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Belrare’s Pop Moto brings motorcycle racing to the Chinese market

August 30, 2010

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While we have mentioned Belrare’s Pop Moto/Dogfight Moto before, we haven’t really seen the game in great detail. It’s trying to make it’s mark into the growing arcade motorcycle racing market, where games like Harley Davidson, Nirin, Speed Rider 2 and Super Bikes 2 are also looking to grab some attention, after the first Super Bikes made quite a splash in sales around the world in 2007.

So how will Pop Moto stand out in that crowd? Where it’s a game developed for the Chinese market that certainly gives it an advantage in the home target market but whether we will see the game elsewhere is simply a guess at this point. I’ve tried contacting Belrare about their games before to no avail so far. Back to the game, Pop Moto is motorcycle racing with a little bit of Mario Kart style fighting to go along with it – or perhaps H2Overdrive if you look carefully at the game’s HUD. The player can grab power-ups including missiles, mines, liquid nitrogen (for a boost) and shields. There are five tracks to choose from, each of which focus on creating a fantasy world to race in as opposed to real surface streets. We’re not sure of a price on this one yet but it is available already so perhaps we’ll see this one, along with several other Belrare games we’ve been discussing lately at IAAPA 2010.

Here’s a video of the game I found on Youtube. The video quality isn’t great but it offers a good idea to how it plays.

You can also see some screenshots on this page that gives a full rundown of the game.

Belrare's Pop Moto brings motorcycle racing to the Chinese market

August 30, 2010

Newsfeed 914 via

While we have mentioned Belrare’s Pop Moto/Dogfight Moto before, we haven’t really seen the game in great detail. It’s trying to make it’s mark into the growing arcade motorcycle racing market, where games like Harley Davidson, Nirin, Speed Rider 2 and Super Bikes 2 are also looking to grab some attention, after the first Super Bikes made quite a splash in sales around the world in 2007.

So how will Pop Moto stand out in that crowd? Where it’s a game developed for the Chinese market that certainly gives it an advantage in the home target market but whether we will see the game elsewhere is simply a guess at this point. I’ve tried contacting Belrare about their games before to no avail so far. Back to the game, Pop Moto is motorcycle racing with a little bit of Mario Kart style fighting to go along with it – or perhaps H2Overdrive if you look carefully at the game’s HUD. The player can grab power-ups including missiles, mines, liquid nitrogen (for a boost) and shields. There are five tracks to choose from, each of which focus on creating a fantasy world to race in as opposed to real surface streets. We’re not sure of a price on this one yet but it is available already so perhaps we’ll see this one, along with several other Belrare games we’ve been discussing lately at IAAPA 2010.

Here’s a video of the game I found on Youtube. The video quality isn’t great but it offers a good idea to how it plays.

You can also see some screenshots on this page that gives a full rundown of the game.

Dino Survivor by Belrare

August 26, 2010

Today is the first day of the GTI Asia China Expo and that means more arcade games will be coming to light, especially as the Chinese arcade market has virtually exploded in recent memory (perhaps it helps that consoles are technically banned there where arcades are not). Unfortunately arcade news coming out of China can be very hit-or-miss, sometimes screenshots and video are plentiful for a game (like Crazy SpeedArcade) but most of the time it’s a miss with the only thing we get is a blurry shot of a random cabinet at a trade show or we get a thumbnail shot of a cabinet on a webpage. This will be another post of the latter as Chinese developer Belrare once again has a new product to show off but it’s nowhere to be found on their website, they haven’t responded to inquiries on their content and whether we will see it at IAAPA is completely unknown.

The new game is called Dino Survivor. It looks similar to Let’s Go Jungle or Deadstorm Pirates but this time it’s about hunting dinosaurs. One thing to help this stand out could be that it uses stereoscopic 3D which many other Chinese games have been pushing lately and it also has mounted gatling guns (ala Vulcan-M). It also appears that they may be giving this one a good push in the graphics department where terms like “normal mapping”, “dynamic ocean lighting effects”, “3D particle system”,  and others are part of this game’s visual resumé. So that gives us something to look forward to if we ever get a chance to see the game in more detail and see if it uses any of the modern techniques properly. At least the cabinet looks awesome, I like the vivid artwork it has although it could use a larger viewing window to help avoid the “den of iniquity” problem these kind of theater cabinets tend to run into.

More details here @ the GTI site

Belrare website

Belrare's Pong Pong – a game for "lovers"

August 19, 2010

There was a time when everyone in the arcade industry had a Pong-clone out on the market. In fact that’s how many companies got their start in the video game industry was by copying Atari’s smash hit at the time. But it didn’t take long for that to fizzle out as more sophisticated games came along and held a greater appeal for players looking to play something a little more complex and ball-and-paddle type games are rarely seen in arcades anymore.

But last year Taiwanese company Subsino figured that it was a good time to revisit the genre with Kung Fu Ball. This game didn’t feature a paddle in the typical sense, instead it had five blocks which worked like boxing gloves for hitting the ball. The cabinet was quite nice and it was available internationally for a decent price and now it’s not alone. Chinese company Belrare has decided to make a new ball-and-paddle game of their own called Pong Pong. It’s based upon ArcaLands, which is an Arkanoid-clone for PC but it uses a cabinet very similar to Kung Fu Ball. It has a slider controller for moving your paddle from side-to-side but if this version contains the Arkanoid elements of hitting blocks in the center, that isn’t clear. A head-to-head Arkanoid-like game would be a lot of fun and more entertaining than a straight Pong concept but we are going to have to wait for Belrare to reveal more.  I tried contacting Belrare for more information about the game as it is not listed on their website but so far they have not replied to my inquiries. Instead we have an entry for the game on the GTI International website that tells us a little bit about the game. From that page, this has to be my favorite line describing Pong Pong:

2.Two-player game machine, ideal for lovers, good friends, and families.

Nolan Bushnell has said that he’s had people tell him that they fell in love while playing Pong together so I guess Belrare is trying to recapture that magic. As Belrare games do make it to IAAPA, there’s a chance we could see this game at the Tecway/Belrare booth in November where we’ll find out if Pong Pong really is ideal for lovers.

Belrare’s Pong Pong – a game for “lovers”

August 19, 2010

There was a time when everyone in the arcade industry had a Pong-clone out on the market. In fact that’s how many companies got their start in the video game industry was by copying Atari’s smash hit at the time. But it didn’t take long for that to fizzle out as more sophisticated games came along and held a greater appeal for players looking to play something a little more complex and ball-and-paddle type games are rarely seen in arcades anymore.

But last year Taiwanese company Subsino figured that it was a good time to revisit the genre with Kung Fu Ball. This game didn’t feature a paddle in the typical sense, instead it had five blocks which worked like boxing gloves for hitting the ball. The cabinet was quite nice and it was available internationally for a decent price and now it’s not alone. Chinese company Belrare has decided to make a new ball-and-paddle game of their own called Pong Pong. It’s based upon ArcaLands, which is an Arkanoid-clone for PC but it uses a cabinet very similar to Kung Fu Ball. It has a slider controller for moving your paddle from side-to-side but if this version contains the Arkanoid elements of hitting blocks in the center, that isn’t clear. A head-to-head Arkanoid-like game would be a lot of fun and more entertaining than a straight Pong concept but we are going to have to wait for Belrare to reveal more.  I tried contacting Belrare for more information about the game as it is not listed on their website but so far they have not replied to my inquiries. Instead we have an entry for the game on the GTI International website that tells us a little bit about the game. From that page, this has to be my favorite line describing Pong Pong:

2.Two-player game machine, ideal for lovers, good friends, and families.

Nolan Bushnell has said that he’s had people tell him that they fell in love while playing Pong together so I guess Belrare is trying to recapture that magic. As Belrare games do make it to IAAPA, there’s a chance we could see this game at the Tecway/Belrare booth in November where we’ll find out if Pong Pong really is ideal for lovers.

Sports Run by Belrare/Tecway Developments

August 5, 2010

The makers of games like Pop Moto, Magic DJ and Happy Balance Ball have another game to grace the market with called Sports Run. As you can see above, the control scheme used is a direct take from Sega’s Giant Tetris, even down to the differing heights in the joysticks. I’m not sure if that’s a patented technology or not but for now we’ll assume that Sega can

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feel flattered by this. As for the game itself, the online translators aren’t much help but we can glean plenty from the images and a small video on the Tecway website which you can see here. There are several characters to pick from and sporting  events to choose including the long jump, archery, track run, shot put, and tug of war. At least they have an original game to offer, something that taps into the competitive party game genre that is still lacking considerably in modern arcades.

There is a good chance that there is an English version of this that Tecway/Belrare will have available for an international release. I say this as they brought all of their other products over to IAAPA last year and I expect to see this at the Tecway booth at this years IAAPA too.

Sources: Sports Run @ Tecway / Belrare site

Catching up with new games from China: Dogfight Moto, tropical Ocean 3, Bloody Taierzhuang

April 30, 2010

Today I decided to do a little research on some companies that generally go under our radar, not because we have no interest in covering the games they produce but because they aren’t very vocal about releases outside of China or Taiwan unless you stumble across their booth at a show. We last saw Chinese companies Belrare and Tecway Developments(they team up often on projects) at IAAPA 2009, showing off some interesting concepts, from a snowboarding game, to a DJ Max Technika clone called Magic DJ to a Super Monkey Ball-clone called Happy Balance Ball. So what have they been up to since IAAPA?

First is Belrare/Tecway’s take on on the arcade motorcycle racing genre. This genre has been getting a boost over the past couple of years, from Super Bikes to Nirin to Speed Rider 2. Tecway’s is called either Pop Moto or Dogfight Moto (Tecway’s site calls it ‘Pop’, Belrare’s ‘Dogfight’). The game features 5 selectable characters, 5 “settings” (perhaps they mean modes or levels?) some sort of selectable item system and 32″ screens. I can’t find any video of the game in action, nor any decent pictures beyond what you see above but the game should be available now. [Tecway game listings]

Next is another large tabletop coin-op game, which we are seeing more of these days. Called Tropical Ocean III, it is unclear what the actual objective of the game is as the Belrare site doesn’t really describe that part but my best guess is that it involves catching different sea animals with varied mini-games, sort of like Butterfly Garden by UNIS. The site says that there are “4 different game scenes and 45 species of animals with 8 play styles!” and the cabinet is designed for four players.

For our music fans out there, Belrare does happen to have a page up about Magic DJ now. There aren’t any significant details listed there but in case you wanted to see a little more on this one beyond what I filmed at IAAPA then this is the place to go.

Unfortunately there are few details other than that regarding these games that I can find but assuming that Tecway is at IAAPA again this November, we should expect to see these and more at the booth.

While not produced by Belrare or Tecway here is another game I stumbled across while looking for info on the above games. It’s called Bloody Taierzhuang, a light-gun game which features an attractive cabinet that sports a 47″ LCD screen  and realistic looking guns. Destroy oncoming invaders, try and get head shots for quick kills and compete for the high score. There aren’t any direct screenshots of this one but from a couple of the thumbnails it appears to have nice graphics. It’s impossible to the judge the game on that however so I will have to keep digging for more. It was at a recent tradeshow in Asia somewhere but I haven’t been able to figure out which one yet. The game is also listed on Dragon World’s site as being available now but no price is listed. [Dragon World English site]

The English side of Dragon World also happens to list 3D Group’s stereoscopic 3D game, Galaxy Puzzle. The cabinet shown here is different from what was seen on Coinopexpress’s website but it is the same game. This is supposed to be another title that doesn’t require any special glasses to see a 3D effect.