March 14, 2013 in Games (F)
[prMac.com] Wiltshire, United Kingdom - The future's wildest and craziest sport is coming to iPad on Thursday 14th March courtesy of UK indie developer Alistair Aitcheson. A futuristic version of soccer played on hoverbikes, Slamjet Stadium is chaotic, brutal and super-fast - an iPad game that encourages you to share an iPad and where getting in each others way is part and parcel of play.
"I received a psychic transmission from the year 2113, which inspired me to make Slamjet Stadium," said Alistair. "It was the one day I forgot to put on my foil hat - funny how these things happen by accident! You can grab each others players, throw them into traps, activate multiball releases, or simply wrestle for control of the arena in the real world."
Included in the vision were six playable teams from across the galaxy, from bloated space pigs to aging sci-fi fanboys, and nine ridiculous arenas filled with sawblades, wormholes and traps.
"I was lucky to get such a clear picture of what sport will be like in the future, so it would have been selfish not to share it with the world. Not everyone has psychic abilities as sensitive as mine. I really wanted people to get a feel for the energy and violence in the sport - so I focused on getting people to play together, sharing an iPad, getting in each others way, playing dirty and having a great laugh."
Reflecting the advancement of artificial intelligence in 2113, Slamjet Stadium also features a single-player mode where players can take on increasingly tough A.I. challengers to earn trophies, arenas and Game Center achievements.
So, is this highly physical shared-tablet play the gaming of the future?
"I sincerely hope not," says its creator. "It's far to crazy and chaotic for me. I'm much more into Snakes and Ladders."
Based in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. Alistair Aitcheson runs a one-man independent game studio, currently focusing on iOS and other mobile platforms. He strives to create games based on simple mechanics which allow complex strategic approaches from players. Alistair recently spoke at Develop Conference Liverpool and the TIGA Mobile Games Conference about his work, and believes strongly in the role of small independent studios in the future of the games industry. Copyright (C) 2013 Alistair Aitcheson. 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.