Double Fine Productions have revealed the sequel to their previous Kinect game Double Fine Happy Action Theater and it’s called Double Fine Happy Action TV. It was revealed on a live video stream on the website Giant Bomb and they’ve now uploaded it to YouTube as you can see above.
There are 36 activities to choose from but this time they’re called “channels“. Although I don’t know if that’s 36 new channels to choose from or if it includes the 18 from Double Fine Happy Action Theater because they said that if you bought the first game you’ll be able to access all its activities in the sequel. In all the channels you can take photos of your activities and post them on Facebook. Also the game features 6 player skeleton tracking!
The setting for Double Fine Happy Action TV is a retro TV studio with a menu system very similar to Double Fine Happy Action Theater’s. Click on pics for larger versions.
The game also features voice commands that you can access by first saying “Hey, television!”
The first “channel” they demonstrated was called Costume Party. In this channel you touch floating icons to get various parts of a costume like a monster head and robot arms for example plus various virtual accessories you can hold in your hands. They even showed Minecraft costumes!
The next channel I saw was a kung fu one called Chop Master. Basically it’s sort of similar to Fruit Ninja except it’s augmented reality and you get to not only punch and kick all kinds of things but also use virtual weapons like nunchucks and wear virtual armour! Also it includes a homage to the bonus round in Street Fighter 2 where you have to smash up a car, lol! Unfortnately I didn’t manage to get a screenshot of that, but you can see it in the video.
After the Chop Master channel Double Fine showed a photo editor where you can add effects to your gameplay photos before sharing them on Facebook.
Next there was a demonstration of a video cloning channel. It’s like the Clone-O-Matic photo cloning in the previous game except it clones and loops short clips of video so you can make some freaky little videos.
Double Fine then moved on to a fairy channel, I don’t think they said the actual name of it. In this channel the players are turned into fairies and they fly around, then 1 of them turns into a big fairy and can cast spells at the other fairy players with a wand that has various effects like making rainbows and hearts. Yeah, it was weird, lol!:
Next up was a channel called Castle Smashers. You start off as a king and build castles by waving your hands out in front of you which causes bricks to flow out of your hands and build up into towers and walls. After you’ve built your castle you turn into a dragon and can smash it down, lol!
The final channel demonstrated was called Dubstep. Basically it has dubstep music playing and you’re supposed to dance around while the video footage of you goes through various visualisation effects and sort of reverse jerks now and then as well as giving you robot heads occasionally. It’s hard to describe, best to watch the video, but I presume it’s simulating dubstep music videos, but I wouldn’t know as I’m not into dubstep.
Double Fine Happy Action TV will be playable at PAX Prime which runs from August 31st to September 2nd in Seattle, Washington in the USA and Double Fine plan to release it by the end of the year.
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