This has been an eventful week for Pangea Software. Last week at Macworld Expo Tokyo, Apple let it be known that the company’s new kart-racing game, Cro-Mag Rally, would be included both on new shipping iMacs and also the Power Mac G4 Cube. This week, Pangea has announced development of a new game called Otto Matic.
“You are a robot named Otto Matic who goes from planet to planet battling aliens and preventing the humans from being abducted,” says the information on Pangea’s Web site. “Otto has many special abilities, and the game is loaded with incredible visuals and special effects which give the game a unique look which is truly dazzling! The gameplay and visual style of the game has been inspired by 1930’s and 1950’s sci-fi movies. That should give you a few hints as to what to expect. We thought we would have a hard time creating a game which visually surpassed that of Bugdom, but Otto Matic flies past Bugdom both in terms of visuals and gameplay!”
Pangea expects the new game to be completed in December 2001. Since the game is still in development, it’s a crap shoot about what the final system requirements will be, but Pangea says that the current system requirements will call for a minimum of Mac OS 9, 333MHz processor, ATI RAGE 128 accelerator, and 96MB RAM.
Pangea has spent the last several years cranking out almost one game a year that debuts on the Macintosh and makes extensive use of Mac features. Although Pangea has been making Mac games both as shareware and as commercial titles published by others for years, the company rose to prominence in 1998 when its 3D action game Nanosaur was included for distribution with Apple’s original iMac. Since then, Apple has licensed two more Pangea titles for its consumer products, and On Deck Interactive has even ported Bugdom for PC game distribution.
Pangea says they’ll release screenshots and QuickTime movie trailers as time goes on. And, as usual with Pangea’s games, Otto Matic is being developed only for the Mac!
Pangea Software for more information about Otto Matic, a QuickDraw 3D file showing Otto Matic in all his glory, links to other Otto Matic-related info, and details about Pangea’s other titles.