News: Revealing the first of 22 Can’s experimental games, Curiosity, Peter Molyneux details what players will do in the game and what £50,000 will get you.
Are you curious to know what Peter Molyneux’s been up to at 22Cans? Oh, go on, admit it, we know you are. You’re itching to know what’s going on inside that noggin of his. What he has ticking over, what with him being free of corporate stricture and all. If only you could crack it open and take a peek. Of course to crack it you’ll need a chisel of some fashion. And how much will a chisel set you back in these hard times of inflation and poverty? £50,000, you say, not unless it were made of diamonds. It is, you say? Well, how can I resist?
And, BAM, you’ve walked right into Peter’s trap.
Yes, in his new game Curiosity (due out within the next six weeks) players are locked in a room containing nothing but a black marble cube. You can hit the cube with a tap of your finger, causing cracks to appear. You can see the cracks made by other players, too. Eventually the cube will crack, revealing the contents of the cube only to the person who hit it last.
To up the ante, you can buy an iron chisel (a mere 69p) that does 10x more damage than the tap. More damage means the odds of you cracking the cube increase. So why stop at 10x damage when, for a paltry £50,000, you can by a diamond chisel that does 10,000x damage. Better yet, there is only one on sale in the world.
The game is an experiment with two purposes. Purpose A) how quickly does news of the cube’s content spread round the interverse? And 2) how far are players willing to push their wallets in the name of rarity and cube-cracking ability?
How far indeed.