Published on February 7th, 2008 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder2
EA Announces Boom Blox
Remember when EA announced a partnership with Steven Spielberg? While some of us may not remember it, it’s a reality and the first fruits of it are appearing with Boom Blox – and it’s only on the Wii.
Boom Blox is a physics based puzzle game in the vein of Jenga, except the blocks you have to deal with won’t always be towers. There’s also at least two player multiplayer support, so your extra Wiimotes won’t have to sit alone for much longer.
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Boom Blox Trailer
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting such a casual game from a Steven Spielberg. It’s definitely a plus, so I’m intrigued to see what else they have in store.
Press Release follows:
Throw, Grab, and Blast Your Way Through the Ultimate Wii Game
Chertsey, UK, February 6, 2008 â€“ EA has announced that BOOM BLOXâ„¢, the first game developed in collaboration between EA and director and producer Steven Spielberg, is set for a May 2008 release for Nintendo Wiiâ„¢. This high-energy game features more than 300 levels, a cast of more than thirty wacky characters, and an easy-to-use in-game editor that allows players to express their creativity.
â€œI am a gamer myself, and I really wanted to create a video game that I could play with my kids,â€ said Steven Spielberg. â€œBOOM BLOX features an enormous amount of fun challenges and cool scenarios for your kids to solve or for you to master together.â€
Fun for kids and the entire family, BOOM BLOX offers action-packed interactive activities that takes Wii play to a new level of creativity and fun with single player, co-op, and versus gameplay. Players can experience the visceral gameplay – perfectly suited for the Wiiâ€™s interactive motion-sensitive controls – through brain-twisting challenges. They can interact with entertaining characters such as the block-laying chickens or baseball-throwing monkeys across four themed environments – Tiki, Medieval, Frontier, and Haunted. Additionally, players can remix any level of the game in Create Mode using props, blocks, or characters that have been unlocked during the game. Players can also virtually build anything they can dream up. Plus, their designs can then be shared with friends or used to challenge others to solve their newly created puzzle via WiiConnect24â„¢.
“We developed BOOM BLOX with endless combinations of gameplay in mind,â€ explains Louis Castle, executive producer. â€œWith over three hundred levels, built upon a full real-time physics model, your experience can be as easy or difficult as you want it to be – there really is something for everyone to enjoy.â€
â€œMy inspiration for this game came while I was playing the Wii for the first time,â€ added Spielberg. â€œFrom the initial concept to what the game is today, itâ€™s always been built around the innovations the Wii brings to playing games. BOOM BLOX plays on the enjoyment of building and knocking down blocks, something that can appeal innately to kids and adults of all ages.â€
Developed at EA Los Angeles, BOOM BLOX has not yet been rated by the ESRB and PEGI. For more information or to download artwork, visit http://www.BOOMBLOX.ea.com.
BOOM BLOX is also in production for mobile phones and will be widely available this Spring. The mobile version puts innovative BOOM BLOX gameplay on phones everywhere — delivering engaging, fun, and groundbreaking action. For the first time in a mobile game, players will be able to create custom levels and share them with their friends directly from the phone, enjoying a rich, interactive community experience. For information regarding mobile phone carrier availability, visit http://www.eamobile.com.