Johann Sebastian Joust on Kickstarter

The quirky multiplayer PlayStation Move game Johann Sebastian Joust is officially coming to PS3 and later Mac/PC/Linux, via Sportsfriends, a collaboration between JSJ creator Doug Wilson, Ramiro Corbetta, Bennett Foddy and Noah Sasso. But in order to release Sportsfriends, a collection of multiplayer games including JSJ, BaraBariBall, Super Pole Riders and Hokra, they need your help via Kickstarter.

Johann Sebastian Joust has so far only been playable at gaming conventions as a protoype, but it has already become well-known thanks to its unusual–but hilarious–mechanics. With a PlayStation Move wand in hand, you must try to jostle other players so their controller moves. The catch is: how fast you can move your controller depends on the beat of the music. If you move too fast, you’re out, and the goal is to be the last person standing.

BaraBariBall by Noah Sasso is a fighting and sports game for 2-4 players, in which you score points by dunking the ball in the water on the opposing player’s side, but you have to be careful: if you hit the water yourself, you lose a point.

Super Pole Riders is a game by QWOP creator Bennett Foddy, in which players must pole-vault into the air in order to hit a ball, suspended in the air, into the opposing player’s goal. Foddy writes, “It brings the awkward physics-based controls of my single player game QWOP to a local multiplayer battle.”

Hokra, the last game in the Sportsfriends collection is by developer Ramiro Corbetta. Hokra is a minimalist sports game in which two teams of two must take a ball into one of the opposing team’s goals.

With Sportsfriends, the group are hoping to raise $150,000 in order to polish and finish each of these protoypes and release them to the general public. The games have won numerous awards and have had a lot of attention, and are well worth taking a look at if you’re into multiplayer co-op games.

Check out the Kickstarter for Sportsfriends, featuring Johann Sebastian Joust!

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