Here in Hamburg the Alster is still frozen over (for the first time in 15 years!), but with temperatures rising to 6°C and more until the end of the week, it looks as if we finally got to say “Goodbye” to the winter and prepare ourselves for the arrival of spring. Soon the last mounts of snow will be molten and the first crocuses will crane their necks towards the sun. And our skates, sleighs and snowboards will be stacked in the attic for at least another 10 months. On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, however, the fun’s far from being over and all that separates you from the next action-packed ride down the slope is a handful of taps on your preferred device’s touch screen! With our fast-paced winter sports racer Snowboard Hero (winner of two prestigious IMGAwards 2011) you can experience the thrill of speed whenever you want and race down the steepest slopes and most spectacular alpine areas at breakneck speed![full] To celebrate the last days of winter, we have dropped the price of the game to 0,79€ / 0,99$ / 0,69£ for a limited time only! If you haven’t purchased Snowboard Hero yet, buy it now for an unrivalled special price and perform the most spectacular tricks and hazardous jumps on your smartphone or tablet!
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Right in time for the winter season, we’ve released a major update for our action-packed fun sports racer Snowboard Hero – winner of two prestigious International Mobile Gaming Awards 2011 in the categories “Best Sports Game” and “Operator’s Choice”. So if you haven’t booked a trip to the Alps already and still want to race down the curviest slopes and steepest scarps on Christmas Eve, why don’t you just hop over to the App Store, download Snowboard Hero and take over the role of the laid-back Dude or one of his five hip and trendy colleagues on their challenging pursuit of new high scores and record times? Show no fear and laugh in the face of danger when you jump as high as the sky and perform spectacular tricks that only a true Snowboard Hero can land without breaking every bone in his body! Do you have what it takes to be faster, wilder and crazier than every other dare-devil on the piste?[full]
The new update 1.2 finally turns Snowboard Hero into a universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and now also iPad and furthermore enables the users to synchronize their save games via iCloud. For the first time ever, Snowboard Heroes from all over the world can now switch freely between their iPhones, iPods and iPads throughout the course of the very same career!
In addition to that, Snowboard Hero does now also support AppleTV Air Play and hence the users can not only experience the enhanced graphics of the game on the small display of their iPhone or on the slightly bigger display of their iPad, but also follow the action on the slope on the big TV screen in 720p (Wi-Fi) or Full HD (HDMI)!
The slope is yours, pals! But don’t forget to put on your scarves, gloves and bobble caps, because despite the game’s intuitive touch and tilt controls, which are easy to learn yet hard to master, you will most likely end up taking quite a few dives into the ice-cold snow before you land all your spectacular tricks at ease and grind along the craziest obstacles without losing your balance! So enjoy the ride, fellow Snowboard Heroes and keep in mind: winter time is snowboarding time!
Click the following link to download Snowboard Hero from the App Store now: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/snowboard-hero/id413472707?mt=8
Snowboard Hero is live on the AppStore now and you can see for yourself how it plays. Accordingly, we want to disregard visuals for now and dedicate this chapter to audio design for the 2011 double winner at the IMGAwards. For a start - imagine you are deaf. Try again. It’s really hard to do, isn’t it? We being devs we want to give you some background on a very important aspect of smartphone gaming and entertainment in general. We can close our eyes, but we can never close our ears. Which is probably why we don’t really notice the sounds in our environment too much. They are there all the time, yet hardly ever come to our attention, unless there is something noisy or disturbing. Sounds create moods, they are the vibes we feel. Like the sound in a Hollywood Blockbuster, the soundtrack and sound effects in Snowboard Hero have been elaborately designed, produced and implemented to make the overall experience sensually immersive. As long as Apple doesn’t feature smells emanating from iPhones and iPads the audio layers will remain one of the most important aspects in gaming. Listen up for a short background story. [full]
When the decision was made to bring Snowboard Hero to iOS our one and only Audio Director Gero Goerlich took on the challenge. That challenge basically consisted of understanding the vision of the Creative Director, translating it into sound and implementing it into the game’s programming. When Gero gets his briefing he will talk to as many people involved as possible in order to get a clear vision of what style the game will have and what actions will take place that require sound. For Snowboard Hero there are four basic audio categories – menu sounds, sound effects and character-specific themes and voice overs. All these sound layers are intended to give the player feedback about what he is doing and what is happening. For example, the actual height from which you fall to the ground will influence what it sounds like when you land on your buttocks. The programming will register the event “crash” as low, middle or high and play the sound that was put into place for that event beforehand. Each event is registered with five sounds, so it doesn’t get boring. Can you hear the difference when Kitty is falling from different heights?
“Powder for the people”, that’s our slogan for this game. Yet how does it sound when your board is cutting through the snowy white? Even the slightest change of angle is reflected in the sounds you hear. Gero pays detailed attention to any ‘physical’ changes in the game and makes sure you can hear what is happening. Passing by an icy wall? Suddenly there is an echo where the snow had absorbed all sounds before.
What makes Snowboard Hero special among iPhone games with regards to sound development are the music themes for each character. That means on top of the voice acting each character has its very own score for boarding downhill. To get that right Gero worked together with composer Marc Rosenberger. The two stuck their heads together discussing what each character is about and how his stlye and personality might best be underscored with music.
How would a style like her’s translate into a theme? Listen to the fine piece of music that Monica enjoys on her fast-paced rides down the mountains. Can you get a feeling of her already? Now that Snowboard Hero has gone live we’ll stop the teasing already and keep this entry short. If you have any specific questions regarding the sound design in this game leave a comment and I’ll make sure you get your answer!