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PopTag!

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Nexon America
Release Date: First half of 2010

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'PopTag!' Adds New Battle Mode

by Rainier on April 23, 2010 @ 12:25 a.m. PDT

PopTag! is a 2-D arcade-style multiplayer game where players navigate a variety of multi-colored maps and battle each other, or NPCs (non-playable characters), with water-based weapons, such as water balloons, in a variety of game modes.

PopTag! is a 2-D arcade-style multiplayer game where players navigate a variety of multi-colored maps and battle each other, or NPCs (non-playable characters), with water-based weapons, such as water balloons, in a variety of game modes. PopTag! offers fast-paced game play in player-versus-player modes, or cooperative modes where gamers can join together to take on unique and deadly boss monsters and their minions.  A “co-play” function is also available to users, allowing two players to play using a single keyboard.

PopTag! players who like to play solo but want the challenge of battling other players, will enjoy the new Battle Mode added in the most recent update of Nexon’s casual water balloon game. This new mode has players challenging one of four non-player characters: G-sta Zombie, Thrilla, Zombie Sue and Mr. Ghooost. To start off, players will only have access to G-sta Zombie and Thrilla, but the more they play and the more points they earn, the other two will be unlocked. These ghostly opponents have the ability to run around the maps, drop balloons, pop bubbles and taunt players. Choosing one of four difficulty settings, players can continue challenging themselves as they get better. Players who want a little help can also challenge these zombies with up to three of their friends.

The rewards in this new mode are as bountiful as all other existing modes, providing players Lucci and various functional items.  The soloists looking to improve their game before challenging other players can now practice against interactive non-player characters in Battle Mode and level up in the process.

Playing in Battle Mode, along with all other modes, will help players gain experience points and level up.  In a co-promotion with MapleStory, MapleStory iTCG and Mabinogi, three of Nexon’s other games, PopTag! players who reach level three in both PopTag! and iTCG will be rewarded with the usual rewards in both games, as well as an item from either MapleStory or Mabinogi. 

Players defeat their opponents in PopTag! by strategically setting water balloons anywhere on the game’s maps, blasting  and trapping them in a bubble.  A player may escape the bubble by using special items or get help from a teammate. If the trapped player does not escape after a certain amount of time, they are out of the game. Players earn experience points for each victory and level up based on the amount of experience points they accumulate.

PopTag! is located in the world of Boom Hill and contains a variety of maps, including frosty wonderlands, sandy deserts and dense forests. Players can select from an array of unique characters, each of whom has special skills, appearances and personalities. 

In addition to being free-to-play, the game is supported with thousands of purchasable items and character customization pieces, as well as an in-game messenger and other systems that help foster community interaction.  It also includes a “sweetie” system that allows players to get married in-game. Nexon plans to release regular content updates that will introduce new maps, gameplay modes, items and quests to help keep the watery adventures flowing for the players.


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