TotemBall bouncing onto Xbox Live

Camera-compatible game to be downloadable for free on Xbox Live Arcade starting early tomorrow morning.

Some of the first Xbox Live Vision camera customers noticed something peculiar when they opened up the peripheral's packaging: the complete absence of the Xbox Live Arcade game TotemBall that Microsoft said would be included in the package. However, while the publisher didn't get the game in the box at retail, those who purchased the camera will soon be able to download it for free.

Microsoft today announced that it will release TotemBall on the Xbox Live Marketplace a few hours from now, at 1 a.m. PT on October 4. While it will be free for all users to download, it won't do much good for those without the Vision peripheral, as the game requires the camera attachment.

In TotemBall, players will use gestures read by the camera to control characters and help protagonist Pterry the Pturtle collect a number of lost musical totems and return them to his tribe. TotemBall is rated E for Everyone and was developed by British studio Strange Flavour. It is published by New York-based Freeverse Software.

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50 comments
_Sam_
_Sam_

I'm glad it's free

Jebril
Jebril

Redgopher your message is gonna get deleted

redgopher
redgopher

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Dymedropp3r
Dymedropp3r

Played for a little bit,got 2 achievements.Overall,it's a bit tedious and it's pretty lame.They can do better and hopefully will down the road.

Travis281
Travis281

Even though it's free, it's terrible. I don't know how the developers played this for more than 10 minutes at a time while testing it. Your arms will go numb.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

What kind of name is totemball? I'm not downloading this game even though it's free....now that's pretty bad.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

In other news, 360 users who don't buy into pointless gimmickry get nothing. What a drag.

djord02
djord02

I played the game, and boy are my arms tired!!! You have to hold your arms up in the air to make the guy move, it's torture!!!!

emo_worm
emo_worm

this game pretty much blows

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

If you already have a Gold XBL account and you are going to renew your gold account anyway think of this. The Gold Vision is $80 and includes: 1 Year Gold XBL = $50 1 Webcam = $30 1 Headset = $20 1 copy of Uno = $10 1 copy of Robotron = $5 1 copy of Totemball = $5 (currently free) 200 MS Points = $2.50

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

I love free XBL Arcade games! Go, MS!:D

HeyzeusNYC
HeyzeusNYC

Damn that sounds pretty awesome I needs to get me 40 bucks...I must buy the camera!!!

TWOC2689
TWOC2689

I haven't got a camera but this is an offer to good to miss!

AlmightySeraph
AlmightySeraph

after some time i figured out how to properly control the damn ball. game isnt that great, but its free and it puts added use to the vision cam.

AlmightySeraph
AlmightySeraph

whether this game ends up sucking or not, its free. and since i already have the camera, might as well download it.

Nikendo
Nikendo

...ummm, it's a good thing they're giving this game away free. It kinda stinks.

Rydeordielover
Rydeordielover

Finally... Ive been watiing and anticipating this game!!!! thank goodness!

shasam712
shasam712

Free stuff is cool, but I don't have a camera, so there is no point in downloading it.

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

As Korgoth would say, "Hairy TotemBalls of the gods!" I'll be downloading this tomorrow as my Vision Cam should be arriving in the mail...

neowraith
neowraith

I'm just glad they aren't charging for this, I was expecting it in the pack when I bought the cam. I would also recommend picking it up, especially the premium package. I postponed getting my gold membership till this came out, because you basically get the camera and the extra stuff for 20$, and pay the regular price for 12 months of live gold, great deal.

ConManWithGun
ConManWithGun

i thought it already did but o well ill just get it next time

gertish
gertish

Yeah! Great! Going to be another "fair" rated game.

4esth
4esth

Ok...is anyone else waiting for Lumines like me??? WHERE THE @#%$ is it!?!?!

tidusjeff
tidusjeff

''tidusjeff, this game wasn't secret. It's been announced for months now'' Except they hid the game, making it look like a secret project until now.

gjb-sensei
gjb-sensei

"their givin it out if you buy the vision anyway arent they?" Nope, that's why it's a free download on Xbox Live Marketplace.

RunnerGunner480
RunnerGunner480

tidusjeff, this game wasn't secret. It's been announced for months now

Banana_Kid
Banana_Kid

About time. Looking forward to some real games to play with the Vision.

XAF1
XAF1

I purchased a vision camera the day it came out and must say I am quite impressed at the quality of the camera and its size. The range of zoom is pretty amazing for the cam's price. Also the ripple is pretty neat in the dashboard. and 2 free live games make it an even sweeter deal with the cam at $39.95. the standard pack comes with points for a free download of UNO . And the ability to use it on your computer is nice aswell though I wish they could get rid of the tag line at the bottom.

tidusjeff
tidusjeff

This is the secrect game Freeverse Software has told us 9 months ago? Lame Freeverse Software, very lame!

mentalmarco
mentalmarco

Yay, looks like I'm gonna have to wake up early.

bdub20791
bdub20791

this still doesn't justify $40 (or whatever it costs).

Supaflychewbaca
Supaflychewbaca

think ile download it anyways even though i dont have a camera, just in case they start chargin for it - lol...so what ime poor!

MoreCowbell6924
MoreCowbell6924

Hopefully another game is coming out and not just this one.

kevin634
kevin634

their givin it out if you buy the vision anyway arent they?

Clinton015
Clinton015

^^^ Dude the game is a motion based game liek teh eyetoy ones....don't act like its a conspiracy that teh camera is required because tey made teh game for the CAMERA