Archive for January 14, 2010

More game release news: Pump It Up Jump now available; Silver Strike LIVE coming Feb. 15th

January 14, 2010

It’s always a good thing when we have more arcade game releases to discuss and to help keep track of that, I have created a page for all arcade game releases for 2010. I will try and keep that as up-to-date and accurate as possible.

Let me point out a couple of game releases that operators and players can now look forward to: First Andamiro’s Pump It Up! Jump. This is PIU for kids and while I saw it at IAAPA I never saw anyone playing the game (although I didn’t see a ton of kids there either). This is now available according to at least one distributor(others I’ve checked haven’t listed the game yet), BMI Gaming although they are not listing a price for the game at this time. If you have a venue that attracts a lot of kids then this could be a great game to have. It also shows the increased push from some development houses into the “Kidtainment” sector that we have discussed previously.

Next up, Incredible Technologies Silver Strike LIVE has a release date set for February 15th. I did have a chance to play this at IAAPA ’09 although I wasn’t terribly good at it. SSL is promising a number of online features and tournaments that are sure to attract adults to the game and as always IT games carry with them an excellent price tag. IT says that in testing the game has seen a 300%-400% increase in cashbox revenues over previous SS games so that is a major plus to consider as well. You can check out the press release on that after the break.

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First full look at the indie arcade game Friction

January 14, 2010

It has been a while since we first teased about a new arcade light-gun shooter coming to arcades from an independent game studio known as Friction Game Studios and today, we can reveal quite a bit more about the game.  I have been excited about this game since I first saw it in action at AMOA 2008 and one thing I particularly liked about the entire project was that it has been designed with the small operator in mind. From the price to parts replacement and game quality, this game is going to be a great deal for ops looking to add another arcade exclusive title to their list.

As you can see from the picture above (as well as after the break where I have embedded several more pics) the game is housed in a cabinet that features a 27″ CRT monitor; there are two light-guns (force feedback is optional); a bit of slick artwork all over the cabinet; and two 180 watt speakers for superb sound.

To give you a better idea of how the game plays, here are four videos of Friction in action. Graphically it has changed a little bit from when I saw it, with better lighting effects and lot more particles being thrown around. While we do not have an exact idea on when this game will be available, as you can see it’s finished and should be available soon. The game will be sold direct so checking the website for the game for details on how to order is probably wise. We look forward to seeing what else FGS will bring to the arcade industry in the future so give them your support!

For more pictures of the cabinet, check them out past the break below. Many thanks to Juan of Friction Game Studios for providing us with this first look!

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