July 7, 2010 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Toronto, (ON) Canada - angelFrogGames today announced that their first iPhone/iPod touch game is now available on the App Store. Shape Search Zen - Wordsearch Without Words shifts the classic gameplay of Wordsearches into something new, yet familiar, by asking the player to find sequences of colored shapes hidden within a random grid of similar shapes. At heart, it's a game of matching, but the definition of "match" will not always be the same. Additionally, while the player is enjoying the game, the game is observing the player and at the end of each level will provide an estimation of the player's Zen.
"I was startled to discover that I could measure Zen", says Ken Pajala, founder of angelFrogGames. "It started as just a fun game that expanded on the idea of Wordsearches. I really wanted to avoid taking away from the simplicity of the original; adding competitive elements such as scoring and time limits seemed to go against the spirit of just sitting down and quietly searching for things. I then realized, however, that while the player was busy finding stuff, I could at the same time be measuring something quite profound. It seemed a shame not to share that with people."
As for what, exactly "Zen" is, Ken is reluctant to say. "Zen is a very delicate thing. Just knowing what it is can dramatically affect the results." As well, he cautions "don't assume that a high Zen is a good thing. It might well, be, but don't assume you're doing poorly because you get a low score!"
Beyond the Zen aspect, Shape Search provides a mix of gameplay options. It starts with the expected "see a red triangle, find a red triangle", but the rules quickly change. Some levels it will mean "find a triangle that isn't red", or "find something that is neither a triangle nor red". Additionally, some levels will require a bit of memory as all the pieces on the play Grid will disappear when you touch the first correct shape in the sequence, and some levels will have the pieces on the play grid fading in and out so that not all are visible at once.
Each level, the player has some choice in what he or she will be playing next. Game types can be shuffled and the difficulty can be changed as needed. "Players can keep playing variants of the same level, over and over again, if they want," says Ken. "I wanted to give the player as much choice as possible so they can play the game they want, not what the game wants them to play."
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 7.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Shape Search Zen - Wordsearch Without Words 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
angelFrogGames is an indie video game producer based in Toronto, Canada. It was founded in 2004, originally as a producer of games for the Apple Macintosh. Their first game, aquadot!red, a modern re-imagining of Pacman that featured enemies with varied personalities, was well received and enjoyed by critics and public alike. Copyright (C) 2010 angelFrogGames. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.