Hey from the newest member of VooFoo!

June 23, 2014 |  by  |  Blog, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

I’m Emily, internet enthusiast (or is that addict…?) at your service! Starting from today I’m the online community manager for VooFoo; which basically means I have the awesome job of interacting with all of you and doing my best to bring you all the latest VooFoo news. From what I’ve seen so far, you’re a pretty darn terrific bunch so I’m looking forward to talking to you all! If you’re interesting in learning more about my background, you can find me on “The Team” page.

Stay tuned for more VooFoo news coming to a social media page near you…

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Pure Pool, It’s coming!!

June 10, 2014 |  by  |  Pure Pool  |  Comments Off

And to prove it, check out our rather lovely Xbox One launch trailer!

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Pure Chess PS4 FAQ

May 6, 2014 |  by  |  Pure Chess  |  Comments Off

Our bestest friends at Ripstone have put together an excellent FAQ article for the PS4 version of Pure Chess.

Not wanting to pass on the chance of ‘borrowing’ someone else’s hard work, we went to the trouble of cutting and pasting it straight onto our own site.

Thanks guys!

 

We’re always looking for ways to improve our games so we appreciate every last smidgen of feedback we get. If there’s anything you’d like to say about Pure Chess (or any of our other games) that we’ve not covered off below, get in touch! info@ripstone.com

Can I use my DLC Chess sets and Environments online? Yes, you certainly can! Certain sets are tied to specific environments in-game; you can only play with the Park Animals set in the Park environment for example – but you can totally use all DLC packs in online matches :-)

Does Pure Chess PS4 come with live online Multiplayer? The Multiplayer is asynchronous – meaning it’s essentially play-by-mail, which you can enjoy with up to 6 real life, online opponents simultaneously. It has to be said that the PS4 does make the whole asynchronous experience much slicker; the PS3 version pales in comparison in fact! As your opponent makes a move, you will see it almost instantly (providing you’re online, of course) followed by a waiting screen. The guys at VooFoo are currently working hard to make the asynchronous Multiplayer experience even more seamless – removing the waiting screen, so it actually feels like real time play. We’ll update you guys on that front a-sap!

How do I get around idle matches without affecting my ELO rating? While Pure Chess certainly isn’t the sort of game that should be rushed, we totally appreciate how frustrating it can be when matches go idle. People have different skill levels and play at different speeds, but leaving a match without warning is just plain rude! You’ll be very pleased to hear that VooFoo are currently working on a solution for those pesky idle matches as we speak, particularly a way around them affecting your ELO rating. The idea is that you’ll be able to opt to auto-win a match if a player is idle for a certain length of time, which will leave your hard earned ELO rating untarnished. It would be great to hear how long you think “too long” is! ;-) We’ll let you know more details on this fix as soon as we can!

Does Pure Chess PS4 come with Stereoscopic 3D Support?Stereoscopic 3D is supported in the PS3 version but to be honest; it’s not something we ever had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on. With this in mind the dev time was spent strengthening the 2D visuals in the PS4 version, which (you’ll hopefully agree) paid off.

Is Pure Chess PS4 cross-buy? So if I have it on PS Vita or PS3 do I get it on PS4? Initially, when the game launched on PS3 and PS Vita – it wasn’t actually cross-buy and we’ve maintained this approach with the PS4 version. Ripstone have been big supporters of cross-buy with some of our other titles; Big Sky Infinity, Knytt Underground and Stick It To The Man – go check them out!

We’d love to give the game away for free right now but the devs need to eat… and Chocolate Hobnobs (in large quantities) aren’t cheap ;-)

Can I play Pure Chess PS4 cross-platform with other Pure Chess users on different consoles and devices? Not at the moment, but this is definitely something we’ll be looking to implement between PlayStation Platforms (at the very least) in the future. If you already have the game on Wii U, 3DS, Android or iOS – you can play cross-platform on any of these devices, right now! We’ll update you guys with the details on the PS4 cross-platform front soon!

How much is the game in Europe? At launch there was a minor pricing error on the European PlayStation Store, affecting the full game price. The game should actually be priced at £4.99 not £6.79, so our sincerest apologies for this. We’ve already rectified the pricing error with Sony and the correct pricing of £4.99 / €5.99.

Will I be able to play multiple games at once? Totally! You can play in up to 6 local or offline matches simultaneously – go nuts!

Will you be releasing any more cool Chess Sets? We’re working through oodles of ideas for new sets and location, and welcome suggestions from our fans :-) so watch this space!!

Hopefully that’s helped clear things up at little. If you have any other questions for us or for the lovely devs themselves, feel free to drop us a mail info@ripstone.com and we’ll get back to you with the speed of 1,000 Gazelles! You can even follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily game updates, giveaways and all other kinds of awesomeness! We’ll be doing some code giveaways over the next few weeks too, so now would be a pretty good time follow us ;-) head on over and feel the love!

Thanks so much again for all your awesome feedback so far guys, keep it coming!

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Two games in one day!

Two games in one day!

April 15, 2014 |  by  |  Backgammon, Pure Chess  |  Comments Off

Yes, that’s right, we’re spoiling you – today sees the release of two games from VooFoo! We have the much anticipated next generation release of Pure Chess onto PS4, and the US release of Backgammon Blitz onto PS3, PS Vita, and PS4!

Pure Chess is available from the PS4 PlayStation Store right now, and is priced at £4.99 / € 5.99 / $7.99, but chess fans can also get their hands on the best value Complete Bundle for £9.99 / €11.99 / $14.99. Check out Punk And Lizards review of Pure Chess here.

Backgammon Blitz has been available in Europe for a while, but is now also available on the US PlayStation Store at just $7.99. Check out this Backgammon Blitz review.

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Pure Chess. The Next Generation!

April 7, 2014 |  by  |  Pure Chess  |  Comments Off

Hot off the press!  Pure Chess makes it’s next generation debut this month, April 15th/16th to be precise!

Just when you thought the game couldn’t look any better, we locked our artists in a darkened room with nothing but PS4 dev kits and Pot Noodles for company.  It’s safe to say, the result is the definitive version of Pure Chess!

The game will launch at £4.99 / € 5.99 / $7.99 but chess fans can also get their hands on the best value Complete Bundle for £9.99 / €11.99 / $14.99. PlayStation Plus users can look forward to some discounts at launch too!

Check out the stunning new launch trailer and let us know what you think!

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Pure Chess is coming to Nintendo 3DS & Wii U on 20th March!

Pure Chess is coming to Nintendo 3DS & Wii U on 20th March!

March 13, 2014 |  by  |  Pure Chess  |  Comments Off

Sorry it’s been a while but in our defence, we have been rather busy!

The good news is we can now reveal the release date of Pure Chess on Nintendo 3DS & Wii U as the 20th March, that’s a week today!!

It’s taken a bit longer than we planned but we’re proud to announce that Pure Chess now fully utilises the cross-platform play feature, meaning you can play against your friends on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, iPad, iPhone, iPod and Android devices!

Don’t forget to head to the eShop on 20th March where you can download the game for £4.99 / €5.99 / $7.99, in the meantime you can check out the trailer here – and let us know what you think in the comments.

More exciting announcements soon so don’t be a stranger, ya hear?

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Backgammon Blitz is out tomorrow!!

December 17, 2013 |  by  |  Backgammon, Games  |  Comments Off

We’re very pleased to announce that our latest game, Backgammon Blitz is out tomorrow in Europe on both PS4 and PSVita!

Check out the official launch announcement on Playstation Blog!

 

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Announcing Pure Pool

December 10, 2013 |  by  |  Pure Pool  |  Comments Off

Come on, we’re spoiling you! Another announcement fresh off the press. We’ve once again joined forces with our friends at Ripstone to bring you the latest game in the Pure series, Pure Pool! See the PlayStation blog post here!

Pure Pool

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Coding Genius Required

December 2, 2013 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

Yep, we’re hiring here at VooFoo, we’re looking for an experienced technology/engine programmer to come and join our super talented team in our quest to make ever greater games for next-gen consoles! If you love coding engines, and have done so before, feel you have what it takes and want to play a major role in a small yet focused and highly enthusiastic team then head over to our jobs page for more info!

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Our new game, Backgammon Blitz!

November 13, 2013 |  by  |  Backgammon  |  Comments Off

Just because we’ve been quiet for a while, don’t think we’ve been resting on our collective laurels here at VooFoo Towers. The truth is, we’ve boarded the office door shut and have been working around the clock (literally for some of us!) to get our next project ready for release. The new game is called Backgammon Blitz and will be in the hands of PlayStation 3, 4 and PSVita owners before the white bearded guy in a red suit arrives!

Backgammon Blitz brings the ancient game of tactics and skill to the masses, while looking as pretty as a picture to boot. No light-map has been left unturned, no rendering technique unexplored to make Backgammon Blitz look as stunningly lifelike as possible (we asked the artists if they could go better than lifelike, but that just made them grumpy..).

You’ll be playing against friends, both online and locally as well as challenging A.I. opponents with skill levels from Beginner to Grand Master. That’s not all, as well as the traditional game we’ve decided to add a VooFoo twist in what we’re calling Blitz mode. In this you’ll be freezing opponents in ice, playing Joker cards to get out of sticky situations and even setting fire to the dice!

So that’s it, our big announcement. If you’re a master Backgammon player or have never even heard of the game, you’re going to love our interpretation of the classic battle of wits and cunning. Keep an eye out for further announcements closer to launch!

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