HoloGrid Monster Battle AR game

Once a dream of Star Wars fans, gamers and Wookies, playing with tabletop holographic animated monsters is finally getting real. Monster-chess augmented reality gaming is just about here with HoloGrid: Monster Battle. Thanks to veteran visionaries Phil Tippett, movie monster crafter, and HappyGiant, an indie game developer composed of former LucasArts, ILM, Hasbro and Pileated Pictures vets. Today Phil Tippett and HappyGiant announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for HoloGrid: Monster Battle. This new augmented reality collectible card game comes from the original source of the holochess gaming concept in Star Wars. How exciting is it that we have finally have made it to the point of possibly playing it and on virtual/augmented reality platforms such as PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Magic Leap? Read on below for more details on HoloGrid: Monster Battle and how you can have a hand in making it real.

About HoloGrid:Monster Battle, from today’s announcement:
HoloGrid: Monster Battle’s gameplay is similar to Collectible Card Games (CCG’s) such as Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone, but uses physical playing cards to trigger Augmented Reality creatures and a gameboard. Players will be able to play head-to-head, either locally or remotely, and offline, non digital play is possible as well through a physical board that will come with the product. A “Hybrid” Board Game, Collectible Card Game (CCG), and Digital Game in one, it delivers to players a new type of gaming experience.”

HoloGrid Monster Battle AR game

Creatures are designed from the hands and imagination of Phil Tippett, who has created many of the memorable fantasy characters seen in Star Wars films, Jurassic Park, Robocop, The Force Awakens, and more. Using a very cool sounding technique called Photogrammetry, Phil Tippett and HappyGiant digitally capture the hand crafted monsters. 

“We’d been doing experiments with Photogrammetry, but more on museum level artifacts,” said Mike Levine, President of HappyGiant. “At the same time we began exploring doing projects with Tippett, we had the idea, ‘What if we tried this on some creatures?’ The results blew us away. That’s really where this idea was born.” “And it’s the exact same technique we used on The Force Awakens,” added Tippett.

HoloGrid Monster Battle AR game

HoloGrid: Monster Battle pits players against each other with the goal of defeating Champion monsters. Unique spells and attacks enable monsters to unleash battle techniques. If you have played games collectible card strategy games such as Magic: The Gathering, Hearthstone, or Eye of Judgment, you may be familiar with some of the mechanics. Summoning monsters through the use of collectible AR cards, players will be able to take-on battles in local matches (and possibly online matches with Kickstarter goals reached). A boxed product containing cards, tabletop mat and phone/tablet stand help bridge the virtual reality space with the aid of your Android or iOS device.

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“We’re excited to be launching this Kickstarter with Phil Tippett and his studio, and bringing to life a game so many of us have always wanted to play,” said Levine, “This is our first step into a new world of AR gaming, and while we are launching it on mobile initially so everyone can play it, our long term vision is to bring it to emerging AR and VR platforms.”

HoloGrid: Monster Battle is being crafted for iOS and Android platforms, but with the Kickstarter campaign the developers hope to reach stretch goals to propel it to platforms such as PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Magic Leap, PC and Mac.

Support HoloGrid: Monster Battle and visit the Kickstarter page here. Watch a trailer from HoloGrid: Monster Battle below. May the 4th be with HoloGrid: Monster Battle and make it happen!

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Ghostbusters 2016 game

With the Ghostbusters film set to release on July 15, Activision has two ghost-busting filled games to bring the experience home, or on the road. For PS4, Xbox One and PC gamers the Ghostbusters game will be a third-person action RPG, supporting up to four local co-op players. The unique abilities of each character will make for some Gauntlet-like ghost hunts. This current-gen console and PC release of Ghostbusters will be available starting July 12 and takes place after the events of the new film.

In Ghostbusters: Slime City, for iOS and Android gamers, Ghostbuster gamers team up for “asynchronous co-op.” Watch for proton pack crafting, HQ upgrades, rewards, leaderboard challenges and more. Ghostbusters: Slime City is targeting a July release for mobile devices. 

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The best gladiator games for mobile

by GamingBits Guest on April 15, 2016

in iOS and Android games

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It’s always surprised me that gladiator arenas aren’t more prominent in gaming. So many games are focused on match-up brawling, tournament progression, player improvement, and now multiplayer. A major gladiator arena game seems like a natural fit with gamers’ favorite activities. Despite that, there really isn’t a definitive gladiator game out there on major consoles.

There are, however, a number of gladiator-related games that you can access on mobile devices (and browsers), and some of them are surprisingly satisfying. Let’s take a look at some of the best titles in this little genre…

I, Gladiator

The I, Gladiator game by Burlington Trading, Limited  is one of the more artful combat and RPG experiences you can find for mobile. Claiming to be based on gladiator films of the past, the game sets you up controlling Rufus, a warrior pawn at the center of a war between the gods. The only way to secure your destiny is to battle through a series of arenas, facing greater challenges and improving your weapons and armor along the way. The controls are easy to get the hang of (basically swipe-based combat), but it’s the visual design—hand-drawn animation of a gorgeous quality—that steals the show.

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While I, Gladiator claims to have been based on gladiator films, the Gladiator sSlots game at Gala Bingo seems to be the only prominent game out there that’s directly based on such a movie. Employing music, scenes, and character portraits from the 2000 Russell Crowe film Gladiator, it brings an exciting atmosphere to an otherwise traditional slot machine format. It’s not an independent mobile game, but you can access it through the bingo platform’s mobile app and enjoy a different kind of gladiator gaming.

Blood & Glory

This may actually be the best-known title in gladiator gaming, and in fact it covers two titles by Glu Games: Blood & Glory: Immortals, and Blood & Glory 2: Legends. The first game is more of a free-flowing adventure in which you control one of three characters (Gladiator, Warlock, or Barbaress) on an RPG quest to battle the gods and fend off their wrath. But it’s the second game that really embraces the spirit of gladiator fighting as we all understand it—it’s basically set up as a series of arena battles. Frankly, the game is a lot like I, Gladiator, but it has more realistic 3D graphics and arguably a smoother fighting system.

Hercules: The Official Game

Another Glu Games app, Hercules: The Official Game is based specifically on the 2014 Dwayne Johnson film. Though it involves the 12 labors Hercules famously fought through in addition to fighting pit action and other battles, it’s functionally very similar to the second Blood & Glory game. The graphics and gameplay are almost identical, though some might actually argue that the Hercules game offers more variety in characters and game modes.

Rage Of The Gladiator

Huuuge Games answer to games like I, Gladiator and Blood & Glory 2: Legends is equally satisfying, but for different reasons. Featuring similarly impressive 3D graphics to Blood & Glory 2: Legends with the same touchscreen slashing action that’s become standard for POV combat games like these, it’s yet another gladiator game that feels like the others in a lot of ways. Where it excels in a unique way is actually with the opponents you face. Every fight is effectively a “boss fight,” pitting you against a challenging enemy with individual attacking styles and even characteristics conveyed via voice acting.

That about does it for gladiator gaming on mobile devices. There are some other games that have various similarities to these selections, but these are the only pure gladiator games worth looking into. It’s still surprising that some of the most fascinating fighting games in human history haven’t produced a bigger, definitive experience, but these are some pretty entertaining options that can keep you busy for a while.

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PS4 Remote Play

Sony has released a feature-packed update for the PlayStation 4 today. Half a step-up to the big 4, PlayStation System Update 3.5 brings some great new (and old) abilities to your PS4. A stealth option is now available for gamers with the “Appear Offline” feature. Good for quiet, undisturbed, and secretive gameplay moments! Counter to that is the “Friend Online” option, where you can enable a notification when a friend appears online (with the exception they’ve gone stealth with the “Appear Offline” feature). Now that it may be harder to track you or your friend, you may want to take advantage of the new “Create Event” feature so you can schedule some gameplay with your buddy or gaming gang. Check for it under the “Events” tab.

Probably most exciting is the new “Remote Play” feature with computers. Once only reserved for a few games and on the PlayStation platform, the new Remote Play feature enables you to use your PS4 through a Mac or PC, using the PS4 DualShock 4 controller. You can download the free PS4 Remote Play app here: remoteplay.dl.playstation.net

Check it out, get social (or not) and go play some PlayStation 4 on your laptop now!

Source: blog.us.playstation.com

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Tatum Games Kickstarter is live!

by GamingBits Guest on April 4, 2016

in General Gaming News Bits

Tatum Games KickstarterDon’t be the last guy in line to back the world’s first collaborative collectible card game! Tatum Games Kickstarter is live and wants you to join forces against evil! Tatum Games Kickstarter is now live at http://kck.st/233DZU2 . Back Tatum Games now and be a part of a team to see the greatest Collectable Card Game come to life. More collaboration, improved game play and more strategic challenges to maximize fun and team effort!

Tatum Games is overwhelmingly grateful for your donation, and appreciates you making your donation on the very first day of their Kickstarter campaign. Why is it so important that you donate today? Because the fate of the campaign lies in your hands! Kickstarter’s observer algorithms evaluate thousands of attributes of a campaign, from the pictures and language used to the rate of visitors and contribution size. If it meets certain criteria, the Kickstarter will be “featured” on Kickstarter’s homepage, increasing visibility and thus the likelihood that the campaign will be a success. Even if Tatum Games doesn’t meet the criteria to be featured via the algorithm, it may still get enough traction to be selected as an employee favorite because of your donations.

If you participate on day one of the Kickstarter campaign, you’ll get insider information, tips, and gifts that are exclusive to early donors. Furthermore, you’ll have the chance to be a part of the dialogue going into creating this revolutionary gaming application! Your hardened confidence in Tatum Games will inspire others to participate in their campaign, and the more fans and excited gamers Tatum Games have as followers and inspiration, the better the game will be. Your early support will drive the momentum of Tatum Games’s Kickstarter! Plus, your early donation also enables Tatum Games the opportunity to hear your opinions and feedback early on in the Kickstarter campaign, giving more time to implement change and brainstorm ideas.

Tatum Games Kickstarter is now live here at http://kck.st/233DZU2

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