TotemBall Dances on to Xbox Live Arcade

Prepare to get physical with “TotemBall”, the gesture-based game, which arrives today on Xbox Live Arcade. TotemBall uses the Xbox Live Vision Camera (which goes on sale in Europe this Friday 6th October) to control the characters in the game. Help Pterry the Pturtel uncover all the musical totems while grooving to your own “totem” beat. The game is offered for FREE on Xbox Live Arcade, starting today, 4th October from 0800 UK time / 0900 CET

When the ancient Ptolmec tribe simultaneously discovered gunpowder and barbeque, the explosive results scattered their musical totems across the jungle! Now Pterry the Pturtle must roll over mountains, cross islands, scale pyramids, and battle giant pinball games to retrieve the lost totems and bring music back to the party.

With high-definition graphics, Xbox Live Vision camera compatibility, Xbox Live Achievements and Leaderboards, this next-generation title provides hours of fun.

“TotemBall.” Includes multiple game modes including:

TotemBall – Camera-controlled platforming gameplay – gamers control the characters in the game by moving their hands in the air and gesturing in front of the camera

Juggling - Co-op juggling game with one player using Xbox Live Vision and the other player “juggling” totems with the controller

Pinball - Play any of the bonus pinball tables that have been unlocked through regular TotemBall play

Freeplay – Explore the game with no time pressure and
infinite lives – great mode for kids

Super Challenge – Play the entire game with one life and a time limit in each level

TotemJam – Freely mix and match the game’s musical totems – another fun exploration game for kids

Game features include:

· Gesture control with the Xbox Live Vision camera

· Xbox Live Achievements and Leaderboards

· Hi-def graphics

· Ten platform levels, plus 3 pinball table “village” levels and multiple hidden bonus areas.

· Six game modes

· Free Play mode for non-competitive playtime and practice

· In-Game music is generated by the player

· Gameplay generated theme tunes for each player on the Leaderboards

WHEN CAN I GET IT? Download “TotemBall” today, Wednesday, 4th October from 0800 GMT / 0900 CET

DO I NEED XBOX LIVE VISION TO PLAY TOTEMBALL? “TotemBall” is a gesture based game and so functions best with Xbox Live Vision so download the game today and prepare to get physical as of this Friday, 6th October, when the Xbox Live Vision camera becomes available in store.

Source: Microsoft

Mikey_Gee6201d ago


Yet another "FREE" game to us ... "THE GAMERS" on XBLA.

Just finished getting it downloaded, have not played it yet, but will for sure give it a whirl.

- Texas Hold Em' ---> FREE
- TotemBall --------> FREE

Once again, HUGE PROPS to MS for "Giving A Sh!T"

Asylumchild6201d ago

wow i acually got tired when playing this you get like a cramp in your arm for holding them out so long wow lol THE WII????? = lots of ice!


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heyheyhey5695d ago

yeah the PS Eye is great, although it looks kinda weird

and once again, another feature is done better on PS3 with more capabilities and quality and the software to go along with it- Trials of Topoq is great fun

and it will be great fun when Sony implement that feature that lets you control the XMB with the Eye

InYourMom5695d ago

I can't argue with you here. Sony has done so much more with there camera than MS has. It seems like MS is using theres primarily as a communication device while Sony is using it for both communication device and game peripheral.

heyheyhey5695d ago

yeah man i don't know why you hate the PS3 so much

in a couple of your posts you said stuff like KZ2 is one of your most anticipated titles of 08 and you like stuff like the eye

it seems to me that you like your PS3 more than you let on

MaximusPrime5695d ago

i got PS Eye.

Love it. It has great look too.

Mr Blings5695d ago (Edited 5695d ago )

consoles, but neither of the cams. I have considered picking up one of them however. It sounds as if the ps3 model is better, but all my friends are on live, not psn so that kinda sucks. does the ps3 cam plug into a usb like live vision? that would be another downer because I have the 40 bg ps3 which means only 2 usb and both on the front. I guess the same could be said for my 360 though because i have wireless adapter plugged into the back of my 360. thanks for the write up, gives me something to ponder...def think its cool up to 6 people can have web chat at once on the eye, this is a feature we've been asking 4 4ever on live

donalbane5695d ago (Edited 5695d ago )

Yeah dude, it's USB, but you should be able to get a cheap adapter at Radio Shack. May go for a powered adapter, just to be safe... and I'm not sure if the mic will work if you go through a passthrough. (USB extension cords don't allow sound data to pass through, I hear.) Good luck though.

The Eye is a must have though. The Vision is really just a fun extra, but the Eye is fantastic. So long Blue-Tooth headset!

kwicksandz5695d ago

it works on PS3, but the ps3 wont work with 360.

Harry1905695d ago

i get a standalone pseye?i need one.

Mc1875695d ago

Gamestop, Best Buy, Circuit City.

MaximusPrime5695d ago

i got one from local ebay seller. i couldnt find it at all UK's store. They were all out of stock.

PSWe605695d ago

That this article appears just when i was considering getting a PS Eye...how strange.

I also love the part where it said " instances of flailing your arms around like a jackass", who wasn't thinking of the Wii...COM'ON!