Israeli XnTouch is looking to raise $100,000 for its game that includes a gun and darts that are safe to shoot at a tablet. Your tablet screen wont crack, the darts can’t even crack an egg
As video games have gone from something only in arcades, to being played at home on an xBox or playstation; and now being played mostly on cellphones; the satisfaction of winning has gone down, as touching a screen is hardly as exciting as pulling a trigger.
Israeli entrepreneur Liran Erez, who loves shooting games, is trying to fix that, now that “mobile gaming killed all the fun.” Feeling like a “shooter trapped in a world of candy crush,” Erez developed a game that combines the satisfaction of pulling a trigger and the ease of a tablet and is now looking to raise $100,000 to put the game in front of other shooting enthusiasts.
Called SNIPE, the game has a gun and patent-pending touch darts that can be shot at a tablet. With an astonishing 30-foot range, the darts have an electro conductive foam body and only stick to a tablet for two seconds before they fall. But don’t worry, due to their design the darts are completely safe and unable to harm a screen. Erez’s team, XnTouch, even tested the darts by shooting them at eggs, and never during testing did an egg crack.
Shoot your tablet
XnTouch on June 11 launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the game. The campaign is looking to raise $100,000 by July 26, and one day in the campaign has raised about $7,000 from more than 100 backers. For a $25 donation backers can get a Single-Fire Blaster and 10 darts; for $35 backers get the blaster, 15 darts, a table mount and access to all SNIPE apps; $40 of $50 (depending on how fast the early bird packages go) gets backers 50 darts, a table mount, a wall mount and access to all SNIPE apps (no blaster); and $55 for early birds and $70 for later backers get the whole package, with the Rapid-Fire Blaster, 30 darts, table and wall mounts and an ammunition belt. (Shipping for the device is a bit high, ranging from $15 to $30 outside of the U.S.)
If you are feeling really generous, $10,000 will get you the whole package and a flight to Israel for a week of boot camp with ex-special forces to ensure you are ready to be the ultimate sniper. Hurry up through, there are only spots for 12 of these backers.
Many games to come
Right now XnTouch has four games available for its Fire Blaster, including snipe the can, shatter the bottle, blast the metal and target-tree duel. With every $10,000 XnTouch raises above its Kickstarter goal, it will develop a new game. It also said its games will be open source so others can develop games for the hardware as well. The SNIPE games will all be compatible with iOS, Android and Windows tablets.
Right now, XnTouch has a working prototype, a patent pending and a proof of concept. The company intends to finalize R&D and begin production in August, complete alpha and beta testing in September and October and deliver the product to backers in November. With Kickstarter, XnTouch needs to generate pre-orders so they have enough to fill minimum quantities needed for factories to begin production. The money will be used to bring the apps to the app store, produce molds and purchase raw materials for mass production, finalize the patent process, activate insurance and reach toy distributors.
SNIPE is not the first game from XnTough. The Israeli toy company that specializes in interactive toys for smartphones and tablets previously designed the Fruit Ninja SliceSword in partnership with Halfbrick Studios to make slicing fruit even more fun than it was on the smartphone app.