“I made the game, and I don’t even know how to describe it.” These are the words that Mike Mika of Other Ocean recently spoke about his upcoming title #IDARB. It’s been described as a crowd-sourced e-sports rumble, and that’s only scratching the surface.
Sure, you can play a quick match against your friends, trying to score more goals than each other, but the fun really starts when you get the audience involved. You see, #IDARB features something called “hashbombs,” which allow viewers to send special commands to the game via Twitch chat or Twitter. Each of these hashbombs has a different effect on the gameplay, from closing the goals to block shots, to summoning a Rickroll, to turning the playfield into a deadly laser trap.
The game comes from a humble beginning. A tweet that said, “It draws a red box,” and a request for help in figuring out what to do with it. From there, Mika got a flood of comments and suggestions (feel free to contribute your own ideas at idarb.com), and the game started to take shape into what it is now. They added things like a character creator, unlockable recipes (yes, you can actually go home and bake something with these!), the aforementioned hashbombs, and more.
#IDARB is officially launching on Xbox One in February as part of Games With Gold, but thanks to Mika and others from the development team, some users got their hands on the game this week. Here are some of the things they’re saying about the game, and some of the player creations:
— Movius C. Longhair (@MoviusC) December 12, 2014
@MikeJMika got the whole Batman team created!