July 7, 2010 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Doncaster, UK - Creative Ninjas today is pleased to introduce BORLS 1.0, their quiz game with attitude and personality for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Billed as "Possibly the most annoying and loudest quiz ever!" the game features a zany emcee, whose cartoon-voice comments on the action are accompanied by distracting noises while the player is trying to read and answer questions. Wrong answers produce greater noise, right answers less. For one or more players, this quiz game tests more than knowledge.
BORLS is an acronym for Brains Over Really Loud Sounds, and the player quickly discovers that maintaining the ability to think is as important as finding the correct answer to the multiple choice questions. As the high-pitched voice of the game's Master of Ceremonies taunts the player (i.e. "tic-toc, tic-toc, tic-toc!"), layers of additional mechanical noises, cheers, explosions, static, etc., are added each time the player gives an incorrect answer in the quiz (over 50 different sounds). And to add to the pressure, there is a time limit for choosing each answer, and the player loses one of his "lives" for each incorrect answer; having lost all his "lives" the game ends.
For a more relaxed game the volume can be switched off, but when the player starts a new game he is asked, "Would you like to earn more points and have the annoying noises on?" Besides the volume switch, the app includes an iPhone odometer display allowing the player to answer questions from All Categories or a specific category: Sport & Leisure, TV & Film, Language & Communication, Food & Drink, Pop & Music, Miscellaneous, Fun & Games, Geography, History, Literature, and Science. There are over 3,000 questions included, with free additions in future updates.
* Multiple choice quiz game with attitude and personality
* Expect compliments if your answer is corrects, jeers and noise if not
* Layers of distracting noise build, making answering questions more difficult
* 11 different categories of questions, over 50 distracting sounds
* Over 3,000 questions - choose random or a specific category
* Submit your own BORL question and multiple-choice answers
A particularly innovative feature is the submit function, where a player can submit a BORL of his own. After identifying the category, he is prompted to type in his question (100 characters or fewer), and then four answer choices, including the correct one (30 character each or fewer). Witty trivia buffs may find cyber-immortality as a BORL contributor, as their questions go viral through the online trivia community.
"BORLS turns the typical quiz-show paradigm upside down, where the contestant is asked the question and there's a hushed silence throughout the audience as he tries to think of the right answer, earn points, and win a million dollars," commented Managing Director Peter Jarvis. "Playing BORLS, the insane racket just gets worse and worse, till the player, dignity demolished, is reduced to incoherence."
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later
* 4.8 MB
Pricing and Availability:
BORLS 1.0 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available upon request.
Located in Doncaster, Creative Ninjas is a collective of creatives from the UK. They supply innovative, creative solutions in the following areas: web development, professional photography, creative consultancy, branding & marketing, copywriting, original artwork, and SEO. They have recently added iPhone app development, and BORLS is their first product in the App Store. Copyright (C) 2010 Creative Ninjas. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.