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Twisted Pixel challenges players to 'Shoot the Glass' in Ms. 'Splosion Man

Twisted Pixel is rolling out the third entry in its series of thematic challenges for Ms. 'Splosion Man starting on Valentine's Day, which, for any forgetful male readers out there, is tomorrow. The contest, named "Shoot the Glass," will run until February 27 and challenges players to obey a directive from Hans Gruber's by blowing away 33 panes of glass in Nakatomi Tower the game as quickly as they can. Ten seconds will be added to players' finish time for each one of the clever little devils that "taunt you with their fiendish transparentness" that are missed.

The five U.S. gamers who are able to break the translucent targets quicker than anyone else will be rewarded with a prize package from Omaha Steaks — which should set them up nicely for another upcoming holiday that shan't be mentioned by name here on this upstanding outlet. In any case, international gamers are welcome to join in on the competition but won't be eligible to win prizes.


XBLA Primer: Twisted Pixel

XBLA Primer is where we catalog XBLA games from a certain developer and give you the 411 on all their games. We also tap a little into their backstory and why they make great XBLA games

Michael Wilford and co. said that their new studio would focus on the digital market and XBLA was something they always thought would take off. Now with over four XBLA titles under their belt and being acquired by Microsoft, we thought we'd bring you a little list of some of their titles to bring you up on Twisted Pixel's wackiness in the XBLA game market.
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Twisted Pixel talks about their acquisition by Microsoft

The folks over at Gamasutra have posted an interview with Twisted Pixel's Josh Bear discussing the recent acquisition of the company by Microsoft. Bear, the chief creative officer at Twisted Pixel, says that the move "made sense to both parties" given the number of releases the company has had for XBLA and with their recent Kinect title The Gunstringer. Of course, it wouldn't be Twisted Pixel if he didn't throw in a little of their trademark humor on the subject: "One night when we were all drunk at a party, Ted Woolsey of Microsoft tricked Mike [Wilford, co-founder], Frank [Wilson, co-founder] and I into signing papers that handed the company over to them for 1600 MS points, and a copy of Azurik for the original Xbox."

Jokes aside, this is great news for the Xbox community. Twisted Pixel already has a number of smash XBLA hits in The Maw, 'Splosion Man, Comic Jumper, and Ms. 'Splosion Man, and while they haven't announced the platform for their secret new title there's no reason to think they won't produce some more great XBLA content somewhere down the line. As Bear states, "Maybe they will be XBLA, maybe they will be retail. I think it will just come down to the idea and what we want to do with it. Microsoft has been great about letting us fit in where we need to…"

The article also discusses how the public will react to a well-known indie developer joining the Microsoft team. According to Bear, it's a non-issue. "Honestly, I think [the indie] spirit is stronger today than it was even when we started," he states. "I think that will be shown to an even greater degree once we unveil the next projects that we are working on — they are definitely 'out there' ideas in a really good way." Bear goes on to say he is confidant that Microsoft will let them keep doing things the way they always have – after all, why else buy them but to assure their continued ability to produce Twisted Pixel games?

Head over to the article to see everything that Josh Bear had to say, and stay tuned here for all the Twisted Pixel XBLA news your brain can handle without 'sploding.



Microsoft buys Twisted Pixel

We love Microsoft and we love Twisted Pixel who've been making great games on XBLA for the last couple of years. Joystiq broke the news that they officially announced Microsoft has purchased the Texas-based studio that make games such as 'Splosion Man and The Maw. While it may worry some of you that creativity might get dialed back but Matt Booty, General Manager for Microsoft Studios, rests our assurance. "We're very invested that they get to stay who they are, and they get to retain the magic they've got as a smaller indie developer," Booty stated, "We'd like to leave the golden goose alone, so to speak." It's great to hear that since they're one of the few studios who like to branch off and make games that are entirely unique to the XBLA platform and more recently, Kinect. Michael Wilford, CEO of Twisted Pixel, says the one thing changing for the studio will be more time on projects with bigger scales. "I think you're going to see more of the same type of approach to our games, but with greater resources and time. You're going to see us be able to make bigger games and richer games going forward." Wilford said. We're looking forward to whatever Twisted Pixel has on the arrival for XBLA and congratulate them on their success.

Source: Joystiq


Splode Fruit "Friends", win real prizes

Now that PAX is over, Twisted Pixel and Penny Arcade teamed up to create a new themed challenge for Ms. Splosion Man. Nine Fruit Friends are hidden in the level and are worth big points when sploded. Find them all and find them fast in order to get the best score possible. The challenge is already live, and the top three players on the leaderboards by Sunday September 11, 2011 will win a prize pack full of Ms. Splosion Man and Penny Arcade goodies. If you need help, Twisted Pixel was kind enough to give away locations of all nine juicing robots with this set of screenshots.


Ms.Splosion Man splodes onto Pinball FX2 August 31

The long awaited Ms. Splosion Man table for Pinball FX2 received a new trailer today and a release date. Zen Studios have announced that their latest pinball table based on Twisted Pixels’ hit, Ms. Splosion Man, will splode to XBLA exclusively on August 31. Featuring plenty of interactive 3D characters and objects pulled directly from the Ms. Splosion Man game, players will complete sets of sploding missions and combos, culminating in a final battle with Mighty Eternal. The new table will seamlessly integrate into the Pinball FX2 platform and come with full social feature support, new Achievements, operators menu and rule sheet.

PAX attendees can get an early sneak peak by visiting the Twisted Pixel booth or Microsoft booth. While you're waiting for that check out the screenshots we posted a few weeks ago.


Pinball FX2 Ms. Splosion Man table playable, winnable at Gamescom

We've had word that Pinball FX2's Ms. Splosion Man table will be playable at Gamescom in Germany, which opens its doors to the general public tomorrow. You'll be able to get your mitts on the game at both the Microsoft and the Twisted Pixel booths. As an added bonus for anyone at Gamescom, Twisted Pixel will have a bunch of copies of the game on hand for lucky fans to win! Make sure to track down this fun clash of two great titles, and look forward to a release date sometime this summer. If you aren't lucky enough to be in Germany, check out some screenshots of the game or wallow sadly in a pool of already-released information over at our initial coverage.


The Gunstringer packs a Fruit Ninja

Twisted Pixel makes a great XBLA game, but The Gunstringer will be their first foray into retail. The title will be released September 13, 2011 for $40 USD. It will launched with a free DLC titled The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles, in which you fight the son of Wavy Tube Man as he uses a time machine to save his father from death. Pre-ordering the game from select retailers also gives you two tokens for a free avatar prop.

So, why are we posting this here? Simply put the game will be bundled with a code to download the Xbox Live Arcade game Fruit Ninja Kinect. Two great looking Kinect games, plus a handful of goodies, all for a budget-title price sounds like a great deal. We may have to quit playing XBLA to actually buy a retail game for once.

Source: Joystiq


FREE DLC! Prologue to Ms. Splosion Man

Today a FREE DLC level was released for the original Splosion Man. The official description claims to show what happened after Splosion Man emerged victorious from the original campaign and how Ms. Splosion Man was created, but as of now it really doesn't deliver on that promise. Instead, it's just a basic level with no real story elements or cut-scenes included. The download is also listed as a Gold Member Exclusive. So if you own the original Splosion Man and if you're a Gold Xbox Live subscriber, you can find the free download here.

And if you happen to find a way to get the cake, which is in plain sight at one point, please feel free to share your method with us below in the comment section. We here at XBLAFans are stumped as of now if it's even possible to get the cake.


Get the soundtrack to Ms. Splosion Man for free

Ms. Splosion Man came out last week to huge praise from everywhere including ourselves. Twisted Pixel decided to be extra sweet by offering the entire soundtrack to the game for the low price of free! The soundtrack to the game is extremely upbeat with lots of head-bopping and female back-up vocals and is available right now on the official website. If you haven't grabbed the game yet, there's no reason not to have one of the best XBLA games this year, unless you're saving your points for Bastion.

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