“If you're a fan of the bonus rounds found in most fighting games, wouldn't it be awesome if there was a game based solely on that?”
That’s the concept behind The Hand of Panda, which is being developed as an eShop title for 3DS. The developers behind the game are Isaias Martinez and Ross Omland, and they are asking backers to give $3,000 in total before June 11 in order to help with the publication of the title. Backer rewards range from the game itself, to a copy of full original soundtrack, and even sleek-looking Hand of Panda shirts.
The Hand of Panda features over 50 materials to break, such as wood, metal, and stone. Players use timed button presses and memorization skills to progress through the many floors of each pagoda. Each stage will be designed with a different martial arts motifs in mind, and the game’s presentation is “wrapped in an Asian theme.” The game is heavily inspired by the “Test Your Might” bonus game made famous by Mortal Kombat, but the developers promise that the gameplay will be updated and modernized for a new audience.
The 3DS is a platform familiar to Omland, who worked as a 3D modeller and environment artist on Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D. However, the developers have future plans for a Wii U version of the game if the Kickstarter is successfully funded, so that owners of both platforms have an opportunity to enjoy The Hand of Panda.
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