The Los Angeles Convention Center is currently the venue for E3, the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games which is taking place June 5th-7th. E3 draws tens of thousands of professionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment. The most influential people leading the most innovative companies in the business attend E3 to see groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products for computers, video game consoles, handheld systems, mobile, and the Internet. Our top-pick G5 Entertainment is participating at E3 and is using the opportunity to announce its next big bang. G5 is entering a new genre with “Jumpster”, a “physics platform game”. Jumpster will also be G5’s second freemium (playground), following its massive success Virtual City Playground. The company has repeatedly argued that the freemium-monetization system is far superior to others and that it plans to release more fremium titles in the future. Jumpster will be available on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad free of charge in July 2012 with a variety of in-app purchases that will customize your gameplay.
Here is the official game description:
Fans of the physics genre games are in for a treat. G5 Games is about to launch its first physics platformer, Jumpster – with high-flying action that is not to be missed. Jumpster has exactly what puzzle gamers are looking for: easy to master game mechanics, challenging but beatable gameplay, beautiful graphics and a soundtrack to which you’ll find yourself humming along. The game has tons of content that will be continually updated with new brain twisters for you to solve. The game will be available on iOS free of charge with a variety of in-app purchases that will let you customize your Jumpster and gameplay. In the game you play as Jumpster, a cute little alien who is touring a galaxy. His ship gets hit by a meteorite and springs a fuel leak. Poor Jumpster crash-lands on the planet Okadia and now needs to recover the lost fuel, if he wants to continue his trek. To do so, he must tackle traitorous traps and hungry monsters in his path. To play, you slingshot Jumpster by pulling back while setting your angle, and then you let go. You’ll fly Jumpster trough death defying traps and teleports, you’ll maneuver him though teeth gnashing monsters and control numerous moving vehicles while in search of the UFO fuel. Jumpster is a hit and you’ll be addicted right from the start!
Watching the trailer, I cannot help but being somehow reminded of some elements from Rovio’s Angry Birds (not the least the “slingshot”-approach). It remains to be seen if Jumpster can become only close as successful as Angry Birds but it is nice to see that G5 is broadening its product portfolio. Jumpster could become a serious hit and the freemium concept could ensure a major income stream for a long time into the future.
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