NEW YORK&LONDON—September 29th, 2009—I-play, Oberon Media’s publishing division and the world’s leading multi-platform casual games publisher, today launched Hip Hop All Star for iPhone™ and iPod® touch. Featuring an original playlist with some of the biggest names in hip hop including Busta Rhymes and Kid Cudi, Hip Hop All Star introduces an all-new way for fans and hip hop enthusiasts to experience their favorite tracks. Turning the iPhone into virtual turntables, players use the touch screen to scratch and spin their way to DJ stardom. Hip Hop All Star brings the swagger back to music games with a playlist starring hip hop chart-toppers alongside old-school hip hop classics, some of them exclusive to the game.
Hip Hop All Star puts players behind the wheels of steel and on center stage as they rock the crowds in five different party locations—starting at a house party and spinning their way to a fan-packed arena. When the crowds crave more, players can turn their show into a showdown with WiFi and BlueTooth DJ battle modes. Aspiring DJs go head-to-head to earn power-ups, show off scratch tricks and unlock in-game accessories. When a winner emerges, players can earn DJ bragging rights by posting top scores and trash talk directly to Facebook with the integrated Facebook Connect feature.
Hip Hop All Star is I-play’s first micro-transaction enabled music game. Players will be able to make in-game purchases on their favorite Hip Hop All Star songs through a direct link to the iTunes® Store. In addition, once the 10 included songs have been mastered on the turntables, players can keep the party going by purchasing the Hip Hop All Star Track Pack that includes two additional songs for $0.99. The music never has to stop, as I-play will keep the needle on the record with the release of additional Track Packs.
“If you are a hip hop music fan, this game is for you,” said Don Ryan, chief operating officer of Oberon Media.“As the first and only all hip hop DJ game, we wanted to make sure players are continuously engaged with the music and that the game was true to real DJing techniques and principles. The micro-transactions keep the game fresh by offering players an entirely new experience with each purchase.”
The Hip Hop All Star set list features tracks from Busta Rhymes, DJ Green Lantern, Slim Thug, Unk, Mya and Ray J, with exclusive music from Kid Cudi, DJ KO, Greg Nice, DJ Jason Nevins, Scarchild, Eddie Jaymez, and DJ Serafin. Kool G Rap, one of the most influential and skilled MCs of all time, joins them with an exclusive track.
“It’s mind blowing to see how hip hop has evolved from the beginning,” said Kool G Rap.“When I began in this business, I never could have imagined turntables like this. But it goes to show that great minds will continue to revolutionize hip hop and the DJ experience—that’s why hip hop will be around forever.”
Hip Hop All Star is now available through select mobile carriers, and in the Apple® App Store for a special, two-week price of $2.99 /£1.79. www.itunes.com/apps/HipHopAllStar