Sony’s coveted mascots are set to march onto mobile platforms with the release of PlayStation All-Stars Island. Developed by Zoink Games, the free-to-play app is available on iOS and Android and was released yesterday in select European territories. Acting as a joint-promotion with Coca-Cola Zero, the application itself features a variety of mini-games each tailored around some of PlayStation’s most popular franchises.
Here’s what a representative from Sony said in a statement to IGN:
“The PlayStation All-Stars Island free iOS/Android app is part of a European marketing promotional programme with Coke Zero and is currently only offered in select European territories.”
“At this time, we have no plans to release this in the US.”
Essentially, the goal of the game is to remain alive by collecting as much coins as possible while dodging the obstacles within the environment. The individual levels will be appropriated to each character’s milieu, so Drake, for example, will be tasked with collecting relics and ancient idols as you navigate through a jungle. Having being popularised by the unfathomably successful Temple Run, PlayStation All-Stars Island’s style of game design is “based on successful mobile game play that is endless, allowing the player to keep going until they fail.”
Currently, the app’s release line-up will include LittleBigPlanet: Epic Race, inFamous: Survival, Gravity Rush: Infinite Skies and fan favourite Nathan Drake, with the latter treasure hunter starring in the launch mini-game: Uncharted: Drake’s Pursuit. The studio have confirmed that new areas of the island will unlock in due time, which in turn will allow players to take on new challenges that feature cameos from other PlayStation properities – namely Ratchet & Clank, Sackgirl et al.
Based around the same concept as SuperBot Entertainment’s PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sony’s venture into the mobile gaming space seems to be designed to increase public awareness for the company’s gaming mascots.
What’s your opinion? Do you think PlayStation All-Stars Island is a sound concept for a mobile app? Or do you feel it will cheapen the integrity of these aforementioned properties? Let us know in the comments below.[Update] Launch trailer added.