December 21, 2010 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Huntington Beach, California - Technicat, LLC has announced version 2.1 on the iPhone and iPad, the culmination of a partnership between Technicat and Hyper Entertainment, Plc. to bring the original HyperBowl attraction game to mobile platforms. This latest update features all six of the original HyperBowl lanes - Classic, Rome, Forest, High Seas, San Francisco and Tokyo.
Technicat is also pleased to announce a repeat of last December's holiday charity promotion. Last year, the recipient was Get Well Gamers, an organization providing video games for pain relief to hospitalized children. This December, one dollar of every HyperBowl sale will go to a Donors Choose project.
The attraction version of HyperBowl debuted in the Sony Metreon in 1999 and is still available in venues such as Dave and Buster's. The attraction game features a tall projection screen, 3D fantasy bowling lanes, and a real bowling ball acting as the controller.
After a year of development on the Unity game engine, HyperBowl 1.0 was released for the iPhone and iPod touch in December of 2009 with the first three HyperBowl lanes - Classic (an eerie otherworldly environment), Rome (art and aqueducts of ancient Rome) and Forest (an idyllic setting).
Soon after the iPad was launched in April, HyperBowl 1.5 was released as a universal app with native support for the iPhone and iPad, including full-screen iPad support. HyperBowl 2.0 upgraded to the new Unity 3 engine, takes advantage of the latest hardware and Unity 3 features to add more graphical content in each lane, plus the San Francisco lane for HD devices and full HD resolution on the new Retina displays of the fourth-generation iPhone and iPod touch. In addition, HyperBowl 2.0 introduced Game Center support using plugins from Prime31 Studios.
* All six of the original HyperBowl lanes, Classic, Rome, Forest, High Seas, San Francisco and Tokyo. (non-HD devices will run the first four lanes)
* Art and sound from the original game
* Full-screen native resolution on the iPad and fourth-generation iPhone and iPod touch
* Unique touch screen swiping controls that emulate the original bowling ball control
* Play up to four-person multiplayer in the arcade mode
* Integration with Apple's Game Center
* Single univeral binary supports all iOS 4.1 capable devices and iOS 3.3 on the iPad
HyperBowl on the iPhone and iPad is implemented with the recently popular Unity iPhone game engine but retains the art and audio assets from the HyperBowl attraction and stays faithful to the look and feel of the original game, as attested to by reviewers:
HyperBowl is one of MacLife's 100 Greatest iPhone Apps of 2009 - "Sure, there are a lot of bowling games for the iPhone, but none of them match the legacy that HyperBowl has. The gameplay feels organic, with its beautiful outdoor themed bowling lanes."
SlapApp - "HyperBowl definitely portrays a retro arcade feel that's consistent with the original, and offers a uniquely different game-play that other traditional bowling apps simply do not offer."
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.1 or later (iPhone/iPod) or iOS 3.3 (iPad)
* Universal Application
* 24.2 MB
Pricing and Availability:
HyperBowl 2.1 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Located in Huntington Beach, CA, Technicat, LLC was founded in 2004 by Phil Chu. Technicat provides software consulting services and self-publishes games under the brand Fugu Games. All Material and Software (C) 2010 Technicat, LLC / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.. HyperBowl is a registered trademark of Hyper Entertainment, Plc.