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Rag Doll Kung Fu Merscomed

Merscom today announced an agreement with Lionhead Studios pioneer and Media Molecule co-founder Mark Healey to publish “Rag Doll Kung Fu” for the PC in North America. Widely praised for its originality and creativity at the 2005 Game Developers Conference, “Rag Doll Kung Fu” is a finalist in the Develop Industry Excellence Awards for Innovation and New PC Intellectual Property. The game, which is scheduled for an August release, will retail for $19.99 (USD).

One of the most original aspects of “Rag Doll Kung Fu” is that it is the first wholly independently developed game to be distributed through Steam, a broadband platform for game distribution. Merscom’s retail version of the game will ship with a non-Steam build for players without Internet connectivity as well as the Steam version for free updates, patches and community support. Players can choose the version that best suits their needs.

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“Rag Doll Kung Fu” uses entirely physics-based animation and collision; there are no pre-set animation routines, no button combinations to memorize or locked-in fighting moves. Unlike any other fighting game on the market, “Rag Doll Kung Fu” allows players to use a mouse to move the characters’ limbs as if they were puppets on strings. By coordinating movements of the arms, legs and body, players can orchestrate impressive attack moves and defensive maneuvers. Sounds tricky, but it doesn’t take long before players are spinning through the air like Romanian gymnasts!