SEGA of America (SoA) has launched a new gaming and community-based site full of free-to-play pixel goodness just in time for the holidays.
Both Mac and PC users have full access to the new free service at PlaySEGA, self described as “a mini web game portal” giving SEGA fans a wide range of titles to choose from. Right now these games spread across almost every genre including arcade, word, card, puzzle, quiz and sports games.
A highlight of the PlaySEGA portal includes ‘Brain Assist’, a title initially developed for the Nintendo DS, along with ‘Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games’, originally a mobile phone game, which features SEGA’s long standing mascot of mayhem: Sonic The Hedgehog.
Not wanting to be pidgeon-holed as a portal with only classic games, they’ve also tossed a few new titles in the mix including Ice Shuffle, Hollywood Adventure Quiz and Aquatic Word Burst. And along the ‘not just another’ lines, SEGA says that they’ve included a “unique integrated system to calculate players’ highest scores,” which then places them on an achievement leaderboard on the site.
Keeping the door open for future microtransactions, PlaySEGA players also collect PlaySEGA rings (the site’s currency) throughout the portal wide games. Through playing various games across the site, and playing longer, users will amass Rings. These Rings can then be used as currency for avatar customization, along with creating personal profile pages or ‘Escape Areas’ that include designs ranging from a Caribbean Villa, Haunted House, an NYC Loft, or Swiss Chalet (it’s actually an Austrian Chalet).
“SEGA fans and new gamers alike can now come together in one place and enjoy some of our most exciting vintage and new titles,” notes Nick Pili, Network Business Director at SEGA.
“There was a story out there recently that we have a locked vault full of retro SEGA classics in Japan,” added Pili. “Well it’s true – and we’ve been given full access to a lot of the properties in it.”
SEGA also plans on opening up a VIP (Very Important Player) section on PlaySEGA that will charge a small fee (what was that about microtransactions?) in order to play Mega Drive (Genesis) classics including Columns, Puyo Pop, Chu Chu Rocket, Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Monkey Ball Tip ‘n’ Tilt and more.
Find out more and get your retro gaming flava on at PlaySEGA.com.