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'Orbz 2.0' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 22, 2003 @ 1:11 p.m. PDT

GarageGames and 21-6 Productions launch Orbz 2.0 with thirty-five all new single-player challenges, online community high scores, computer opponents called Botz, three new courses to compete on, 15 new orbs to choose from, and now available on Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. The demo offers 5 solo challenges (35 in retail), 2 courses (14 in retail), 10 orbs (30 in retail), only 2 botz allowed in multi-player, no online ranking for multi-player, no community high scores for Single-Player, no unique naming. Read more for download link...

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Computer opponents, called Botz, enhance the multi-player experience proven so successful in earlier versions of Orbz. Botz will automatically adjust their difficulty level to provide a challenge to all Orbz players alike, newbie or otherwise. Up to 9 Botz can be added to a multi-player match and will be dropped as necessary to make room for human players that join the game.

"It's one of the few games that a beginner can learn and enjoy within minutes yet it still challenges the advanced player," says Blaine Wilson, a Dad with young children, "Furthermore, I can enjoy it withmy boys as Orbz is non-violent. This game is definitely a rarity!" From another parent and game developer, Simon Windmill, "Orbz is the only game I've played that feels like an FPS without actually being one. I've spent more time playing Orbz in the past two months than any of the big name, big budget, big price games I've bought in the past two years."

Orbz is in the GarageGames Blast line of non-violent family games, and was the first independently developed game released using the Torque Game Engine. “We're very excited to see Orbz 2.0 launching with all the features that we could have envisioned for the game,” comments Jay Moore, GarageGames Evangelist. “The passion of the developers and collaboration with players is evident in this retail quality title. With Orbz coming from an independent, self-funded development studio, it’s a signal that indies have got game.”

“Orbz has a new and innovative style of play that isn’t found in other games,” says Justin Mette President of 21-6 Productions, “we invite you to play the demo of Orbz and see just what we are talking about.”

Orbz

Orbz is an action/arcade game set in colorful 3D environments. The object of the game is to shoot your orb at targets located throughout 14 distinct courses in a race to score the most points. Game play includes both strategic single-player challenges and intense multi-player action. Power-ups, like the "Money Shot" and "Curse of the Goober", are also available to either give you a scoring advantage or to slow down your opponents. Orbz will appeal to a wide variety of gamers because it's easy to learn and yet provides enough depth and strategy to challenge advanced players.

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