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American McGee

American McGee speaks out against Microsoft's plan to launch Xbox One in China


McGee cites piracy, cultural disconnect, and censorship
May 01
// Brittany Vincent
Alice: Madness Returns creator and Spicy Horse frontman American McGee has spoken out about Microsoft's plan to launch the Xbox One in China, and in a big way. The Shanghai-based developer posted a list of his top five reason...
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Kickstarter

Kickstarter for American McGee's OZombie canceled


Spicy Horse hopes to nab the film rights to Alice instead
Jul 15
// Jordan Devore
The struggling Kickstarter campaign for American McGee's OZombie, an action-adventure title set in the Oz universe, has been closed by developer Spicy Horse. Based on current tracking, it looked as if funding would be out of ...
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Spicy Horse announces card game/RTS Hell Invaders


Coming to PC, Mac, Linux and tablets this fall
Apr 25
// Dale North
Spicy Horse, the folks behind Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, calls their new game, Hell Invaders, a hybrid of collectible card gaming and RTS. That sounds delightful. They made hell sound delightful. Hell Invaders isn't the final n...

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Akaneiro funded

You don't say: Akaneiro funded on Kickstarter


Spicy Horse is still taking funding via PayPal
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
Although it's become clear that Kickstarter campaigns aren't over until they're literally over, and dire-looking crowdfunding drives can come back in the final hours to reach their goals, I was feeling anxious for the folks w...
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Akaneiro

Action-RPG Akaneiro: Demon Hunters launches for browsers


Final hours of Kickstarter campaign are upon us
Jan 31
// Jordan Devore
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters is probably my favorite thing to come out of Spicy Horse Games. Already Greenlit for Steam, it is now on the verge of getting funded on Kickstarter -- approximately 90 percent of the goal has been reac...
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Spicy Horse's Big Head Bash now playable in your browser


Be on the lookout for Mr. Dtoid
Oct 16
// Jordan Devore
Sidescroller arena shooter Big Head Bash has had a playable beta floating around out there for a while now, but Spicy Horse officially launched the browser-based game this week. It's free across platforms like Facebook, Kongr...
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Big Head Bash launches into open beta on Kongregate


May 30
// Conrad Zimmerman
Big Head Bash, the upcoming browser-based arena shooter from Spicy Horse, has officially started its open beta today on Kongregate. To start engaging in vinyl toy slaughter, all you need to do is swing by the game's page and ...

New details of Spicy Horse's Big Head Bash revealed!

Mar 29 // Conrad Zimmerman
Attracted to the collectible vinyl toy movement in recent years, which has seen massive growth as artists continue to create a seemingly endless supply of creative and beautiful toys, Spicy Horse wanted to tap into that collector's spirit for Big Head Bash. Players will be able to show off their collections in a customizable display case with a constantly growing selection of backgrounds and accent items. "What I like about it," says American McGee, "is that people instantly understand the idea of collecting, playing with and trading vinyl toys. In recreating this in the game environment we give people the option to move some of their collecting impulse online – and to share their collections instantly with friends around the globe. Anyway, if I’m playing an online game I’d rather collect toys than cows!" Spicy Horse plans to create a huge variety of these toy designs, based on their own properties as well as those of popular vinyl toy designers, licensed characters from films and comics, and other avenues of popular culture. In play, Big Head Bash is a platforming arena shooter in which two teams of players battle it out against one another. Each player can take two weapons into the match, weapons which include your standard guns as well as more creative implements of death such as the "Floatron," a rifle firing a slow-moving projectile which can be bounced off of the environment before it detonates. Other weapons have curious aesthetic functions in addition to causing damage, like leaving behind flowers at the point of impact when using a "Flower Gun." Just as with the toys, Spicy Horse plans to continually expand the weapons repertoire over time. One of the goals Spicy Horse set forth in creating these new free-to-play games is that they have all the polish you would expect from a retail release. Using Unity3D, they've crafted rich, beautiful stages full of visual elements which are just as much fun to stare at as they are to shoot people in. Likewise, the toys themselves have a fantastic level of detail, complete with a glossy finish which makes them pop right off the screen. Over the last several weeks, Spicy Horse has been engaging in network testing and are preparing to launch a closed beta soon. To that end, they've partnered up with GameStop's online game distribution system, Kongregate, as the launch platform for the browser-based title. "We are thrilled to be the exclusive launch partner for Big Head Bash" said Jim Greer, CEO & co-founder of Kongregate. "American McGee is a veteran and a visionary and has put together a great team at Spicy Horse." Jim added, "Spicy Horse's take on side-scrolling deathmatch adventure-shooter will be perfect for our mostly hard core players. We look forward to showcasing Big Head Bash to Kongregate's audience of more than 16 million monthly gamers."  [embed]224737:43198[/embed] Not wanting to be outdone by all of this announcing, we at Destructoid have a little surprise as well. Mr. Destructoid will be available as a playable character in Big Head Bash. In addition to being a snappy dresser, Mr. Destructoid also brings a massive cock -- gun, that is. The cock gun will fire explosive roosters from its rear because if there's one thing which says "class," it's combining a dick joke with a poop joke and wrapping it in an explosion. You're welcome. Players can go and sign up for the closed beta of Big Head Bash right now over on Kongregate, with the beta opening up later this spring. To keep abreast of the latest news on the game, focus your gaze on the official Big Head Bash website.
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Last year, Spicy Horse (the Shanghai-based development studio founded by American McGee in 2007) began to focus on developing casual, free-to-play titles for social platforms. Now, the fruits of that labor are starting to ma...


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