"Alien Hominid" Wins IGN Best of 2004 Award
Leading Gaming Website IGN Names Alien Hominid "Biggest GameCube Surprise" in their Best of 2004 Awards
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SANTA CLARA, CA (December 22, 2004) O~3 Entertainment, an interactive entertainment publishing and distribution company and indie developer The Behemoth, today announced that one of the most interesting 'underdog' stories of the gaming industry, the much lauded Alien Hominid, has been honored as the "Biggest Surprise of 2004" by IGN in the Best of 2004 Awards for the Game Cube. "It offers everything shooter fans could ever want: style, challenge and spectacular control," said IGN, a leading destination for entertainment enthusiasts on the Web.
In their November 9th review IGN commented, "[Alien Hominid has] exquisite style, brilliant art, lots of action, slick animations, interesting boss fights, and innovative gameplay mechanics....With Alien Hominid everything you need as a shooting fan is right here on the table. It looks good, it's cute and funny, its bosses are interesting, the control is tight, and the game is seriously intense....The truth is out there. Believe in the supernatural and buy Alien Hominid."
Developed by The Behemoth, Alien Hominid is available now at all major retailers for the Nintendo GameCubeTM and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The game was also recently named a finalist in CMP's Independent Games Festival (IGF). Selected out of 78 entries from 11 countries, Alien Hominid is one of ten finalists in the "open" category, and the only console game to make the finals. Alien Hominid is also a Finalist in Gamespot's Best and Worst of 2004 Awards in the Funniest Games category.
Critics continue to heap praise on the little yellow extraterrestrial. X-Play on G4techTV said in a recent review, "It's 2-dimensional charm is irresistible." The network also featured Alien Hominid on its list of "Games to be Thankful For." The Washington Post says, "The hand-drawn graphics, offbeat humor and old-school 'run! jump! shoot!' playing style will make your reflexes twitch with glee." The Chicago Tribune comments, "gamers longing for days when there was no greater goal than the elusive high score will enjoy the beautiful throwback style of Alien Hominid." Electronic Gaming Monthly raves, "I am so crushing on Hominid."
"Alien Hominid is a standout game," remarked Bill Gardner, O~3's CEO. "Everything from the look and feel to the way in which it was brought to market is a bit different than the norm. We hope these industry kudos encourage other indie developers to continue to try new ways of making and publishing games."
Alien Hominid is the debut console title from O~3 Entertainment and developer The Behemoth, and one of the first examples of top-notch independent development on the major gaming consoles. It is an evolution of classic 2D side-scrolling platform shooters, blending old school play mechanics with stunning hand drawn graphics. Born on the internet in 2002, a prototype version of Alien Hominid has become one of the most downloaded games of all time, with over seven and a half million downloads from the entertainment portal, the first of hundreds of websites now mirroring the prototype.
About O~3 Entertainment
O~3 Entertainment is an interactive publishing and distribution company, established to bring to the retail marketplace dynamic videogames from independent studios located all over the world. The company has been founded by a group of highly experienced game industry veterans. O~3 Entertainment is based in Santa Clara, California. For more information visit www.o3entertainment.com.
About The Behemoth
The Behemoth is an independent console game developer that specializes in making games that are fun to play, beautiful to look at, and collectible. Founded by veteran console developers in 2003, The Behemoth is headquartered in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit http://www.thebehemoth.com. Tom Fulp, co-founder of the Behemoth, also owns and runs the popular entertainment portal www.newgrounds.com."
Michael Meyers Public Relations