Just when you think Sega has ran out of ideas in revolutionizing gameplay, we get this little gem that comes from the mind of Sonic The Hedgehog lead programmer, Yuji Naka. It’s a game that uses sound as a way of gameplay through your Wii-Mote. Placing the Wii controller on a box or flat surface it will detect minute vibrations. Here’s the press release:
From the Creative Mind that brought Sonic the Hedgehog to Life Comes a Finger Tapping Sensation Yuji Naka’s Next Creation Set to Revolutionize How Gamers Interact with Nintendo Wiis
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (February 3, 2009) – SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announces Let’s Tap, a game that is blazing new ground in Nintendo Wii control design. Developed by Prope, the studio that Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka established in 2006, Let’s Tap is the first product from the new studio to be released to in North America and Europe. Developed exclusively for Nintendo’s Wii system, Let’s Tap utilizes a ground-breaking control scheme where the Wii controller is placed on a box or flat surface so that the controller can detect minute vibrations. Players of all ages and skill levels then tap the box or flat surface to interact with the game; there’s no need to hold the controller. Let’s Tap is slated for a summer 2009 ship for the Nintendo Wii in North America.
“Let’s Tap represents innovation and a departure from any preconceived notion of how video games are to be played,” says Sean Ratcliffe, VP of Marketing at SEGA of America. “Naka san is one of the video game industry’s creative luminaries. This game is his newest creation and we are excited to be able to expose the gamers in North America to something fresh and different from anything they’ve played before.”
Featuring five separate game modes with multiple levels and allowing up to four players for multiplayer action, Let’s Tap presents an assortment of different finger-tapping challenges for players to master. In Tap Runner players use differing finger tapping pressure to make simple stick figure racers run through an obstacle course. In Visualizer players are allowed to create dazzling fireworks effects, dramatic paint strokes, amongst other effect as they tap out different rhythm patterns that correspond to different effects. Silent Blocks finds players taking turns removing blocks from a large stack, tapping too hard will result in a collapsing stack of blocks. Bubble Voyager allows players to fly through space, blasting obstacles and enemies in order to reach the far stretches of the universe. And finally Rhythm Tap allows players to time the taps of their fingers to high energy music.