New game: Proximity!

BlueLine’s first game release is Proximity for the Pokki platform!Proximity HTML5 game.

We’re still hard at work on our larger project, Hive for Xbox 360, but we took about a week and a half aside to make Proximity. The game was an entry for the Pokki 1UP contest which is currently going on.

Proximity is a territory-based abstract strategy game – like Chess… or Hive ;). You place colored tiles with a number of armies on them and try to conquer the surrounding territories. Also: the tiles are hexagons (we may be obsessed).

The game currently supports single-player vs. AI (the AI is pretty decent) and local multiplayer.

Pokki is a platform which wraps HTML5 apps and makes them downloadable and automatcially-upgrading & has an app-store. The contest is to make a game for the platform using HTML5 and other web-standards (flash is forbidden). There are 3 judged awards and a people’s choice award which goes to the app with the most active players by the end of the competition.

Please go download and play Proxmity! 🙂

So far, most of the feedback is along these lines:

  • It’s maybe a bit too addictive
  • Are those numbers really random?
  • Oh, you can click the squirrel! 😀

Please let us know what you think of the game in the comments!

Proximity with Military skin

Proximity with Pokki skin

Proximity with Portal skin

Announcing our first game: Hive for Xbox 360!

We’re buzzing with excitement for this announcement…

BlueLine Game Studios has been given an exclusive license to bring the extremely popular Hive boardgame to Xbox!

If you’re not familiar with it yet, Hive is a boardgame that’s grown a huge following.  It was created by British Inventor John Yianni of Gen42 Games.  In his own words:

Hive is a board game with a difference. There is no board! The pieces are added to the playing area thus creating the board. As more and more pieces are added the game becomes a fight to see who can be the first to capture the opposing Queen Bee.

Hive for Xbox 360The gameplay is really easy to pick up, but just like chess the possibilities in gameplay are endless.  This makes it great for starting right up with family, friends, and roommates but complex enough to give even the sharpest minds a challenge for years to come.  …and I really do mean that: the geniuses at American Mensa saw fit to give Hive the prestigious Mensa Select award!

I think the versatility has a lot to do with why Hive has become such a worldwide favorite.  People really go nuts for this game… in this fan gallery (all 42 pages of it) you can see pictures of people playing in front of the Great Pyramids, using hand-made sets, next to a pool, at the bottom of a pool, on the ocean floor (seriously), and pretty-much anywhere at any time.

We’ve already begun development and we think we have some great ideas on how to work with Gen42 Games to bring a great version of this game to the Xbox 360 …and we would love to hear your thoughts too.  So if you’re a Hive fan, pipe up in the comments! 🙂

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Update: As of Feb 8th, 2013 – Hive is now available on Xbox 360!

The Starting Line…

Welcome to the BlueLine Game Studios blog!  We’re a scrappy startup of Indie Game Developers who are starting out our first releases in this new company by making Xbox games from award-winning boardgames.

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Thanks for stopping by and please check back soon for the announcement of our first game!!

Much love,

 – The BlueLine Game Studios Team (Sean & Geoff)