Rock Hippo Productions Marketing Manager Flavio Caracas was kind enough to answer a few questions about the company and their free-to-play online games, MicroVolts and Brawl Busters.
GGUK: The first thing we have to ask is where did the name Rock Hippo come from?
FC: That question is a popular one. Well, I have heard rumours and interesting stories around the office as to how the name came about. Some people know the true origins of the Rock Hippo, but I think it’s more fun to let people speculate for now.
GGUK: Your first game MicroVolts is an online, third-person shooter set in a world of toys. What prompted the decision to use toys?
FC: First, and foremost, it allows us to draw from infinite possible game play concepts without having to worry about realism. It also allows us to provide a wide range of interesting environments that would definitely look out of place if not for a toy theme. Lastly, we want to spark the imagination of our players, bringing them back to a time when having fun was the most important thing in life.
GGUK: Can you tell us about what makes MicroVolts special?
FC: MicroVolts is truly special in the way it allows gamers to take the competitive skills they’ve honed over the years and bring them to a world that really emphasizes fun above everything else. I think people take games very seriously sometimes, and every once in a while we need to be reminded why we play in the first place. Where else are you going to see a cute anime doll wielding an oversized gatling gun, mowing down a bunch of action figures in the middle of a birthday party?
GGUK: Being that MicroVolts is free to play and funded by microtransactions – will players that are not willing to part with their cash be able to experience the full “MicroVolts” experience, and will they be able to compete on an equal footing with players that are more willing to spend money on weapons and such?
FC: From the very beginning, one of our foremost priorities was to ensure that all players are able to get the same experience whether they have the means to make a purchase or not. As a result, our players will always be able to earn comparable items and weapons simply by playing the game and gaining more experience. We understand that there is a very complex balancing act between pleasing our most dedicated fans and keeping the competition level on equal footing for everyone. That’s why we keep such a close eye on our community and take all feedback very seriously.
GGUK: Can you give us a brief overview of your new game Brawl Busters?
FC: Brawl Busters is our brand new online action combat game for the PC. It has a signature offbeat style like no other, controls are very easy to learn and the game interface is designed for simplicity. Players will create their own Buster, selecting from 5 distinct classes each with specific strengths and weaknesses: Slugger, Firefighter, Boxer, Rocker, and Blitzer. Teamwork is at the heart of gameplay, with strategic and interactive environments all vital to the outcome of a match. The game is fast-paced, over the top, and will satisfy players with a strong appetite for destruction. You can choose to play single-player missions, or jump into competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes.
Brawl Busters is free-to-play and can be downloaded from www.BrawlBusters.com.
GGUK: The game was recently in open beta, how are the community enjoying it?
FC: We just recently had the official release of Brawl Busters and we’re getting an incredible amount of positive feedback from our community. We have been very lucky so far with our community as they have been extremely helpful to new players and us during the open beta phase. We expect that to continue into 2012 and plan to involve them even more as the game progresses.
GGUK: What is on the schedule for 2012?
FC: The Brawl Busters official release was on December 15th, 2011. If you want to learn more about the game and upcoming updates throughout 2012 check out www.BrawlBusters.com.
A big thank you to Flavio Caracas for answering our questions. As Flavio has said, head over to www.BrawlBusters.com to try out this free-to-play game for yourself. If you need some more encouragement, check out the following screenshots from the game -