Zed Two

Vampire Circus [N64 – Prototype]

Vampire Circus was a Gauntlet-like type of game full of vampires and zombies planned for Nintendo 64 by Zed Two who started working on it in 1996. The game was designed so that you controlled just a single character out of the five in the party, and the others would be under AI control, although you could switch which of the five you were controlling. Each had different skills and abilities, so there was good reason to swap your control between different characters, and it was also possible to lose members of your party to the vampire hoard, so you could only control members of the party that remained alive.

Zed Two got quite far with a playable prototype but when Infogrames took over Ocean, who originally struck a two games deal with the developer (the other one was Wetrix), they forced the team to work with Warner Bros properties they just bought at a great expense. The promising project was thus morphed into the less ambitious Taz Express.

All information and artworks are courtesy of Pickford Bros official website.



Sticky Balls [PSP – Cancelled]

Sticky Balls is a cancelled puzzle game that was in development for the PSP.  As we can read on Wikipedia, the project was developed by Zed Two initially for Pocket PCs. After Zed Two was bought out by Warthog, a new version was in development for the PSP, until Warthog was bought out by Tiger Telematics and development was switched to the Gizmondo. The game was finally published for the Gizmondo, but it was different from the PSP one (that before being cancelled became more similar to Monkey Balls / Kororinpa).

At the Pickford Bros website (that worked on Sticky Balls) we can read some more info on its development:

Designed with the Pocket PC’s touch screen in mind, the game was prototyped on the PC in Blitz Basic and given to friends and people in the office to play, and even made available for free download from zedtwo.com, but not neccessarily intended as commercial product. The demo ended up being passed around the UK video game industry, and in response to the surprising popularity we developed the game a little further, and opened a website to keep track of hi-score tables.

Thanks to Userdante for the contribution!