March 25, 2011 in Games (F)
[prMac.com] London, United Kingdom - Rectangulous 1.4, the elegant, minimalist iPhone puzzle game inspired by De Stijl, is now enabled with online leaderboards and achievements with both OpenFeint and Apple's Game Center. Players can compete for the top score or complete a game in the shortest number of moves, as well as collecting achievements designed to get the most out of the seemingly simple gameplay.
"Takes 30 seconds to learn and then hours to master - great fun." says one iTunes reviewer.
The game board is made up of rectangles in one of four colours. The object of the game is to remove the shapes made by adjoining rectangles and clear the screen, making beautiful patterns along the way. A shape is removed with a tap, and the bigger the shape the higher the score for each tap. The rectangles can be re-arranged with the arrows or by swiping to make bigger shapes, which is where the art of playing Rectangulous well starts to emerge.
Rectangulous is designed to be very simple and quick to learn and start playing. There are no menus or options for the game, and instructions are kept to a minimum. It is an attempt to make a really artistic puzzle game with the pick-up appeal of a Rubik's Cube or a brightly-coloured child's toy. But like a Rubik's Cube, the simple appearance is just the beginning of a complex shape-shuffling conundrum.
Rectangulous also imposes no time-limits or speed challenges, designed as a "pure" puzzle game for patient, contemplative play. A game can be as quick or as long as the player wants.
Achievements added include the very high-scoring Symmetry Bonus for making a fully symmetrical pattern with the rectangles, and Lowball for completing a game with a score less than 100 (a particular feat). There are eight achievements in total.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 4.2 or later
* 4.8 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Rectangulous 1.4 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Located in London, UK Paul Money has been making iPhone apps and games since the Shape Sequencer, named as one of the must-have music apps of 2009 by CreativeApplications.net. All material and software are (C) Copyright 2010-2011 Paul Money. Apple, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries. Rubik(R) and Rubik's Cube(R) are registered trademarks throughout the world of Seven Towns Limited.