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rumble box

Developer: DigiPen Institute of Technology: Insert Coin, 2005, USA
IGF Award: Nominee Innovation in Game Design

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Rumble Box. Image: Digipen Institute of Technology: Insert Coin
Collapsed enemies become useful props in this quest for freedom.

Players box their opponents, comprised of boxes, as they themselves attempt to climb out of a large box in this abstract fast-paced 'beat-em-up'.

As the game progresses, the player is required to strategise in ways beyond random swinging and hitting to take effective advantage of the scattered boxes of their collapsed opponents.

http://www.phackett.com/rumblebox

developer's statement
Rumble Box was created as an arcade game challenging the idea that enemies need to disappear once they are defeated in video games.  It was inspired heavily by the Streets of Rage franchise and strives to be a game simple enough for anyone to play, but addictive enough to keep players coming back for more.

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