Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Totmob, a division of Kinetics, has announced the release of the Plekos mobile game. The game, which is available for iOS and Android tablet devices and smart phones with larger screens, was launched on iTunes and Google Play earlier today.
Plekos is a carefully crafted replica of a very traditional soccer game. The original game is made out of a shallow wooden tray, with nails representing players. There are spaces cut out for the goals and the ball is usually a coin, or a bottle cap. In this mobile version the user can play against the machine, or against a friend on the same device. The game can also set up a championship for up to eight people on one device.
“When I was a kid we used to spend hours playing this game,” said Orlando Shorter, founder of Kinetics and Totmob. “In the days where video games weren’t around and we used to play on doorsteps and in the street, a bottle cap soccer board meant hours of fun. They were lovingly made with the help of an elder brother or a dad. We hope that this game can recapture that feel, by bringing a bunch of friends together around a tablet.”
Totmob has given the game a nostalgic touch by using plenty of wood textures and cutouts. At the same time all the menus are very clear, making it an easy game to navigate. There are some nice touches, like over 60 flags to choose from when setting up your team, which means that you’re certain to be able to play with your team’s colors. When a goal is scored, the animation is over the top, adding to the fun.
The game has a basic soundtrack, consisting of a crowd that murmurs all through the match, shouts when there’s a near miss, and cheers loudly when a goal is scored, while a sport commentator shouts “Goal!” A referee’s whistle sound marks the start and end of the game.
You can play from the get-go by tapping “QUICK PLAY,” or you can set up a championship with your friends. By adjusting the settings on the first screen and tapping “NEXT” the process is very simple. To play you flick the bottle cap forward by running your finger over it, swiping it in the direction you want it to travel. The game physics are very realistic.
* Traditional game
* Simple gameplay
* Great one-on-one action
* Realistic physics
* Over 60 flags to choose from when setting up your team
* Ages five and up
* For large screens such as tablets and the Galaxy S and iPhone
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 9.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Plekos 2 is free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. An ad-free version is available. The app is also available from Google Play and Amazon.
Located in Rio de Janeiro, RJ/Brazil, Kinetics was founded in 1994. Totmob(R) is the mobile game and app brand for Kinetics(R). Kinetics’ current activities are focused on Web and mobile technologies, including mobile apps and mobile games development. The company worked on Web systems for the last five years, developing cutting-edge projects for various US start-ups. Kinetics/Totmob has beenpresent in the mobile and tablet (iOS and Android) market since 2009. Kinetics/Totmob keeps up with the latest game trends and innovations. With almost 20 years of experience in the production of games, with various success stories and several prizes, all the work from the concept to deployment is done in-house. The company has worked in the past with various major game labels, such as Infogrames (now Atari), and has several major online games in Brazil, such as Kinuca. Copyright (C) 2012 Kinetics. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.