Posts Tagged ‘hasbro’

Micro Machines shows off tabletop fight-o-racing

That there new Micro Machines World Series [official site] actually looks like it might be fun. When Codemasters announced the tabletop racing game without even a screenshot I did worry it might be headed straight for the cheap and cheerful carousel of licensed software near the checkout. Now the first gameplay trailer is here, focused on its scrappy Battle Mode side, and hey, this does look like it might be fun.

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Wot I Think: 1996 Electronic Dream Phone

Oh god. This is going to take considerable amounts of wine.

So there’s this bit in Gone Home, in your younger sister’s closet, where you find a copy of a game called “Got Your Number!” It’s based on a real world game called Electronic Dream Phone. No, it really is. Cara found a copy. And played it. For science.

Dear diary: today I played 1996 Electronic Dream Phone for 1-4 players with some friends and some older guy who let us use his living room! It was like, super fetch (note to self: is ‘fetch’ happening?). It’s a game sort of a like a shit Cluedo, only instead of murderers there are twenty four boys and no weapons. Diary, who made this game? ED KEY????!!! Unless you count the Electronic Dream Phone itself as a weapon, which I have been considering, and I think I could probably bludgeon a small mammal to death with it if I needed to.

The idea is that you get three boys in your hand (eyooo!) and then you take turns to call them individually on the Phone, picking up extra boys as you discard the last ones. The boys on the phone give you a clue as to which boys do not fancy you. There is only one guy who fancies all of the ‘players’. It is a process of elimination to find out who this slutly stud is. The first person to guess correctly and call the guy in question wins. I played this game on two different occasions and on both the phone’s technology was too primitive to let us finish the game. Sniff. Technology. Read the rest of this entry »

Neverwinter Teaser, Site Open For Reg

You might recall that last year I talked to Cryptic’s Jack Emmert about the MMO he called “an old school Western tactical RPG”. It’s Neverwinter, a game that also, apparently, marks a new direction for the studio. You can see some of the fruits of that new direction over on the official site, and also in the teaser trailer below.

Looks like a fantasy action-RPG to me! Yes sir. The most interesting aspect of this, of course, is that Cryptic are planning to let people come up with their own dungeons, with their own fictions, to be installed in the world. If they pull it off it could be a genuinely interesting spin on the way these kinds of games work.
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No ‘Con: Transformers MMO Westward Bound

That’ll be the initially Asia-only game being developed by Chinese outfit Netdragon. Toy-makers Hasbro (also responsible for brands such as GI Joe, My Little Pony and Nipple Torture Adventures In The 28th Century) revealed in their latest money hat conference that they’ll be releasing the game in the US and Europe too. There remain no details, other than a tiny JPG that just might have enough hints of red and blue to suggest Optimus Prime will appear in the game. In fact, I am willing to say right here, right now that the most well-known Transformer of them all will appear in an upcoming Transformers game even though that has not been confirmed. Yeah, crazy huh? I’m a daredevil, me.
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Monopoly: The MMO

how much for Heroin Alley?

Perhaps massively multiplayer city-building/tycoonery is going to become the next big sub-genre – the natural future of all those management games that quietly earn a lot of money from non-traditional gamers. We’ve got Cities XL incoming in a few weeks, for better or worse, and now toymakers Hasbro are taking a crack at something very vaguely similar with Monopoly City Streets. Clever bit: it’s based around Google Maps, it’s designed to be one giant game that runs until the end of Janaury 2010, and in theory every single street in the world can be purchased. It’s the World’s Biggest Game Of Monopoly, apparently. Hah. It’s not as big as the game of Monopoly I’ve just thought of.
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