Mystery Teaser Puzzle Reveal: Name FuturLab’s New Game!

FuturLab game reveal for PlayStation minis

Hello folks! James here from FuturLab, creators of the hit PlayStation minis game Coconut Dodge! Our newest game is quite different than Coconut Dodge, but there are some strong similarities:

  1. A tried-and-tested game mechanic with a new twist
  2. Extremely addictive gameplay
  3. Quality throughout and value for money

These things have made Coconut Dodge one of the best scoring minis games so far. We learned a whole bunch of tricks making Coconut Dodge, and we’re applying the same level of care and attention to gameplay addictiveness on this project!

If that sounds good to you, read on! :-)

September 7th, 2210

Vilio — the beating heart of the Toron nebula — exploded last September, becoming an ominous red giant in the process. Luckily, and somewhat miraculously, no one was hurt, though a galaxy wide electromagnetic pulse shuddered through our fleets, nullifying mining ships and colony vessels as well as our Special Forces fighters. Power and communication ceased instantly; those ships now survive on fossil fuels, remote and helpless. A rescue mission was launched in October; those craft are now expected to reach Toron in approximately ten months time. This much you know.

However, close monitoring has revealed that Villo has begun to collapse in on itself, the spectral red light bending inwards to form the beginnings of a black hole. The speed of collapse is debatable, but at best we expect Vilio to be a full-blown black hole within a matter of months.

As we expected, our director of operations was invited this morning to brief the government on the current state of our Quarp Drive project. It was concluded that all resources necessary for the completion of our testing period should be redirected as appropriate; their intention being to use our prototype Quarp Jet as the basis for an immediate rescue mission.

FuturLab game reveal for PlayStation minis (Space Shooter Glyphs


Being the lead test pilot, you are the obvious choice to take the lead on this mission. Since we only have one prototype craft, you’ll have to go it alone, and we’ll provide support as soon as possible.

I would like to end the brief there, but unfortunately the situation has become even more complicated. Our warring neighbours have seen potential reward from our misfortune, and have deployed a fleet of ships to prey upon our helpless drifters for precious minerals and our coveted technologies.

You’ll begin your mission in the relatively safe zone of the Toron outer rim. Once there you will locate and rescue any drifters you find, protecting them from scavenger attacks. Good luck.

What you see above is some concept artwork and the back story for a vertical scrolling space shoot ’em up!

The game is in development now, and features a unique teleport mechanic, allowing you to teleport around the screen and throughout a level in order to evade enemy attacks and solve action based logic puzzles!

Exciting huh? However, you may have noticed that we don’t have a name for the game yet, and that’s where you come in!

FuturLab game reveal for PlayStation minis (name the pilot)

We’d like you to give the game a title, and suggest a name for the test pilot lead character!

To help you get in the mood, you can play the game’s theme tune — Teleport Rescue — and some tasty wallpaper artwork to share in the vision we have for the game. People who make suggestions that are shortlisted will be credited in the game, and will each win a copy of the game when it is released!

[audio:http://blog.us.playstation.com/files/2010/09/01-Teleport-Rescue-2.mp3|titles=01 Teleport Rescue 2]

Teleport Rescue by Futurlab

The lucky people whose suggestions we actually use for the game will also win a copy of the game, and a bunch of other goodies so awesome we haven’t even thought of them yet!

So head on over to http://www.futurlab.co.uk/nameourgame/ to take part, find out more about the game, and have a look around to see if there’s any other cool stuff you can find ;)

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Dark Energy

hey hey

is this gonna be a network game ?

good luck with it and keep us posted. great community interaction \o/

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Hey folks,

Man, this game is so futuristic the date is even a day early! :P

Some of you may have noticed that it’s not 07 09 2010 as the puzzle we ran last week suggested.

There has been a cat-out-of-bag error with the US blog, and since the rest of the interwebs started posting this story, I have asked the EU blog team to bring this post forward to today.

I am therefore currently sat in an Internet cafe still on Holiday, but I love ya’ll so much I’m going to stay here until all your questions are answered :)

I hope you like the look of the game, and I especially hope you like the music as I wrote it meself :D

If you’re hungry for more info already, be sure to check out our blog:

http://www.futurlab.co.uk/interface/

:)

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Hey folks,

Man, this game is so futuristic the date is even a day early! :P

Some of you may have noticed that it’s not 07 09 2010 as the puzzle we ran last week suggested.

There has been a cat-out-of-bag error with the US blog, and since the rest of the interwebs started posting this story, I have asked the EU blog team to bring this post forward to today.

I am therefore currently sat in an Internet cafe still on Holiday, but I love ya’ll so much I’m going to stay here until all your questions are answered :)

I hope you like the look of the game, and I especially hope you like the music as I wrote it meself :D

If you’re hungry for more info already, be sure to check out our blog:

http://www.futurlab.co.uk/interface/

:)

Have a nice holiday :D Harder than you think making a game name lol

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Is this a full PS3 game, or another mini?

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@V00D00CHARL1E

It’s another minis game, but this one is a lot more ambitious. We have ambitions for bigger games on PSN, so need some support along the way :p

Carnivius_Prime 06 September, 2010 @ 17:55
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After seeing the word ‘quarp’ in several places in the info and the pics I thought that was the title. As good a name as any, one word and nothing else is called it. Game seems interesting either way.

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@Carnivius_Prime

If you suggest it on the site, we’ll consider it :)

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Are minis “allowed” to have the functions of a proper PSN release (online interactivity, trophies, etc?)?

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Very nice work on the music James, for some reason it reminds me of music by CoLD SToRAGE which is a very good thing!

Also really the concept and the sound of the artwork, I’ll have to see if I can think of some names.

Keep up the great work guys.

lol =P

Like the music, like the artwork, I’m sure this will be worth looking out for.

Just one question.
Why do a vertical scrolling shooter on the PSP? Would it not make more sense to do a horizontally-scrolling game, what with the 16:9 screen? Or are you planning on having a game with a lot of horizontal movement aided by the teleportation mechanic?

Anyway, I’ve submitted my suggestions on your website, hope they are of some use.
Good luck with the game.

Game Name: Trigger Happy
Lead Character Name: Cassady Space

wow! looks very nice. Got a little metroid feel!

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NAME

Velocity

or Escape Velocity, even.

Just submitted my suggestions through the site :-D

Submitted my name suggestions! Can’t wait for this to be released love Coconut Dodge, so this should be ace!

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