Mech Mice, the eagerly awaited game from Hyper Hippo Productions, has just entered open beta. Now everyone can log on to play and help test the game alongside the Hyper Hippo team prior to its full launch in Fall 2013. To celebrate the launch of open beta, Hyper Hippo has announced the “Mech Mice Founder” program, which provides fans with the opportunity to pre-order every future Mech Mice level, unlock custom units and much more. In addition, Hyper Hippo has also promised to match all pre-order purchases by donating free “Mech Mice Founder” accounts to various children’s charities around the world.
Mech Mice is a turn-based, tactical squad game inspired by great properties such as Heroscape and XCOM. Prior to creating Club Penguin, Lance Priebe, co-founder and Chief Creative Development Officer at Hyper Hippo, had an idea to create an online tactical strategy game involving penguins and snowballs. This idea eventually evolved into what is now Disney’s Club Penguin. Tactical strategy gaming has had a long and rich history in both online and offline entertainment, and the launch of Mech Mice marks a return to Priebe’s original vision of adding his own contribution.
As strategic partners in the Mech Mice IP, New Zealand-based Oktobor Animation, producer of children’s animation for Emmy award-winning shows, along with Hyper Hippo, plan to expand the property across various offline touch points in the near future. Whether it be through physical action figures, the animated series currently in development, or publishing opportunities, expect the story of Mech Mice to spread quickly.
Created for children young and old, Mech Mice challenges players to build their own squad of “Mech Mice” and help defend their way of life against the invading armies of the villainous Dark Union in a true underdog story. Within the world of Mech Mice, fans will engage in a safe community while leading their squads through a series of fun and challenging levels that incorporate turn-based strategy, skill management and the collection of digital action figures.