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Posted 3:00pm

Introducing FuturLab’s PS Mobile Games: Beats Slider & Fuel Tiracas

Hello folks! It seems like only last month we were shouting about Velocity, and yet now we’ve got some new things to be excited about! We’ve been hard at work coming up with more simple, elegant and clever ideas, and crafting them into fun and addictive games!

The first of these games is called Beats Slider, and it’s called that because you slide beats around. It’s simple, rather elegant, and pretty clever too…

BEATS SLIDER – Conquer Those Blasted Slider Puzzles!

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Each block of the sliding puzzle represents MIDI data, which is basically musical notation that computers can read. MIDI data can be used to play back ANY instrument, synthesizer, drum loop or whatever you throw at it, just by changing the instruments or samples that are triggered by it.

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So what we’ve done is allow the player to push a drum loop MIDI pattern into a synthesizer slot, or a melody pattern into a bass line track, and every combination you could possibly think of within the limits of each level.

It was quite the brain teaser to write music that can be rearranged in this way whilst still sounding good, but we managed it!

What we’re also doing is TEACHING people how to solve those blasted slider puzzles. Some people are just able to solve them, but people like you (and me) are often left frowning with frustration! No more.

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If you play Beats Slider, you will learn how to solve EVERY slider puzzle that will ever be made, whilst also listening to catchy music like this!

FUEL TIRACAS – Twitch-On-Touch Done Properly

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Hot on the heels of Beats Slider is Fuel Tiracas, which is our attempt at bringing hardcore twitch gaming to touch-based mobile devices!

As with all our games, Fuel Tiracas is simple, elegant and a little bit clever, and it takes everything we’ve learned about addictive mechanics from Coconut Dodge and Velocity, and boils them down to their absolute core essence, building the simplest game possible (we only had eight weeks!) that adequately challenges the following faculties:

  • Use manual dexterity to create fast paced action
  • Use memory to take ownership of repeated patterns
  • Make fast decisions in response to random events
  • Look really cool doing all of the above competently

These are the things that make Coconut Dodge and Velocity fun and addictive, and it’s these things that we have literally put right at the player’s fingertips – in their purest form – in Fuel Tiracas.

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The game takes place on Planet Tiracas, which currently has no atmosphere, and it’s the player’s job to use Tiracas’ natural resources as Fuel to power giant atmosphere processors!

Fusing together ‘Whack-A-Mole’, ‘Spinning Plates’ and ‘Simon Says’ gameplay, the player must quickly collect fuel (coloured circle) as it appears in one of the six fuel pods (three each side), to raise the fuel level in a selected fuel gauge (strips in the centre), making sure to balance each gauge within its threshold (the coloured area within each strip) for long enough to generate 100% power to the atmosphere processor (the ‘xx/100- at the top of the screen).

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This would all be really easy if the fuel didn’t slowly deplete over time, and that’s the kicker…

It’s simple, fast-paced action with a resource/time management slant, and it’s addictive as hell because, as with Coconut Dodge, the combination of random and predictable elements gives the player the opportunity to memorise and master the patterns that appear, whilst being kept on their toes by random events, leading to Bishop-level exhibitions of skill and speed; and people looking and feeling cool whilst playing.

Fuel Tiracas has 12 levels that slowly introduce players to the various different Fuel Types included in the game, and the real value is in the huge amount of replayability as players learn the patterns and improve their best times, competing for the top spot on global high scores!

And… it costs £0.40p.

A PlayStation Vita game for 40p.

Hello PlayStation Mobile!

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almighty-slayer 4 October, 2012 @ 3:13 pm   2

Both really fantastic games – couldn’t recommend them more!

Nicko_McBrain 4 October, 2012 @ 3:17 pm   3

I want PS Mobile! Why do I have to live in Switzerland? Please SCEE, make sure we can get PSM soon too..

James Marsden 4 October, 2012 @ 3:17 pm   4

Hi folks! If you have any questions please let me know :)

James @FuturLab

flaming_fist_17 4 October, 2012 @ 3:32 pm   5

when will PSM be available in other regions ? … i was so excited for it … and now we get nothing :( .. i can’t believe i wasted my time waiting for it :(

    James Marsden 4 October, 2012 @ 3:34 pm    

    I can’t answer that I’m afraid, but I’m sure that people are working very hard to make sure PlayStation Mobile is available as far and wide as possible as quickly as possible.

    In fact, I know they are – they don’t stop working.

    It’ll be worth the wait!

Ravenblade86 4 October, 2012 @ 3:33 pm   6

I can highly recommend both, even if I am still terrible at Beats Slider! They are both less than a £1 though, so you can’t really go wrong with them.

Both really well put together games, which is what I’ve come to expect from FuturLab. Great audio/visual presentation coupled with some smart gameplay mechanics.

Fuel Tiracas is especially addictive and fun! Personally my favourite PlayStation Mobile game so far :)

PSM have not released in Sweden yet so have not be able to buy any of them :(. But when it launches here I will be sure to buy Fuel Tiracas.(not a fan of slide games)

dogwalker4000 4 October, 2012 @ 3:50 pm   8

When I finally get my Vita I will deffo get these, would get these now but my phone doesn’t support PSM :(

dogwalker4000 4 October, 2012 @ 4:15 pm   9

Christmas, if the missus gets my hints anyway :D

if i want to play these types of games i will buy a google nexus 7 tablet,bigger 7 inch screen,nicer to hold & tons of dirt cheap games like this. vita is lost & needs an identity re-check.

Voodoo341 4 October, 2012 @ 4:31 pm   11

Absolute waste of effort again. SCEE would be better sorting out the mess that is the PS Store first before doing this. It’ll just be another over priced, broken, poorly implemented service.

SuperJag86 4 October, 2012 @ 7:37 pm   12

Hi James!
I’m already a big fan of FuturLab and these two PSM titles were snapped up as soon as the store launched.
Fuel is so addictive!
I know there is another title in the works but in the future I’d love for you to make another game on the same scale as Velocity.
I really enjoyed the classic gameplay which ramped up in skill nicely while introducing more mechanics to master.
It has to be one of my favourite Mini’s up with MPSMP and one of the best games on PSN full stop!
The more games like Fuel are fun sometimes but I prefer games more in the style and form of Velocity.
Carry on the great work and thanks for supporting the Vita!

I’ll buy them both. As soon as they’re available here.

A fatal mistake of the psmobile suite is no trophies. That would have made all the games on there sell a lot more in my opinion.

Those two are already top of my list to get, so as soon as PSM launches in Ireland..

SirTodge 6 October, 2012 @ 8:02 am   16

40p? 40 bloody pence?

I don’t like having a gun held to my head forcing me to buy stuff, but you’re there, squeezing that trigger. Damn you!