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From Board To Screen: Bringing Dungeon Twister To Life On PSN

Hi – I’m Christophe Boelinger, and I create board games.

My life is dedicated to games. I’ve made more than 30 games to date, and have always dreamt of seeing one of them turned into a video game. This week, that dream is going to become a reality when Hydravision brings Dungeon Twister to PlayStation Network.

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Dungeon Twister is a turn based strategy game that some describe as a perfect mix between chess and Dungeons & Dragons. The game background is fairly simple: the Arch-Mage, a powerful character who has discovered immortality is literally getting bored to death. For some light entertainment, he has enlisted dwarves and gnomes to dig and build labyrinths equipped with mechanical rooms – the Dungeon Twisters of the title.

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Using his powers of teleportation to bring combatants of his choosing into the arena, the Arch-Mage is now forcing the poor adventurers to dodge traps, fight and learn the labyrinth to find a way out, while awarding points for good performance. Imagine a TV reality show with real magic and a little more weapon-based combat!

In Dungeon Twister, there’s no place for luck. It is all about strategy. To win a game, you have to score 5 victory points. To score a single point, you can either kill an opponent or have one of your characters flee by crossing the whole dungeon. That means that you can be aggressive or adopt a stealthy approach. During your turn, you spend Action Points. Action Points allow you to do different things: move your character, start a fight, trigger a special power, or rotate a room.

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Rotating rooms? That’s right. The dungeon is composed of eight rooms divided into four different colours. Each room contains insurmountable walls, closed portcullises, deadly pit-traps and a rotation gear. The rotation gear spins the room, but also allows remote control over the other room of the same colour. This allows you to create new ways to get yourself to the exit, or stop your opponent from progressing.

These are the basic rules… but then rules are made to be twisted and broken!

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The player controls a team of eight characters with each a special power: the Wall-Walker can pass through walls, the Mekanork rotates the rooms in any direction, the Thief can open portcullises and go over pit-traps, the Troll regenerates when wounded… There are also powerful magical objects discarded throughout the dungeon: the speed potion allows you to spend more actions during your turn for instance, the fireball kills instantly, and the rope allows you to cross pit-traps.

Hydravision has created a training mode of 20 scenarios in which you play against the computer. With each scenario teaching you one or two new things each time, it becomes really easy and fun to learn playing Dungeon Twister while advancing through your own adventure, trying to solve all the missions that are thrown at you. By the time you get to the 20th scenario, you’ll be well prepared for some of the clever tricks the computer will be throwing at you.

Once you feel confident in your strategy, then it’s probably time to go online and confront any player connected worldwide. You can do this in friendly matches, by inviting a friend or by playing against someone you don’t know. Hydravision also preserved the convivial aspect of board games: you can if you want see and talk to your opponent thanks to PlayStation Eye.

If you’re feeling really confident, you can also play in ranked matches. Dungeon Twister combines the best of two worlds: the strategic depth of a turn based board game and the fun of finding and competing against new people whenever you want. But do be careful if you’re on a time limit – if you decide to enter the dungeon, you may stay stuck to the game for many, many, many hours.

As well as ranked and friendly matches online, there will also be a worldwide leaderboard for the solo mode. I’m the number one right now… (OK, so the game isn’t released yet…) but I have written many strategy tips that you can read on www.dungeontwister-videogame.com that will help you knock me off the top.

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When I first designed Dungeon Twister as a board game way back in 2003, I knew it was the perfect candidate for a video game. Its infinite gameplay, the fact that no two games ever the same, the tremendous number of strategies that can be deployed and just how addicted we all got to it suggested that it would be a great videogame.

So I really am delighted that it is coming to PSN tomorrow for £7.99/ €9.99. PlayStation Plus subscribers can also enjoy a 50% reduction on that price for the first two weeks following launch.

As I said, my life is dedicated to games. So please come find me on Playstation Network if you want to play. My online ID is Chris_Boelinger. Don’t hesitate to challenge me!

17 Comments
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MonkeyBrainsToo 03 July, 2012 @ 16:31
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Looks awesome, I will definitely be getting this.

Francois Potentier 03 July, 2012 @ 16:55
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That’s great, thank you. At Hydravision we put a lot of efforts in Dungeon Twister. We are big fans of the board game, so we decided to have it in video game!

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Will try demo if available :)

Francois Potentier 03 July, 2012 @ 17:01
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There will be a demo, but it will be released end of August.

im looking forward to this. have been playing the boardgame talisman for the last year thanks to some good friends, so when one of the friends told me about this, i trust him. will pick it up – and with 50% off for plus, its a steal :)

Francois Potentier 03 July, 2012 @ 17:18
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It is indeed a good occasion of discovering Dungeon Twister, and I think you won’t regret it. Some board game players are really impressive. I know the game really well as I developed it… but it does not prevent me from loosing 5-0 against some board players. I mean there are a lot of strategy possibilities.

Ravenblade86 03 July, 2012 @ 17:11
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That’s looking very good, and with a 50% discount of PS+ I think I’ll be picking that up :) Great to some a board game making it’s way over to PSN, hopefully we see some more down the line?

A Vita version of Dungeon Twister would have me very interested as well, especially if it had cross play. Is that something the team at Hydravision are planning/thinking about?

Francois Potentier 03 July, 2012 @ 17:23
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At Hydravision we are also board players. There are a lot of good board games here and I would also like to see more on console. Maybe Dungeon Twister will give ideas to other game developers. Regarding Vita, it is a great console and we could do great things especially when thinking about cross play. For example, we did not implement a 2-player mode on the same console because you have to choose cards (during a combat for example) in the game. How would you do this? By turning your head away when the other player chooses his card… Hmm not a good idea. With cross play between Vita and PS3 that would become possible. We could also do asynchronous games: I play my turn and you play yours when you switch on your Vita. A Vita version is not planned yet, but we are more and more thinking about it. Let’s first see if the game finds its audience!

Looks like a lot of fun perfect for my weekly boardgame nights! Does this have local multiplayer or is it just online only?

Francois Potentier 03 July, 2012 @ 17:32
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No, the multiplayer mode is only only. The game requires the players to choose cards when initiating a combat for example. So one player would have to look away when the other chooses his card. That would not have worked. So we decided to have an oline multiplayer mode only. Plus, when 2 players meet in the same room, why not playing to the board game?

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the ign review is in, seems like waiting for the demo might be a good idea for anyone who is unsure about this title…

Francois Potentier 03 July, 2012 @ 18:06
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You have to like this kind of games actually. It is not straightforward to understand. It requires to think a bit. If you don’t like board games or turn based games, for sure don’t play to it! Otherwise I am sure you won’t be disapointed.

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so its mainly multiplayer game? or Campain mode is advanced enough?

Francois Potentier 04 July, 2012 @ 02:47
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You have got a comprehensive solo mode. First a training mode of 20 missions in which you learn the rules of the game. It is quite important to do at least the first missions to understand all the strategy possibilities. Otherwise you could get lost and miss a good turn based strategy game! From mission one you play against the computer. When you know all the rules, then you can imagine and test your strategies in simplified and advanced modes against the computer. when you feel comfortable, then give a try to the challenge mode. In this mode you have 12 difficulty levels. There is a leaderboard for this mode. When you are bored of playing alone, then you can go online in friendly or ranked matches. This is to me the highest challenge: meet other human players. Inifinite gameplay!

The game looks interesting and I wouldn’t trust a single IGN review without backup. I’ll wait to read more impressions from fans of the genre, but I’m certainly interested

Francois Potentier 04 July, 2012 @ 02:51
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Well, I understand that some people could not like the game: it is a turn based strategy game and not everyone like this kind of game! But you know, there are so many board game players who love Dungeon Twister… Can they all be that dumb? They have been playing the game for almost 10 years. There must be something in this game that is really interesting and deserves their attention. Discover it by yourself! You won’t regret it.

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wow.. bad reviews .. but i love this kind of game.. so will finaly get plus, and buy this aswell

Francois Potentier 04 July, 2012 @ 02:56
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Do not base your opinion on only one review. Read other reviews. For example GameDynamo just gave it a 92 out 100. Diehard GameFAN finds it enjoyable and addictive… Give it a try!

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who cares about IGN reviews anyway? they gave SILENT HILL DOWNPOUR – 4.5 and LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW – 5.0 and i enjoyed them so much

Francois Potentier 04 July, 2012 @ 02:59
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I respect the IGN review, even if it is obvious that the reviewer completely missed the game. Dungeon Twister deserves better, read other reviews and make up your mind by yourself :)

I love board games, also DnD style games and for half price, since I have PS+, i am going to get it for sure.

As for the bad review, why should I care? CoD, FIFA, Halo and many other games got great reviews but I never like them, its all a matter of personal taste.

PS. As an old gamer, I have the arcade way of thinking. Playing a game once for each euro it costs, it means that it was worthing the money :)

Francois Potentier 05 July, 2012 @ 09:56
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Thank you. You know, there are also good reviews. For example, GameDynamo gave it 92/100 and Diehardgamefan finds it enjoyable and addictive. I noticed that these reviews go deep into the game. My conclusion is that the journalists who reviewed it spend some time on the game. Dungeon Twister is not as straightforward to understand as an FPS for example. So if you have 1 hour in front of you to write a review, probably you won’t like it because you rapidly understand that it will take more time! I would advise to play all the training missions to understand the basic rules of the game before trying to play against the computer. Otherwise you will loose and be frustrated!

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I find it a little strange that the US recieve a demo day 1, yet we have to wait until the end of August???

£4 for this is an absolute bargain. I’ve watched many videos on gameplay to make my own mind up….that I will enjoy this.

If you read reviews to make your mind up, then you’re doing something wrong imo. IGN are some of the worst biased reviewers out there. I would rather someone who purchases it & invests some time into it add their opinions on this site, as we are the “True” gamers anyway not journalists! I would respect an opinion on here over many others. I have enjoyed many titles that have received very low scores.

Just recently platinumed Lollipop Chainsaw (Mixed reviews) & enjoyed every second of it. Zany game with great characters, bizarre story & interesting gameplay. Nice throwback to the 80s & I enjoyed the comic style art etc. SUDA 51 definitley have whacky ideas but develop into something unique & original.

Nice work Francois! ;)

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I find it a little strange that the US recieve a demo day 1, yet we have to wait until the end of August???

£4 for this is an absolute bargain. I’ve watched many videos on gameplay to make my own mind up….that I will enjoy this.

If you read reviews to make your mind up, then you’re doing something wrong imo. IGN are some of the worst biased reviewers out there. I would rather someone who purchases it & invests some time into it add their opinions on this site, as we are the “True” gamers anyway not journalists! I would respect an opinion on here over many others. I have enjoyed many titles that have received very low scores.

Just recently platinumed Lollipop Chainsaw (Mixed reviews) & enjoyed every second of it. Zany game with great characters, bizarre story & interesting gameplay. Nice throwback to the 80s & I enjoyed the comic style art etc. SUDA 51 definitley have whacky ideas but develop into something unique & original.

Nice work Francois! ;)

Francois Potentier 05 July, 2012 @ 10:00
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Thank you. I would advise to play all the training missions to understand how deep is the gameplay. Otherwise you may miss the point and be frustrated. Spend some time on it, the game worthes it! Regarding the reviews, well, I would say that originality may not always appeal everyone. Make up your mind by yourself. Hopefully, Dungeon Twister received also really good reviews.

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what a shame, i bought Dungeon Twister – there are Trial and Unlock in two files downlading – why we cant try it now? is this some sort of, i dont know – bargain for 50% off? stupid me, i will need to check on US psn first for demos…

Francois Potentier 05 July, 2012 @ 10:01
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I think you won’t regret your purchase. The 50% off is a great deal.

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Haha

its on the store for :
Price: £9.99,€12.99,AU$19.95

And u told in ur blog post above :
So I really am delighted that it is coming to PSN tomorrow for £7.99/ €9.99

so whats happening now ????

I really hate sony sometimes.

Francois Potentier 05 July, 2012 @ 10:03
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I am going to check that at once. Sorry about the confusion.

Francois Potentier 05 July, 2012 @ 12:17
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I just checked and the game is at the right price, i.e. 9,99€, GCP 7.99 and USD 9.99. I don’t know though what’s the price in Australia. So everything seems in order.

Takk_For_Maten 04 July, 2012 @ 20:20
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I LOVE turn based strategy games, ever since Heroes 3 I’ve been hooked ;) This game looked pretty cool and since I got PS Plus for the first time a couple of days ago this offer couldn’t come at a better time, downloading it as we speak! ;)

Francois Potentier 05 July, 2012 @ 10:04
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Thank you. Please spend some time in the training mission to understand all the basic rules before playing against the computer in a real full game. Otherwise you could be frrstrated and miss the game. That would be a shame because the game is really enjoyable once you understand it.

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BTW

Thanks a lot for spending all the time answering comments

It would be a big positive change if every company/person who made a blog post would comment as descriptive and in a nice tone like u did.

Im gonna buy dungeon twister just for that reason :) ..
it seems u really care.

Thanks !

Francois Potentier 06 July, 2012 @ 10:17
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Thank you for your comment. At Hydravision we love to talk to players. We are game lovers at the first place… just like you. We also love board games and… any kind of games indeed! So it is not chore to answer to comments, it is a real pleasure. I enjoy it a lot :)

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