updated 10:55 am EST, Mon January 14, 2008
Freeverse demos Neon Tango
Freeverse on Monday announced Neon Tango, a new original game for the Mac. The company said that a fully playable version of the game will be shown at Macworld Expo ((Booth #1243, South Hall) this week; the final version is expected to ship on February 5th. Neon Tango is described as "a psychedelic arcade shooter with thrilling action, eye-popping visuals, and a spoonful of retro sprinkled on top." According to the company, the title is "conceived with a gorgeous minimalism ... Neon Tango licks the shoot-em-up genre down to its chewy abstract center." Neon Tango will be available for $25 and will run as a Universal Binary on Mac OS X 10.4 or later. A G4-, G5-, or Intel-based Mac (800MHz or faster) is required.
"Launch your cybership into battle against the forces of chaos across 50 stages of bitmapped treachery, overflowing with glowing enemies and pulsating bosses. State of the art OpenGL graphics and a killer soundtrack from Digital Droo dazzle the senses, while the built-in online scoring lets you mock your friends as you beat their hi-scores like a Bulgarian circus monkey. Each arcade-packed wave offers a brand new way to play, thanks to unique enemies and clever levels. Get tricky by bouncing your shots off of walls and enemies as you charge up your cannon to deliver massive energy blasts. Dodge the forces of entropy by stopping time or activating your hyper thrusters."
In addition to showcasing its new game title, Freeverse (both #1243, south hall) also released a new version of Lineform 1.5, its illustration software. Version 1.5, a free update for all registered owners of previous versions, offers new custom brushes, full pressure support for pen/tablets, more speed improvements, and other features. Winner of an Apple Design Award, Lineform is designed for vector-based diagrams and illustrations. Leveraging a simple interface, it features popular tools, such as freeform gradients and compositing effects.
Version 1.5 includes full tablet pressure support, full custom brush support and multiple colorization methods, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard support (including QuickLook support), a new Document and Layer palettes, and document info metadata (author, title, etc.). It requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher (Mac OS X 10.4 for Core Image filters); a demo of the $80 application is available online.