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Crazy Speed Arcade by Long Entertainment now available via UNIS

June 21, 2010

Universal Space (UNIS) has posted a new addition to their list of distributed games to join the many other arcade racers out there, with Crazy Speed Arcade by Long Entertainment in China. We covered this game previously here and here. One thing that certainly helps set the game apart is the addition of online modes, making this the second racing game this year to push such a feature that we know of, right behind GlobalVR’s NASCAR Team Racing. Also like NTR, Crazy Speed uses a card system so players can save their cars and progress although it isn’t clear whether the game uses specialized cards or if it also can use any card with a magnetic strip on it like NTR’s system does. Despite those similarities, the racing styles between the two are quite different. One big question I have about the online mode is will this be supporting servers internationally? This article indicates that they have already been testing the game out extensively in China and they are holding a tournament for it in August. With UNIS showing an English version of the game and touting the online features on their website it appears that it could handle online play outside of China although I do wonder how they would have the servers setup for it so that ping times won’t be horrendous.

One thing to add here is I’m impressed by how much China is ramping up in arcade production lately, as the number of new Chinese game releases we have been hearing about this year have jumped dramatically. There many be an awful lot of clones that come out of there but we’re seeing a lot of original content as well.

[Official Crazy Speed website] [Crazy Speed @ UNIS]

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Disney's 3D Ping Pong as seen at GTI Expo + a few more GTI pics

May 15, 2010

I know you are possibly sick of hearing about GTI by now but new things are trickling out that are noteworthy enough, so let’s get on with it! Thanks to Joe for the link to this collection of photos by David Liu. I’ll start out with commenting on the photo above – Disney’s 3D Ping Pong. We’ve talked about it before – it’s an official Disney product and it uses stereoscopic 3D TV’s that don’t need glasses. Interesting how on film the images are very dark. This one is supposed to be available next Thursday, should be interesting to see how it’s received. With Disney dabbling not only into 3D like this in the gaming world but also the coin-op arcade sector, could we possibly see a Tron arcade game coming out along with the movie? That might be a long shot but if they are serious about coin-op with this game then why not?

There are a few more pics from GTI, hit the break to check them out.

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Disney’s 3D Ping Pong as seen at GTI Expo + a few more GTI pics

May 15, 2010

I know you are possibly sick of hearing about GTI by now but new things are trickling out that are noteworthy enough, so let’s get on with it! Thanks to Joe for the link to this collection of photos by David Liu. I’ll start out with commenting on the photo above – Disney’s 3D Ping Pong. We’ve talked about it before – it’s an official Disney product and it uses stereoscopic 3D TV’s that don’t need glasses. Interesting how on film the images are very dark. This one is supposed to be available next Thursday, should be interesting to see how it’s received. With Disney dabbling not only into 3D like this in the gaming world but also the coin-op arcade sector, could we possibly see a Tron arcade game coming out along with the movie? That might be a long shot but if they are serious about coin-op with this game then why not?

There are a few more pics from GTI, hit the break to check them out.

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UNIS shows off Crazy Speed

April 7, 2010

Not long ago we found out about a new arcade racer by Taiwanese company UNIS (or Universal Space) called Crazy Speed Arcade but there were very few details on the game. We could assume plenty as it is a racer and generally we don’t see many surprises there. Thanks to this video just published by UNIS, we can fill in the blanks. The game has many different cars, tracks and mode to select from which is always nice – I find it disappointing to sit down on a racer with only a few tracks and options. There is a tournament mode, Time Attack mode, Local Race (playing linked) and even an Online Battle Mode. With that, it brings us to at least three racers I can recall off the top of my head to feature that at the moment (this, Taito’s Top Speed and GlobalVR’s NASCAR Team Racing).  Graphically it looks really good thanks to the high detail and effects like motion blur; the only thing I can think of for improvement is a higher frame rate but otherwise this looks top notch.

We actually can expect to see this available outside of Asia as UNIS does sell their games internationally and possibly at a competitive price if it follows the same lines as their other in-house game Ultimate which was only $4700 for a 46″ game.

[UNIS website]

Three new games out of Taiwan and China: Crazy Speed Arcade and Star Predator (in stereoscopic 3D) and another DJ Max clone called Finger Musicians

February 13, 2010

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Here’s some interesting news on new arcade titles to come out of China or Taiwan. First from relative newcomer UNIS aka Universal Space is a new racing title called Crazy Speed Arcade. We don’t really know anything about this one at the moment other than the cabinet picture seen here. The graphics look pretty nice and I wonder if it’s a port of a console racer although I honestly am not up to speed on racers from that realm. The game hasn’t been placed on UNIS’s youtube channel or their website yet but if this company is carrying it already, I imagine that we’ll see it soon. UNIS does have distribution into the US and Europe and one of the things that really impressed me at IAAPA was the prices they have on the games. The only question then is how will the games hold up, to player beatings and interest. [Crazy Speed Arcade page].[Official Crazy Speed Arcade website (thanks Da FONZ)] It’s worth noting that the same site that carries this racer also has a different Sega Rally 3 cabinet than the one we discussed in the previous post and it’s called World Rally Car Edition.

Next up is an interesting title called Star Predator, not so much from the appearance of the game itself as the 3D geometry of the objects in the game looks a bit dated but because it employs stereoscopic 3D so the player needs to wear 3D glasses to play. Of course we can likely blame the highly overrated Avatar (sorry, it’s got nice CG and all but it is definitely an overrated film as there ARE better movies out there) for the current trend although this is not the first time 3D in this manner will have been employed in amusement (see Continental Circuit 3D by Taito for an example as well as the upcoming Metal Gear Arcade). The game itself features mounted guns on a large panel inside of a theater style enclosure similar to Taito’s Panic Museum deluxe and it has you shooting alien bug/monsters in large cities. I am not sure who it is that has developed the game – it is listed on ZS Dragon World International but they seem to be a distributor out of Hong Kong as opposed to a developer but if you know otherwise, please let us know. [Quite a bit more info on the Star Predator page]

Also found on the ZS Dragon World site is another DJ Max Technika clone called Finger Musician. From the description it doesn’t sound like anything different than DJ Max or even the Magic DJ game we saw at IAAPA (although that had two screens). There is no list of songs but it does state that it offers online features, both “online games” and “online game ranking[s]”. The interface from the graphic here looks similar to Magic DJ so either this is done by the same company or it’s a blatant rip off.  I am unsure as to who it is that has developed the game as it isn’t stated directly like we have with Star Predator. At the very least it shows the interest in this kind of game in Asian markets. I imagine that the PM Studios guys have to feel a little flattered as their game is being copied more an more now although I wonder if there ever will be any legal proceedings held over these clones or not. [Finger Musician Info page]

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First pics from the big arcade show in London called EAG 2010 by Kevin Williams UPDATED

January 27, 2010

Thanks to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report, we have a first look at the European Amusement and Gaming Expo 2010. To give you an idea of some of the games you’ll see by clicking below, here’s a brief list of what’s new: Let’s Go Island (Sega); Bejeweled (?); Vulcan M (Rassen); Big Buck Hunter Pinball (Stern); Stomper DLX (TrioTech); Rok N’ Bloks (ICE); The BishiBashi (Konami); and one game that’s sure to grab us plenty of hits for the rest of eternity on the name alone, Box4Sex (don’t worry, it’s SFW – just a boxer game that dispenses condoms and such) and of course there’s more. But you’ll have to click below to find out. All the pictures are courtesy The Stinger Report; the commentary is all mine and just so you know, I wasn’t at the show. This also marks just one of our EAG related posts – more information will be forthcoming (including videos!) in the coming days so stay tuned! In fact, I already have found one video showing the games there, which you’ll find embedded below as well.

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IAAPA 2009 videos – Dead Storm Pirates, UNIS booth (w. Cooking Mama & H2Overdrive motion), Big Buck Hunter Open Season, Textminator

November 23, 2009

I have finally resolved the problem with Youtube not accepting the videos for Dead storm Pirates and the UNIS booth – convert them to AVI files. Unfortunately they become blocky and lose detail so I will be trying to find another way to get the better quality versions online soon. In the meantime…

Dead Storm Pirates (Namco) – I was surprised to see this game at IAAPA – we hadn’t heard anything about it possibly coming over to the US although it seemed like the style of gameplay would be a nice fit over here. The software was 60% complete so there were only a couple of levels to play but it was a lot of fun. There’s also more to it than being Let’s Go Jungle with a pirate theme, Namco is taking the time to help the game stand out on it’s own. The emphasis on shooting the targets at the same time is greater and if you both can keep your sights together long enough, the shots become more powerful. Another exciting part of the game I saw is when you man the cannons to blast another ship out of the water – hopefully there will be a few more scenes like that in the final release. Also the rudder wheel feature is pretty cool, with the game presenting you with so many seconds to turn the thing for a pass or fail event. In several wheel events the game goes into “bullet time”, slowing down just enough so you can attempt to turn. DSP is running on Namco’s System 357 hardware, which is PS3 based and is the same hardware used on Tekken 6 and Razing Storm. As such the game looks spectacular but unfortunately due to the uploading issues I have had with getting this on Youtube you won’t notice those details as nicely.

Universal Space booth – We broke the news about UNIS bringing Cooking Mama to arcades and I have noticed that a number of blogs have picked up on that news but unfortunately only one source gave us any credit for that (so we tip our hat to them GameSetWatch). Such is the nature of the blogging biz I suppose. Either way, one detail that needs to be emphasized about the game is that it is available in the US right now – and I already saw it’s appeal to younger kids. When I was posting the IAAPA pics at my arcade, a girl who was about 8 or 9 years old saw the picture of Cooking Mama and asked if we would get it saying she would play it all the time (right after my brother was saying that no one would play it).

Overall I was happy with the UNIS booth because there was a number of different and new ideas there that other companies don’t have.

One of those was Butterfly Garden – which is an interesting return to the tabletop game with four players. You control a net and you attempt to capture as many butterflies as possible. It’s another cutesy game that is something different. They had a couple of virtual bowling games which were fun and I was also impressed with Panda Family, a party game by IGS that uses a face avatar feature. There are a number of mini-games to pick from and movement is controlled by large buttons. The cabinet is really nice and this is one I wouldn’t mind getting for my arcade.

Of interest to Panic Park fans they also had a game called Ultimate. The control scheme works exactly like Panic Park does where you play tug-of-war on the controls in each mini-game. I was very impressed by the price on this one – only $4600 for a game with a 46″ screen. I couldn’t get a good feel for how the mini-games played in it however as you really need two people to get the full effect.

H2Overdrive fans will be pleased/surprised that UNIS had a new version of H2Overdrive at their booth. This version uses a motion base and it was a collaborative effort by UNIS, Tsunami Visual and Bandai Namco games. The motion version should be available in the US in 2010, with the game also going to Asian markets.

Apologies for the bad video and sound quality in this one, it’s another one I had to convert from MOV to AVI.

Big Buck Hunter Pro: Open Season – I got a chance to check this out but where I am more familiar with Big Buck Safari than I am Hunter, I couldn’t notice the differences in the update off the top of my head. I do know that there is more focus with online play via the Coin-Up network, like they do with Safari. I also found the mini bonus games to be a little more entertaining than what is in Safari (they even have an Asteroids bnous round, not sure if that is new or not)

Textminator – Strangely enough this game is attracting all sort of attention on various tech blogs all of the sudden, even though it has been out for a while. This was the first time I had a chance to play it myself and while I am not a texting person by any means, it was a decent game. Words fall from the top and you have to text out what it says before the word hits the bottom. One thing that could hurt the appeal to this is how many cell phones are converting over to full keyboards, making the old way of texting out-of-date but still, this is something unique and the cabinet catches your eye as well. The pads are interesting – it’s like using a payphone pad but it seems like they should hold up to the normal pounding found in your average arcade.

Yes, I still have a few more videos to go!