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Join The Cold Water Cowboys In A New Interactive Strategy Game

Paperny [1]New from Vancouver studio Switch United [2] is an interactive companion feature for Paperny Entertainment [1]‘s Cold Water Cowboys [3], returning to Discovery [4] for Season 2 on March 10th. Atlantic Empire [5] is an immersive multiplayer HTML5 gaming experience that captures the essence of a high-stakes Newfoundland fishing adventure with a combination of both strategy and skill-based gameplay, including in-depth information about show characters and locations. Using map-based gameplay, players customize their harbours and their fishing operations, reaping as much crab, herring and mackerel as they can in order to build their fishing dynasty.

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Game Overview:

Cold Water Cowboys Atlantic Empire is a fishing strategy game. The object is to explore the oceans looking for fish and crab. By placing crab pots and catching herring and mackerel you can earn big bucks which can be used to upgrade buildings and equipment to accommodate the growth of your fishing empire. Watch for icebergs and whales when you explore the high seas – too much damage and you’ll have to return to your port and pay for repairs. Completing challenges allows you to ‘level up,’ which unlocks upgrades to your boats, net, and buildings. Before you know it, you will be at the top of the Leaderboard as the true King (or Queen) of the Atlantic.

Game play does require registration, which players can do using either their email or Facebook accounts. Once registered, players can choose a flag, boat colour and home port. The port you choose will determine the captain that will lead you through the tutorial. Each port has a video that introduces the crew and port that you can view before making your choice.

You are then taken through a quick tutorial, during which you will learn the basic skills that are your building blocks for playing through the game:

After collecting one crab pot and catching fish, you will need to go to your home port and place your buildings. Anytime you need to return to your port you can click on the ‘port button’ that appears in the bottom left of the screen when you are out at sea. Once back at port, you can begin to set up your buildings.Cold Water Cowboys Atlantic Empire [6]

You have five buildings you will need to place in the designated (green flats) area:

You can place your buildings anywhere you choose, as long as their footprints don’t overlap one another as they need room to ‘grow’ in the future. Once all of your buildings are placed, it is time to process your first catch. By clicking on the ‘Fish Plant’ you will see the option to ‘process catch.’ The value of the catch will be added to your bank at the top left of the screen.

The game’s elements include Game Views and the User Interface.

The gameplay is split into four main ‘views’:

Interface Elements allow for player movement and game information:

There are three primary game activities:

Each port supports five types of buildings that are central to game progression:

Atlantic Empire presents the player with several Challenges, which can be viewed by opening the side menu. Players must complete three unique challenges at each level in order to upgrade to the following level. Challenges can be confined to a single outing or can be cumulative, which can include catching certain amounts of fish, collecting crab, and stealing crab from other players. Certain player levels are required to upgrade equipment. Challenges increase in difficulty as they increase in number.

Additionally, you and your friends can band together and rule the sea by building a team. As the captain, it will cost you $40,000 to create a team and you can decide if it will be open to the public to join or private so you control who you invite through Facebook onto your team. To create a team, simply go to the Team Leaderboard on the side menu and click Create Team.

If you pay to create the team, you get the perk of deciding who stays and who gets kicked out. If you do not want to fork over the ‘money’ to run the team, you can simply join a public team from the Team Leaderboard. Being the team with the highest cumulative amount of money gets you on the top of the leaderboard where everyone can see. Soon you will be able to complete challenges on the side menu as a team to earn the big bucks.

The leaderboard indicates the players who currently have collected the largest amounts of money through fishing and crabbing. Leaderboards are split into two categories: individual and team. Individual leaderboards show which player leads in terms of collected money, while the team leaderboard shows the cumulative total for all players who are part of a specific team.

Cold Water Cowboys is produced with the participation of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund [9] and Canada Media Fund [10].

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