PAX East 2012: Namco Bandai's ShiftyLook demonstrates Rocket Fox
A few days ago we posted about Namco Bandai's latest webcomic, Rocket Fox, and its imminent game for iOS. Today we were able to join Namco Bandai's ShiftyLook, which are known for the Xevious and Bravoman webcomics to show us Rocket Fox, and let us get some hands-on time with it.
The game revolves around Guy Fox, boosting himself from rocket flower to rocket flower, until they're all cleared from the map. The entire game is controlled via accelerometer, except for a button which allows Rocket Fox to slam down on a rocket flower.
The first thing that I immediately noticed is the graphical detail in Guy Fox himself. The rest of the game is highly stylized as to keep it running smooth, but Rocket Fox has some amazing real time shading detail that makes the cute character look stunning in the game. Though like I said, the game doesn't necessarily push the graphical limits due to its stylized nature, but it doesn't need to, the art style fits this game completely.
I only got to play some of the initial levels that were part of the first world. While the first stage I played was quite easy, some of the other levels required strategy. For example some of the rocket flowers shot off rockets that hit other rocket flowers. This means that you have to carefully plan out where your next jump will be, or you'll head towards a rocket flower that's been hit with a rocket, and you'll fail the level.
You'll also be able to purchase some upgrades and other items that will either help you out, or make Rocket Fox look even more awesome. These things can be purchased with the acquired fox fire acquired from gameplay, or with microtransactions.
It was revealed that the game will include the first world for free, with the full game going for a mere $1.99. We were also told that the game will be supported way after launch with additional free content, as well as some possible substantial paid content. Make sure to keep an eye out for this addicting game on the App store, and make sure to check back on GameZone for our full review, once the game launches, and make sure to check out ShiftyLook for Rocket Fox and other awesome webcomics.