It's spring fair time and The Great Cow Race is about to begin! Play carnival games. Write love poetry. Outsmart a really big bee. Cheat the locals out of their hard-earned eggs. Bang on some pots and pans. Escape from an angry mob. Oh, and dress up like a cow. (Not necessarily in that order.)
Contributed by Lampbane (2530) on Jan 04, 2009.
Telltale's Second Bone Episode "The Great Cow Race" Preps For April ReleaseNew website live at http://cowrace.telltalegames.com
SAN RAFAEL, CA, March 14, 2006
"Man, these cows are fast!"
Just like the competitors in the Bone saga's big contest, the team at Telltale has been moving rapidly to get Bone: The Great Cow Race game ready for release this April. Visitors to http://cowrace.telltalegames.com can now view screenshots and concept art from this title, and can also sign-up to receive a timely alert upon the game's release next month.
The Great Cow Race is the continuation of a new breed of episodic interactive entertainment that Telltale began last fall. The company released Bone: Out from Boneville as the first episode in this series to wide acclaim in September. Hailed by reviewers and educators alike as engaging for all ages, the Bone books on which these games are based have become the anchor for a line of graphic novels from Scholastic's new Graphix imprint. In an un-paralleled feat in the games industry, Telltale is distributing this follow-up to its first title in the series within a six month period, in order to match Scholastic's book publishing schedule.
In a review of the first Bone episode, PC Gameworld writes "The best things about Out From Boneville are the excellent comic-style graphics and general tone. The characters are smoothly animated and the well-synched voiceovers allow their personalities to truly shine through." GamesRadar adds "Stay home from a movie and play this instead."
Telltale CEO Dan Connors says "The episodic model has been working very well for us. As promised, we're releasing this installment very quickly after the first, and we're very excited about the number of advances that we're adding to The Great Cow Race. Out from Boneville established the framework for the series and helped us get robust technology and systems in place. We identified a number of things we wanted to improve upon - such as the length of the experience, the nature of the mini-games and nuances in a number of areas - and the team is doing an outstanding job exceeding our expectations. Customers will also really enjoy the cast of characters in The Great Cow Race, which becomes even more quirky and colorful this time around, as well as a deeper story as the plot thickens!" In reference to the publishing schedule for the games, Mr. Connors states "We're finalizing a plan for another game series, which will get new episodes out even faster!"
Customers will be able to download and purchase The Great Cow Race directly from Telltale's website when it becomes available in April, or they can order the packaged version with value-added extras in a sleek DVD slipcase. All Bone games include a free trial mode, so anyone can download and play for 30 minutes free of charge. Customers will not need to purchase or install the previous episode, Out from Boneville, in order to play The Great Cow Race.
Contributed by Sciere (344464) on Apr 26, 2006.
Bone: The Great Cow Race Now AvailableTELLTALE'S SECOND BONE EPISODE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD TODAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN RAFAEL, CA, April 12, 2006 - Telltale, Inc today announced the immediate availability of Bone: The Great Cow Race, the second installment of its groundbreaking episodic game series. Visitors can now download the full game from http://cowrace.telltalegames.com for $12.99 or purchase a packaged version for $17.99.
The Bone adventures continue in The Great Cow Race, as Fone Bone and his cousins arrive at the Barrelhaven county fair on the eve of the annual cow race. While Phoney Bone plots to swindle the locals, Fone Bone attempts to prove himself and win the heart of the fair Thorn, who has become infatuated with a rakish honey salesman. There are games, trickery, exotic foodstuffs, a daring rescue ... and rumblings of something sinister in the offing. And, there's fun with cows.
Bone: The Great Cow Race is the continuation of a new breed of episodic interactive entertainment launched by Telltale last fall. The company released the first episode, Bone: Out from Boneville, to wide acclaim in September. Hailed by reviewers and educators alike as engaging for all ages, the Bone books on which these games are based, have become the anchor for the new Graphix line from Scholastic Books, one of the world’s largest book publishers.
“Telltale’s work on Bone is amazing,” said Bone creator Jeff Smith. “It has been great to see these animated personalities coming to life. They’re expanding the Bone worlds with incredible fidelity to my original comic book pages.”
“The Great Cow Race has a get rich quick scheme, romance, great wit, and most important, cow racing,” said Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale, Inc. “What more could you want! Episodic gaming is finally taking shape, and the one-two punch of Out from Boneville combined with The Great Cow Race really gives customers a chance to see how well this approach works in action.”
In addition to the standalone Great Cow Race, Telltale is offering special combo packages for those who buy both episodes together. Customers can purchase the downloadable versions of Act 1 and 2 together for $24.99 and a packaged set of CDs in DVD slipcases for $29.99. All Bone games include a free trial mode. Customers do not need to purchase or install the previous episode, Out from Boneville, in order to play The Great Cow Race.
Jeff Smith's nine-volume Bone book series has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, with translations in 15 languages. Bone accolades and awards include both the prestigious 2005 Eisner Award and 2005 Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album. Scholastic, the world’s largest children’s publisher, began issuing the Bone books in color for the very first time in 2005. Scholastic has established a bi-annual release schedule for its 9 volume Bone series, with the fourth installment slated for a fall 2006 release.
Contributed by Sciere (344464) on Apr 26, 2006.