Frobisher Says! is Free on PS Vita Today

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Frobisher Says! is Free on PS Vita Today

Frobisher Says! for PS Vita

Frobisher Says! is a collaboration between the independent developer Honeyslug, and the artist and designer Richard Hogg. Frobisher was a strange little man we met a few years back. At first, he seemed to be the imaginary friend of an artist pal of ours, Roger Kelly. But it turns out he’s real! And the next thing we knew we were making a game for him! Frobisher is a rather demanding person — and while not actually cruel, his demands tend toward the mischievous… and you really don’t want to get on the wrong side of him!

So the PlayStation team approached us to ask if we were interested in creating something for PS Vita that would demonstrate its unique features. We’d recently been to a PS Vita demonstration day at their offices, where the hardware was revealed to developers — and found the whole thing quite bewildering! PS Vita has motion controls, front and rear cameras, front and rear touch, a microphone, face detection and Augmented Reality powers, as well as all the traditional controls from a DualShock controller. So many options that thinking about what to do was confusing… until artist and Honeyslug-collaborator Dick Hogg said “let’s make a game that uses everything!” and it went from there.

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Working with Frobisher to come up with the games was a lot of fun. Some of them came directly from PS Vita’s capabilities — we love that we’re able to have a game called “Look Away Now” where the game detects that you aren’t looking at the screen before displaying some of the strangest art in the game! Other times we based games based on Frobisher himself: he hates any kind of shellfish, so of course he would make the player “Pry Open My Clams” … and then refuse to eat them. The idea was to have as much variety as possible in the game types, the control mechanics, and the art styles.

One of the most exciting things about Frobisher is how many different artists we worked with, from comic book artists to print designers to medical textbook illustrators. Many of them had never worked on a videogame before, such as Martin O’Neill, an artist who normally creates collages from vintage magazines using a scalpel and glue. The comic book artist Johnny Ryan was great — he was like, “I don’t really get this, but sure, I can draw an otter running through a landscape…and I’m going to give him a liberty Mohawk and set the game in a derelict slum.” So even though he didn’t care about how the game worked, he made a massive contribution to the humor and spirit of Frobisher.

We worked pretty hard on making the games enjoyable for all types of gamers, and we really wanted people to enjoy multiplayer games of Frobisher with their non-gamer friends and family. Since it was released in Europe, we’ve had loads of reports of people having a fantastic time playing Frobisher with very young children or older parents, which makes us very happy!

Download Frobisher Says! for free via PlayStation Store on PS Vita today.

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  • Please relaunch and revive the vita. It is dying.

  • This game is amazing. Must have for Vita. Even if it was paid.

  • Frrrooooobbissher says: Scratch my back…

    All the things that are wrong with this game… on a personal level. No frobisher, scratch your own back, please…

  • Yay I love Frobisher!

    Now it is getting trophies, even better! It would be awesome to see a online multiplayer later on possibly as well but that is probably asking for too much from a completely free game.

    Either way I love it.

  • I’ve downloaded the game & played the game for a brief moment. I still have to figure out the game itself though.But i have to put more time into this quirky yet fun title!!!!!!!

  • I just downloaded frobisher says as soon as the game came out..i cant wait for expansion pack..

  • @Nixx2k 49)

    You are actually complaining about buying a PS3 game and getting the Vita version for free??!? Really??! Here’s an idea, the 3DS sold the EXACT same way when it debuted at $250, it didn’t pick up steam until the massive price-drop. Perhaps, Sony can simply not afford a cut this early, and the Vita is being supported heavily! Persona 4, Assassin’s Creed, Ragnarok, Soul Sacrifice, Killzone, Tear Away, etc…and titles like Playstation All-Stars are really fun on Vita as well. So cut the crap like Sony isn’t supporting the platform, you opinion makes you look like a selfish toddler who wants 1000 things to choose from. Go sell your Vita and get a 3DS then, because the grass isn’t that green over there either. These platforms are new, give them time to breathe for goodness sake, and shut up with the lack of support garbage. Sony is giving away free games, Playstation Mobile will have about 100 $1 & $2 games for Vita by the end of this year, and EXCLUSIVES like Soul Sacrifice, Gravity Rush’s sequel, Tear Away, Phantasy Star 2, are on the way. Chill out, and watch the platform grow, everyone said PS3 was dead after it’s first year on the market -_-

  • Fun game for a group of kids, I played with my friends and it was really fun and pretty cool/funny task .
    I would say one of the top 3 vita games and best free vita game! DOWNLOAD NOW :D

  • @48: Why so it can updat late on Wednesdays and people can cry like children every week, but on Wednesday instead? No.

    Horrible argument.

  • It´s great and very addicted too. Yesterday, I left a lecture to play with it. So I was in the University playing with it.

  • Nice, have been wanting to play this one for awhile i know eroupe had it for awhile!

  • Definitely not a game to play in the dark right before going to sleep… The darn thing kept wanting to use the camera to find objects of a certain color.

  • What I like most about Frobisher is somehow every time you play you might stumble upon a completely new mini game or even unlock some.

    It’s just so weird and the Vita’s beautiful screen really makes it pop. So much fun, can’t wait for expansion and what not.

  • It’s absolutely brilliant, the most legitimate, laugh out loud fun I’ve had with a game in a long, long time.

  • Hey Frobisher Says! Developers

    I’m having a bit of a problem. When I look at my logs, I see games which says that I’ve seen them or played them but I havent :(

    Is this bug fixed already??

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