Leading Indian game developer GameShastra has just released three new PSP Mini games onto the PSN, bringing its total number of games available through the PlayStation Network to five.
The new games draw from the developer’s heritage, bringing two titles based on classic Indian strategy games to a global audience, alongside a game which takes players on a trip along America’s most famous highway.
With origins dating back to 4AD, Pachisi is Indian’s national board game. GameShastra’s version is steeped in heritage, offering a perfect recreation of this absorbing strategy game equally playable on PSP and PS3. Simple to learn, yet difficult to master, the fact Pachisi remains one of India’s most popular strategy board games over two thousand years since its introduction speaks volumes about its core mechanics - perfectly recreated here, with sophisticated AI offering a challenge to players of all abilities.
Tiger Trouble, also available for PSP and PlayStation 3, is another strategy board game recreation - though this time based on a Nepalese pastime. The game offers two perspectives: playing as tigers, the objective is to kill seven out of t15 goats; when playing as goats, players must trap the three tigers. Offering unique strategies depending on the side being played, it’s a game of limitless possibilities, and one which has been developed with obvious affection for the original board game.
Finally, Route 66 offers a change of pace. A hidden-object game set along America’s "mother highway", it’s a game best played casually, with ample time to admire the stunning artwork and historical facts whilst hunting for the items deviously-placed within each lavish scene.
"We’re delighted to be bringing two traditional strategy board games to a wider global audience," says Prakash Ahuja, CEO, GameShastra Inc. "These games are steeped in history, and have provided the building blocks upon which strategy games continue to be built, and hopefully both Pachisi and Tiger Trouble will introduce a new generation of players to these traditional games.
"Our third title, Route 66, is based on a hugely popular online game, which has already been played by millions of casual players. By bringing them to both PSP and PlayStation 3, we’re offering a choice: enjoy on the big screen, or in the palm of your hand."
Pachisi, Tiger Trouble and Route 66 are all available now for PSP and PlayStation 3 through PSN, pricing dependent on region. They join the firm’s D-Cube Planet and Circles, which were released in November 2009.