December 21, 2010 in Entertainment (E)
[prMac.com] Danville, California - Announcing that Hyperspectives, the developers of PolyWords, has released a fun new app for iPad users. The application is a new launch offering users a highly addictive, challenging puzzle that helps to increase vocabulary in English and French. PolyWords is loaded with fast paced action in a single person word finding game that blends the concepts of SCRABBLE(R) and anagram puzzles with martial arts achievements. Once a game is completed, it can be sent to others via email, Twitter or Facebook to see if any friends can beat the player's score.
PolyWords is a new, single person game app launch from Hyperspectives that is a perfect mix of entertainment and education. Gameplay is fun, challenging and addictive while it also builds vocabulary, increases retention and exercises the brain.
"The game is deceptively simple looking but embraces the 'power of touch' and orientation changes for maximum benefit," explains John Allen of Hyperspectives. "We added these elements, in particular, to encourage and challenge school age children."
Users select from three different versions of Scrabble(C) (US English, International English and French) or the Words With Friends word list. Players are then presented with letters in a polygon from which they must form words. The game's polygon can be rotated for a fresh perspective and letters can be dragged from one cell to another for swapping. Letters can only be used once, except for the center one, which must appear in every word. Very basically put, PolyWords is Scrabble meets anagrams.
Size counts in PolyWords. The longer the words formed by the player, the higher their score. To get a fresh perspective, users can turn their iPad and view the polygon from a different angle. The app's word definition lookup is done through the Wiktionary database.
Players are able to adjust game difficulty settings and have their choice of playing a relaxed game, free of a timer, or challenging themselves against the clock in an effort to earn a Ninja belt achievement. The awards are martial arts themed for added fun and sense of accomplishment.
These are some of the features in PolyWords:
* Fast paced word find game
* Tons of single-player gaming fun!
* Excellent way to work the brain and expand French and English vocabularies
* Play against the clock or non-timed
* Supports portrait or landscape play
* Suspend a game and return to finish it later
* Pass game to contacts in Twitter, Facebook or email
* Martial Arts themed Achievement system
* Play the game in International English, US English, or French
* Turn Sound Effects on or off to follow your mood
* Set the maximum puzzle size higher to get into more challenging puzzles
* Lookup word definitions in Wiktionary(R) (Not available in French)
* Compatible with Scrabble(R) and Words With Friends(R)
* Settings allow for controlling game features and difficulty level
When players have completed a game, they are able to send it to their contacts via email, Twitter and Facebook, from within the app. Recipients can then try their hand at the game to see if they can achieve a higher score than the sender.
Currently, PolyWords sells on iTunes for $4.99 but it will be only $1.99 the week before Christmas. Developers are determining whether or not they will hold a free day between Christmas and New Year.
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 43 MB
Pricing and Availability
PolyWords 1.3 is only $4.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.
Hyperspectives is a small company offering a range of services related to information systems architecture, performance, processes and governance. Their expertise in Enterprise iPhone and iPad engineering extends to setting up and using Enterprise Accounts, which includes internal device management, over the air deployment, private App Store implementation and maximizing the potential for use of these devices in Fortune 500 organizations. Hyperspectives also offers iPhone, iPad and Windows and other mobile development services to companies of all sizes. Copyright (C) 2010 Mobile-App-Marketing-Makeover & Edward Turner. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Although used in PolyWords, SCRABBLE(R) and Words With Friends(R) are registered trademarks of their respective owners and not affiliated with the app or its owners.