Franklin, Zombie Hunter!
The dark wizards at Neo-Pangea brewed a cauldron of macabre adventure to bring internet gamers and tech nerds a sweet Halloween treat, DeadCoats. It's a dark autumn night in 1789 when an army of undead British soldiers hath risen from their graves looking for brains, flesh and revenge in the woods outside of Philadelphia. Fortunately, the irascible Benjamin Franklin, a Patriot with nerves of steel and a penchant for electricity, stands between them and every man, woman, and child in the new world. Armed with a home-made lightening-musket, the goal is to take charge, stay moving, and zap the noggins off as many zombie Red Coats as possible. Flex your pecks, take Betsy Ross to the gun show, and reach the top of the leaderboard by making Ben the founding father of whoop-ass!
Conceived, designed and developed as an R&D project within a brain-melting three week schedule; this heart-pounding trip through a Patriot's worst nightmare had been a labor of love... and terror!! The development team at Neo-Pangea is working as a ground level contributor to the evolution of Adobe Flash Player 11, aka Molehill. A cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems. The zombie themed first person shooter was a popular favorite at Neo-Pangea and seemed like the perfect kind of game to meet this challenge considering the up-coming Halloween holiday.
The challenge was to create an engaging game (on an insane schedule) that would utilize the pre-release versions of Flash 11 and Stage 3D. Being that the technology is in its infancy, there were little tools or documentation to help them realize their R&D project. The technology was literally changing as they were developing. The team soon decided on using the code base from Flare 3D, a new Real time engine for Flash games. This posed new challenges as Neo-Pangea had never used the software nor had any prior experience with the work flow.
"Besides the obvious challenges of the new technologies, choosing a setting and a hero character may have been the hardest decisions" stated Neo-Pangea's Flash-bang master Jason Morris. "We went through several options and settled on the idea of a U.S. historical figure as the protagonist. Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt seemed like obvious tough guys, but then when someone offered Ben Franklin everything seemed to fall into place. Besides being a founding father, Franklin had the electric personality and the local Philadelphia flare that our hero needed."
"This game is killer and when it comes to founding fathers there's no one more versatile and bad-ass..." said Neo-Pangea's resident game enthusiast and amateur historian Matt Marsters. "No one knows what Franklin sounded like and he's usually portrayed as this old fat nerd. We thought that we'd give his voice the big bronze liberty bells that he deserves." So according to Matt, anyone who hates zombies and bleeds red, white, and blue will be very satisfied with Neo-Pangea's latest frolic.
Try to get to the top of the leaderboard of DeadCoats, a free first person shooter: www.deadcoats.com
Or tweet to Franklin, Zombie slayer @DeadCoats
Neo-Pangea is a digital boutique that grows beautiful ideas into captivating experiences. An innovative digital agency that specializes in digital video production, Web design, 3D design, interactive experiences, and live-environment multimedia. It has transformed innovative concepts into tangible applications for brands and causes across the globe such as National Geographic Channel, Comcast, the United Nations Foundation, and Wal-Mart. For more information, visit www.neo-pangea.com.