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Game Wave: New Approach to DVD Games

By December 24, 2005

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Game Wave, a new product from Zapit Games, is a combination DVD player and game machine -- but it's not a direct competitor for the Xbox 360 or PS2. Instead, it's designed specifically to play games which feel more like traditional board games and card games. The unit comes with four remote controls -- allowing four players to play at the same time. (Two more remotes can be purchased separately, allowing up to six players play some of the games.) Currently available games include the trivia game 4 Degrees, 4 Degrees Vol. 2, 4 Degrees Bible Edition, Letter Zap, Re-Wind and Zap 21.

The DVD game 4 Degrees comes with the Game Wave machine. Here are descriptions of the other available games from Zapit Games' web site:

4 Degrees, Vol. 2: A multi-media extravaganza for up to six players with over 25 hours of no-repeat play. The trivia game where "everyone plays and anyone can win" continues. Categores are: Words & Song, Lifestyle, News & Events, Sports & Games, Movies & TV, and Culture.

4 Degrees Bible Edition: This game will test your knowledge of the Bible while providing an entertaining new way to experience the greatest book of all time.

Letter Zap: The Letter Cube revolution -- quickly zap your letters before the matrix turns. In Letter Tag, the word is mightier than the remote. See a word and zap it before the others can.

Re-wind: Re-live the events of our past. It's yesterday's trivia but it's today's game. From the world's greatest moments to our craziest headlines, everyone's involved until the last challenge.

Zap 21: Two games in one. Classic Blackjack with a twist -- up to six players in play at the same time. QuickDraw 21 -- a fast-paced 4-player challenge where you set the stakes.

Other announced games include Pinata ("players compete against each other and the cluck using pictures, sounds and letter clues to guess the mystery phrase") and Roll the Bones ("a series of fun dice games").

The Game Wave console can also be used to play standard DVDs.

Several retailers in the U.S. and Canada are carrying Game Wave. The console sells for $100 to $120; two extra remotes are approximately $26; and the games sell for about $26 each.

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