June 16, 2009 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Los Angeles, California - Toy Kite Software has released iSamurai Lite: Two-Player Sword Fight, a free version of their Wi-Fi sword fighting game and simulation for iPhone and iPod touch. Developed to take advantage of the iPhone's accelerometers and networking capabilities, iSamurai is an interactive sword-fighting game, where the two players use actual physical motions to attack and block attacks with their iPhones.
When a player slashes with his iPhone and his/her opponent blocks by holding up another iPhone, the sound of clashing swords is heard from both devices. An unsuccessful block results in the defender's iPhone emitting one of a number of cries to indicate a hit. Toy Kite has posted videos on its web site (as well as on YouTube) demonstrating the game in action. A training "Dojo" is offered so players can practice the different iSamurai moves.
"iSamurai is a simulation of a sword fight for two people, similar to action-oriented games for the Wii. With iSamurai Lite, we are making our game available to all iPhone and iPod touch 2nd generation users for free," said Robert Hogg, CEO and founder of Toy Kite Software. "Players are dueling with their iPhone swords in their living rooms!"
In iSamurai Lite, the iPhones distinguish between different attacks and each attack can be countered by the opponent using the correct block. The two devices communicate their actions and countering actions to each other over Wi-Fi in real time and use realistic sounds to indicate whether an attack was successful or blocked. After the battle, both devices report the scores with appropriate images for the winner and loser.
iSamurai Lite includes a single-player mode with two different opponents. The opponents yell out different attacks, and the player must quickly defend against them and launch offensive attacks by slashing with their iPhone. To get players started, iSamurai has a tutorial featuring animations of the different attacks. The game also includes quotes from The Art of War by Sun Tzu and from The Book of Five Rings by samurai Miyamoto Musashi.
iSamurai Lite: Two-Player Sword Fight includes the following features:
* Two-player interactive Wi-Fi game using two iPhones or iPod touches
* Single-player game with computer opponents
* Tutorial featuring animations of the different attacks
* Training "Dojo" where the player can practice the different iSamurai moves
* Art of War quotes from legendary warriors
* iPhone or iPod touch 2G, OS 2.2.1 or later
iSamurai Lite: Two-Player Sword Fight for iPhone is free and is available now exclusively through Apple's iTunes Store.
iSamurai Lite 1.0 uses a Wi-Fi connection for two-player mode. iSamurai 2.0 will be use Apple's upcoming iPhone software 3.0, allowing two players to compete anywhere using blue-tooth communication between their iPhones. To schedule an interview with Robert Hogg, please call 323-982-8243 or contact online.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Toy Kite Software is a privately held company founded in 2008 by robotics engineer Robert Hogg. Robert is a graduate of the Computer Science and Engineering program at UCLA, and works for NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. Toy Kite's goal is to create exciting software that fully leverages the capabilities of the iPhone platform. The Toy Kite team includes Robert Hogg, Arin Morfopoulos; technical director and lead software engineer, Doug Hogg; research and promotion director, and Ryan Rodriguez; director of design. Copyright 2008-2009 Toy Kite Software. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries. Wii is a registered trademark of Nintendo Co. Ltd.