June 11, 2009
Taito Brings Waterways to iPhone/iPod
touch Users Worldwide
Netherlands-Japan GameJam 2008
Winning Game will be available at the App Store
TAITO Corporation today announced
that, with the cooperation of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in
Japan, action-puzzler WATERWAYS will be on sale at the App Store worldwide and
available for the iPhone and iPod touch on June 11. WATERWAYS, developed by
Dutch studio Rough Cookie, was the winning concept of the Netherlands-Japan
GameJam 2008 contest, held as part of the “Netherlands in Japan 2008-2009”
Last year was the 150th anniversary
of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and the Netherlands, and
this year, 2009, marks 400 years of trade between the two nations. Sponsored by
the Dutch game organizations NLGD Foundation and the Dutch Game Garden, and also
backed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan GameJam 2008
contest was held by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan as part
of the continuing “Netherlands in Japan 2008-2009” celebration.
The Netherlands government invests
in the growth of its national creative industry, and for this reason the
“Netherlands in Japan 2008-2009” celebration has also featured events focusing
on cross-cultural exchange via games. TAITO has long taken an active role in
promoting the industry and mobile gaming in particular by participating in
world-class events such as the International Mobile Gaming Awards. Hoping to
make use of this prior experience and eager to contribute to the longstanding
friendship between Japan and the Netherlands, TAITO participated in the
“Netherlands in Japan 2008-2009” celebration by joining the panel of judges for
the Netherlands-Japan GameJam 2008 competition and agreeing to publish an
extended and adapted version of the winning concept.
GameJam winner WATERWAYS is an
action puzzle game designed and developed by Dutch studio Rough Cookie. Players
assume the role of a heroic cow named Patch. When the Netherlands’
state-of-the-art water management system “Caretaker 3000” goes haywire, leading
to widespread flooding, it’s up to Patch to navigate a series of water-filled
mazes and drawbridges in an effort to reach and repair the leaking valves.
WATERWAYS makes full use of the iPhone/iPod Touch’s motion sensors, with
intuitive controls and instantly appealing game play.
TAITO and the Embassy of the Kingdom
of the Netherlands in Japan hope to continue to work together for the benefit of
both Japan and the Netherlands’ game industries.