Plättchen developer reveals Wii vector game

I got a fever, and the only prescription is more vectors, baby.

Austrian games developer Bplus today revealed first screenshots of Vektor Tank, a new retro-styled action game in development exclusively for the Nintendo Wii.

According to a press release from Bplus, Vektor Tank is a hybrid of traditional game mechanics in which shooting and tactical tank warfare are gameplay focuses, an “action-packed” foray through destructible environments, huge enemies and, of course, vector-based graphics.

The real story, however, is the game’s daring control scheme.

Vektor Tank uses what Bplus is calling “Flip Control,” a feature which allows players to switch camera angles and gameplay styles in the heat of battle simply by changing their grip on the Wii Remote.

Holding the Wii Remote horizontally like an NES controller, Vektor Tank is played from a top-down perspective and controlled using the directional pad. Simply point at the screen, however, and the camera switches to a third-person angle, allowing players to shoot at enemies with the Wii Remote’s pointer and move forward with the A button.

Your view in Vektor Tank depends entirely upon how you’re holding the Wii Remote

The change can be made at any time during the game, and according to Bplus, it affords players the ability to react to different situations.

“(Players) can, for example, play primarily in the great-precision third-person view and switch for a quick overview of the battlefield or choose to mainly use the cleaner top-down view and switch only when the situation demands it,” states Bplus in today’s press release.

Vektor Tank runs in both 480p and 16:9 widescreen.

Bplus is perhaps best known by Wii owners for Plättchen Twist ‘n Paint, a unique puzzle game released Sept. 2008 on WiiWare. A one-of-a-kind offering, Plättchen was met with mostly mixed reviews.

Bplus has provided no release date for Vektor Tank.