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Skillz: THe DJ Game gets more music, more screens and a trailer

One game we have reported on a few times in the past and are eagerly waiting to get our hands on is a tablet game called Skillz: The DJ Game. As the title suggests you play as a DJ and your job is to get the crowd going as hardcore as you can. We now have new screenshots, trailer and more music to report on.

The screenshots showing the actual gameplay show us exactly what we will be getting ourselves into once we get this title. It’s DJ Hero for your Android tablet but done properly. You’ll have a fader, 4 different colored section for notes as well as 2 outside lanes for sampling, scratching and effects. Also now that we see how the gameplay will be, we can safely say that this will indeed be a tablet only game. There is no way to scale this type of gameplay down to properly fit on a phone.

They have also revealed another 11 tracks that will be available at launch time to play. This brings the track list total to almost 30! Here are the new tracks:

• Kid Cudi Vs. Crookers – “Day ‘N’ Nite” Vs. Hoxton Whores – “Friday Saturday Love”
• Mr Scruff – “Test The Sound”
• Roots Manuva – “Witness (1 Hope)”
• Roots Manuva – “Buff Nuff”
• Guilty Simpson & Oh No – “Futuristic” feat. MED
• Poirier – “Wha-La-La-Leng” feat. Face T
• Nu Tone – “Never Together” feat. Logistics
• “Stones Throw Megamix 1” featuring tracks from artists including Dam Funk, James Pants, and Oh No
• “Stones Throw Megamix 2” featuring tracks from artists including Maker, Lazer Sword and Cx kidtronic
• “Om Megamix” featuring tracks from artists including King Kooba, Andy Caldwall and Chuck Love
• “Ninja Tune Megamix” featuring tracks from artists including Blockhead, Ty, Mr Scruff and Roots Manuva

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This will end up being the most complete music game available for mobile when it comes out. All other games in this genre have always been toned down which inevitably kills the experience most of the time. No word just yet on an exact release date unfortunately. Until then though you can enjoy this trailer and the slew of new screenshots showing the gameplay on an iPad. More details in the press release below the video. You may notice it says a video of the gameplay in the press release however we were unable to find it on the site. We will update this article once it’s available.

Developer Website: Playpen Studios

Playpen Studios today released the first ever gameplay video footage for its hotly anticipated music and rhythm game Skillz: The DJ Game, coming soon for the iPad, Android tablets and PC. The announcement further revealed the third and final round of tracks that will be among the 25 available for play at launch, including a never-before-heard remix of “Day ‘N’ Nite” by Kid Cudi vs. Crookers. Catch the gameplay trailers at www.skillzdjgame.com and check out how gamers interact with the iPad’s touch screen to scratch and mix through a library of original remixes spanning hip hop, dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass, and funk, among others.

The tracks newly revealed for launch include:
• Kid Cudi Vs. Crookers – “Day ‘N’ Nite” Vs. Hoxton Whores – “Friday Saturday Love”
• Mr Scruff – “Test The Sound”
• Roots Manuva – “Witness (1 Hope)”
• Roots Manuva – “Buff Nuff”
• Guilty Simpson & Oh No – “Futuristic” feat. MED
• Poirier – “Wha-La-La-Leng” feat. Face T
• Nu Tone – “Never Together” feat. Logistics
• “Stones Throw Megamix 1” featuring tracks from artists including Dam Funk, James Pants, and Oh No
• “Stones Throw Megamix 2” featuring tracks from artists including Maker, Lazer Sword and Cx kidtronic
• “Om Megamix” featuring tracks from artists including King Kooba, Andy Caldwall and Chuck Love
• “Ninja Tune Megamix” featuring tracks from artists including Blockhead, Ty, Mr Scruff and Roots Manuva

“We’ve been getting a lot of great feedback after Skillz’s recent appearance on G4’s X-Play,” said Joe Gilbertson, Co-founder of Playpen Studios. “Now that everyone is getting a chance to check out the gameplay trailers and see the game in action, we’re excited for the next steps – dropping the launch date and finally getting Skillz into gamers’ hands.”

Skillz features touch-based gameplay that has players directly interfacing with tablets’ touchscreen to scratch records, crossfade and drop samples into tracks. In the game’s career mode, successful DJing earns fans, which unlock additional features and allows gamers to progress through five unique venues with one of six playable characters. Players will also want to rack up points to unlock achievements and compete on global leaderboards through OpenFeint.

Watch the new in-game video footage and listen to the sounds of Skillz at: www.skillzdjgame.com

For more information on Skillz:
• Follow on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/skillzthedjgame
• Like on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Skillz-The-DJ-Game

About Playpen Studios

Playpen Studios is a Hong Kong-based independent video game developer founded by Joe Gilbertson and James Wong in 2005. After winning a game design competition hosted by Microsoft, the duo went on to become certified developers for the Xbox platform and performed a multitude of project-based services for Chinese developers and publishers. Their first original project came in 2007, when Playpen revealed Skillz: The DJ Game for PC, which went on to win the “Excellence in Audio” award at the Independent Games Festival China in 2010. Since then, Playpen formally announced the 2011 release of Skillz on the iPad and Android tablets, followed by the PC release. To learn more about Playpen Studios, visit www.skillzdjgame.com.

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