Boom Blox presents an interesting challenge for Electronic Arts. On the one hand, the Wii puzzler touts the backing of legendary film director Steven Spielberg, who collaborated with EALA on the game's family-friendly, physics-oriented design. On the other hand, Spielberg's star power failed to attract crowds to the decently reviewed title, at least not in the way they would have were his name attached to a feature film.
Be that as it may, EA isn't willing to give up on the franchise just yet. Following online reports from November pointing to a new game in the series, EA Casual today announced that its Spielberg collaboration would continue with Boom Blox Bash Party. The game is expected to arrive for the Wii this spring in North America and Europe.
EA is playing Bash Party close to the hip on its second outing, maintaining the original's fundamental game design but adding more than 400 new levels. A number of tweaks have been made to the original formula, however, including new underwater and zero-gravity arenas, a number of additional block types and shapes, and new tools, such as a cannon, a paint ball, and a slingshot.
Bash Party will also add in a host of new oddball blox characters, which can now be incorporated into the puzzle-busting gameplay. EA also promises an expanded suite of multiplayer options, with players now able to partner up in team-based challenges, and it's doubling the number of group puzzles found in the original.
The Create mode, in which players can devise their own custom stages, has also seen attention, with gamers now being afforded access to the same suite of tools used by the game's developers. User-generated levels can also be uploaded online for others to play, and EA promises that in-house-produced new levels will also be available for download.
It is unclear if Boom Blox Bash Party is one of the three games announced as being part of the Spielberg-EA collaboration. The second game, code-named LMNO, remains in development. Prior reports peg that game as a sci-fi action title for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.