Casual Gaming Round-Up: MicroVolts Beta Details, Skelanimals Dance Party on Sale, Sega Announces More Genesis Classics

Thu, Jul 22, 2010

Casual, iPhone, Mobile

There’s a lot going on in the world of Casual and iPhone gaming this week, and this round-up serves to help you find all of the news you care about in one convenient lump sum. In this installment of the Casual Gaming Round-Up, we find out details concerning MicroVolts upcoming beta, we take a look at the sale on Skelanimals Dance Party on the iPhone, and we find out just what games SEGA will soon be available for download as part of the Genesis Classics collection.

MicroVolts Beta Starts Next Month

For a few weeks now, we’ve been bringing you news concerning Rock Hippo’s MicroVolts, an upcoming free-to-play online shooter of sorts, that pits player against player in the shrunken (or oversized, depending on your viewpoint) world of toys, as they wage war with one another across desktops and the like.

The game contains multiple play modes, including Team Deathmatch, Item Match, Capture the Battery and more, and is said to contain enough casual and hardcore elements (in balance) to attract any and all forms of gamer, regardless of skill level.

Rock Hippo has announced that the closed beta of the game will launch next month – August 12, to be specific. As we told you previously, all interested parties should head over to the game’s website and sign up for their chance to be a part of the beta. Everyone who has already signed up are encouraged to keep watching their email inboxes to see if they are one of the lucky ones to receive a beta key for the closed beta portion of the game.

Skelanimals Dance Party on Sale for 99¢ on iPhone

Back in June, TriplePoint client Flying Penguin launched Skelanimals Dance on the iPhone for $2.99. Now, the developer has placed the game on sale, allowing users to pick up the game (Skelanimals) through Comic-Con weekend for just 99¢ in celebration of the Skelanimals booth at the convention.

In addition to the sale, Flying Penguin has announced a “Battle of the Bands” contest that will allow interested musicians to submit their best track for potential addition in the game’s next update. The contest runs from July 22 to August 31, and will see Flying Penguin selecting their favorite track and adding it as a playable stage in the game via a future update.

“We’re excited to give the community an opportunity to showcase their talent as we look for more songs to be included in the next free Skelanimals Dance Party update,” said Brad Schultz, founder of Flying Penguin, via a company press release. “If you’ve been waiting for your break, here’s your chance, so get those tracks submitted!”

Interested parties can send their entries to the following email address: skelanimalsapp at gmail dot com.

More Genesis Classics Return for PC Download

SEGA of America has announced that a second series of SEGA Genesis games will be rbought back to life as PC downloads via digital distribution.

Here’s the list of titles that will be available: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Bonanza Bros, Columns, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Ecco Jr, Eternal Champions, Galaxy Force II, Kid Chameleon, Ristar, Sonic Spinball, Super Thunder Blade.

The games will be available via SEGA’s digital partners (like Steam), with prices starting at $2.99 (exact prices for each game are as-of-now unknown).

“This is another stunning selection of Genesis classics – we’re happy to be bringing back more of these great memories our fans are asking for,” said Haruki Satomi, Vice President Digital Business at SEGA of America, via a company press release. “By bringing these 16-bit titles back for the first time to PC as downloads, SEGA once again shows how to make timeless masterpieces accessible to anyone at anytime.”

For more information about the Genesis Classics series, head over to SEGA’s official website.

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