The Wii U eShop game Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party has just been awarded the Technology award at the Red Carpet Awards at the International Independent Games Festival IndieCade in Culver City, Los Angeles. The technology award “honors bold and unexpected experiments with the affordances of the medium that transform technology to magic.”
“Our goal from the very beginning has been to design a game specifically to the new Wii U technology and hardware. The GamePad and the Wii Remotes makes games possible where the players look at each other, not the TV. Interesting technology to us, is not a question about performance and polygons, but about how this technology shape human interactions and the Wii U gives possibilities you don’t see anywhere else in gaming today.” Says Dajana Dimovska, Producer on Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party
Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party is at display during the IndieCade festival and the developers have brought new minigames from their upcoming update. The new update will explore the technology of the Wii U even further by focusing on silly and awkward gameplay around the inbuilt camera in the GamePad.
Danish KnapNok Games and Swedish Redgrim are proud to announce August 8th as the release date of their collaborative project Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party. This updated version of the classical teen game doesn’t use the TV at all, but pushes the players to sit in a circle around the gamepad and look at each other.
“We have been really inspired by the possibilities of off-screen play the Wii U gives us. Finally we have a console that can put attention to the actions between the players instead of the screen. Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party is our attempt to explore these unique possibilities of the Wii U, players sit in a circle looking at each other doing silly, wacky and embarrassing stuff. This is a game that couldn’t have been developed for any other console and we are super excited to see how the audience will receive it.”
- Lau Korsgaard, Game Designer at KnapNok Games.
KnapNok, the developer behind Spin The Bottle on Wii U, has explained exactly why the amusing game has been delayed. The team say that they won’t make the initial July release date which they are genuinely sorry about. KnapNok says they feel their fans should know a bit about what is going on behind the scenes. Here’s their explanation.
“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.”
“I can’t really guarantee anything but my best bet is that we will release in mid august. I don’t regret that we are doing all this weird stuff, this is what makes the game great, but the last couple of months have certainly been painful.”
“We are not wasting our time while waiting for the release. We have already started prototyping our 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 .”
Being an early adopter of software can be a little frustrating at times – especially when a sale hits the Nintendo eShop – but Spin the Bottle developers are looking to reward those who support them by using a unique pricing approach. In an interview with KnapNok’s Creative Director Lau Korsgaard published on Nintendo Life, he speaks about the direction the Wii U party game will take:
“We are planning to use something different than other eShop games. 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.”
Korsgaard says their strategy is inspired by indie PC games such as Minecraft, saying they will launch the title around €7/$9, and then add more content in each sequential update, while also warning early adopters that an update is on its way to encourage consumers to buy at a lower price. He later told Eurogamer that when he presented the sales strategy to Nintendo, they were originally confused:
“Originally when we presented the idea to Nintendo they were a bit puzzled.They do have some guidelines about how much you can reduce your price post launch, but nothing about raising the price, so I took that as a yes. Since then we have talked about it a few times and they are supportive of the strategy. Nintendo has been really flexible to work with in this sense. We have control of everything, and all they provide is good advice.”
Although there has been no official announcement for when Spin the Bottle will come to the Wii U, Korsgaard says a release date should be around early July. What do you think of this sales strategy and should it be adopted for more Wii U games? Let us know in the comments below.
Knapnok Games’ upcoming party game, Spin the Bottle, is scheduled to arrive in May on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The party game includes a two-player minigame called “Pump Trolley,” in which each player holds a Wii Remote controller while facing the other player. Both players then act like they’re pumping a trolley, as seen in the video above. Unlike the players in the above video, make sure to wear a Wii Remote Wrist Strap when playing Spin the Bottle!
KnapNok Games has released the second teaser trailer for its upcoming Wii U party game, Spin the Bottle, where up to eight players are supposed to sit around the Wii U GamePad and spin a virtual bottle in order to pair up two random players to take on a challenge. KnapNok Games told Joystiq that the party game is scheduled to launch May in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
Denmark-based developer KnapNok Games has announced that Spin the Bottle will come to Nintendo’s forthcoming console, Wii U, during next year’s spring. Spin the Bottle is an eight-player party game that uses the Wii U GamePad and Wii Remote controllers. In the game, players gather around the Wii U GamePad and spin a virtual bottle on its touchscreen to take on awkward challenges.
Spin the Bottle is a party game for Wii U supporting up to 8 players. The game pushes the players’ attention away from the screen and onto each other with a series of collaborative micro challenges where players have to look at each other in order to win. The players sit in a circle around the Wii U Game Pad and spin a virtual bottle in order to pair up two random players to take a challenge. The challenges are carried out with Wii Remotes and might involve tight coordination, daring trust, body contact or extreme flexibility.