This Wednesday, November 7th, a new game bounces into Home from the maker of DYAD, Home Tycoon has new colors for your cars, Heavy Water’s Dungeon arrives with some new royal outfits, and new Home developer JAM Games races into our hearts. Oh yeah, and new Hoverdiscs from Juggernaut arrive in full Nyan style!
Check out all this and more, starting this Wednesday:
Studio ][ and Codename Games — A Game About Bouncing
Indie studio ][ and Codename proudly present a new arcade cabinet for PlayStation Home: A Game About Bouncing.
][ (pronounced “right square bracket left square bracket” or “RSBLSB”) is perhaps best known for this year’s trippy PSN exclusive DYAD – and if “A Game About Bouncing” looks familiar, there’s a good reason. Creator Shawn McGrath originally designed “A Game About Bouncing” as a quick game jam that ended up becoming one of the early sketches for DYAD.
In “A Game About Bouncing,” the goal is simple, to propel yourself using the thumbsticks, bouncing from one body to the next, while avoiding the dark comets that increasingly seek you out. The controls are simple to learn, but it takes some definite skill to master and earn the high scores and rewards.
Speaking of rewards, there are some great ones packed in the game for cabinet owners. First up is a pair of custom Bouncing-inspired bow-less specs, featuring animated art from the game.
Next up, your very own version of Shawn McGrath’s signature hat and beard (with a less fuzzy version for the ladies) awarded to players who show Shawn-like skills at the game.
And finally, a complete avatar replacement, built entirely from the artsy game’s unique assets, seen here with the attractive custom cabinet.
Friends can play on this cabinet, and there’s a leader board to track who in the Home community can bounce the longest.
Heavy Water – Avalon Keep Update
The exterminators have taken care of your little pest problem and now you can enter your Dungeon. This addition to the popular Avalon Keep opens up the entire Dungeon area while you and your friends all remain in the same personal estate – no loading between scenes! Purchasing the Dungeon also adds new items to earn in Crystal Hunter, the free update to the Avalon Keep. Oh, and did we mention there are two dungeon styles? Switch freely between Mystical and Spooky dungeon scenes dynamically. Each version has an interactive feature in the center of the dungeon, and one of them earns you a few more rewards as an owner, so make the upgrade and explore your Dungeon!
There’s another free update to Avalon Keep. This game is open to owners and guests alike. Crystals have started appearing on the grounds and in the sky around your Keep! Luckily Barlow, the merchant, trades in crystals. Collect as many crystals as you can to buy new items for your Gift Machine or donate to the Noble Houses of Avalon, or the Avalonian Kingdom itself.
“Why should I donate to the different Houses or the Kingdom of Avalon?” you might ask. There is a good reason – Community rewards! When each of the coffers reaches a certain amount, all who enter Avalon Keep from then on are gifted a full-sized guard companion to honor your generosity. The community can earn all five guards in each of their uniforms.
The Avalon Kingdom has manufactured some more Royal Clothing for its denizens. Try out the line of Royal Dresses and Slippers for the ladies, or the Royal Tunics, Pantaloons and Ren shoes for the gentlemen.
And don’t miss out on the Animated Royal Crystal Mohawks – the next item in the line of Royal Crystal wear from Avalon. If you missed out on the Royal Crystal Crowns early adopter bonuses from Avalon Keep, these are the next best thing. Heck they might even be better!
JAM Games – RaceOn!
At Jam Games we’d like to say a huge hello to PlayStation Home members in the USA and beyond! We’re racing onto the scene with our first collection that includes a range of male and female clothing inspired by the world of motor sport. We also have a small range of furniture to complement our Garage Apartment and we can’t wait to see how you guys use it — whether you convert it into an urban apartment, turn it into an underground nightclub or use it for something completely different! We’d love to see your pictures! Visit us at www.jamgames.co.uk.
Now get to the starting grid…. JAM Games are ready to race!
Juggernaut Games – Hoverdiscs and MiniBot Training Facility Update
Juggernaut Games introduces their new Hoverdisc locomotion items that boost your avatar’s speed to 150%. Available in five unique designs, or grab the bundle to ride the rainbow on the exclusive “Nyan” style Hoverdisc!
Juggernaut is also pleased to announce another update to the MiniBots Training Facility personal space: you can now take to the air with your MiniBot in-game with the Hoverdisc Gadget! Ownership of any Juggernaut Hoverdisc will unlock the Hoverdisc Gadget for use in MiniBots Multiplayer. There’s also a lot of new content available in Alvin’s Armory – including the fan-requested “Tozt-9” flamethrower, new decos, companions and more. Be sure to check out the first ever MiniBots content designed by Home users!
HellFire Games – New SpeedWings and New Vehicle Colors in Home Tycoon
Boost your avatar’s speed up to 150% with six new SpeedWings locomotion items from Hellfire Games, available this Wednesday. Blaze through PlayStation Home with the Macabre Skeletal Wings, Brilliant Lightning Wings, Dark Raven Wings, Enchanted Fairy Wings, Sky Monarch Wings, and Stellar Phoenix Wings. Each set of SpeedWings features upgraded flying and floating animations and doesn’t require any clothing slots, so you can wear them with any outfit!
Cruise through your dream city in style with eight new car colors in Home Tycoon from Hellfire Games! These new paintjobs are available in the Vehicles section of the Home Tycoon in-game store, including:
- Cilantro – Yellow
- Cilantro – White
- Nexus LX – Blue
- Nexus LX – Brown
- GS 828 – Silver
- GS 828 – Green
- El Valiente – Red
- El Valiente – White
Granzella – Teahouse and Shoulder Suits
Introducing the new Japanese Teahouse personal space from Granzella – peacefully situated on this secluded mountain side you can host a tea party and welcome your guests. The small teahouse is designed to bring guests closer. Forget the hustle and bustle of the city for a little while and enjoy a peaceful moment. The Tea Ceremony Tool Set includes a Japanese Teacup, a Japanese Teakettle, and a Dango. By building this personal space according to wabisabi thinking, the small teahouse is designed to bring guests closer together.
The Tea Ceremony Kimono, Japanese Sweets, and Flower Arrangements have arrived in the Japanese Teahouse personal space from Granzella. Carefully dressed in the Tea Ceremony Kimono, peaceful moments are wrapped in the aroma of tea. There are sweets that go well with the green tea, and colorful flower arrangements decorate the teahouse. If preparations are in order, it’s time to welcome the guests.
Granzella introduces the Shoulder Draped Suit Jacket and Hunting Cap set. Wearing this jacket over your shoulders is a wild fashion statement. In addition to the top and bottoms of the suit, the content of the set includes a Hunting Cap, Leather shoes for men, High Heels for women. Coordinate your whole body in style. For both men and women, this set is available in black, white, and red. In addition, if you wear this jacket in the Neon Downtown lounge, you’ll earn a cool nickname such as “Dragon,” “Wolf,” or “Tiger”. There’s plenty to go around.
Wander the streets aimlessly at night with your suit flowing from your shoulders. You’ll look cool all night.
Game Mechanics – Customizable Chairs
Game Mechanics is introducing themselves with a bunch of cool stuff from their Contender Series. Start with some canvas chairs that you can write on adding your own custom text. Whether it is people’s names creating assigned seats, a title as in a director’s chair, or some fun game you can play with your friends. They come in eight colors plus regular and tall size. There are also tables that seat four but only take up three furniture slots – bar style tables and a picnic bench. These are tables that you can place where you can sit close to the tables and people face each other. Formerly that was only available in furniture that was built into spaces. There are also tables with built in lamps for those intimate dark corners. In addition, a giant tire clock that hangs on the wall that is so big you can read it from across the room and a clock made out of a steering wheel. The clocks only take up three furniture slots, not twenty-two like the old days. Finally they created a desk out of racing car parts: seat, cylinders and all. Cool stuff for sure. A great start. Congratulations and welcome!
PlayStation Home Mall Update
Magnus is back in his 65th volume of the Virtual Item Showcase. This week he showcases new Racing gear from the new developer Jam Games, new SpeedWings, a few cute outfits from Granzella, and more.
Check out the video below for all the details.
Midway – Ca$h Carnival Last Few Days!
This is it! This is the final few days you have a chance to win a fabulous prize at the Midway Ca$h Carnival Sweepstakes! Go to the Hot Zone to sign up for the Sweepstakes and every green ticket you spend playing any Midway or Hot Zone game earns you an entry into the weekly drawing! And you’ll win a cool $1,000 cash along with the prize! This is also the last time your entries will count toward the Grand Prize drawing for $15,000! Real prizes! Real Money! Real Fun! Don’t miss it! Hurry up and play! For official rules, click here.
Where to begin?! I’d start in the game store in the Mall to start bouncing, then peruse what else your heart desires. There’s always new fun in PlayStation Home! See you there.