September 6, 2011 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Budapest, Hungary - The newly launched website is the first public appearance of the game. Divemaster was designed by indie developer Gyula Somogyi, multiple award winning underwater filmmaker. The lack of "real" diving games for the iPad inspired him to create a very casual but at the same time a very diver-friendly game. Simple game mechanics (2D line-drawing) accompanied by real diving physics and diving industry standard solutions put the players in control of dive groups of up to eight divers, simulating the job of a divemaster working at a diveboat, visiting tropical water reefs. The dream job of many people is now available to everyone.
The game focuses on the core activities of a divemaster: guiding divers under the water, showing them the amazing underwater world and animals. The player must connect the divers to those animals they wish to photograph. Each photo taken rewards the player with tips from the divers. Using these tips the divers can be upgraded by means of training and new equipment. Just like a real divemaster, the player must take good care of their divers: if they run out of air, they will die and the game will end.
There is no violence in the game - no shooting animals, no blood-packs. Beyond the core activities, players can remove dangerous waste from the water and receive environmental bonuses. This non-violent approach was applied from the very beginning of the design, promoting the responsible behaviour of divers in the oceans.
During the game players explore the 31,000 pixel wide underwater terrain (more than 30 iPad landscape screens across!), starting at 15ft (5m) and going down more than 300ft (100m). 48 carefully animated animals can be unlocked by completing the preset divegroups in Adventure mode. Endless and Zen-modes enhance the replay value of the game. Players can compete not only to fill their photo album, but for glory: who is the best divemaster in our oceans?
The diveshop offers different upgrades, modelled on the diving industry: certification cards, tanks and special diving equipment for the in-game divers and additional skills for the player. Gamecenter leaderboards and achievements add further value to the gameplay. Divemaster will require any iPad or iPad 2, and will be released in the fall of 2011.
Gyula Somogyi is an award winning underwater filmmaker (35). His artistic short films have been awarded various prizes at independent underwater festivals from the USA to Russia. One such film, The Ships of Darkness, has been published on DVD and was critically acclaimed by many reviewers, selected for the 7th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles. Beyond filmmaking he focuses on game design. Copyright (C) 2011 Gyula Somogyi. 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.