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Spin The Bottle Aims to be Fun for "Everything From Families to Drunken College Kids"

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

More about the game that doesn't need a TV

Those that follow our Wii U eShop coverage may have already read a good deal about Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party, the experimental title from KnapNok Games that takes the TV out of the equation, with players being assigned tasks on the GamePad which are then carried out, in a collaborative way, using Wii Remotes.

In our interview with KnapNok Games last year, we were told how a main goal of the title is to produce a modern equivalent to childhood games such as Twister, but with exercises suitable for families or grown ups of all ages. With just the GamePad screen and Wii Remotes used in various ways, it can be a difficult concept to explain, while the company has release teaser trailers — the latest of which is at the end of the article — that focus on being strange rather than showing what's actually involved. A "real" trailer is being produced, but KnapNok's Lau Korsgaard explained to Gamasutra that the responses to the teasers have been positive.

I think our teasers worked really well, and we have gotten a certain number of followers who enjoy the weirdness of them. This has made it even harder to produce our "real" trailer, with "real" people. Actually that process has been extremely hard: We didn't wanted to let the fans of our first teasers down, but we also wanted to reach out to a broader more mainstream segment. Remember, our core demographics are not NeoGAF users but tweens doing pajamas parties. I wanted something that would appeal to them which in my book were real earnest feelings of embarrassment and laughter and I felt putting too much weirdness up would create an ironic distance to the game.

In terms of a target audience, it's clear that the cheeky humour — have a good look at the character designs — is there to give grown ups a giggle, but also be clean enough for families; the gameplay itself is said to be innocent fun, too, which is important as the studio has produced risque titles in the past. Korsgaard is keen to emphasize that it should be fun for a lot of gamers.

Earnestly, we don't know how broad we will be reaching out. Our goal has been to make a game which was fun to play by everything from families to drunken college kids. We do know that there will probably be some parents, especially in US, who are put off by the suggestive visuals and the name in general, but we are cool with that. In reality the game isn't that naughty; it is only a question of frame of mind. I certainly imagine 10-12 years old play the game, for gods sake, they are playing the real spin the bottle at that age, and that game involves forced kissing!

Is this cheeky, slightly suggestive title on your radar? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rafie said:

Again....I'm definitely going to get this game. It sounds fun and enticing! Especially the fact that the first adopters get a treat.



Unit_DTH said:

This title looks far too interesting not to get! I'm sold on the game and am excited to see how the concept of this "No TV" game will work.



Gregor said:

Ummmmmmmmm what? The trailer explains nothing, and if your audience is really drunken colleagues, that niche is already taken by Mario Party.



LittleIrves said:

I love the idea of a No TV videogame... with the GamePad as the center of the action, a group of people can all sit in a circle around the Pad, like they would a boardgame, and see/interact with each other. Otherwise, everyone is staring at the TV, not focused on the other players. It's kind of similar to how Sing Party wants you to face your audience. Really hope this gets some traction and other studios take advantage of what the GamePad can do.



MadAdam81 said:

I have plenty of no TV games, and plenty of multiplayer games to be played when consuming beers with mates - could be as lame as that truth or dare game that was more tame than Cooking Mama.



WinterWarm said:

I thought you literally spun the bottle on the GamePad.

Hmm, it's an interesting take to be sure.



Sean_Aaron said:

I'm totally getting this. Should be fun for the kids and fun for the adults (with no kids around).



Jaz007 said:

That was one stupid trailer that failed to really tell me anything. I also beg to differ with his example of some 10 and 12 year olds playing real spin the bottle. Not all kids that will play that game. I personnaly find the idea of kids that young playing a game like that to be somewhat horrifying. I'm older than that and I wouln't play kiss who ever the bottle points to. Being the lesser of two evils like that is also a poor excuse.

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