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How Woah Dave! Blends Old and New on PS4, Vita

Jason Cirillo's Avatar Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 // Designer, Choice Provisions

Hi! I’m Jason Cirillo from Choice Provisions, the creator of a game called Woah Dave! This is my first time writing for PlayStation.Blog and I’m super stoked to share our new game with you. Woah Dave! will be coming very soon to PS4 and PS Vita, and will feature all the cross buy support you could ever want.

Woah Dave! is one of the first games released under our new MiniVisions label, and we couldn’t be happier. The goal of MiniVisions is to create smaller games with a focus on pure fun, and Dave definitely delivers!

If this is the first time you’re hearing about Woah Dave!, then you’ll probably notice that it’s very heavily inspired by some of the most popular arcade games of the 1980’s. It’s not just another homage to retro games, however, as the chaos and challenge is ramped up to satiate the needs of the modern day gamer. It’s a simple little game, but once you’ve played it, you’ll understand why some called it the funnest game in the Indie Megabooth at PAX East!

Woah Dave!

Woah Dave!Woah Dave!

The basic premise is that poor Dave has taken it upon himself to protect the city from the relentless invasion of aliens hatching from mysterious eggs that are falling from the sky. The only things in his arsenal against the creatures are the eggs themselves, as well as some menacing-looking glowing skulls and the occasional WOAH block. Once the aliens have hatched, they instinctively make their way down to the lava pit where they spring up in evolved forms, until they’ve evolved to their final form as tenacious Eye Bats.

Dave can toss the eggs at the aliens to kill them, as well as the skulls which act like bombs that explode over time. It’s like a non-stop game of hot potato where your own weapons eventually turn against you! The WOAH blocks are Dave’s savior, as they will clear the board when thrown to the floor, giving Dave a chance to make a clean sweep of the pennies left behind.

The game is a classic high-score competition with pennies being your only means to score points. I’ve managed to break $4 once… think you can beat that?

One thing the keen observer might notice is that there are no traditional levels and bosses like you might be used to seeing in platform games. Woah Dave! has a sneaky progression system wherein the difficulty ramps up and the platforms change slowly over time, and in a more organic fashion. New enemies will be introduced as you begin to master the game, and these enemies will change things up in totally unexpected ways. The more skillful players will also manage to unlock “Bonkers Mode,” which is in our opinion the “real” game of Woah Dave!

Woah Dave!

If you’re unlike me and have real friends, then you should get ready for lots of good ol’ screaming and yelling as you play local multiplayer mode on PS4. You’ll have two minutes to come out on top against a friend in a tug-of-war, coin collecting battle. It’s hilarious, fast, and insane — just like the games mom used to make.

We hope you’ll give it a try, because we think you will totally love it. I’ll hang out here and take any questions you might have! Thanks for reading!

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+ alv_101argand on September 26th, 2014 at 7:07 pm said:

@Rezolution77
You compared the price of megaman x4 with guacamelee. One of them you was just licensed and sold as a ps1 classic while the other required to be made. Thus there is a difference in costs and no matter how amazing or legendary megaman is the price is less than guacamelee. Also guacamelee vita version is cross buy with ps3 version. The ps4 version is more of a definitive edition and so isn’t cross buy.

I have also seen you compare nfs mw with line survivor and said that you paid same for both and that stinks. May I ask why?


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+ alv_101argand on September 26th, 2014 at 7:08 pm said:

@Rezolution77
You compared the price of megaman x4 with guacamelee. One of them you was just licensed and sold as a ps1 classic while the other required to be made. Thus there is a difference in costs and no matter how amazing or legendary megaman is the price is less than guacamelee. Also guacamelee vita version is cross buy with ps3 version. The ps4 version is more of a definitive edition and so isn’t cross buy.

I have also seen that you compared nfs mw with lone survivor and said that you paid same for both and that stinks. May I ask why?


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+ alv_101argand on September 26th, 2014 at 7:10 pm said:

Wow my previous two post got double posted. -_-
I have no idea why though.


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+ PrimeroIncognito on September 26th, 2014 at 7:33 pm said:

SpooNManX on September 26th, 2014 at 2:48 pm said: “Yes… It’s retro. For game purists.. people who can judge a game, NOT BY THE AMOUNT OF PROGRESSIVE SCANLINES, but by weather it’s fun to play or not.”

Heh heh… I like it. It really highlights the shallow nature of nu-gamers.

You, and the rest of us veterans, should do this more often. :)


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+ GamersCast on September 27th, 2014 at 12:40 am said:

This was my favorite game at PAX East! Absolutely loved it! Been waiting for a while to get my hands on it, glad to hear it’s going cross-buy on PlayStation, so it’ll definitely be the platform I get it on. Any idea on when it’s set to roll out?


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    + Jason Cirillo on September 27th, 2014 at 1:39 pm said:

    That’s very rad of you to say, thanks! We’re hoping it comes out next month, but if not you can expect it shortly after!


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+ Crazy-Maisy on September 27th, 2014 at 5:59 am said:

This game looks very interesting for both PS4 and PS Vita.

I’m hoping y’all will understand the Ad-Hoc capability some of us want in games like this on PS Vita. It’s like couch co-op with your own personal screen.

Online Multi-player on PS4 is a good idea. Couch Co-op is a GREAT thing, but also having LAN (Local Area Network) capable play would be excellent.


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    + Jason Cirillo on September 29th, 2014 at 9:40 am said:

    Thanks for your comments! We’re gonna see how we do with Woah Dave! on Vita. Ad-hoc isn’t out of the question for future updates, so we’ll see!


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+ MakaiOokami on September 27th, 2014 at 11:13 am said:

Revolution77 the Vita isn’t doing as well as it should because people just like to have something to hate.

1. The Vita has no games. I hear this complaint and then I take them to Amazon.com and they’re like “Where the heck did all these come from? How many of these are good?”

2. The Vita is just ports of games I already have on other platforms. I thought people wanted to take their games with them?

3. The Vita isn’t getting AAA development anymore. There were so many good ones and you never bought a Vita how many did they need to release to get off your butt and buy it?

4. They don’t give you a digital release discount. Sony offers the ability for publishers to discount their games. You can’t blame Sony for Publishers making individual choices.

5. The memory cards are so expensive unlike the 3DS’s Standard! The Vita got pirated like heck, Sony allows digital discounts which undermines retail, and so they had to make the cards expensive for retailers to be willing to carry the Vita, and besides PS Plus/Crossbuy/10% digital discount/PS1/PSP/Mobile can make the price easier to swallow.


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+ MakaiOokami on September 27th, 2014 at 11:17 am said:

@developer, the game looks interesting. Curious what the pricing would be. $5.00 or so would be great, If I had a better job I might buy it for $10. Sports Friends was incredibly fun with some friends over. This is certainly no Towerfall Ascension but the game seems fun, seems good. If the game is less than $5.00 I don’t see why you guys don’t have a PS3 version. Hopefully it’s in the works, and for that price I don’t even expect After the Fact Cross-buy.

Why PS3 support? Because there’s maybe 10-15 million PS4s and PS Vita out there combined, and probably over 80 million PS3s. I’d like to have some friends over, play the game, and then have them tell me they bought it.


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    + Jason Cirillo on September 27th, 2014 at 1:40 pm said:

    Hey! It will be cross-buy for PS4 and Vita, and the pricing will be very fair. Rest assured this will not be an expensive game :)

    PS3 is a possibility, but we’re not certain just yet!


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+ Amnalehu on September 27th, 2014 at 7:09 pm said:

Now this game looks like a lot of fun! Congrats on bringing it to Playstation! Day one buy for me!


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    + Jason Cirillo on September 29th, 2014 at 9:38 am said:

    Thank you! I think you’re really going to enjoy it. Once you start playing, you’ll understand why we had to eventually pull people off the arcade machines at PAX!


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+ ein_nineteenth on September 28th, 2014 at 8:38 am said:

Why does this feel like I’ve heard this before?
What’s with the swarm of faux retro flash games being sold? Why aren’t they on Newgrounds or something?


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    + Jason Cirillo on September 29th, 2014 at 9:36 am said:

    You make an excellent point! The reason why this isn’t on Newgrounds or something is because it’s not just another faux retro Flash game. In fact, it isn’t a Flash game at all! We wouldn’t have spent the time and resources bringing Woah Dave! to Vita and PS4 if we felt it was a poor game. It’s not for everyone, but it is for people who like fun games.


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