July 1, 2010 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Stavropol, Russian Federation - MaxNick today is pleased to announce the introduction of BoxBattle 1.0.1, their new free, steampunk, cannon battle game for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A relation of cyberpunk, steampunk is science fiction set in a civilization where machines are steam and spring powered. BoxBattle captures the spirit and substance of this motif with animated mechanical graphics, simple gameplay involving a collection of many small parts, 130+ levels of play, and a detailed narrative of war between alien races.
A large part of this game is in the steampunk mood that is so skillfully realized in every detail. There are no futuristic gleaming or streamlined metal surfaces. Burnished, handcrafted brass and steel predominate. Wooden crates are meticulously constructed of painted planks of wood with brass strapping. Copper piping, lead and nickel castings, meshed rotating gears, and plumes of white steam and black smoke set the stage. The attention to graphic detail has been matched by the developer's exploitation of the iOS physics engine, responsible for movement. Cannonball size and weight are user selectable as are velocities and trajectories, there is acceleration and deceleration, solids have believable mass and collide according to natural, Newtonian principles.
Gameplay is straightforward: use the cannon to destroy as many green boxes/crates as possible, and as few red boxes as possible (although strategy plays a greater role as the game grows more complex). Each canon round costs points, and the player/artilleryman must maximize points by maximizing damage. There are various levels that differ in complexity and the number of tasks necessary to reach 100 points or more, which allows access to the next level. At the start of each level, special optional tasks are outlined which triple point score on that level. The free game comes with 12 starter levels, and offers additional 30 and 90 level upgrade packs as an in-app purchase.
* Do battle on an alien planet during their Steam Age
* Choice of cannons, ammunition, location, direction, gunpowder
* Climb the ranks, win medals, induction into orders, special tasks and honors
* OpenFeint connectivity, leaderboards, achievements; in-app statistics
* Destroy the maximum number of green boxes, the minimum number of red boxes
* Control canon's direction, firing angle, position, ammunition, gunpowder
* Atmospheric, original music, sound effects, vibration can be set on/off
There is a temporary lull in the endless war between the Quarks and the Tulans. After 40 years of near constant warfare, nearly the entire planet has been destroyed. Both civilizations have been fighting using weapons representative of their level of scientific advancement: the age of steam and mechanical power. Quark military engineers have recently developed two advanced cannons: The Fighting Unicorn and The Three-Headed Dragon. If the Tulans are to be defeated, these new weapons must break the deadlock. Cannoneers must be highly skilled, as the new canons are complex, and the enemy is very resourceful in constructing barriers and shields.
Like a Victorian Age clockwork, the game includes many small, interlocking parts. There are numerous military ranks from Common Recruit to First Cannoneer of the Empire. There are 5 different medals which can be won, each at the Bronze, Silver, or Gold level of achievement. There are 3 chivalric orders with 3 classes each, with the 1st Class Golden Order the highest. Military ranks, honors, and orders are all combined with game scores to determine positions in global OpenFeint ratings. Artillery gunners may choose from 10 ten different kinds of ammunition and 3 different canons. A wide variety of gameplay statistics are stored.
"We designed BoxBattle to immerse the player in a steampunk universe, and I think we've succeeded," commented Co-Founder Nikolay Verevkin. "We've built many, many hours of engrossing gameplay into BoxBattle."
* US English and Russian
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* iOS 3.2 or later
* 12.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
BoxBattle 1.0.1 is available free of charge from the App Store in the Games category. Additional content in the form of 30 additional levels of gameplay is available as an in-app purchase for $0.99. Additional content in the form of 90 additional levels of gameplay is available as an in-app purchase for $1.99. Review copies are available upon request.
Based in Stavropol, Russian Federation, MaxNick is a budding IT company founded in 2009 by independent developers. Committed to providing the highest quality solutions, MaxNick specializes in software development for the Mac and iPhone platforms, with a major emphasis on customer satisfaction. Copyright (C) 2010 MaxNick. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.