March 21, 2011 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Stavropol, Russian Federation - MaxNick today is pleased to introduce Curling3D 1.0 for iOS, their curling simulation game for one or two players. Similar to shuffleboard, the game is played on a flat ice curling sheet, roughly 15x150 feet. Players slide round stones of about 40 pounds towards bull's eye targets at either end. Two teammates may use brooms to sweep the ice in front of the moving stone. Curling3D is a follow-up to MaxNick's successful iCurling game, and adds a new dimension of realism with 3D rendering and on-screen players. Many user suggestions have been integrated into this new curling simulation.
Curling 3D attempts to simulate the excitement of the game by incorporating many aspects of the actual sport. Fundamentally, curling is about force, mass, friction, momentum, rotation, and collision. The app exploits the sophisticated physics engine built into the iPhone OS to generate a convincing simulation of all these elements as they interact. In the terminology of curling, the weight is the velocity of the stone; the turn is the rotation of the stone (which affects its trajectory); and the line is the direction of the throw or delivery. Curling3D allows the player to continuously and independently control all three, permitting advanced tactics such as the guard, takeout, and tap. In addition, the app allows the player to sweep the ice while their stone is moving, adjusting trajectory after the delivery.
* Realistic, hi-res, 3D simulation of Curling
* Complete control of force, direction, and rotation of the stone
* Advanced features permit tactics used in actual play of game called "chess on ice"
* Detailed instructions for gameplay
* Can be played by one player against the computer, or two players against each other
* Exploits advanced physics engine of iPhone OS to simulate realistic motion
* Easy and intuitive controls
* Incorporates the true rules of Curling
* Player vs. computer (artificial intelligence) with three levels of difficulty
* Multiplayer gameplay for two players
* A variety of character models
* Choice of player sex and 12 countries for teams
* Scoring of intermediate and total results
* FaceBook & Twitter Integration
* Support for the Retina display
* Detailed graphics and animation
* Excellent sound design
The purpose of the game is to throw as many stones (rocks) as close as possible to the center of the house (the target), while at the same time trying to keep the other team from doing the same. A game may consist of ten independent periods, so-called ends. Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones across the ice curling sheet towards the house, with each team throwing eight stones. The goal is to accumulate the highest score for a game. Points are scored depending on stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their sixteen stones. The curler tries to make a stone stop in a certain place, or knock the opponent's stones out of the house, depending on the stick tactics. Curling 3D features realistic, 3D, hi-res graphics, which include an innovative representation of the stone's momentum as it slows. Sounds of music, crowd reaction, stone travel, and collision are all present.
"Curling is a surprisingly exciting game, because it is a game of inches," commented developer Nikolay Verevkin. "Curling3D captures the excitement of competition Curling, as you watch your stone sliding down the ice."
* US English, French, German and Russian
* iPhone3GS or later, iPod touch 3rd generation or later, or iPad
* iOS 4.0 or later
* 15 MB
Curling3D 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch is $1.99 (USD), and Curling3D HD 1.0 for iPad is $3.99 at the App Store in the Games category. Review copies available on request.
Located in Stavropol, Russian Federation, and founded in 2009 by independent developers, MaxNick has grown to a studio consisting of qualified 2D & 3D game developers and skilled designers, whose quality illustration, artwork, animation and 3D assets are marked by specialists and users. Committed to providing the highest quality solutions, MaxNick specializes in game and software development for the Apple iOS and Windows Phone 7 platforms, with a major emphasis on customer satisfaction. Copyright (C) 2009-2011 MaxNick. 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.