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System 3 is proud to announce the return of one of
gaming’s most loved mascots: Putty!
The stretchy blue blob is all set to go digital in VITA Vision
by way of the critically acclaimed Putty Squad videogame. Cited by
many gaming publications as one of the best games of its time,
Putty Squad follows the story of unlikely hero Putty in an
old-skool platform-adventuring quest for his kidnapped friends.
With reviews such as “this game is fantastic –
94%” (CU Amiga), “quite simply the best –
91%” (Amiga Power) and “just about perfect –
90%” (Amiga Format), there can be no doubting this
game’s proven pedigree.
The return of the game marks the beginning of a revival of
System 3’s classic IPs to tie in with the company’s
30-year anniversary in 2012.
The very same year also marks Putty’s 20th birthday, with
his first Amiga outing setting screens alight in 1992.
The VITA version of the game takes things further than ever
before with a complete graphical overhaul.
Every background, bitmap, enemy and ally has been redrawn and
re-rendered to take advantage of the VITA’s gorgeous
On top of that Putty Squad will also take advantage of several
of the VITA’s unique capabilities such as front and rear
touch-screen controls and location-based unlockables!
While the VITA is set to enjoy cutting edge 3D adventures in its
launch window, Putty Squad stands out by offering jaw-droppingly
beautiful 2D vistas married with tried, tested and improved upon
platform-adventure gameplay that has stood the test of time and
come out fighting.
Putty Squad is also the perfect handheld companion, offering up
a huge adventure split up into perfect journey-sized chunks.
Below you will find more information of Putty Squad VITA’s
COMPLETE GRAPHICAL OVERHAUL
A gorgeous graphical style that combines the original designs of
Phillip Thornton with the fidelity and resolution afforded by the
VITA’s cutting edge display. Every element of the game has
been redrawn and re-rendered.
FINE TUNED GAMEPLAY
The original team of Mark Cale and John Twiddy have spent months
tuning, retuning and fine tuning the gameplay so that not
only stands up to the test of time but also sets a benchmark for
this style of gamplay.
The VITA version will also allow gamers access to a whole host
of secret levels, which were previously not available. Gamers will
be rewarded for their VITA support with nearly double the amount of
levels. A number of these exclusive levels will only be unlocked as
part of the VITA’s location-based services and others will be
made available every few weeks as downloadable content.
Some levels and Avatars will only unlock and become available
when the player takes their VITA to a specific location. For
example, going to a football stadium will unlock a correctly
attired Avatar, visiting the natural History Museum will unlock an
ancient Inca level or visiting the Science Museum will unlock an
outer space level (specific locations and rewards tbc).
FRONT AND REAR TOUCH-PAD
Rather than go crazy with touch-screen controls System 3 has
chosen to map the actions that make for the best and most natural
gameplay experience. The rear touch-pad will be used for various
actions in the game, such as inflating/floating. Gamers will also
be able to quickly zoom into the action for difficult jumps and
even just to appreciate the detailed graphics even more. This can
easily be done with a flick of a finger to or fro on the front
Along with the redrawn world comes brand new artwork, which has
never been seen before. This brand new artwork, designed by
original designer Phillip Thornton, can be seen in various places
including as intros to each level.
Multiplayer game-share options that allow up to four people to
compete in tournaments, either versus or in Team Play.
Only one person needs a copy of the game in order for their
friends to be able to experience Putty Squad, albeit in a limited
fashion. When the link is severed the other players will no longer
be able to play the game but they will immediately be given the
option to buy it from PSN (exact details of game sharing tbc).
Dozens of Avatars will be made available, both via PSN and via
location-based service downloads.
Easy, constant access to online leaderboards.
Putty Squad (Vita) will be available for VITA’s launch in
For more information please visit the System 3 press site at:
About System 3
Formed in 1982
System 3 is globally renowned for heartwarming
entertainment experiences that formed the very foundations of the
modern videogames we know and love today. From the behemoth that
The Last Ninja, to the platforming brilliance of
MYTH: History In The Making, to the legendary status of
International Karate and the joyous simplicity of
System 3 has been responsible for some of the greatest
videogames of the past 29 years.