High Tech Nostalgia - Tractor Beam

February 1, 2010 in Games (E)

[prMac.com] Pasadena, CA - Manufacturing Content today is proud to release 'Tractor Beam' for the iPhone and iPod Touch, a game that bridges the gap between classic and new by using both monochrome vector graphics and multi-touch gameplay, nostalgic sound effects and a modern procedurally generated soundtrack. Along with many others in a wave of indie iPhone developers, Manufacturing Content has attempted to pluck the best elements from many generations of video games, resulting in a new cross-era hybrid that preserves the simplicity and appeal of yesterday's games while harnessing the power of new technology like multi-touch.

The game itself could be said to be a part of the popular "Swinging Games" genre recently highlighted by Apple on the App Store, along with favorites like 'Hook Champ.' This gameplay is then transposed to the world of arcade games circa 1979, with the player instead swinging a spaceship through an increasingly dense asteroid field.

Inspired by endless nights playing Atari's 'Asteroids' and a fascination with the latest in Apple technology, Tractor Beam's developers aimed to create an intuitive game with broad appeal that would recapture some of the glory of classic arcade games while offering the benefits of Apple's platform, not the least of which is the ability to choose your own background music from the iPod application. Its own evolving loop-based soundtrack is something that would not have been possible in the games it emulates while the music itself is reminescent of classic science fiction movies.

Tractor Beam is among the new wave of games embracing the latest technology but with a nod to the classic games of eras gone by.

Device Requirements:
*iPhone or iPod Touch 3.12 or later

Pricing and Availability:
Tractor Beam 1.0 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

Manufacturing Content was born in 2009 as a loose collective of artists, musicians, designers, and programmers with the mission to create content for the web and mobile devices that is 'most excellent.' This includes music, flash games, iPhone applications and, inspired by early Nickelodeon and MTV, short form animation. Having grown up online Manufacturing Content's members seek to transform the internet in their own image. (C) 2010 Manufacturing Content. Nickelodeon and MTV are the property of Viacom. Asteroids is a trademark of Atari, Inc. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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