Thursday, March 15, 2012

Monster Flip!

Occasionally a game comes along which makes me think I WISH I’D THOUGHT OF THAT! Launching Pad Games, makers of Mighty Fin!, have created just such a game. 

It’s a match 3 game, so it has the same instant appeal of any match 3 game, that compulsion that lives in the lizard brain and dates back to the dawn of time when our ancient ancestors first lined things up in matching rows – I wish I knew what it means.

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But this game isn’t like other match 3 games, it’s got something really special – instead of flipping just two things each time, you can flip whole rows (or columns) of things. In fact you can’t actually flip as few as just two things; you have to flip a minimum of three things. 

To do this, all you have to do is slap your finger down on the screen and drag it through a line of three or more things and then they flip over, switching order. That’s the bit that I wish was my idea, it’s such a great way of taking the match 3 concept and making the most of it with a touch interface – swapping two things, like normal match 3 games, is a mouse clicking and moving exercise, placing your finger on the screen and dragging a selection over several objects, that’s a touch interaction. 

Oh, and the things are monsters who want to escape earth, you can flip without having to make a match and angry monster must be sent home within a limited number of flips, otherwise it’s game over. 

Brilliant; get it now.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Ludography -->

Hey, look over there to the right, there's a page called Ludography where you can  read about some of the games I've made and my experiences making them.