December 21, 2010 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Chennai, India - Praneela Technologies today proudly announces the launch of its first game title Vimanam. "Vimanam" (means temple's tower or a plane in Tamil and in a few other south indian languages) is one of the old classics that Indians enjoyed playing for centuries. To make it much more interesting, we have created an interesting storyline around this.
The kingdom is facing the wrath from the dark forces who are trying hard to throw the king out of his throne to acquire the power. Having known the conspiracy against the kingdom, the king appoints 6 of his ministers (the number is now configurable) to find out the whereabouts of the dark forces. Being threatened for life, the ministers send the message to the king in 6 scrolls. The message is written in cryptic manner such that the King has to receive all the 6 scrolls to decipher the contents to conquer the dark forces.
Dark forces plan their vengeance against the brave soldiers and chase them for their life to abduct the scrolls. It is a game of luck and strategy and it is your responsibility to save the kingdom or leave it to its peril. The objective of the game is to take the coins to their respective destination and whoever reaches first wins.
Things to know:
Traditionally this game (and other Indian board games as well) were played using two small wooden or metal pieces that are 6 to 8 cms long or with cowrie shells. These can roll 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 12 (and 8 on some variants) unlike the dice that can roll 1 to 6 or 1 to 12. The engravings of these games are being found on temple carvings and stones on the walls indicating how deeply these games were part of their pastime activities.
* Two player board game
* Opponent can be a person or iPad/iPhone
* AI intelligence level selection
* Ability to change settings during the play without interruption
* Excellent graphics for real ancient look and feel
* Cool sound effects
* Universal app (runs on iPhone)
* Options to choose the number of coins to play (1 to 6)
* Computer can choose a random game for you that creates interesting scenarios
* Coin animations
* UI enhancements to improve the usability
* Player 1 starts from left and player 2 from right
* You have to roll 1 to take the coins from your home location
* Rolling 1, 5, 6 and 12 will fetch you second chance to roll the dice
* The destinations marked by a scroll image on either side of the board
* Each player traverses 79 locations to reach their destination and they travel opposite to each other
* A player landing in a slot occupied by the opponent's coin, would 'cut' the opponent's coin and the opponent's coin will be sent to it's home location. The opponent has to start all over again by rolling1 to take that coin out of home location
* However if the slot is marked by a picture, then both the player's coin can stay together without cutting each other
* You can choose iPad or a friend of yours as your opponent
* Dice with plain face indicates 12
* Universal App designed to run on iPad/iPhone platforms
* Requires OS versions 3.2.2 and above
* Max of 10 MB free space
Pricing and Availability:
Vimanam 1.1 is priced at an introductory price of $1.99 and available worldwide exclusive through Apple's Appstore under Games, Board games category. On 50% Off Sale For A Limited Time For The Holiday Season. Much more to come and we are already working on adding interesting and new features for the next version.
Praneela Technologies, established in Nov 2010 specializes in multi-platform mobile development with a strong team of graphic designers, artists and developers with multi-development skills. With apps in Blackberry Appworld and Apple Appstore, the current business focus is to create various genre of apps to target the range of iPod/iPhone/iPad family of products. The current suite of apps include lifestyle and games and much more to come. Copyright (C) 2010 Praneela Technologies. All Rights Reserverd. Apple, the Apple logo are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries. Blackberry, the Blackberry logo are registered trademarks of Research In Motion in the Canada and/or other counties.