Hudson reveals initial Apple App Store game offerings

by: Dan -
Hudson Soft revealed late last night that the Apple App store will have several of their game titles available for purchase. Each has its own unique characteristics designed to work with the iPhone or iTouch (if available) product lines.

Bomberman Touch - The Legend of Mystic Bomb ($7.99)
Aqua Forest ($7.99)
Sudoku ($5.00)
Jul 10, 2008 17:09

Hudson Soft Launching Three Games at the Opening of the Apple App Store

BOMBERMAN TOUCH, AQUA FOREST, and SUDOKU, for iPhone & iPod touch Worldwide

TOKYO --(Business Wire)-- Jul. 10, 2008 Hudson Soft Co., Ltd. today announced three of its key gaming titles, BOMBERMAN TOUCH - THE LEGEND OF MYSTIC BOMB, AQUA FOREST and SUDOKU will all be available on the Apple App Store when it launches today. All these exciting games fully leverage the unique and innovative features of iPhone and iPod touch, including the Multi-Touch screen and accelerometer. These three games are only the first in a series of applications that Hudson Soft plans to release for the iPhone OS platform.
BOMBERMAN TOUCH -THE LEGEND OF MYSTIC BOMB- is Hudson Soft's flagship title on the Apple App Store. Classic Bomberman gameplay is melded seamlessly with the innovative Multi-Touch user interface using motions such as flick, tap and tilt in a story set amongst ancient ruins. Players can also control Bomberman's moves by touching any location on the screen to bring up a directional control pad.

AQUA FOREST powered by OctaveEngine Casual has two modes in the game - Puzzle mode with a water and ecology motif and Free mode in which users can create anything they wish using the game's tools. Puzzle mode has five levels, each of which has ten stages, for a total of fifty stages. As each puzzle is solved, the tree in the background will grow gradually. In Free mode, users will experience a whole new world of drawing. Using real physics, graphics created using the game's tools will come to life as soon as they are drawn on the touch screen.

SUDOKU Vol.1- in collaboration with Nikoli, the inventor of this globally popular logic puzzle and Hudson Soft introduce Sudoku for iPhone and iPod touch. Gameplay is designed specifically for the touch screen so players can easily enter numbers in boxes as smoothly as writing with a pen. Apple's new App Store will provide iPhone users with native applications in a variety of categories including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The App Store on iPhone works over cellular networks and Wi-Fi, which means it is accessible from just about anywhere, so you can purchase and download applications wirelessly and start using them instantly. Some applications are even free and the App Store notifies you when application updates are available.

These three games will be available priced at just $5.99 for SUDOKU and just $7.99 each for AQUA FOREST and BOMBERMAN TOUCH from Apple's App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore/

Hudson Soft and other topics on entertainment: Additionally, game-specific information, such as the world rankings for SUDOKU, are available on the Do the Hudson!! site, linked directly through the "web to" function built into games sold in the Apple App Store.

Hudson Soft was one of the first companies in the console game industry to have quickly adopted mobile development, and it is currently distributing diverse content, from games to music, with the major cellular phone carriers in Japan.

Jul 10, 2008 17:10

Hudson Soft & Prometech Software Announce Aqua Forest Available at Launch of Apple App Store
First Commercial Application Developed Using 2D Multi-Physics Engine - OctaveEngine Casual

TOKYO --(Business Wire)-- Jul. 10, 2008 Hudson Soft Co., Ltd. today announced its ground-breaking game AQUA FOREST will be available on the Apple App Store at launch today, priced at just $7.99. AQUA FOREST is the first commercial product to use OctaveEngine Casual, the 2D multi-physics engine designed by Prometech Software, for the development of casual games. The App Store will be available tomorrow on iPhone and iPod touch or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore/

There are two modes in the game: Puzzle mode with a water and ecology motif and Free mode in which users can create anything they wish using the game's tools. Puzzle mode has five levels, each of which has ten stages, for a total of fifty stages. As each puzzle is solved, the tree in the background will grow gradually. In Free mode, users will experience a whole new world of drawing. Using real physics, graphics created using the game's tools will come to life as soon as they are drawn on the touch screen.

All puzzles featured in this application have one common theme: moving the water on the screen of the iPhone or iPod touch. The gameplay is easily accessible so that a wide range of users will be able to enjoy the puzzles. For example, in one puzzle, users must figure out how to catch water drops falling from a tree using a container. To move the water, users must use two of the unique features of iPhone: the accelerometer and the innovative Multi-Touch user interface. Using the accelerometer, users can tilt their devices to move water, and using the touch screen, draw with the game's tools, including a pen, knife, eraser or more, in order to eliminate the obstacles or to draw walls to direct water to the goal.

In Free mode, users can choose from physical properties, such as water, fire, gel and rubber, to draw using various tools, such as drag, move, brush, pencil, and an eraser. Based on the physical properties used, drawings will move in real time as water splashes, fire burns, and so on.

Using the abilities of OctaveEngineTM Casual combine user actions with simultaneous physics calculations, AQUA FOREST provides ingenious interactive entertainment never seen before.
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