Thursday
Mar072013

Beach Buggy Blitz hits 10M on Android, time to give some stuff away!

10,000,000 is a big number.  Like, if you started counting from one right now and kept going til you hit 10,000,000, I'm pretty sure you would get bored or hungry and give up way before you got there.

As game designers, when we make a new game and release it to the wilds, we're hoping that somebody out there will like it.  If a few thousand people like it, that makes us feel good.  If a million people like it, we're like, "Woah!"  

Well today Beach Buggy Blitz was downloaded for the 10,000,000th time on Google Play.  We don't even know what to think about that, except to say, "Thanks!"

So by way of saying "Thanks!", we're going to give away some stuff!  Specifically, this stuff:

  • Grand Prize (5 Winners)
    Beach Buggy Blitz T Shirt* AND a code for 100K Coins in BBB
  • Awesome Prize (10 Winners)
    Code for 100K Coins in BBB
  • Super Prize (20 Winners)
    Code for 25K Coins in BBB
  • Booster Prize (40 Winners)
    Code for 10K Coins in BBB

Here's how to enter:

  1. If you haven't already, join the Vector Unit Fan Club.  It's easy, and it's awesome.
  2. Leave a comment on this post.  Say whatever you want.  Say something about Beach Buggy Blitz, about your favorite car, your craziest moment.  Say something about one of our other games, or about video games in general.  Just be nice to each other.

Comments must be posted before Wednesday 3/13 at 9am Pacific Time.  After that time we will randomly select the winners from the entrants, and notify them via email.  See below for more rules.

*Please note you must be a resident of the United States or Canada to get the T-Shirt!  

Official Rules:

  1. Competition is open to everyone, but only residents of the United States of Canada will get a T-Shirt.
  2. One entry per person.  Employees or family members of employees of Vector Unit are not permitted to enter.
  3. Competition entries are only accepted via comments left on this post, and must be dated no later than 9am PT on March 13, 2013.  Entries left in the comments section of any other post, or received by any other means, will not be recognized.
  4. Contestants who post vulgar or inflammatory comments will be disqualified.
  5. Winners will be contacted by a Vector Unit staff member via the email they use to create their Vector Unit Fan Club account, and will be expected to respond to that staff member within 24 hours, else their prize may be forfeit and another winner selected.  Vector Unit’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  Winners agree that their name and details of their entry may be used for promotional purposes by Vector Unit.  
  6. Prizes consist of five Beach Buggy Blitz T-Shirts, 15 Ultra Pack Codes, and 20 Super Pack Codes. There are no other alternatives for prize winners unless these prizes become unavailable, in which case Vector Unit reserves the right to substitute another prize of similar value. Giveaway provided by Vector Unit.
  7. Any questions regarding this giveaway should be directed to info@vectorunit.com. 

 

Tuesday
Feb122013

The Sweet Taste of BlackBerry

Today Riptide GP splashes down on the BlackBerry World app store for BlackBerry 10.  

Last week we released Beach Buggy Blitz for BB10, and it's already become one of the most popular and highest-rated games in the BlackBerry World store.

We've been working closely with the team at BlackBerry to ensure that we squeeze every ounce of juice out of their powerful new BB10-based devices, and we're excited to be part of this new step in the BlackBerry legacy!

In addition to performance enhancements, our BlackBerry games also feature full Scoreloop integration, with support for Achievements, Leaderboards, and cloud storage.

You can find Riptide GP for BlackBerry here.

And Beach Buggy Blitz for BlackBerry here.

... and keep and eye out for Shine Runner, due in a few short weeks!

Monday
Feb042013

Vector Unit Teams Up with Nyko for Playpad Giveaway

Guess who's the Nyko Playpad Game of the Week this week? That's right, it's our very own Beach Buggy Blitz!

Over the last couple of years we've had a chance to sample a lot of different Bluetooth gamepads for mobile devices. Two of our very favorites are the Nyko Playpad and Playpad Pro. Both of these controllers are durable and well made, with great-feeling joysticks and buttons and long lasting batteries. Best of all they offer support for multiple standard formats, like iCade on iOS and the standard HID on Android (which means they'll work with ANY game that supports controller inputs on Android 3.0 or higher.)

About the Nyko Playpad

About the Nyko Playpad Pro

You can also find out more about the Playpad family and other Nyko products by following them on Twitter (@NykoTech) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com/NykoTech).

TO ENTER:

All you have to do to enter is follow these simple steps:

  1. Be a resident of the US or Canada (for shipping purposes). 
  2. If you haven't already, follow @VectorUnit on Twitter. 
  3. RT (Re-Tweet) the Twitter announcement from us about this giveaway (dated Feb 4, 2013).  Your RT must happen BEFORE 9am PST on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. 
  4. Sit back and wait for the end of the contest, and hope you get picked! 

We’ll choose FOUR winners at random from the entries.  Two will win Playpads, and two will win Playpad Pros!

RULES:

Competition is open to residents of the US and Canada only. One entry per person. Do NOT tweet multiple entries or tweet from multiple Twitter accounts or you will be disqualified. Employees or family members of employees of Nyko and Vector Unit are not permitted to enter.

Competition entries are only accepted via the specified Twitter tweet, and must be dated no later than 9am PST on February 6, 2012. Entries left in the comments section of this or any other post, or received by any other means, will not be recognized.

Winners will be contacted by a Vector Unit staff member via direct message in Twitter upon being selected and will be expected to respond to that staff member within 24 hours, else their prize may be forfeit and another winner selected. Vector Unit’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Winners agree that their name and details of their entry may be used for promotional purposes by, but not limited to, Nyko and Vector Unit. Prizes consist of two Nyko Playpad Pros and two Nyko Playpads. There are no other alternatives for prize winners unless these prizes become unavailable, in which case Vector Unit reserves the right to substitute another prize of similar value. Giveaway provided by Vector Unit. Prizes provided by Nyko. Any questions regarding this giveaway should be directed to info@vectorunit.com.

Tuesday
Jan082013

Riptide GP 2 Announced at CES 2013

 

It's official -- Riptide GP 2 is in development!

Perceptive fans noticed the splash screen and icon for the sequel in Jen-Hsun's NVIDIA CES keynote on Sunday night.  Reports are that the game is playable on the show floor in the NVIDIA booth, running on NVIDIA's blazing fast new Tegra 4 mobile superchip!

Riptide GP 2 will deliver all the fast action, incredible physics, and polished visuals of the first game -- and then some!  The new game delivers even better quality graphics, including better splashes and wakes, more detailed water, and realtime lighting and shadows (on supported platforms).  It will be available for multiple platforms, and includes special enhancements for Tegra 4 devices like the new Shield gaming platform.

In addition there's a new career mode, hydro jet customization and upgrades, and tons of new content!

Riptide GP 2 is coming to Android and iOS, and is slated for a release in early Summer 2013.  Stay tuned here and in our other social channels for more updates!

Friday
Dec142012

Beach Buggy Blitz Winter Update

The new winter expansion update for Beach Buggy Blitz is now available for download on the Google Play Store.  This is a major update to the game, a ton of new content and gameplay options!

First and foremost is the new Snowy Mountain environment, which you can discover when you drive into the hard sections of the mountain after about 6km.  (It shows up around the same time as the Volcano stuff.)  The new environment is full of slip-slidey challenges, including patches of ice and snow, squeaky toy penguins, and howling yeti!  (For memory and perofrmance reasons, this content only appears on devices with dual core CPUs or higher.)

In addition, we've added a new 5th upgrade level for all Powerups in the game.  There's a new +2 second upgrade for the Checkpoint, an even faster Boost, and more!

You'll also find the "Tune Up" Gadget in the menu alongside the Drop Ship and the Extra Life.  It gives your car extra performance for the next race, perfect for a run at the leaderboards!

And -- as if all that wasn't enough -- you also get new achievements!

Happy holidays, everyone, hope you enjoy playing the update as much as we've had making it!

A note to iOS users

The Winter Expansion pack IS going to make it to iOS as well.  We need to do some further optimization, and of course as always wait a little while after we submit the udpate for Apple Approval.  We expect it to be available in mid-January 2013.

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