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MotoHeroz for WiiWare Sounds a Lot Better Than You Might Think

Posted by James Newton

2D action platform racing from RedLynx

Here's a quick question for you: have there been many platform games where you control a monster truck? That slim genre is about to get a monster-sized boost as Finnish developer RedLynx has announced MotoHeroz on the way to WiiWare.

Although you may not have heard of RedLynx, Xbox 360 owners may have played its Live Arcade title Trials HD, a particularly fine slice of old-school, one-more-go gaming, which bodes particularly well for this WiiWare title. Binding a strong physics engine to a platform game featuring monster trucks, MotoHeroz sounds like a winner already, but the game's other features sound even more intriguing: a new online track becomes available every day, with online leaderboards for players to conquer. If you're more of a single-screen multiplayer type, MotoHeroz features four-player local play and even a single-player adventure mode.

We've contacted RedLynx for more information, but in the meantime enjoy these two screenshots and this fine press release.

September 1, 2010 (Helsinki, Finland) — RedLynx (redlynx.com) today unveiled its latest creation: MotoHeroz, a brand new game for Nintendo's WiiWare™ service.

MotoHeroz takes RedLynx’s established expertise in fast, physics-based gaming and expands it into an exciting, racing adventure, delivering a unique, side-scrolling platform racer.

Players race, chase, and rally their way through a rich, challenging world, competing against their friends for the fastest times, entering daily races, and hunting for secrets and coins.

The game has three main modes: a surprising single player adventure, a four player local multiplayer mode, and a new type of daily online competition, in which a new online track opens up daily to give players fresh opportunities to reach the top of the Leader Boards.

"With this game, we are taking our expertise in downloadable content, addictive gameplay, and the racing genre, and adapting it to the strengths of the Wii™," said Antti Ilvessuo, Creative Director of RedLynx. "The result is a unique, appealing game that combines racing game thrills with platformer charm," he added.

Key Features
Simple but effective physics deliver an addictive gaming experience
Single player story mode with memorable characters and rich visuals
Four-player party mode that's easy for anyone to pick up and play
Ghost race against any player's time on any track in the game
Global and Friend-based Leader Boards to fuel your competitive fires
Brand new kind of daily online competition, where new tracks and Leader Boards are opened and closed each day
Steady 60 FPS, widescreen support, and blazing fast load times
Packed with content, including 100+ tracks and three game modes

"We're thrilled to be working with Nintendo on this project," said Tero Virtala, CEO of RedLynx. "With a game like MotoHeroz, we are expanding the number of retail quality releases we are delivering to online marketplaces."

RedLynx is a Finland-based company with a growing reputation for creating high quality games in the downloadable game space. Its Trials HD game for Xbox LIVE Arcade has been played by more than a million different players and was voted 'Best Xbox LIVE' game by users of that service, among other awards. On the iPhone, RedLynx’s games have long since surpassed the one million sold mark.

MotoHeroz is projected to complete development at the end of this year or in early 2011. For more information, contact RedLynx or pick up the October issue of Nintendo Power magazine, available on newsstands now.

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User Comments (16)

V8_Ninja

#2

V8_Ninja said:

Sounds and looks interesting for now, but I'm gonna have to see more before I think anything else.

Digiki

#4

Digiki said:

Looks like dozens of similar free flash games remove the value of this

OldBoy

#5

OldBoy said:

Terrible name but looks pretty cool and an interesting concept.TRIALS HD was a great little game which bodes well for this.Looking forward to it.

Adam

#7

Adam said:

I will be pronouncing this "Hee-rahz" until they change the name. If they can hear me, this shouldn't take long, guys. Just be patient.

Nero

#8

Nero said:

I enjoy Trials 2 on PC and I also liked there earlier Trials game that was played in the browser and it was made in Java I believe. I will be looking forward to this for sure.

Punny

#9

Punny said:

Hopefully it will be a winner when it crosses the "Finnish" line into North American territory! :D

suburban_sensei

#10

suburban_sensei said:

I have played Trials HD, and its amazing. If this is just as fun (only more cartoony), I am buying it on day 1.

Imerion

#11

Imerion said:

Sounds great and the list of key features is impressive! I'll definitely get this if it lives up to all that.

XCWarrior

#12

XCWarrior said:

I like the look so, can't wait to see it in motion. Glad to hear about a WiiWare game that isn't instacrap.

Xkhaoz

#13

Xkhaoz said:

Well, Trials HD got pretty good reviews, so I might give it a chance.

moosa

#14

moosa said:

Why didn't they just make the graphics 2D? Is there any point to those polygons?

Fuzzy

#16

Fuzzy said:

Looks pretty cool. "Monster truck platformer" pretty much won me over.

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