Huntington Beach, California - 9/12/2011 - Technicat, LLC has upgraded the mobile version of the classic 3D bowling game HyperBowl to the latest version of the Unity game engine, version 3.4, and taken advantage of the cross-platform support offered by Unity Android to become one of the early casual game offerings on the Barnes and Noble NOOK Color.
The partnership between mobile developer Technicat, LLC and Hyper Entertainment, Plc., the developer and intellectual property owner of the original HyperBowl arcade and attraction game, has produced a critically acclaimed version for iOS (MacLife listed HyperBowl as one the 100 best iPhone apps of 2009) and a more recent version on the Android Market. This remake of the HyperBowl reuses the art and audio assets of the original game and is reimplemented in the Unity game engine to take advantage of that middleware's cross-platform support, built-in physics and audio engine, and modern graphics features such as bump-mapped surfaces, fog, and wavy water.
HyperBowl for the NOOK Color ably uses the Unity render engine and the device's graphics hardware to display all six of the game's original 3D fantasy bowling lanes - the futuristic Classic lane, idyllic Forest lane, ancient Rome, the rocking ship deck of the High Seas lane, the steep streets of San Francisco, and brightly-lit downtown Tokyo. The size and tall aspect ratio of the NOOK Color is reminiscent of the projection screen display used with the original attraction game (originally debuting over ten years ago at the Sony Metreon and still available at venues such as Dave and Buster's), and enables the unique touch-screen swiping motion that mimics the bowling ball controller of the original game. HyperBowl was included in a recent Barnes and Noble press release as one of the notable new game additions on the NOOK Color.
Technicat, LLC provides software development and consulting services. Past projects include video games, virtual worlds, and 3D content creation packages. Technicat develops and publishes games under the Fugu Games label. Technicat is owned and operated by Phil Chu, a member of the original HyperBowl development team.
Hyper Entertainment Plc began life as Sony Development, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, in 1997 with the purpose of creating leisure, retail and mixed-use opportunities utilizing Sony’s motion picture, music, cinema and consumer electronics groups. Since that time, Hyper Entertainment has consulted for numerous clients throughout the world, ranging from national museums, to music and entertainment companies, to shopping malls, to visitor attractions, both large and small.
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