Ice Hockey Meets Minigolf: ClusterPuck 99

What fresh hell is this?

For all my previous gushing about reimagined sport games, I entirely missed ClusterPuck 99 [official site] when it first came out last year. It looks like ice hockey stripped down to the essentials of one puck, two goals, and up to eight players, but then built back up with wackiness borrowed from a minigolf course rather than any field or rink I’ve seen. Mazes! Spikes! Bumpers! Boosters! Perilous drops! Spinny bits! Silliness! ClusterPuck comes to my attention now through its release on Steam, where a launch discount brings it briefly down to £5.94.

ClusterPuck has your usual serious hockey puck-knocking, with its twenty sports arenas for serious sports are weird battle arenas filled with twists, turns, obstacles, bumpers, speed boosts, spikes, and other things I assume must be standard sporting equipment in Sweden or Canada or one of the other ice hockey nations. It does have simpler maps too, mind, if you’d rather plain old barging and pucking every now and then.

Along with local multiplayer for up to 8, with CPU opponents if you fancy, and the Steam release brings a new singleplayer “challenge” mode too.

On Windows and Mac, with a Linux build to follow “very soon”, it’s £5.94 through Steam until Friday, when it’ll go up to £6.99. Have a trailer:

From this site

5 Comments

  1. Zankman says:

    Hope it gets online multyplayer. I know it’s difficult to make (relatively) but the game is otherwise useless to me.

  2. Telkir says:

    Ooh. Seem to be a spruced-up version of Haxball, a similar and simpler web-based game. I’d happily buy this on the day they add online multiplayer – looks like they did a good job with it.

    • Zankman says:

      I read comments from the Dev(s) on the Steam Community forums for the game.

      Apparently, they have absolutely no intention or desire of adding Online! They have some dumb and rather naive and thickheaded idea to “Bring back Local gaming”… By releasing an irrelevant game and keeping it irrelevant due to a lack of Online MP. Heh.

      So, yeah, just go play Haxball.

      Better yet, play TagPro and Supraball!

      • Tukuturi says:

        Don’t forget “Hockey?” from Crypticsea.

      • The First Door says:

        Yeah, sorry, but making a game for local multiplayer groups isn’t naive or thickheaded! If you don’t want to play it because of a lack of multiplayer, that’s fine, don’t buy it. There are plenty of games with online play.

        Some people, like myself, would much rather indie developers stopped wasting their time on online multiplayer functionality which will be dead within days and instead use that time to make the game fun to play with friends on our couch!