Spin The Bottle Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Spin The Bottle RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network U Can't Touch This - Spin the Bottle for the Wii U is Delayed https://www.gameskinny.com/sx74a/u-cant-touch-this-spin-the-bottle-for-the-wii-u-is-delayed https://www.gameskinny.com/sx74a/u-cant-touch-this-spin-the-bottle-for-the-wii-u-is-delayed Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:18:30 -0400 Stephanie Tang

“Bringing that hiding in the basement thing to the big screen.”

The Nintendo Wii has certainly done a lot of pioneering for the current wave of motion-sensor gaming, and the Nintendo Wii U has taken up the torch with great enthusiasm. Small wonder that developers for the Wii U, which range from triple-A Ubisoft to small indie company Knapnok, are picking up on that kind of enthusiasm and challenging themselves to push the envelope of gaming interaction even further.

Enter Spin the Bottle, Knapnok’s brainchild for the Wii U. With a premise that sounds like something only a few drunken kids sequestered in their parents’ basement would love (or, all right, let’s be fair here... we mature adult folk aren’t that much better when it comes to hitting the Jack), the Wii U gamepad takes center stage in this wacky new rendition of the age-old adolescent party wind-down.

Sounds simple enough, right?

Actually, it looks like it’s to be quite the opposite!

Originally due for an initial July release date, KnapNok steps up to explain to fans just why the game has been delayed.

“The game has been done for months now, we are going through the last quality assurance with Nintendo and it has taken way longer than anticipated. One of the problems is that we are doing so much weird stuff with the Wii Remotes, such as pushing buttons with your nose, passing them to each other over your heads and players blindfolded crawling around on the floor trying to find the controller. Each of these things is non-conventional and there are just so many rules and requirements that can go wrong.

Not that they’re sorry for it. While the waiting is painful, KnapNok is convinced that this collection of wacky randomized co-op mini games are “what makes the game great.” Meanwhile, they’re using the time to start prototyping the next update.

“There is so much interesting design space to explore of games that makes the players look at each other, communicate with each other or touch each other and we are looking forward to be able to start talking about all this new stuff.”

The game is now due for a tentative release in mid-August.

But what is it?

The most socially awkward Wii U game you’ve ever seen.

Even the developers agree that the two core groups that would most likely find Spin the Bottle most entertaining were:

  1. Kids
  2. Adults who are drinking and/or playing a drinking game

Take a look at the video below and you’ll see why. The random hodge-podge of mini-games from pseudo-kisses around with a Wiimote to a manly bro-hug hopping game. Just like the traditional teenage game, the Wii U Gamepad is used to “spin the bottle” and the players the bottle lands on are the ones who are required to step up to bat. A random mini game is automatically chosen, and that’s where the fun (and the seriously awkward) begins.

Other mini game titles include: Grab the Rooster, Hide the Monkey, Rabbit Hunt, Waltz, Picking Flowers, Squeeze the Orange, Saw, Pass the Badger, Invisible Beach Tennis, and Shooting Star.

I don’t know if those sound like mini game titles, or the moves in a chop suey Chinese martial arts film from the late 70s. Either way, given a significant level of inebriation, I can definitely see how this could end up making a YouTube-worthy night of hilarity. Or end in a trip to the hospital, depending on who happens to crabwalk blindly down a set of stairs into a nest of pit vipers. You never know. You’ll be drinking.

How much the price for hilarity?

KnapNok is taking the ‘Minecraft approach,’ a reward-type model for early adopters as a unique pricing approach. In an interview published on Nintendo Life, KnapNok’s Creative Director Lau Korsgaard says:

We will release cheap-ish but increase the price of the game as we develop more content. If you buy early you will get all future updates for free. Our plan is to release two more updates in 2013 – each time raising the price a bit. We want reward the early adopters of the Wii U while still being able to earn money on the long run.”

The launch price will be around €7/$9, and will warn early adopters when an update is on its way to encourage consumers to buy at a lower price. Nintendo was reported to be confused by the pricing strategy, but supportive, flexible to work with, and willing to allow KnapNok to take control while still providing the indie with good advice.

Definitely a far cry from the hellishly long time it’s taken for Microsoft to do something about their ridiculously high patch fees.

What do you think? Party like it’s Hangover 3?
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Top 3 Weirdest Games of E3 2013 https://www.gameskinny.com/bbdxr/top-3-weirdest-games-of-e3-2013 https://www.gameskinny.com/bbdxr/top-3-weirdest-games-of-e3-2013 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:14:39 -0400 Kaitlin Silver

I was super excited for E3 2013 months in advance (as I always am for every E3), but this year's show has been extremely memorable and one of my personal favorites!

We saw many big reveals - as well as surprises - on dozens of upcoming games, watched hours of interviews, trailers, and floor demos just to get a glimpse of the exciting new features to come, and witnessed one of the greatest next-gen console wars begin during Sony's E3 Press Conference with the amazing reveal of the Playstation 4! Missed out on the epic moment when Sony "threw down the gauntlet"? Watch it here:

 

 We experienced both the good and bad that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo had to offer at this year's E3...but what about the weirdAfter soaking in the highlights of this year's show, I've come up with a list of the top 3 games that I found to be a little bit more eccentric than the rest.

Before I bid a final farewell to this year's E3, here's my Top 3 List of the Weirdest Games of E3 2013:

3. Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (Wii U)

"Spin the Bottle?" With a title like that, I think it's normal to feel a little hesitant. But, have no fear! Nintendo says that this is an "innocent game for innocent kids" (and kissing is not required). Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party is the "ultimate" party game for 2-8 players on the Wii U and will not require use of a TV

"You sit in a circle around the GamePad and spin a virtual bottle. Two players are randomly paired up each round to do a collaborative physical challenge. Use the Wii Remotes™ and each other to dance, spin, grab, jump, hide, pump, pass and squeeze."


I'm diggin' the super cute graphics! And just a fun side-note, the developer of the game even suggested 2 core groups that would most likely find this game the most entertaining:

  1. Kids
  2. Adults who are drinking and/or playing a drinking game

 "Ultimate" party game or "awkward" party game...that's up to you to decide!

 2. Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4)

I think the trailer for this highly-eccentric title says it all:

Developed by Young Horses, this indie game will be the sequel to the first Octodad (yes, there was a first one). You play an octopus who is posing as a human (and even has a human family), and must attempt to complete household tasks and chores while maintaining this secret. (It seems pretty obvious that this suit and tie-wearing "dad" is an octopus...but who needs logic).

Sound boring? Well, here's the catch: it's a little difficult being an octopus in a human world! The game features awkward control mechanics...making it difficult to perform (what we humans would say are) simple everyday tasks. Overall, Octodad looks like a hilarious title to add to the collection if you're looking for something "unique." 

1. Lococycle (Xbox One)

 LocoCycle takes you on an action packed adventure only seen on Xbox One with a sentient motorcycle named I.R.I.S and her mechanic, Pablo (who is literally being 'dragged' along for the ride) to fight for freedom from the Big Arms agents.

 Developed by Twisted Pixel, Lococycle will be launching with the Xbox One and will be "exclusive" to the console.

You get to play as a talking motorcycle (named IRIS) who drags her companion, Pablo, by the ankle while engaging in melee-style combat. Cool? The bike is even described as:

"Valedictorian of the Big Arms Academy's School of Assassination. IRIS is proficient in 40 forms of combat and has blades, handguns and 'the latest in nuclear technology.' IRIS is fluent in 50 languages, can blend in and disappear, and can travel a mile in 20 seconds." 

Interesting...

I'm not really sure how I feel about this title (and as a PS4 fan...I don't feel like it's much of a loss). The idea is quirky and fun, but the game reminds me of something I'd see in an arcade at my local bowling alley or movie theater...not on a next-gen video game console. Improve the graphical quality and melee animation, and I might be more convinced.

Did you think there were any weird games announced at E3 2013? Let me know in the comments!

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