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Introducing Dollar Dash, a multiplayer sneak ‘em up for PS3

Dollar Dash on PS3

Late last year, we were gathering ideas and prototypes in preparation of creating our next game. There was one idea we really liked: A fast-paced multiplayer sneaking game about a group of safe-breakers that sneak past cameras, laser barriers, and guards to pull off the ultimate heist.

In our earliest prototype, the goal of the four players was to pick locks and break walls in order to reach the vault and grab all the money inside before one of the other players could. There was one element in this early prototype that was really fun: You could set up bear traps that would snare other players, slowing them down and causing the guards to catch them.

Around the same time, we were also playing a lot of Bomberman in the office. And its brand of pick-up-and-play fun and multiplayer battles was something we wanted in our game, too.

Dollar Dash on PS3Dollar Dash on PS3

So we decided to re-think the game from scratch, stripping out complicated concepts like guards and surveillance cameras and focusing on one basic idea: thieves stealing money and attacking other players. Enter Dollar Dash, due for release on PlayStation Network this Winter!

We knew we wanted an animated look for Dollar Dash, with inspirations including Franco-Belgium comics like Lucky Luke, Bobo, and Carl Bark’s Beagle Boys from the Scrooge McDuck universe. Once we took the focus away from the sneaking to the player vs. player battles we also looked at Spy vs. Spy, which is a great reference for cartoon enemies that lure each other into funny traps.

Dollar Dash on PS3

When it came time to dig deeper into the gameplay, we realised we wanted a faster-paced game with more intense multiplayer moments. The final version of Dollar Dash is a more fluid game with an assortment of ways to attack, defend, and use special items to gather cash quickly or evade opponents.

Like all classic four-player games, Dollar Dash is at its best when sitting on couch and competing with friends. Yes, we have drop-in and drop-out online multi-person play, too, but like Fat Princess, GoldenEye or Bomberman, the thrill of sitting next to someone whose loot you have just stolen is kinetic and immediate.

There are several modes: Dollar Dash, Save the Safe, and Hit’n’Run. The ability to customize weapons and items for each map, and learning each map’s strengths and weaknesses, is a big part of the fun. Before each match, players can specify which weapons they want available. So, it is possible to play with atomic bombs only, Cacti only, a mix of short, medium, and long-range weapons, or even no weapons at all! In between levels, players can spend their hard-earned cash to buy weapon upgrades in the Shop.

Dollar Dash on PS3Dollar Dash on PS3

As we began honing in on the exact things that made the game work, our team began establishing tactics – like collecting only a half bag of money to keep our speed high – and polishing the game’s various weapons. Special items are temporary, and appear all around the map. One example: picking up sneakers gives players a speed boost for a short time – especially handy when you have a full bag of cash. In the end, we created 20 different weapons to work with, and 30 maps for Dollar Dash’s impending release.

That’s all for now, but we’ll be back on the Blog with an update as launch approaches.

 

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WildRushSykes 15 November, 2012 @ 5:24 pm   1

First :)

Also not interested in this tile at all :( I would of thought you would of discounted this for PS Plus> This is a new I.P so to get people interested in the franchise it makes sense.

 
Carnivius_Prime 15 November, 2012 @ 5:24 pm   2

Looks like a fun multiplayer game. And I’m grateful that it has online play because while I agree with the fact that it’s more fun seeing the expression of people in the same room as you when you beat them, some of us just don’t have local gamer friends. And even the few times we might do they can’t be there at any time like online gamers across the world can be. Will check this game out when it’s released. :)

 

This looks a banger will defiantly look into trying

 

I started reading when I saw this

” A fast-paced multiplayer sneaking game about a group of safe-breakers that sneak past cameras, laser barriers, and guards to pull off the ultimate heist.”

And I thought “Wow :O That sounds amazing, If the gameplay is good this could be a REAL funny and enjoyable game! :O”

But then I started reading the rest and came to the part

“So we decided to re-think the game from scratch”

My first thought “WTF! WHY?? :/”

 
SKIBADEE187 16 November, 2012 @ 2:42 am   5

@WildRushSykes why even post pointless.

sounds really interesting will look forward to it hitting PSN.

 
PrivateJammy 16 November, 2012 @ 7:25 am   6

Looking forward to giving this a try :) Loved the original Spy vs Spy back in ’84 and Super Bomberman in ’93 – both very different multiplayer concepts but equally enjoyable.

They describe it as a 4-player game, I hope there are 2 or 3 player options like bomberman had. Can’t always rally 3 mates together and don’t care for playing against strangers – would rather have some AI opposition.

 
chrisboers 16 November, 2012 @ 8:49 am   7

Bomberman Ultra is still one of my favorite Multiplayer games, so if you’re comparing yourself to that, you set some pretty high standards :-)
I hope you can make up to those standards, and deliver a truly fun game. Have to ask: have you considered a handheld version? This game appears to be more suited to that platform, with its relatively short multiplayer sessions, and ‘pick up and play’ gameplay. Plus, the graphics don’t appear to be too detailed to not fit on the Vita screen.
Also, no word on a price. Please consider other offerings like the excellent ‘When Vikings Attack’, which offer somewhat similar multiplayer gameplay, AND cross-platform gaming at quite a sharp price. Good luck with finishing the product!

Sounds interesting. :)

I look forward to checking it out.

 
CoolRichy008UK 16 November, 2012 @ 1:49 pm   9

ye what SKIBADEE187 said . WildRushSykes if you cant think of anything todo with the topic dont post first you childish idiot

 
BlueTigerCub 16 November, 2012 @ 5:07 pm   10

This game looks interesting, it should be brought out as a cross-play, cross-buy game for Vita too :)

no-1_john 16 November, 2012 @ 7:11 pm   11

Looks like a nice simple family suited game, thumbs up from me. :)