Namco is currently enjoying some sort of celebrity in the arcades thanks to its almost infallible track record over the last year. Usually, we wait to see what mistakes a company as irritatingly good as this will inevitably make, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen anytime soon.The reason? Propcycle.
It's an idea that would do Jules Verne proud.The latest in Namco's line of "High Touch" simulator games .Propcycle puts you in the seat of a flying bicycle, floating above a beautifully rendered 3-D landscape. Using pedals to control your propcycle's speed and handlebars to steer (in three-dimensions!), you must pop balloons spread over playing fields. Sound easy? Well, it's simple enough at the beginning, but it quickly gets harder, and players can choose from Novice mode or Advanced mode to test their skills.
While it's not a brutal brawler like Tekken or a break-neck racing game like Ridge Racer, Propcycle promises to be enchanting and bizarre. If you want to get a glimpse of an arcade game that seems like it was designed by Victorian Surrealists from Japan, scoot on over to your local arcade now.