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

James Marsden's Avatar + Posted by James Marsden on Sep 06, 2010 // Managing Director, FuturLab

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!

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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 ;)

//Add Your Own

24 Comments

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+ zlihunger on September 6th, 2010 at 6:16 am said:

1st hehe XD


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+ PatriotEyez27 on September 6th, 2010 at 6:16 am said:

Hmm,sounds interesting

and give zlihunger a cookie LOL


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+ zekececil14 on September 6th, 2010 at 6:24 am said:

COOKIESz!


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+ zekececil14 on September 6th, 2010 at 6:24 am said:

COOKIEz!


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+ zekececil14 on September 6th, 2010 at 6:25 am said:

COOKAYSz! Lol


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+ smokey_vols on September 6th, 2010 at 6:27 am said:

Looks like a mix between WipeOut and Tron.


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+ Korbei83 on September 6th, 2010 at 6:37 am said:

That looks slick.

That’s my vote: “Slick”


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+ Deak-in on September 6th, 2010 at 6:44 am said:

Loved Coconut Dodge. The only PSP Mini that I own but when this is released I’ll be sure to add it to my ‘Mini’ collection. That’s if this is gonna be a PSP Mini or a normal PSN game? As for the link to the website, it doesn’t seem to be working for me.


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+ TheTwelve on September 6th, 2010 at 6:50 am said:

Looks very, very cool.

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+ TheTwelve on September 6th, 2010 at 6:52 am said:

I would like to name your game but the link to do so is currently not working. =(

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+ VichusSmith on September 6th, 2010 at 7:20 am said:

I guess the contest is over- or at least the web page is :(


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+ Richlando on September 6th, 2010 at 8:00 am said:

Cross between Wipeout and Tron? Hmmm, call it Tron Wipe. ;0


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+ recurv on September 6th, 2010 at 8:02 am said:

Hello all,

Thank you for the positive comments, and please accept my sincerest apologies for this mistake. This post was scheduled to go live tomorrow, believe me I spent weeks preparing everything.

I have now switched the URL so you will be able to visit the site and suggest a name!

Thank you,

James @ FuturLab


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+ VincentVendetta on September 6th, 2010 at 8:04 am said:

“Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”

That sounds pretty good.


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+ Jeigh on September 6th, 2010 at 8:51 am said:

Did you guys not learn from the PJ Shooter debacle? (Still a stupid name, no matter how good the game. Same story for the Wii.)

And get those guys PS.blog to get you a red comment account.

I’ll see what I can come up with.


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+ recurv on September 6th, 2010 at 9:25 am said:

@Jeigh

Hiya, please read the terms and conditions of our competition carefully :p


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+ Kirkpad on September 6th, 2010 at 10:03 am said:

“FuturLab also reserves the right to name the game themselves if no suitable name is suggested.”

Interesting.

P.S. LOVING COCONUT DODGE.


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+ recurv on September 6th, 2010 at 10:10 am said:

@Kirkpad

Awesome, very happy you like Coconut Dodge!

Regarding the terms of this competition – even if we don’t find a suitable name from the ones suggested, we will still shortlist the best names suggested, and the people who submitted them will receive free copies of the game when published :)


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+ Smudge-art on September 6th, 2010 at 10:49 am said:

Concept art reminded me of Metroid, so I went with “Aran”


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+ Rytteren on September 6th, 2010 at 11:01 am said:

ohh i sooooo want to buy this (and alot of other miniS like Young thor). no trophys tho, so i will wait for it in my ps+ deals. sad it looks nice.

name her The stig;)


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+ sonictails1189 on September 6th, 2010 at 12:34 pm said:

This sounds pretty awesome. I’ll definitely keep this game in my mind. I really need to check out Coconut Dodge, it sounds really fun.


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+ sentry-23 on September 6th, 2010 at 12:43 pm said:

@VincentVendetta The first thing in my mind was Grendels Chemicals+Circuitry: ‘harder, faster, better, louder’ instead of Daft Punk :)


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+ jeanktool on September 6th, 2010 at 12:58 pm said:

what about…mmmm, puzzleyx-2k


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+ Bew199 on September 6th, 2010 at 10:20 pm said:

“Strogatron” ?


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