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Thursday, January 11, 2001
MWSF: Green Dragon and Monkey Byte
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Bunch Media is a group of smaller game developers who have banded together to support and promote their wares; a sort of Mac Gathering of Developers. When IMG stopped by their booth we saw some very cool games. Monkey Byte showed us their recently-released titles Monster Hunter and Kawasaki Jet Ski Racing. Although this game has generated the same sort of critiques that Kawasaki ATV faced when it was released, MByte still isn't satisfied with the game and plans on releasing a patch early tomorrow that will drastically improve animation

Besides recently-released games Monkey Byte told us about two projects in the pipe: All Terrain Combat and My Monkey. All Terrain Combat will be a car combat game similar to "Battle Bots" on Comedy central. You'll start out with a basic vehicle; with more wins you'll earn money to add on new parts to your vehicle. The game will also feature online multiplayer contests in which bot development plays a large role. Monkey Byte hopes to keep your vehicle's stats online to avoid cheating, and add an extra level of depth to the multiplayer experience. The other major release they've got coming up is less of a game and more of a wonderful diversion. This computer pet simulator, called My Monkey, removes most of the micro management of a full-fledged simulation game and replaces it with a great deal of character and humor. While it won't suck you in for hours at a time, it will break the tedium during those long sessions of writing essays, term papers or Macworld Expo booth reports.

The other Bunch Media company we met with, Green Dragon, had less to show or tell us about since they had just finished bringing Links LS 2000 to the Mac. We did take the chance to grill Howard Shere about their next game, The Trouble with Toolbots. We were especially curious on how a "Real time Puzzler" like TTWTB played. Apparently this will involve fixing machines in real-time, alone or online. Online play will consist of Co-op and competitive modes. The Game boats OpenGL 3D graphics and a very unique sense of style; Howard's exact words were, "The movie 'Manhattan' Crossed with Disco." Shere promises more info and screen shots of the game in February unless they pick up another port, in which case they expect the game to be delayed until they finish whatever they're porting.

Monkey Byte
Green Dragon Creations
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