Prope's unique game will be tapping its way around America and Europe this summer.
On the heels of its December release in Japan, Sega of America and Sega of Europe have revealed that they will be releasing Let's Tap in their respective markets this summer. Let's Tap features an innovative control scheme that has users place the Wii Remote on a box or flat surface. This way, the controller can detect the minute vibrations of players tapping on that same surface.
Let's Tap features five game modes. One of the game modes, Tap Runner, lets players use tapping to make stick figures run through an obstacle course. Another mode, Bubble Voyager, appears to be some sort of tapping-controlled shooter. Let's Tap will also include multiplayer support for up to four players.
The studio behind this game, Prope, was created in 2006 by Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka. This is the first game by Prope to see an American or European release. They also released a WiiWare game in December 2008 called Let's Catch.
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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.
Let's Tap was developed at Prope Tokyo and is tapping its way to release in summer 2009. For more information please visit www.SEGA.com/Letstap.