Wreckateer – Preview

Angry Birds-alike winds-up for Xbox 360 Kinect.

 

What’s it all about? Turns out someone finally played Angry Birds, thought ‘Hey, you know what, that’s fun’ and set about working out how to make it for Kinect – can we be the first to say ‘Ouch’ on behalf of Angry Birds developer Rovio Studios?

Wreckateer is the result, it’s raison d’être the rather long-winded premise that goblins have taken over the king’s castles and, rather than send in the soldiers, he’s decided to have each occupied fort demolished.

As one of said wreckateers, it falls to you to do the wrecking, though thankfully you’ve not only got a catapult to assist, but a whole repertoire of exploding munitions to launch at the unsuspecting pigs (oops, we mean goblins).

You've got your detonate on impact bombs, detonate when you put your arms up bombs, guided bombs – which sprout wings when deployed – and even bombs which split up (à la the little blue birds of Angry Birds) into numerous smaller pieces of shrapnel.

What makes Wreckateer distinct is its clever use of Kinect, the level of integration more than you might expect of a game with such a simple premise. You start by approaching the sensor, next you put your hands together – so prompting your onscreen avatar to grab on to the catapult. A step back pulls the elastic taught, while pitch and aim are controlled by your body’s own angle.

Once happy with your aim it’s simply a matter of opening your hands, the rigged bomb sent flying towards its destination. The various bomb types then come into play, flying bombs are controlled by putting your arms out in mock airplane fashion for example, while the distance cluster bombs move apart is governed by how far apart your arms are – subtle and intelligent touches which have a huge impact on those high scores.

Worth the wait? Well, it’s not going to set the world alight, but if Wreckateer can carry on it’s combination of fun and imagination throughout its 60 levels we could be looking at a Kinect title which delivers variation as well as innovation; not a bad investment if Microsoft pitch it at the right price.

For: Xbox 360 Kinect via XBLA
Developer: Iron Galaxy
Publisher: Microsoft
When? Summer 2012

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    Recruitment Genius: Support and Development Engineer

    £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The leading provider of Employee Managem...

    Recruitment Genius: Creative Designer

    £15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Kent based design consulta...

    Recruitment Genius: IT Gazetteer Consultant

    £25000 - £34000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you looking to work for an ...

    Recruitment Genius: Regional Support Manager

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This role's responsibility also include operat...

    Day In a Page

    Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

    Is this the future of flying?

    Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
    Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

    Isis are barbarians

    but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
    The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

    Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

    Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
    Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

    'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

    Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
    Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

    Call of the wild

    How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
    Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

    'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

    If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
    The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

    The science of swearing

    What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
    Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

    Africa on the menu

    Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
    Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

    Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

    The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
    10 best statement lightbulbs

    10 best statement lightbulbs

    Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
    Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

    Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

    Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
    Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

    Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

    It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
    Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

    Dustin Brown

    Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
    Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

    Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

    Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test