Aussie Indie ToyBox Labs Releasing Flowmo for the iPad

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Peter Budziszewski – former Harmonix and L.A. Noire developer – has started a two man studio operating out of a small apartment in Newtown, NSW called ToyBox Labs. Their first title, flowmo, will be available for the iPad November 21.

flowmo is described as a “unique, meditative experience” that relishes its artistic aura. Inspired by games such as Proteus and Journey for their strong sense of discovery, atmosphere and emotion, flowmo also incorporates musical elements that bolster the abstract, minimalistic narrative design. flowmo tells the story of the universe through interaction with coloured particles and the resulting atmosphere created by said music. Events on screen are synced to the music, and as the universes becomes more complex, so to does the mechanical possibilities. Experimentation is key as you use the flow of particles to investigate present forces in the ever expanding space.

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Features include:

  • Full multitouch support, up to 11 fingers
  • Quick and responsive interactions
  • Pinch-to-zoom to view the universe at different scales once it has fully expanded
  • Complex world which follows its own laws of physics
  • All interactions emerge from these laws and are not hard-coded
  • Chaotic system with emergent behaviour
  • Try to create behaviours which have never been seen before!
  • Discover the forces governing the universe through interaction and exploration

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The transcendental journey of discovery and exploration that is flowmo will cost $2.99, with a lite version for iPhone currently in development. Check it out come November 21.

I am a graduate of the Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (w/ major in Games Design) course at Qantm College, Sydney.

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