InJozi have produced an online game launched alongside this year’s Absa Cape Epic. Through the Tracker Ride Epic game, the entire race can now be experienced virtually with the ability to pit yourself against actual riders. Developed to be as fun and easy to play as old school 8 bit classics (think Super Mario/Sonic) the game provides a replica of every excruciating climb and death defying downhill of the actual race.
Players (mini mountain bikers) must navigate obstacles, jump between platforms, avoid falling boulders and killer rabbits, collect boosts and additional energy and maintain the health of their bike to make it through all 8 stages of the race. Completing the stage in the fastest possible time will advance you up the leaderboard.
With live rider tracking by Tracker enabled on the same website, you can also track Absa Cape Epic riders on the course in real time. You are able to search by team, rider or race number, and also view the top 10 riders. Integration of the game and the live tracking platform means that as a player passes some of the avatars in the game, he is passing real riders in the race. The live rider tracking offers two views. The elevation view lets you see if the rider is on a flat or an uphill/downhill and shows you where water points are located. The second gives you a bird’s eye view of the terrain using API from Google Maps, so you are able to see live images.
The player with the top score at the end of each stage is eligible for daily prizes from Columbia, RSA Web and Cycle Lab, with the top player at the end of the campaign winning the grand prize of R25 000, courtesy of Tracker.
Play by visiting www.trackerrideepic.co.za, or simply SMS PLAY NOW to 43942.
Nick Argyros – Executive Producer
Greg Russell – Executive Creative Director
Chris Green – Technical Director / Developer
Craig Wells – Senior Designer
Chris Staub – Junior Designer / Animator
Emily Charalambides – Producer
Laura Ferreira – Studio Manager
AUDIO MILITIA – Game / Animation Sound design and Original composition.