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More Informaton On Boingz From RealNetworks

Posted by Darren Calvert

Although the following press release contains the word 'casual' far too many times for our liking, we have to admit we're pretty optimistic about RealNetworks' Boingz. A WiiWare exclusive that promises to captivate players with bendy little creatures and unique motion sensitive gameplay, this game might just give World of Goo a run for its money. See below the fold for some screenshots from this upcoming game.

Boingz to soon be available as Real’s first WiiWare title

SAN FRANCISCO - October 3, 2008 - From Nintendo’s Fall Media Summit, digital entertainment services provider RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK) today announced Boingz, its first WiiWare game for the Wii. Designed specifically for the Wii platform and its unique motion controls, Boingz will be available exclusively on WiiWare soon. Marking Real’s entrance into the console market, the game will be shown for the first time today at Nintendo’s Fall Media Summit.

"We are thrilled at Nintendo’s ability to continue bringing countless new fans to casual games with the Wii,” said Matt Turetzky, vice president of content and non-PC platforms in the Games Division of RealNetworks. “With the launch of Boingz, we are taking our casual games to living room consoles for the first time and taking advantage of the unique game play capabilities of the system to craft a casual experience targeted specifically for Wii gamers."

Developed by the award-winning studio NinjaBee and published by Real, Boingz introduces players to bendy, stretchy little critters who’ve found themselves scattered about an alien world. Players must help the Boingz free the rest of their friends and find their way back home by solving a series of addicting, mind-bending puzzles across thirty levels of fun. Using the Wii Remote to grab, stretch and fling the rubber-band bodies of the Boingz, players direct the team one by one to bounce around the environments, traverse the seas and even build bridges with their own bodies. Created exclusively for WiiWare, the single-player world of Boingz is a surreal, colorful landscape that will entertain players of all ages.

“Working with RealNetworks has allowed us to branch out to Nintendo’s Wii and create an innovative new IP with awesome physics and fantastic visuals,” said Steve Taylor, President of NinjaBee. “While we are best known for our collection of titles on other platforms, Nintendo’s WiiWare will bring to life a game that we have wanted to make for a long time and believe fans will truly enjoy.”

RealNetworks' Games Division is a leader in the casual games industry worldwide, with a vertically integrated development, publishing, licensing, distribution and retail business. Casual games are family friendly and easy-to-learn but often difficult to master. In addition to WiiWare, Wii and the Nintendo DS, RealNetworks offers titles for the PC, Mac, and a variety of mobile handsets and portable gaming devices.

“Boingz” will be available soon for download via WiiWare. WiiWare games can be found in the Wii Shop Channel. For more information, go to: http://www.gamehouse.com/wii/.

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User Comments (15)

Wiiloveit

#1

Wiiloveit said:

This game had potential. I then saw the screens. Bye bye potential!

First comment, woot!

CorbsAdmin

#3

Corbs said:

I think the idea sounds fun. I'm just curious to see how the level design is. The trickier the better. :)

Serpent

#4

Serpent said:

Sounds like a fun puzzle game. I like how it is entirely physics based and that the puzzles have multiple solutions.

Ian_Daemon

#5

Ian_Daemon said:

“Working with RealNetworks has allowed us to branch out to Nintendo’s Wii and create an innovative new IP with awesome physics and fantastic visuals”... and those fantastic visuals are where?

Wiiloveit

#7

Wiiloveit said:

@BlackFira: The graphics do look poor, but I think the whole concept I'd built up in my head totally went out of the window when I saw what exactly the gameplay was going to look like.
@Ferret75: Don't insult Frontier. LW looks much better.

And just so y'all know, I'm not just saying the graphics look bad because of the excessive colour use. I'm not like those 360 "brown is cool!" fanboys.

Saki

#8

Saki said:

looks pretty cool, but i've been wrong before, and i don't like the casual talk. i'll wait for the review.

JoshZTP

#9

JoshZTP said:

People shouldn't judge by looks and graphics anyways... it's always the first thing they have to bash... next the gameplay! :(

Give games a chance only for their appeal on gameplay... and I think Boingz may be pretty decent enough and fun... kind of flinging rubber bands at each other's face, LOL! :D

Ricardo91

#10

Ricardo91 said:

@Wiiloveitonline. So you don't want this game anymore because the graphics are mediocre? Jee, that's fair judgement. I bet you hated Mega Man 9 then. :P

btw the S&P avy is cool, even though you stole it from Outrunner. :)

This game is sounding pretty interesting. I'll be looking out for it, just so long as "casual" doesn't mean "so dumbed down a retarded chimp can play it."

@Josh. Flinging rubber bands at people is always fun. :D

Cthuloops

#11

Cthuloops said:

Sounds like an ugly Toki Tori. Also I already hate the name. But who am I to judge.

Final_Starman

#12

Final_Starman said:

Can't say much for the graphics, but hey, it is in development. Interesting art style, though. I also noticed that is has the same screenshot twice! Well, I guess it's time to actually read the article now. :-P

Twilight_Crow

#15

Twilight_Crow said:

Well, the graphics ain't that bad, but I don't like the way those boingz thingies look like, still, the gameplay sounds promising.

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