I’m not sure how I missed out on Geon: Emotions when it came to XBLA but I did. Now that I have gone back and played the demo, I really wish I’d picked it up at a time when I could have any reasonable expectation of being able to play against a real-life opponent.
Thankfully, it looks like I’ll be getting a second chance. A new version of Geon will be coming to the Wii in February of 2009 boasting some new features. These include a 4-player split-screen mode, simplified controls (not exclusively waggle, but there will be some) and an imporoved single-player game for when I get to be so awesome at it that none of my friends will ever want to play with me again.
Did anybody here wind up getting the first version? Did you like it? I’m kinda torn on picking it up with the Wii version on the horizon but I’d probably do so if I thought there might be others out there itching for an opponent.
Hit the jump to see the a press release with more details on the upcoming title. Or go to the gallery to see some screens, including one that gives a little perspective on the split-screen play.
DERBY, ENGLAND, September 16th 2008
– Following on from its debut on Xbox Live Arcade, Pinnacle Software are excited to announce that it has teamed up with the game’s original developer, Derby based Strawdog Studios, to bring an all new definitive version of arcade action game Geon to Wii™ in February 2009.
Developed specifically for the Wii with a plethora of brand new gameplay features and enhancements, Geon is a fast paced arcade action game played in an energised geometric grid environment. Playing as a ‘Geon’ cube, players frantically race against up to three other opponents to collect pellets and deposit them in the opponent’s goal to score. At the same time players fight desperately to prevent their opponents from scoring by the tactical use of eight different powerballs including ‘Rage’ which lays down a layer of spikes that can block an opponent or trap them, and ‘Greed’ which sucks up pellets enabling the scoring of a fast goal. All of the powerballs significantly alters the ebb and flow of each game and allows each player to develop their own unique strategies in their quest to be the first to score five goals and win the game!
Geon features a variety of single player and multiplayer modes including Duel Career Mode where your aim is to progress to the top of the four Geon leagues, or Duel and Time Attack modes which features 16 and 32 unique grids respectively and where mini games can be unlocked along the way. Alternatively take on your friends in two or four person split screen multi-player battles to become the undisputed Geon master!
BRAND NEW Wii FEATURES
• 16 new ‘Duel’ mode grids
• Improved game rules for enhanced player interaction
• For the first time, attack and defend on demand with a single button press
• Improved single player experience via the new ‘Duel’ league mode
• Improved ‘Time Attack’ mode – now a game of pure speed with no obstacles or opponent
• Improved tutorial to smooth the player’s learning curve
• 32 player avatars for player profiles
• Wii Remote functionality with players able to perform ‘jumpbash’ attack moves by flicking the controller like a drum stick
• Up to 4 person multiplayer split-screen
Wii AND THE Wii LOGO ARE TRADEMARKS OF NINTENDO.
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For more on Geon head to www.geongame.com
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About Pinnacle Software Ltd
Pinnacle Software, a Division of Pinnacle Entertainment Ltd, has forged the way as a leading UK Distributor, revolutionising the Games industry by creating the exclusive software distribution model for this territory in 1992. The organisation has remained innovative & flexible since its inception, using its extensive experience of the software industry and understanding of the full retail spectrum, to provide an end to end sales, marketing, distribution, production & licensing service for its worldwide base of developer and publisher partners.
Pinnacle Software continues to maintain a complete UK & ROI distribution service for publishers and developers alike, penetrating a wider retail audience than any of its competitors due to the breadth of product available throughout the Pinnacle Entertainment group, including software, music, DVDs, accessories, books, trading cards, and merchandise.
Visit www.pinnacle-software.co.uk for further information.
About Strawdog Studios Ltd.
Strawdog Studios Ltd. is an independent game developer founded in 2003 and is currently based in Derby, UK. The Strawdog Studios team has a collective flair for creative vision and brings fresh ideas to the development of console and PC games. In addition to undertaking outsource projects the company has gone from strength to strength developing their portfolio of original games including “Geon” (XBLA, PSN, Wii, PC & PSP), Bounce (in development for XBLA with others to follow) and Turbulance (in pre-production).
The company’s cross-platform technology allows us to undertake development of licensed games, conversions or original titles across all next gen platforms. For further details of the company, products or services please see www.strawdogstudios.com