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Sportsfriends' Hokra shoots for sports game appeal to non-sports fans

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Hokra creator Ramiro Corbetta took to the PlayStation Blog today to describe his "minimalist sports game," one of four games in the Sportsfriends compilation on Kickstarter.

Hokra pits two teams of two against each other as they vie for control of a ball and attempt to hold it within their respective goals. The premise is simple, but the mechanic of passing the ball between teammates, and the fact that your avatar can only sprint when you're not holding the ball, both add a significant layer of strategy to the frenetic local multiplayer experience.

"I wanted to make a game that is fun both for people who are into sports games and for gamers who tend to look down on sports games," Corbetta said.

If the Sportsfriends Kickstarter gets funded, Corbetta plans to further tweak the mechanics and experiment with new features such as goals that move, walls on the field of play and varying terrain that affects the way in which players can move. He's also working on an eight-player mode.

With 10 days to go, the Sportsfriends Kickstarter drive has only pulled in a little more than $60,000 of its $150,000 goal. The three other games in the collection are Douglas Wilson's Johann Sebastian Joust, Noah Sasso's BaraBariBall and Bennett Foddy's Super Pole Riders.