November 12, 2009 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Williamsburg Virginia, USA - Hunter Research and Technology today announces the worldwide availability of Cover Match 1.0 in the iTunes App Store. Cover Match is a mesmerizing new match game for the iPhone and iPod Touch that uses album art from a user's music library.
"Since the era of CDs and the advent of online music downloads, album cover art has lost a lot of its prominence" says Todd Hunter, Cover Match co-developer. "Gone are the days where people spent hours flipping through album collections, looking at the gorgeous art. We wanted to recapture some of that magic in Cover Match. Using album cover art as the basis for a match game results in a rich, nostalgic visual experience and makes for very compelling game play".
Graphically mastered and engineered, Cover Match is no ordinary match game. Crisp OpenGL graphics and special effects accompany each level, enhanced by the beauty and exquisite detail of album art. Using a classic arcade format, Cover Match starts off slow with just a few album covers to match, then heats up with unlimited levels of randomly sorted cover art. Cover Match offers billions of memory-testing game possibilities.
Players can choose from fun and scored modes. Fun mode has no limits, no timers, and no pressure. Scored mode tests memory and matching skills using a timer and tap counter. Points are awarded for matches, and a bonus is given for any time or taps leftover at the end of each level.
Other features include portrait and landscape play options and an extensive help section. The game offers a built-in soundtrack, but will also let iPod music play through for a custom soundtrack. If a game is interrupted for a phone call, Cover Match will automatically save current progress and score. Players can compete for high scores to win a place on the online Cover Match Top 25 list. Finally, Cover Match includes built-in album art to augment small music collections, and contains an iTunes shop where free and paid music and podcast cover art are available for download.
Pricing and Availability:
Cover Match works on any iPhone or iPod touch running iPhone OS 3.1.1 or later and is available for $0.99 (USD) on the iTunes App Store. More information, including screenshots, is available on the Hunter Research and Technology website. Media professionals interested in reviewing Cover Match can request a promotional code to download the app from iTunes at no cost.
Hunter Research and Technology is run by Dr. Craig Hunter, a practicing engineer with over 18 years experience in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, and software development. Craig received the 2004 NASA Software of the Year Award and a 2004 Apple Design Award (Best Scientific Computing Solution on Mac OS X) for his work in software development. Craig founded Hunter Research and Technology in 2008 to create innovative, relevant, and compelling apps that take advantage of the advanced hardware and software capabilities of iPhone OS devices. The company currently has ten apps available on the iTunes App Store, with more in development. Copyright 2009 Hunter Research and Technology LLC. All Rights Reserved. iTunes, iPhone, iPod, and iPod Touch are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.