December 14, 2011 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Columbia, South Carolina - Created by a retired research mathematics professor, the app Peg Pals Pro is the only puzzle of its kind on the App Store. The current version has been featured in Apple's "What's Hot in Board Games," and "What's Hot in Educational Games."
Version 2.0 of Peg Pals Pro is a major revision and is universal - supporting the iPad as well as the iPhone. Also many of the graphics for the iPhone version were improved to make better use of the retina display.
A puzzle consists of the classic triangular board with 15 peg locations (such as those commonly seen in the Cracker Barrel restaurant). The object is to reduce the puzzle to a single peg by successively jumping a peg over an adjacent peg and into an empty location. Puzzles can vary in difficulty from requiring about 30 seconds to solve, to much more complex.
What's special about Peg Pals is that it does not restrict the user to a single-peg removed puzzle, but rather generates random - but always solvable - puzzles with varying number of pegs removed.
As an option, puzzles may require that the final peg be in a specific spot. The user also has an option to use a timer and the option to show a solvable indicator that turns pink when there is no solution for the current puzzle.
Peg Pals also uses artificial intelligence search methodology to analyze positions and can tell the user how many solutions there are to a given puzzle and which moves are best in a given position.
The game allows for unlimited hints and the app will show you, move-by-move, how to solve any puzzle that you like. This makes the app great for both playing and learning how to solve any such puzzle.
The game play is smooth, fluid, and nicely animated. The pieces resemble smiley faces that beam when they are about to jump, or show horror when they are about to be jumped.
All settings are preserved between sessions, and the user will resume a puzzle exactly where she left off.
The app includes detailed and easy to access documentation of all its features.
Features of Peg Pals Include:
* Universal - fully supports both iPhone and iPad
* Automated generation of solvable puzzles
* Retina graphics
* Unlimited hints
* Unlimited undo's
* Optional timer
* Optional indicator turns pink if there is no solution
* Set up custom puzzles
* Completely analyze any puzzle
* Move by dragging pieces like the real game or optionally tap to move
* Graphics are designed for the retina display
* Complete documentation included
* iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1 or later
* Universal Application
* 18.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Peg Pals 2.0 is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category - specifically Board Games and Educational Games.
David Sumner is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of mathematics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. He is also the author of PentoMind, a board game/puzzle app for the iPhone, as well as Circular Tic Tac Toe for the iPad. Both Games have appeared in Apple's What's Hot in Board Games. He has been an Apple developer for over 20 years. He is the author of numerous research papers in mathematics and articles in popular computing magazines. Copyright (C) 2011 David Sumner. 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.