A big thanks going out for Tommy, Kevin and Mike at IE. IE awarded my wife her hard earned Moon Patrol Marquee Light Box (which is awesome BTW), signed by Tommy and the producer of the original Moon Patrol, Scott Tsumura. Such a great award that my wife (and me 😁) will cherish and appreciate for years to come. I’ll post some pics, once we get it hung.
We also got to meet a few others at IE, including John Alvarado (EYHO Michael Garvey 🤢), and got a tour of their new offices. Such a great space filled with great, friendly and talented people; how could Amico not be great when it’s finally released?
We were given the royal treatment and even got a preview of an upcoming Crayola Experience video short they were editing together when we arrived.
You all probably know I’m already sold on Amico on the concept alone, but its nice to see first hand that the execution won’t disappoint; and as my wife is not as invested as myself, I was eagerly looking forward to see what she thought about the system after getting a chance to play it. Beyond having a great time with the tour and meeting everyone, she also really enjoyed playing the majority of the games we sampled. We saw/played Astosmash, Dyna Blasters, Shark! Shark!, Evel Knievel, Skiing, Finnegan Fox, Pool, Emoji Charades, Moon Patrol, Bi Planes & Missile Command (think that was all of them). We only got to really scratch the surface on these, but I thought they all looked to be really well done, and as important, really fun to play. My wife wasn’t so much into Missile Command, but did specifically mention she’s looking forward to playing more Astrsmash, Evel Knievel, Moon Patrol and the Charades game.
My wife is not much of a gamer, much less so then myself (and I rate myself as a very casual gammer), so its nice to see her be excited for Amico.
Some of the other highlights was seeing what I assume was a late iteration of the UI, and think they’ve got some pretty smart and artful elements that people will really appreciate. We also got to see the white Amico in person, and got to say I think it gives the black one a run for its money. I believe anyone who’s ordered white will be happy with their choice when they get it.
I thought the controllers were really, really well done and I’d put them about the weight of my cell phone but a little bulkier. l thought they would be a little heavier, but I liked feel. The best way I can describe the disc is that it is silky smooth. Best example of the precision of the disc that we saw was in Shark! Shark!, as you use all 360 deg in the game and it really shows off the capability of the disc system. I also thought the disc was perfectly sized, balancing speed (smaller = faster) and precision (bigger = more precise).
Sound was great (really great) across the board, but what else would you expect from a company run by an audio guy. Some of the things that really stuck with me and took me a bit by surprise was the colorfulness and art style of Shark! Shark! that really just sucks you in; the complex and realistic stall mechanics in Bi Planes (Tommy kicked my butt in this one, and considering I was an ace in Triple action, it goes to show that while the versions are similarly based, there’s enough of a difference to require a learning curve - for one, there is a lot more going on on the screen then the original); Evel Knievel is now a must-get for myself (before I played it I was only luke warm to it - and if it wasn’t now on my list, its on my wife’s); for those who’ve played the Moon Patrol demo, there are many new elements in later levels that you’ll get to experience; pool has a very well done interface/shot/aim mechanic that really takes the game up a level (and the sound effects are spot on!).
Missile Command aiming will take me a while to get down. I believe the screen-as-a-track pad type input is a huge improvement over any of the non-playable D-pad controlled versions, but the screen input is so fast on Amico (thats right, the control is almost too fast here) that it is harder to control with precision until you get some practice under your belt. You can literally cross the screen in a 1/10th of a second, and what size was that TV Tommy, guessing 85”?
Was a great day, saw and did some great things, but most importantly we met some really great people!
Looking forward to playing this in our own home and being able to dig in a bit deeper into the system and the games.
A special shout out to my wife for making this all a possibility for me; and not only did I teach her to play Moon Patrol, but the student became the master, and I’m her biggest fan!