Hi PS4 gamers! I’m Jaakko from the Finnish game developer 10tons, and I’ve got some great news. Our fair studio is just about to debut on the PS4! Our first PS4 title is a strange skill-based physics puzzler called King Oddball. Some of you may know the game from the PS Vita version released in January. We have more great games for PS4 in production too, and we’ll share more on those soon.
As far as physics based puzzles go, King Oddball stands out quite distinctly. Few games overall feature a floating rockhead with ginormously long tongue as the main character. As eccentric as the theme may be, the game is decidedly straightforward. King Oddball is ending the world, and you’re going to help him.
The gameplay is based on pressing a button at precisely the right moment. The King picks up a rock with his tongue and swings it back and forth like a pendulum. The rock is released when you hit X. It’s not just a simple test of timing though: After the first few levels you need to crush more enemies than you have rocks for. That, in turn, requires careful strategy and anticipation of how the chain reactions will unfold.
We’ve tuned the physics model to pretty extreme accuracy, so relying solely on luck won’t work. The game gets very challenging towards the end, and The Hall of Diamonds mode actually gets well into the masocore territory. You’ve been warned!
King Oddball features a free trial, so you can check the game out for yourself on release day. World class accordion-heavy soundtrack and the striking art style are best experienced live, and we think that the simple yet challenging gameplay will grow on you. For us, 2nd April can’t come soon enough!