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TransGaming's Garage Inc In Final Stages Of Development
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

TransGaming has announced that its in-house game development studio is now in the final stages of development on its next game, Garage Inc. Targeted at the casual play audience the time management game takes place in Chicago during Prohibition, putting players in the role of a car mechanic working to open his own garage while dealing with mobsters.

"The casual games segment is one of the fastest growing markets in electronic entertainment and we are incredibly excited to be creating original intellectual property for it," commented Wojtek Kawczynski, Managing Director of TransGaming Studios. "Garage Inc. was designed from the outset to leverage TransGaming's enablement technology and expertise to reach the broadest possible audience across multiple platforms at a streamlined cost, including gamers on our new GameTreeTV Platform."

Garage Inc. is an innovative time management game that takes place in Prohibition-era Chicago, and features a rich cast of memorable characters. The story centers around Angelo Marito, a car mechanic and recent Italian immigrant who is trying to make a life for himself in the windy city. Players help Angelo fulfill his dream of opening his own car garage, but must navigate many challenges and plot twists as the local Mob gets involved. The casual nature of the game allows players to jump in and play in "bite-sized pieces", which is ideal for mobile or smart-television experiences.

Garage Inc. is being developed by TransGaming Studios in partnership with Breakthrough Entertainment and is based on an original concept from GlobalFun. The iPhone version is made possible with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

"We are very proud of the work that TransGaming has done with the Garage Inc. property and are confident that it will perform well on all platforms", said Dorothy Vreeker, Director, Digital Media at Breakthrough Entertainment.

Garage Inc. is being introduced to gamers worldwide through an innovative social media campaign on Twitter, where Angelo provides real-time updates of his journey from Europe, speaking of his new experiences as he settles in Chicago, 1928. The Twitter campaign can be found at @GarageIncGame and @AngeloMarito.

Garage Inc. is an original title, developed from inception as a multi-platform game, and targets the rapidly growing casual gaming segment. Garage Inc. is slated to be released before the end of the year on PC, Mac, iPhone as well as on TransGaming's new GameTreeTV digital home platform.

Learn more about the game at the website linked below.

Garage Inc

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Nancy Drew: Shadow At The Water's Edge Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld has posted a new review of TransGaming's Nancy Drew: Shadow At The Water's Edge. In the mystery game players step into the sleuthing shoes of Nancy Drew as she works to unravel the secrets of a haunted Japanese inn.

From the review:

As with other games in the series, Shadow at the Water’s Edge offers players the option to play as a junior or senior detective, which affects the level of difficulty. To maneuver through the game, players must point and click to explore their surroundings and zoom in on potential clues. You must also guide Nancy through interactions with other characters, and can choose her responses and questions. Careful, though, too harsh of an interrogation can lead to a game over. Nancy has several useful tools at her disposal; a camera cell phone, backpack for storing clues, and a to-do list are all accessible via icons at the bottom of the screen. These and other aspects of the game play are thoroughly explained during an in-depth tutorial at the start of the mystery.

One of my favorite aspects of the game takes place in the “culture room” where the grandmother character of the inn assigns various challenges related to Japanese traditions. Here, players not only learn skills like the art of Japanese katakana, but also find books and pamphlets explaining the importance of these traditions in Japan. Puzzles and challenges pop up at other places in the game as well, and while they aren’t exclusively cultural games, Japanese culture is a theme woven throughout Shadow at the Water’s Edge.
Read the full review at the link below.

Macworld: Nancy Drew Shadow At The Water's Edge Review
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Nancy Drew: Shadow At The Water's Edge

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