HONG KONG – Playpen Studios today announced that its highly anticipated music and rhythm title Skillz: The DJ Game is now available for the iPadTM on the Apple App StoreTM. The full version of the game, which features five venues, six DJs and a 25 song library to play through, may be downloaded for $5.99, while a Lite version with several select songs is available for free. In Skillz, players select a DJ and strive for superstardom, gaining fans by scratching and tapping their way through original remixes of popular tracks from Kid Cudi vs Crookers, People Under the Stairs and Diplo, among others. Additional tracks will be available for download in the future, and an Android and PC release are also planned.
“I can’t really express how happy the team is to finally be getting Skillz into gamers’ hands,” said Joe Gilbertson, Co-founder of Playpen Studios. “Skillz is a labor of love and it’s been years in the making. The iPadTM came along at just the right time for us as the perfect interface for a killer DJ game.. With touch-based gameplay, Skillz is a AAA music game experience at an incredible price without the need for clunky peripherals. And the more downloads we get, the more great music we can release for download in the future. Our DJs are already concocting new exclusive mixes to add to the ever-growing library. We can’t wait to see gamers across the world cutting it up!”
Skillz features 25 tracks at launch, including:
* Kid Cudi Vs. Crookers – “Day ‘N’ Nite” Vs. Hoxton Whores – “Friday Saturday Love”
* People Under the Stairs – “Trippin’ at the Disco”
* Diplo – “Newsflash”
* Bassnectar – “Teleport Massive”
* “Hospital Records Megamix” featuring seven tracks from artists including Danny Byrd’s “Shock Out” and Cyantific’s “Neon Skyline”
* “Ninja Tune Megamix” featuring tracks from artists including Blockhead, Ty, Mr Scruff and Roots Manuva
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 200 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Skillz for iPad 1.0 is $5.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Playpen Studios is a Hong Kong-based independent video game developer founded by Joe Gilbertson and James Wong in 2005. After winning a game design competition hosted by Microsoft, the duo went on to become certified developers for the Xbox platform and performed a multitude of project-based services for Chinese developers and publishers. Their first original project came in 2007, when Playpen revealed Skillz: The DJ Game for PC, which went on to win the “Excellence in Audio” award at the Independent Games Festival China in 2010. Since then, Playpen formally announced the 2011 release of Skillz on the iPad and Android tablets, followed by the PC release. Copyright (C) 2011 Playpen Studios. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.