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The Portable Podcast, Episode 187

Posted by Carter Dotson on May 28th, 2013

A significant portion of the crowd was kung fu fighting.

On This Episode:

  • Carter talks to the creator of Fingle, Game Oven Studios, about its latest game, Bam Fu, a more competitive experience for up to four players on one device.
  • The creator of Solara talks about creating an interesting free-to-play experience with its tower-builder-meets-Final-Fantasy title and why they tested it in Canada for two months.

  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Adriaan De Jongh, Game Oven Studios
  • Guest: Lux Chen, Esper Labs
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    GDC 2013: Game Oven Studios Gets Physical Again with iPad Multiplayer Game Bam Fu

    Posted by Carter Dotson on April 5th, 2013

    One of the last games I saw in San Francisco, and technically not even at GDC, still might have been one of the most promising. Dutch developer Game Oven Studios demoed a pre-release version of its upcoming iPad multiplayer game, Bam Fu, at the Indigo event at the Dutch Consulate in San Francisco.

    Also serious is the competition: players are trying to tap objects on screen in order to make them their color. This is simple enough when it's just one-on-one, but when up to four people get in on the action, things get frantic and crazy. Tapping a color turns it to another color no matter who taps it, so it's often the fault of the player whose color comes ahead in the sequence of the victor for everyone else's defeat. However, accidentally tapping other players' colors will happen.

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    The game can get very physical; while the studio's previous title Fingle was more intimate and cooperative, this is more competitive, and shoving opponents out of the way is encouraged and inevitable. Part of the fun comes from what happens outside of the iPad! This one is still in the works but shows definite promise in this pre-release form. Pretty much the only thing better than this game at the Dutch Consulate? The view outside the 31st floor window:

    Fingle for iPad Review

    iPad App - Designed for iPad
    By Chris Kirby on April 4th, 2012
    Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: Feel the Fingle!
    Romance and, dare we say it, intimacy from an iPad game? Yep. That's Fingle.
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