Ann Arbor, MI, October 25, 2001 -- For years people have been clamoring for a demolition derby game that is true to the sport. No power ups. No killing pedestrians. Just a real demolition derby simulation. Cars crashing, stalling, restarting, flipping, denting, engines smoking and steaming in a way that puts you right in the driver's seat. Today just such a game is being released.
Auxiliary Power, Inc. today announced that its title Demolition Derby & Figure 8 Race has been completed and a gold master printed. A free limited demonstration version is available online now. Initially, the release version will only be sold online as a download. A CD version will be available in late November.
While this is Auxiliary Power's first title, many of the people who worked on it have years of game writing experience. "We started with proven people. It is very apparent when you play the game," says John Ardussi, executive producer and founder of Auxiliary Power. "The driving experience in this game rivals the top driving simulations. And the damage modelling is quite good. It surpasses anything we have seen in a game of this type."
While there is a powerful physics engine running under the hood, the details were kept from the user. The simple interface makes it so someone can master the controls in a few games. Which leaves the player to focus on the strategy of demolition derby and figure 8 race driving. Ardussi continues, "If you want to specify how many pounds of air go into your left, front tire, this is not the game for you. If you just want to sit down, crash your car and test your skill against some tough, hard hitting, AI drivers, this is the game for you. Our goal was to make a game that anyone can play in 5 minutes, but that at the same time has a lot of depth, sublety and replay ability. We definitely accomplished that."
There are 45 A.I. drivers, each with their own driving profile, based on real demolition derby drivers. There are many different car styles to choose from including compact, full size, station wagons and even a hearse. All these are painted with many designs to choose from. There are 9 tracks - 3 local, 3 regional and 3 national events. In the locals you derby against 7 other opponents. In the nationals, you derby against 15 opponents at once.
Demolition Derby & Figure 8 Race is priced as a value software title at $15 for the downloaded version, $20 for the CD-ROM. While its feature set rivals full priced software, its costs were kept under control to allow it to be sold at a lower price. At the same time, there are advanced features like multiplayer play and support for such things as steering wheels and force feedback input devices.
Demolition Derby & Figure 8 Race is optimized for 3D acceleration but it is not required. Minimum system requirements are a Pentium II, 64MB of memory and a DirectX compatible video card. For any further information, you can access the company's web site at www.auxpower.com.
Auxiliary Power, Inc. is a developer and publisher of PC and console games. Founded in 1999, Auxiliary Power, Inc. is a privately held Michigan corporation. Demolition Derby & Figure 8 Race is a trademark of Auxiliary Power, Inc.. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.