July 12, 2012 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Chengdu,Sichuan Province, China - DreamBrother Technologies today is pleased to introduce Derby Manager 1.0 free for iOS, their detailed, high stakes, horse racing simulation. Offering players an impressive number of different kinds of races, breeds of horses, equipment, animal feed, betting, and magical abilities, the app's design includes Social Network Service integration via the company's own HoHool app, available free for mobile devices. Horse racing fans can meet new friends, chat, find local users, and arrange races using the Network's Location Based Service. Players can enter into and watch, live, interactive, competitive races either on-line or off-line.
As of July 6, the iPhone and iPad versions of Derby Manager are officially recommended by Apple as "New and Noteworthy" in the U.S. App Store. In celebration of this auspicious launch, DreamBrother Technologies is making Derby Manager a free download for a limited time only. In addition, the company is rewarding players with a seven day, lucky draw campaign starting July 10, where the company will give away one new iPad per day. Full details are available on the DreamBrother Technologies website (link below).
* Complete simulation of the world of competitive horse racing
* Buy or consign horses chosen by breeding, strengths, ratings, and performance
* Arrange practice, casual, or league races for experience and financial gain
* Readouts track a player's gems and gold coins, horse energy expended, other players, etc.
* All the reality of international horse racing plus a touch of magic
The richly detailed game allows players to select their own human avatar and move freely around the gamespace. Participants can visit the Horse Ranch, Message Board, Hall of Fame, or interact with other players using the Search or Ramble buttons. Another 3D, three-quarter, overhead view lets players visit the Horse Store (18 different horses available for sale or consignment), the General Store (20 different kinds of feed, potions, medicines, and permission cards; 10 different runes or magical objects that can be used during races; 36 different kinds of horse tack, equestrian supplies, and wings), The Mall (for exchange and purchase of gems and gold won in gameplay or gotten via an in-app purchase), and the Sales Office where details of all the player's horses acquired by purchase or consignment are kept (maximum horses per player is three).
Players can evaluate and compare horses using a myriad of measures, and the complete background and performance of each animal can be reviewed on their Breeding Card. There are three lineages of horses: Wind, Thunder, and Fire. Each horse lineage has its own advantages, e.g., Thunder has quick acceleration and is fast out of the gate. The horse lineage can be chosen at the time of purchase and remains fixed. Horse quality is also based on age, grade, mood, energy value, recovery speed, sprint ability, and physical strength. All these factors play a role in the care and training of the animal and in the anticipated performance in competition. Race horses may become injured if raced too often, and they may also become too old to race. If any of their metrics cannot meet the standard to participate in a race, the horse will be retired forcibly.
Derby Manager players and horses may participate in any of three different kinds of races: Practice Races, Nearby and Engagement Races, and Official League Races. Practice Races allow horse and rider to gain experience, which will improve a horse's chances in real-time races, plus win gold coins. Nearby and Engagement races enable players to set up the bonus, enable permissions for betting and random traps in track. Player can invite friends to participate, and these races also gain useful experience and gold coins. Players are allowed to use a maximum of three props in one race in an effort to influence the final results. Official League Races include the Silver League, Bronze League, Gold League, and Diamond League. These are the highest, official races. Each of the four Leagues has its own rules and requirements for competition.
Wagering on the results is permitted in Engagement and League Races. Payouts are determined automatically based on the calculated odds. League Races offer the opportunity to win special bonuses in gold coins or gems. Statistics of all Bets, Odds, Races, Start Times, Winnings, etc. are posted. Result statistics list horses in order of Finish, Owner, Winning Points, Bounty, Level, Experience Points, etc.
The races themselves are side-scrollers, and each of a maximum of six competitors can also move from left to right, independently. Exciting and unpredictable, there are several layers of side-scrolling animation: the foreground that is slightly out of focus and moves by quickly, the track where a maximum of six horse compete in lanes, and the background layers that move by more slowly, adding perspective. Digital readouts measure real-time performance of each horse, and players can use up to three props (potions, wings, runes, etc.) per race to help influence the results.
"Select from 18 different horses, which differ in bloodlines and classes (from E to S)," commented Nancy Xiong of DreamBrother Technologies. "There may be an ultimate horse in a million. Tap the horse card to view specific information."
* U.S. English and Chinese
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* 57.9 MB
* Internet connection required for most activities
Pricing and Availability:
Derby Manager 1.0 for iPhone and Derby Manager HD 1.0 for iPad are free for a limited time only and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. The normal price for the app is $4.99 (USD). Additional gold and gems may be obtained via an in-app purchase. Review copies are available on request.
Based in Chengdu, China, DreamBrother Technologies was founded in 2008 by Meng Jing. DreamBrother specializes in mobile internet application and mobile game development. It has a firm base on development of mobile internet application (including iOS/Android/Symbian/WP7), social network platform, and mobile game application. With target platforms of iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android currently, the company has lofty ideals and long-range plans in the mobile network domain. Copyright (C) 2008-2012 DreamBrother Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.