New Strategy Game for the iPhone Brings a Fresh Twist to Classic Board Games

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Otter Bytes Interactive Announces Upcoming Release of 3 Inch Apes, Which Combines Elements of Battleship and Stratego With Multiplayer iOS Gaming

Our goal is to sort of return to the time-tested concepts that made multiplayer board games great, set in a new world with a fresh story that hasn’t been told yet, and bring it to the most popular mobile gaming device.

The tandem of California-based developers Otter Bytes Interactive and KCDC Development have announced that they are creating a new game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. 3 Inch Apes is a game of strategy that has its roots in classic board games like Battleship and Stratego set in a quirky land of miniature apes. The game, scheduled to be released at the end of this year, features two main game modes: jungle battles with friends and family and managing a claim of land, a type of inventory management mini-game.

“Last year a colleague of mine shared an idea he created for a cartoon about a land of miniature apes. I thought the idea was great so I asked if I could develop an iOS game based on his characters. He loved the game concept I had and agreed almost instantly,” said Cole Randall, owner of KCDC Development and co-developer of the game.

3 Inch Apes draws on some elements of the popular board game Stratego in that it involves two players each protecting a goal, in this case an ape and its hammock. Players then setup defenses on their side of the board to protect their ape and disguise the layout of their territory. Similar to the classic strategy game Battleship, players then take turns launching blind attacks at hidden spots on their opponent’s side, hoping to find their ape and win the game. Attacks include such options as throwing bananas and rocks, launching coconuts out of a canon, and rolling large boulders through the opponent’s territory. “It’s a 2D board game with 3D animated cutscenes for everything you do”, added Cole. The animated scenes also feature hilarious pop-culture references such as the main character Bo doing the “Dougie” after he wins a battle.

“The gameplay seems interesting, I'm looking forward to having a chance to play around with it. The interface for the game itself is great!” said José Cayasso, one of the backers of 3 Inch Apes on the popular funding site Kickstarter.com. The developers launched the funding campaign for 3 Inch Apes on April 4th in the hopes of building support for the game and also raising capital needed to purchase the rights to the characters and finish the development of the game. The game has received over a dozen backers and is now more than 25% funded. The campaign ends May 5th.

Michael Gill, owner of Otter Bytes Interactive and lead developer of the game said “Our goal is to sort of return to the time-tested concepts that made multiplayer board games great, set in a new world with a fresh story that hasn’t been told yet, and bring it to the most popular mobile gaming device.” He also added that they believe in their concept and regardless of whether or not they reach their funding goals they’re determined to publish this game to the App Store. “We want to get this game into player’s hands and we know they’ll have fun with it once we do”, he concluded.

To go to the 3 Inch Apes website: http://app.3inchapes.com/
To view the Kickstarter.com campaign: http://kck.st/HWQK3I

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