Huntington Beach, California - Technicat, LLC has announced the latest update of HyperBowl1.6 on the iPhone and iPad, the result of a collaboration between Technicat and Hyper Entertainment, Plc. to bring the original HyperBowl attraction game to mobile platforms.
The attraction version of HyperBowl debuted in the Sony Metreon in 1999 and is still available in venues such as Dave and Buster's. The attraction game features a tall projection screen, 3D fantasy bowling lanes, and a real bowling ball acting as the controller.
After a year of development, HyperBowl 1.0 was released for the iPhone and iPod touch in December of 2009 with the first three HyperBowl lanes - Classic (an eerie otherworldly environment), Rome (art and aqueducts of ancient Rome) and Forest (an idyllic setting). Since then, the original arcade multiplayer mode (1-4 players) has been added along with support for the Scoreloop social gaming network.
Soon after the iPad was launched in April, HyperBowl 1.5 was released as a universal app with native support for the iPhone and iPad, including full-screen iPad support. The latest release, HyperBowl 1.6, takes advantage of the powerful iPad processor by adding as iPad-only content the fourth HyperBowl lane, High Seas, a physics-intensive environment which features a rocking ship as the bowling platform.
- <*>The first four HyperBowl lanes, Classic, Rome, Forest, and High Seas (High Seas is iPad-only)*> <*>Art and sound from the original game*> <*>Full-screen native resolution on the iPad*> <*>Unique touch screen swiping controls that emulate the original bowling ball control*> <*>Play up to four-person multiplayer in the arcade mode*> <*>Integration with the Scoreloop social gaming network*>
HyperBowl on the iPhone and iPad is implemented with the popular Unity iPhone game engine but retains the art and audio assets from the HyperBowl attraction and stays faithful to the look and feel of the original game, as attested to by reviewers:
HyperBowl is one of MacLife's 100 Greatest iPhone Apps of 2009 - "Sure, there are a lot of bowling games for the iPhone, but none of them match the legacy that hyperbowl has. The gameplay feels organic, with its beautiful outdoor themed bowling lanes."
SlapApp - "hyperbowl definitely portrays a retro arcade feel that's consistent with the original, and offers a uniquely different game-play that other traditional bowling apps simply do not offer."
- <*>iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad*> <*>Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later*> <*>24.2 MB*>
Pricing and Availability:
HyperBowl 1.6 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Located in Huntington Beach, CA, Technicat, LLC was founded in 2004 by Phil Chu. Technicat provides software consulting services and self-publishes games under the brand Fugu Games. All Material and Software© 2010 Technicat, LLC / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries. HyperBowl is a registered trademark of Hyper Entertainment, Plc.