ELIMINATElogo_v5_highres_trans-300x150After an amazing amount of anticipation on our forums, Eliminate is finally playable for our Canadian friends. Like we mentioned in our previous post, ngmoco is using this initial Canadian launch as a large-scale beta test to guarantee the servers hosting the game are running as well as they should be when Eliminate is finally released in to the wild. Things are still being tuned and tweaked, so I'm reluctant to offer many gameplay specifics as ngmoco indicated to us that quite a few elements of the game are going to be in flux while they make their final adjustments.

tumblr_kpq5lvnAJm1qzulsbo1_400What I am willing to say is that playing Eliminate with real people is every bit as awesome as I imagined it being. The last time I had played the game was for our hands on preview we posted earlier this month. So far I've yet to notice any major differences, so everything mentioned in our preview is still accurate short of the energy recharge period which ngmoco says still has not been finalized.

So far the Canadian beta has been lag free, and I've always been able to find a game almost instantly. One of the things I've been dying to find out is how Eliminate performs over 3G, and so far it seems to play just fine. Already the Plus+ leaderboards are filling up as more and more people download and install the game, and I can't wait to see how many people are online tomorrow.

Even in its current beta status, Eliminate is receiving rave reviews on our forums and has seemed to ether meet or exceed the expectations of nearly everyone lucky enough to have a Canadian iTunes account. We have our fingers crossed that the beta goes smoothly and quickly, and as soon as the game is officially released worldwide we will post an in-depth look at the game.

App Store Link: Eliminate, Free - Only Available in Canada

  • Rev

    Anyone knows how long it's gonna take before it hits other stores?

  • Rev

    Anyone knows how long it's gonna take before it hits other stores?

  • andy

    3days

    • Rev

      3 days would be great, I hope it's confirmed. :)

  • andy

    3days

    • Rev

      3 days would be great, I hope it's confirmed. :)

  • Martin

    How do you know?

  • Martin

    How do you know?

  • http://twitter.com/myhumbleself Catalin
    • Rev

      Omg, it always says "phone number must be 20 digit or shorter" no matter what i type in. -_-

      • jason

        the phone number part is total fail on the store, I was using a hotel and it kept saying use a 3 digit phone number, i tried every combo of their number, then I tried my cell with 1 digit off and it kept saying 3 digit!!!! RAGE

  • http://twitter.com/myhumbleself Catalin
    • Rev

      Omg, it always says "phone number must be 20 digit or shorter" no matter what i type in. -_-

      • jason

        the phone number part is total fail on the store, I was using a hotel and it kept saying use a 3 digit phone number, i tried every combo of their number, then I tried my cell with 1 digit off and it kept saying 3 digit!!!! RAGE

  • Nicolas

    I want to see it in the store now, I can't wait anymore

  • Nicolas

    I want to see it in the store now, I can't wait anymore

  • Swishinj

    Y not beta in US we have the most idevices!!

    • mike

      that's why, genius. they want to SELL it to you.

    • TKO

      Maybe they want to check it in a store where the network is reliable? :p

      Maybe the dev team is Canadian? Maybe the US numbers were more than they wanted to try initially. Could be lots of reasons.

  • Swishinj

    Y not beta in US we have the most idevices!!

    • mike

      that's why, genius. they want to SELL it to you.

    • TKO

      Maybe they want to check it in a store where the network is reliable? :p

      Maybe the dev team is Canadian? Maybe the US numbers were more than they wanted to try initially. Could be lots of reasons.

  • Sn7ke

    He thats not fair! I just moved away from Canada - and now my store has changed to a European one...Hope that trick works!

  • Sn7ke

    He thats not fair! I just moved away from Canada - and now my store has changed to a European one...Hope that trick works!

  • Nicolas

    People who doesn't want to wait, do what Catalin says, It work!!!! And the game is amazing.

  • otaku73

    I am sick and tired to hear about this game and never see the release.
    A beta!!!!!! Excuse me, but why is there only a beta released and why only in Canada.

    • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

      Both your questions are answered by the article.

  • Nicolas

    People who doesn't want to wait, do what Catalin says, It work!!!! And the game is amazing.

  • otaku73

    I am sick and tired to hear about this game and never see the release.
    A beta!!!!!! Excuse me, but why is there only a beta released and why only in Canada.

    • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

      Both your questions are answered by the article.

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    I'm enjoying this game! It' better then I expected!

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    I'm enjoying this game! It' better then I expected!

  • Adams Immersive

    Glad to hear it doesn’t disappoint! This is the single upcoming title I have wanted more than any other. There’s a lot of misunderstanding going around about the DLC, but hopefully that will become clear and we will realize it’s not such a terrible thing.

  • Adams Immersive

    Glad to hear it doesn’t disappoint! This is the single upcoming title I have wanted more than any other. There’s a lot of misunderstanding going around about the DLC, but hopefully that will become clear and we will realize it’s not such a terrible thing.

  • http://www.thetvaddict.com Daniel

    While I applaud the designers for one of the best looking games on the iphone and a really fun concept, the left joystick responsible for moving the character is awful. It suffers the same disappointing lag that plagued the incredibly disappointing Dexter game.

  • http://www.thetvaddict.com Daniel

    While I applaud the designers for one of the best looking games on the iphone and a really fun concept, the left joystick responsible for moving the character is awful. It suffers the same disappointing lag that plagued the incredibly disappointing Dexter game.

  • Zackz115

    GUYS CLICK ON THE BOTTOM OF ITUNES HOME IT SAYS CHANGE COUNTRY!!! THEN CHOOSE CANDA AND MAKE A FREE CANDAIAN ITUNES ACCOUNT!! I AM IN FL AND LOVIN THIS GAME!!!

    • Micah

      i did this as soon as i heard the game was out but you cant buy energy without a damn canadian credit card...damn...and ive heard you only get one game for the 5 hour wait for energy recharge...

  • Zackz115

    GUYS CLICK ON THE BOTTOM OF ITUNES HOME IT SAYS CHANGE COUNTRY!!! THEN CHOOSE CANDA AND MAKE A FREE CANDAIAN ITUNES ACCOUNT!! I AM IN FL AND LOVIN THIS GAME!!!

    • Micah

      i did this as soon as i heard the game was out but you cant buy energy without a damn canadian credit card...damn...and ive heard you only get one game for the 5 hour wait for energy recharge...

  • fi2-shift

    I just love this game and I have been waiting a long time for the release... It's amazing, although I have some complaints:

    -Recharging time It's just too high (240 mins) I hope they fix this... cause only 3 plays (10 mins) and then you have to wait 240 mins or buy recharge.

    -I bought some equipment thinking would be useful, I was wrong and i don't use it, would be cool if i could sell those equipment for some credits.

    -Don't know if i'm the only one have this bug, but some menu tittles don't display correctly, I mean instead of displaying "Play" it displays "Pla", or "Worl" instead of "World", etc.

    -The matches are great!, but is a bit hard to kill those high lvl chars, example I've been playing, (I'm just lvl 5) sometimes high lvl chars (talking about lvl 10+) appear and kill me easly like 3 shots and I'm on the floor crying like a baby, so would be very cool if the matches are gathered from players of the same or aprox. lvls cause sometimes is unfair someone is killing everyone in the map.

    I'm not dissapointed, I'm playing and playing, it's a very cool game, easly the best game from appstore I just pointed some stuff that was bothering me :D.
    Happy playing! my ID is fi2shift add me!

  • fi2-shift

    I just love this game and I have been waiting a long time for the release... It's amazing, although I have some complaints:

    -Recharging time It's just too high (240 mins) I hope they fix this... cause only 3 plays (10 mins) and then you have to wait 240 mins or buy recharge.

    -I bought some equipment thinking would be useful, I was wrong and i don't use it, would be cool if i could sell those equipment for some credits.

    -Don't know if i'm the only one have this bug, but some menu tittles don't display correctly, I mean instead of displaying "Play" it displays "Pla", or "Worl" instead of "World", etc.

    -The matches are great!, but is a bit hard to kill those high lvl chars, example I've been playing, (I'm just lvl 5) sometimes high lvl chars (talking about lvl 10+) appear and kill me easly like 3 shots and I'm on the floor crying like a baby, so would be very cool if the matches are gathered from players of the same or aprox. lvls cause sometimes is unfair someone is killing everyone in the map.

    I'm not dissapointed, I'm playing and playing, it's a very cool game, easly the best game from appstore I just pointed some stuff that was bothering me :D.
    Happy playing! my ID is fi2shift add me!

  • Bok Choy (Parker)

    Wow, I can't believe this is finally out! Can't wait for it to come to the US store.

  • Bok Choy (Parker)

    Wow, I can't believe this is finally out! Can't wait for it to come to the US store.

  • Shatner's hairpiece

    What an overrated piece of garbage. Played for ten minutes. Terrible controls that require mouse/keyboard, incredibly boring and pointless. Spawn, die, repeat. You get 3 matches in before you are out of energy. It blows my mind how people can get so excited about such a beaten horse like deathmatch. Whatis this? 1993? If this is what motivates 1000 posts in 24 hours, be afraid... Be very afraid. One star rating and deleted. Sucks to be Canadian. Why couldn't we be on the 'not available' list?

    • Greg

      Agreed. 3 matches is absolutely ridiculous.

    • http://www.ngmoco.com Allen at ngmoco

      When you run out of energy, you can keep playing. I'm not quite sure why you're upset at getting a free game and being able to play it unlimited.

      Feel free to contact us, we're on the forums and engaging with you guys every day. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

      • Eric

        When I have no energy, i cannot connect to any games. It just sits at the Looking For Opponents screen forever. I understand that people with energy take priority over the ones that dont have any but I have been waiting to join for literally 30 mins now.....thats kinda crazy. Anyone else having this problem too? Other than that, I love the game, its awesome. Great job.

      • ramon

        Hey. I do not live in Canada, but am I allowed to make a Canadian account so that I am able to get the game? Thanks.

  • Shatner's hairpiece

    What an overrated piece of garbage. Played for ten minutes. Terrible controls that require mouse/keyboard, incredibly boring and pointless. Spawn, die, repeat. You get 3 matches in before you are out of energy. It blows my mind how people can get so excited about such a beaten horse like deathmatch. Whatis this? 1993? If this is what motivates 1000 posts in 24 hours, be afraid... Be very afraid. One star rating and deleted. Sucks to be Canadian. Why couldn't we be on the 'not available' list?

    • Greg

      Agreed. 3 matches is absolutely ridiculous.

    • http://www.ngmoco.com Allen at ngmoco

      When you run out of energy, you can keep playing. I'm not quite sure why you're upset at getting a free game and being able to play it unlimited.

      Feel free to contact us, we're on the forums and engaging with you guys every day. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

      • Eric

        When I have no energy, i cannot connect to any games. It just sits at the Looking For Opponents screen forever. I understand that people with energy take priority over the ones that dont have any but I have been waiting to join for literally 30 mins now.....thats kinda crazy. Anyone else having this problem too? Other than that, I love the game, its awesome. Great job.

      • ramon

        Hey. I do not live in Canada, but am I allowed to make a Canadian account so that I am able to get the game? Thanks.

  • dumas1000

    Ha!Ha! It's not awesome at all. It's exactly what I've been saying it would be for months. You get to play 3 free ranked matches before your energy runs out. Then you have to wait for your energy to recharge on its own, if you don't want to pay for anything. Even if recharge time is set to 90 minutes, you only recieve 1/3 of your energy bar recharged every 90 minutes. That's 1 additonal match every 90 minutes. You have to pay and the pay model is expense. 1.99 for approximately 9 matches. If you want to play seriously, you must buy the 9.99 DLC, because the 1.99 isn't going to really get you anywhere. there is also a 29.99 DLC That's exactly what I said before. It will cost you between 9.99-29.99 a month to play this game, every single month. Xbox live costs 7.99 a month.

    Also, this guy Terrorist, became unbeatable. He dominated the server to such a degree that he chased a bunch of people off. Read the Eliminate thread and you will see. Why did Terrorist become the best player? Because he spent the most money.

    This game is exactly what I said it would be. It might as well have been developed by Playmesh. You might as well just go off and play your Mafia MMO and buy $30 worth of respect points. It's essentially the same damn thing. It just looks prettier, that's all.

  • dumas1000

    Ha!Ha! It's not awesome at all. It's exactly what I've been saying it would be for months. You get to play 3 free ranked matches before your energy runs out. Then you have to wait for your energy to recharge on its own, if you don't want to pay for anything. Even if recharge time is set to 90 minutes, you only recieve 1/3 of your energy bar recharged every 90 minutes. That's 1 additonal match every 90 minutes. You have to pay and the pay model is expense. 1.99 for approximately 9 matches. If you want to play seriously, you must buy the 9.99 DLC, because the 1.99 isn't going to really get you anywhere. there is also a 29.99 DLC That's exactly what I said before. It will cost you between 9.99-29.99 a month to play this game, every single month. Xbox live costs 7.99 a month.

    Also, this guy Terrorist, became unbeatable. He dominated the server to such a degree that he chased a bunch of people off. Read the Eliminate thread and you will see. Why did Terrorist become the best player? Because he spent the most money.

    This game is exactly what I said it would be. It might as well have been developed by Playmesh. You might as well just go off and play your Mafia MMO and buy $30 worth of respect points. It's essentially the same damn thing. It just looks prettier, that's all.

  • dumas1000

    By the way, you cannot compete unless you purchase energy. If you do not live in Canada, you cannot purchase energy. Joining the Eliminate beta if you don't live in Canada is pointless. A bunch of people have done it, i know. And those where all the people who got their butts kicked by Terrorist, because Terrorist had purchased energy while they couldn't purchase energy, because they didn't live in Canada. Don't bother making a fake Canadian account. You're better off waiting.

  • dumas1000

    By the way, you cannot compete unless you purchase energy. If you do not live in Canada, you cannot purchase energy. Joining the Eliminate beta if you don't live in Canada is pointless. A bunch of people have done it, i know. And those where all the people who got their butts kicked by Terrorist, because Terrorist had purchased energy while they couldn't purchase energy, because they didn't live in Canada. Don't bother making a fake Canadian account. You're better off waiting.

  • Sticktron

    I want CounterStrike!

  • Sticktron

    I want CounterStrike!

  • http://www.windows7hacker.com/ Jonathan

    Finally got a good reason to be in Canada !!!

  • http://www.windows7hacker.com/ Jonathan

    Finally got a good reason to be in Canada !!!

  • Luis

    Go NGmoco Go!

  • Luis

    Go NGmoco Go!

  • Ethan

    everyone got pwned in the vid

  • jason

    I almost made an Canadian account, but the the 3 digit area code I used kept getting rejected!!! ughh... why canada??

  • Ethan

    everyone got pwned in the vid

  • jason

    I almost made an Canadian account, but the the 3 digit area code I used kept getting rejected!!! ughh... why canada??

  • dumas1000

    The game is imbalanced. A level 7 player cannot beat a level 14 player because of the extra upgrades that the level 14 player has purchased. It doesn't matter if the level 7 player has more skill. The level 14 player has spent more money and that makes him better.

    A level 7 player should never have to face a level 14 player. That's where the matchmaking system comes in. But matchmaking only works if a lot of people are playing. If matchmaking fails, the game becomes imbalanced and the experience is crippled beyond repair.

    Matchmaking works only if Eliminate attracts a casual fanbase. Casual gamers are notoriously cheap though. If the pricing model turns them off to the game and only hardcore players are left playing, Eliminate will wither and die.

    This is exactly what happened to iMech. The entire infastructure of Eliminate is fundimentally flawed. And greed, my friends, is the culprit.

  • dumas1000

    The game is imbalanced. A level 7 player cannot beat a level 14 player because of the extra upgrades that the level 14 player has purchased. It doesn't matter if the level 7 player has more skill. The level 14 player has spent more money and that makes him better.

    A level 7 player should never have to face a level 14 player. That's where the matchmaking system comes in. But matchmaking only works if a lot of people are playing. If matchmaking fails, the game becomes imbalanced and the experience is crippled beyond repair.

    Matchmaking works only if Eliminate attracts a casual fanbase. Casual gamers are notoriously cheap though. If the pricing model turns them off to the game and only hardcore players are left playing, Eliminate will wither and die.

    This is exactly what happened to iMech. The entire infastructure of Eliminate is fundimentally flawed. And greed, my friends, is the culprit.

  • spek

    Well I like the game. I agree the price plan needs some tweaking and they should work out a way for everyone to have more games, even if that means making it app itself cost something. I was expecting something a little more permanent with the in app purchases, however. Like a bigger energy bar, or faster recharge rate for your money, not just tokens to recharge it.
    Once I put a little time into the controls, it became a really fun experiance and got me a little hooked. I was dissapointed to see how slow the energy recharges though

  • spek

    Well I like the game. I agree the price plan needs some tweaking and they should work out a way for everyone to have more games, even if that means making it app itself cost something. I was expecting something a little more permanent with the in app purchases, however. Like a bigger energy bar, or faster recharge rate for your money, not just tokens to recharge it.
    Once I put a little time into the controls, it became a really fun experiance and got me a little hooked. I was dissapointed to see how slow the energy recharges though

  • http://www.runningwithscissorsgame.com Chris

    Great game, many "disconnected" interface issues, how about caching the data until we actually do something that needs server access instead of per-menu press? I understand ngmoco wants stats but the constant popups telling that it has failed are annoying.

    Energy recharge is super lame.. I'd rather they implement a $4.99/$9.99/etc. "Mainline Badge" or whatever for infinite energy. I play 1 3 minute game every 90 minute (240 minutes right now), *IF* I don't end up in a game-in-progress?? wtf.

    And I understand, you can play whenever, but the delay for matching the games is retarded (load time * amount of players = real life time of humans.. XXXXX minutes and you've literally wasted someones entire life).

  • http://www.runningwithscissorsgame.com Chris

    Great game, many "disconnected" interface issues, how about caching the data until we actually do something that needs server access instead of per-menu press? I understand ngmoco wants stats but the constant popups telling that it has failed are annoying.

    Energy recharge is super lame.. I'd rather they implement a $4.99/$9.99/etc. "Mainline Badge" or whatever for infinite energy. I play 1 3 minute game every 90 minute (240 minutes right now), *IF* I don't end up in a game-in-progress?? wtf.

    And I understand, you can play whenever, but the delay for matching the games is retarded (load time * amount of players = real life time of humans.. XXXXX minutes and you've literally wasted someones entire life).

  • http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/zombie-school/ John

    do u like this iGame? I m contemplating if i should it get..... hmm....

  • http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/zombie-school/ John

    do u like this iGame? I m contemplating if i should it get..... hmm....

  • Bill

    woohoo! go canada go!

    downloading it right now!
    canada rocks!

    let us test all the cool and awesome apps please!

  • Bill

    woohoo! go canada go!

    downloading it right now!
    canada rocks!

    let us test all the cool and awesome apps please!

  • ksk

    why is everyone so angry?
    they released a beta, just like every other well thought out software anywhere.
    if you dont understand why canada, go read again. makes total sense.
    yes, there are some issues, the wait time is too long...ITS A BETA! tell NGMOCO and hope they listen.

  • ksk

    why is everyone so angry?
    they released a beta, just like every other well thought out software anywhere.
    if you dont understand why canada, go read again. makes total sense.
    yes, there are some issues, the wait time is too long...ITS A BETA! tell NGMOCO and hope they listen.

  • Tony Maino

    The best way to "tell" NGMOCO that you don't prefer their highest-spender-wins game model is to not give them money. That's generally how I deal with situations like this. Amazingly enough, when a company experiences extended periods of people-not-paying-them, they usually alter their behavior.

    Time honored, time tested. Always effective.

    I mean it's not like there aren't about 15,000 other games on the iPhone that get it right and demand a gamer's attention. Why obsess over this one?

  • MacTheSpoon

    I think that they should keep it with different level players placed together. Otherwise there's no point to leveling up; you will never seem any stronger since everyone will always be the same strength relative to you.

  • Tony Maino

    The best way to "tell" NGMOCO that you don't prefer their highest-spender-wins game model is to not give them money. That's generally how I deal with situations like this. Amazingly enough, when a company experiences extended periods of people-not-paying-them, they usually alter their behavior.

    Time honored, time tested. Always effective.

    I mean it's not like there aren't about 15,000 other games on the iPhone that get it right and demand a gamer's attention. Why obsess over this one?

  • MacTheSpoon

    I think that they should keep it with different level players placed together. Otherwise there's no point to leveling up; you will never seem any stronger since everyone will always be the same strength relative to you.

  • Bloc Party

    Don't really get why people want to play a game like this on an iDevice...?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Because "people" find it fun -- though, clearly you don't.

  • Bloc Party

    Don't really get why people want to play a game like this on an iDevice...?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Because "people" find it fun -- though, clearly you don't.