker says:

    Well, for 2/3 of the day it’s the same thing. Thursday.

  13. Dominic White says:

    Ceremony: As far as I can gather from previews and this video, you get points for selling stuff from your shop to customers. However, every mistake you make seems to make your character angrier and harder to control. Enough mistakes, and you snap.

    But fortunately you’ve got Minotaur Rage Insurance! Unfortunately, to fully claim on this policy, you need to completely trash your store before the rage wears off.

  14. Larington says:

    Nice to see how they’ve turned the destruction penalty around and (I’ve no idea what triggers the change here) turned it into an opportunity the moment you hit that rage point and your suddenly getting points for smashing the stuff instead of avoiding it. Two challenges for the price of one it seems.

  15. John Walker says:

    Pags – there’s certainly something weep-inducing about just letting the Bronto fall into the blackness of space with that music playing.

  16. The Hammer says:


    Thanks for letting us know, RPS! I’ll be tuning into this straight away!

  17. manintheshack says:

    Best game trailer ever?

  18. A-Scale says:

    I’m really not very excited about this one. It looks frustrating in the server portion, and not satisfying/speedy enough in the smashing part. And don’t give me any lip about “oh well you haven’t played it”. Fair enough, but I’m basing my opinion on how satisfying the smashing looks, as that will be the biggest part to me.

  19. Bhazor says:

    I think I prefer the last trailer. The disjointed whistling, the wobbly legs the eventual decline into a world class sulk.
    Kind of like how TV says I should be behaving as a 20 year old male.

    Also game of the year? Not likely. Soundtrack of the year? Possibly.

  20. Beastman says:

    I have to be honest, I have no idea what anyone is seeing in this game at all aside from the name…which is probably the coolest game name ever, admittedly. But the serving part looks tediously slow, and the rage part looks suprisingly slow as well.

    Could play a lot better than the trailers, but color me completely unimpressed thus far.

  21. lalahsghost says:

    I still consider flashbang to be a one hit wonder with raptor safari. I can’t stand Jetpack, and this looks like something I’ll spend a day or two with. Honest to goodness, but random…. Jetpack made me quit playing raptor safari…

  22. Caiman says:

    I’m playing Overlord at the moment, and this really hits the same “smash everything while laughing madly” note.

  23. thefanciestofpants says:

    I love these guys. Bring on tomorrow!

  24. Jazmeister says:

    Holy crap, this is great news! I love computer vidjeo games!

  25. Tei says:

    Is a risk to make a game about “bad controls”. But I suspect BCS is more about physics and good laughts in a crazy humour sense. Is a montypythoneske “Gag-game”. I don’t think the value will be in “replay value”. But this are too much words for a game I have never played. So ignore this post.