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Hohokum: Enter the Fun Fair

Richard Hogg's Avatar + Posted by Richard Hogg on Feb 19, 2014 // Co-creator, Hohokum

At last, we can reveal the Fun Fair to the world! It’s the level we’ve worked on the longest, and its roots can be traced all the way back to the first prototype of the game we showed back in 2011.

Hohokum: Fun Fair

Back then, it was a no-fun fair. It was a place of danger, a beautiful and colorful city, but one that was under attack from a mysterious enemy. Bombs rained down on the town and its peaceful citizens. Your job was to collect these hapless denizens and ferry them to an awaiting boat.

Three years have passed and the city is no longer under threat; it has been rebuilt and expanded. The original citizens are back and enjoying more peaceful times… but not quite, as the Fun Fair has come to town!

Hohokum: Fun FairHohokum: Fun Fair

This is one of the most frantic and hectic places that you will visit.
You will be FLUNG at high velocity into dizzying, concentric trajectories by the SPIROGRABBERS!
You will be SCARED BEYOND WITLESS by the terrifying and not at all cute GHOSTLY TRAIN!
You will be THOROUGHLY FERRISED by the magnificent FERRIS WHEEL.
…and if you like sushi, prize vegetables, juvenile birds, mythical reptiles, headless horses, and multi-limbed deities you will NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.*

You can probably tell that we have a special fondness for this bit of our game, as when we first started figuring out what Hohokum would become, this was the first stuff we made. The characters are still our favorites: they are urbane, cosmopolitan, and quite daft. Amongst them are Oven Gloves, Colonel Gandihar, Super Insulated Girl, and the one who is known simply as “The Cruiser” — see if you can guess which is which.

Hohokum: Fun FairHohokum: Fun Fair

The city itself is inspired, in part, by the curious town of Portmeirion in North Wales. Built by Clough Williams-Ellis, you probably know it from “The Prisoner” TV series. We recommend a visit on a wet Wednesday afternoon, off-season, when it isn’t full of gormless grockles. He was inspired by the charming architecture of northern Italy, and so were we, but also by the building blocks of our toddler years. So we conceived a modular system, different to anything else in the game: a kit of columns, arches, verandas, and cupolas, which we stacked up to create the Fun Fair’s bustling arcades and dizzying spires.

So what about these bombs that rained down on the gentle residents? Looking back, it seems weird to us that we put bombs and explosions into Hohokum. I guess we were making a video game and we thought that video games generally have explosions in them, so perhaps ours should, too. We were wrong. The more Hohokum has grown, the more we realized that stuff like this has no place in our game. No one gets blown up in Hohokum (Well ok, there is that one epic naval battle, but you’d hardly notice it.).

We hope you like the Fun Fair. Our advice: stay away from the balloon seller. He’s a bad man.

*and if you have a specific penchant for umbrellas and parasols, this is also the place for you.

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24 Comments   3 Replies

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+ freshprincepbg on February 19th, 2014 at 7:22 am said:

Release date?


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+ cool_trainer on February 19th, 2014 at 7:25 am said:

Looks pretty fun.


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+ Gorvi on February 19th, 2014 at 7:28 am said:

Every single time we pass a PS4 kiosk in the store my kids ask me when they can play this. I don’t think I’m going to have much of a choice but to buy this when it comes out. :) When might that be?


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+ swceh007 on February 19th, 2014 at 7:29 am said:

I know this has nothing to do with this game but I’m trying to find an answer.Like comments #97 & #100 on PLAYSTATION STORE UPDATE Blog post 2/18/2014.I’m having a problems trying to purchase games on the PSN store on my PC. there is no buy button on games only on movies&tv,I cant add anything to my cart. Can someone tell us when the store will be fixed? or what the problem is or even acknowledge that the store has a problem. Someone please answer this post!!!
Thanks for your help


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+ JeRzYzFyNeSt on February 19th, 2014 at 7:36 am said:

@4

try a different browser?


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+ swceh007 on February 19th, 2014 at 7:51 am said:

Thanks JeRzYzFyNeSt browser does not seem to matter. when I’m not signed in you see the ad to cart button but once I sign in the add to cart button no longer appears. Thanks I was hoping someone from sony was going to answer.


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+ Viewtiful_Josh on February 19th, 2014 at 7:53 am said:

That all sounds great, but when is this coming out!?


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+ Oisterboy on February 19th, 2014 at 8:13 am said:

AHHHHHHHHH shut up and take our money! Haha.


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+ yowzagabowza on February 19th, 2014 at 8:14 am said:

A post on the ps blog with no real info? Weird.


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+ Bad_Brains on February 19th, 2014 at 8:21 am said:

Richard my friend, we don’t care about this! We already know the in game locations will be great. What we need a release date so we know when we can throw money in your faces!


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    + Richard Hogg on February 20th, 2014 at 7:52 am said:

    Ha ha. Cheers. I can’t give you a release date at the moment. We are still working on the game. and are on- schedule. Sorry I can’t tell you more.


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+ tokyopunchout on February 19th, 2014 at 9:10 am said:

This looks incredible.

And for once the psn blog post description was as joyous & sharp as the visuals.

Brava. Want.

Which sketchy balloon man do I have to talk to…


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+ gwarlito on February 19th, 2014 at 9:50 am said:

soooo excited for this game, day 1 purchase from me!! just get here quick!


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+ samversionone on February 19th, 2014 at 10:12 am said:

And this is why I went PS4 this time around. Fun looking quirky games like this.


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+ Welmosca on February 19th, 2014 at 11:06 am said:

This is a game I got my eyes on….and Santa Monica is helping right?….Hohokum will sure be a fun game.Its confirmed for Vita right?…have 0 interest in the PS4 version.


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    + Zach Wood on February 19th, 2014 at 3:33 pm said:

    Yes, definitely coming out for Vita and PS3 as well!


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+ MaDogNik96 on February 19th, 2014 at 11:16 am said:

Is this a Cross-Buy game? I’d love to have this on my Vita as well as my PS4, and paying once for both copies would be sweet!


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+ alphagoku1 on February 19th, 2014 at 11:27 am said:

this is fantastic…. any ideas on a release date?


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+ tusunami on February 19th, 2014 at 12:55 pm said:

Now all that needs to be announced is when will this masterpiece make it to the masses. Gaming truely is something special.


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+ rarobbiey on February 19th, 2014 at 1:49 pm said:

i can’t wait for this game. especially interested in hearing all the music that ghostly has delivered to fit in with the game.


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    + Zach Wood on February 19th, 2014 at 3:34 pm said:

    More info on the music soon. Its soooooooo good!


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+ Jimbobsmells on February 19th, 2014 at 2:52 pm said:

Loved playing this at Eurogamer Expo, seems like such a long time ago now though. We need a release date already!


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+ Wozman23 on February 19th, 2014 at 5:17 pm said:

Hohokum is one of the most beautifully creative things I’ve ever seen. I fiend for it like a drug addict.


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+ LUCIFERSGLEAM on February 19th, 2014 at 8:23 pm said:

I’d rather spend my money on more cars for Forza 5. . .


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+ Richard Hogg on February 20th, 2014 at 7:57 am said:

Hey. Thanks for the nice comments! To all the people asking about a release date. I don’t blame you. It’s what I would be asking too. All I can say is that we are still making the game and that we are on schedule. Its going well and it shouldn’t be too long before we have a release date. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.


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+ Elvick_ on February 20th, 2014 at 1:52 pm said:

I just hope the release isn’t in a crowded time.


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+ TUNA-EGG on February 21st, 2014 at 3:50 am said:

I want this on my VITA!!!

Looking forward to the release date.


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