July 17, 2013 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] New York, New York - Zaah has announced that Beat Blocks for iOS will be released on July 22, 2013. Beat Blocks is a matching puzzle game that utilizes the player's own iTunes library. Gameplay in Beat Blocks reacts to any song that can be played in iTunes, challenging players to adjust their strategy in-beat with their favorite songs. The game will be released for free download on iPhone, iPad and iPod from NYC developer Zaah. Players can access 3 of their songs while an in-app purchase of $.99 allows the player to access their entire iTunes library.
"The game itself looks to be far from a mere music-based gimmick, with lots of great gameplay mechanics that make Beat Blocks stand on its own as a solid matching game," editor Joe Jasko recently said after previewing the game.
Beat Blocks players line up 3 of the same-color blocks to clear off portions of the level. Levels last for as long as the song the player selects. Beat Blocks comes with four exclusive in-game tracks to play with. Beat Blocks also grants access to the user's own iTunes Library, allowing them to access music purchased on iTunes within the Beat Blocks game. Users can also play any music that can be played on an iOS device. This includes music downloaded from Soundcloud, Beatport, Amazon and CDBaby and other digital music websites. Any song that can be played within the iPod app on an iOS device can be played on Beat Blocks.
Beat Blocks joins a popular line of mobile match-3 puzzle games like Candy Crush and Bejeweled but offers a new, unprecedented functionality of using any music to change elements of the player's in-game experience. For instance, users match up the arrow block with the beat of their music to clear a row, and other specials occur when linking more than 3 blocks. Prism Blocks will then destroy all of the same color on the board and Bomb Blocks have an explosive surprise. Watch out for Rock Blocks, they require some strategy to be destroyed. Passing a board allows the victor to spin a prize wheel for more goodies like extra points or bonus Beat Bucks. The highest scoring players in Beat Blocks can top the leaderboards on Beat Blocks App online. There are also Game Center achievements to unlock.
Beat Blocks was shown to the independent development community at the New York Games Forum meetup in March 2013 at Microsoft's corporate offices in New York City. Beat Blocks will be a free game, giving the player access to 3 songs with an in app purchase of $.99 to lock their entire iTunes library, on the iTunes App Store and will be available worldwide in the Games category on 22 July 2013.
Beat Blocks is developed by Zaah, the team behind FPS Russia: The Game, and Techno Kitten Adventure, which features a level with the officially licensed Nyan Cat character. Previews of the application will be available to the press and can be requested by emailing Zaah.
Zaah is an NYC digital creative agency. Zaah builds mobile apps you use every day, games you've played, social media and web development of brands you know and viral videos you've seen. Zaah-built products have connected brands to tens of millions of consumers worldwide, topping charts on the iTunes App Store, Xbox Live Indie Games and YouTube's most watched channels. For more information visit Zaah online. Copyright (C) 2013 Zaah. 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.