VERNON HILLS, IL -- Incredible Technologies said it will release a software update for its PowerPutt Live coin-op videogame in March. The update adds five new 18-hole miniature golf courses, bringing the total number of course selections to 11.
"Every course has literally hundreds of tee and pin placements," said IT senior game designer Jim Zielinski. "This unprecedented variety will give players something new and different every time they play, and keep these courses interesting and challenging for a very long time."
Along with new courses, a wide variety of new online features have been added to PowerPutt LIVE 2013 that are designed to engage players of every skill level and give them a reason to play often.
The update also has several online enhancements. For instance, players can fully customize their onscreen golfers with hundreds of clothing items; new clothes are awarded for various achievements, like every fifth game played or every 10th birdie. In-game badges are awarded for accomplishing dozens of game milestones, and are displayed on screens that encourage players to collect them all. Daily cash prize contests use special tournament-only tees and pins; players are encouraged to enter often to improve their score, as only their best game counts towards the tournament leaderboard.
PowerPutt 2013 software also introduces Poker Putt, a side game that awards various shots with virtual playing cards. IT said the card game is for amusement only, and adds a compelling dimension to multiplayer rounds. The new software also supports RawTalk, an optional audio setting -- for adult locations -- featuring announcer Jack "Putter" Thompson who tells it like it is with no expletives deleted.
IT vice-president of sales Don Pesceone said the PowerPutt upgrade has been designed with longevity, variety and replay value in mind. "This game has the widest player appeal of any we have produced, and has proven to expand the player base in a location," he said.
Incredible Technologies' original putting videogame was designed as a standalone offline game with three courses. It debuted in 2008. PowerPutt Live, an online platform, was released a year ago with the three original courses and three new layouts.
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