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Rag Doll Kung Fu

Platform(s): Arcade, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PC, PSOne, PSP, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360
Genre: Action

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Wild Hare Signs 'Rag Doll Kung Fu'

by Rainier on Jan. 11, 2007 @ 12:35 a.m. PST

Originally debuting at the 2005 Game Developers Conference, “Rag Doll Kung Fu” received an enormous amount of praise for its creativity and energetic game play. “Rag Doll Kung Fu” was also bestowed the honor of being chosen as a finalist in the 2006 Develop Industry Excellence Awards for Innovation and New PC Intellectual Property. “Rag Doll Kung Fu” is scheduled for a February 2007 release.

Combine Rag Dolls, string and Kung Fu and you get one of the wildest, weirdest and most exciting Kung Fu fighting games on the market today.

“Rag Doll Kung Fu” is a very unique fighting game unlike any other with physics-based animation and collision -- no pre-set animation routines, no locked-in fighting moves. Players move their characters via analog movement with the mouse as if the fighters were puppets on strings -- controlling the feet and hands independently to make the characters move and fight. By coordinating movements of limbs and the body together, players can actually string together dazzling attack moves and defensive maneuvers.

The game includes 16 levels of story mode, complete with a retro-style kung fu film. Players can also import graphics and use pre-made body parts to construct their own unique characters. A variety of single-player mini-games include Ninja Onslaught, ChuChu Wing Pooh, Rag Doll Soccer and Rag Doll Athletics.

“Rag Doll Kung Fu” is most notable for being the first wholly independently developed game to be distributed through Steam, a broadband platform for game distribution. Wild Hare’s retail version of the game will ship with a non-Steam build for players without Internet connectivity as well as the Steam version for free updates, patches and community support. Players can choose the version that best suits their needs.

Players also have the ability to interact with up to 8 other players online or through a local area network connection. If players have enough USB-compatible mice and a Windows XP computer, "Rag Doll Kung Fu" allows for multiplayer games all on one machine. Players can even make their own kung fu movies by recording the action with the game’s movie maker.

“Rag Doll Kung Fu” is an original creation from Lionhead pioneer and Media Molecule co-founder Mark Healey.

“Everyone at Wild Hare is truly excited about being able to provide another great quality title to the gaming community,” said Shawn Russ, Executive Producer for Wild Hare. “Providing solid developers with original content access into the retail channel is the very reason Wild Hare was created.

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