Saturday, February 2, 2008

Poker Smash release date set for Feb 6

The release date for Poker Smash on XBLA has been set.

I'm really excited about this game. For one thing, it's one of the first games I had a hand in bringing to XBLA from very early on. Because of the development times for these things, it's only now ready to ship, long after I've moved on.

I'm more excited, however, because it's just a REALLY awesome game. It's a blast to play, multiplayer rocks, and it's a visual effects feast.

At it's heart, it's a match-3 style game with a heavy focus on the head-to-head multiplayer. That description doesn't do it justice though. It's one of the most polished and tuned match-3 games you'll ever lay hands on. It's the hardcore gamer's match-3 game to boot.

Finally, its a testament to what determined indie game developers can accomplish. Void Star is just a team of 3 guys, scratching together funding from relatives and friends. It's also, I beleive, the best looking and most graphically advanced XBLA game to date, and puts many retail titles to shame in that department as well.

Congratulations to Drew, Ryan and David. I can't wait to buy it when I get back from DICE. Who's up for some multiplayer next weekend?