July 25, 2011 in Games (F)
[prMac.com] Manchester, United Kingdom - The Pickford Bros has introduced Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint 1.0, for all iOS devices. Veteran game designers John Pickford and Ste Pickford (The Pickford Bros) have launched their first iOS game, available as a universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod via a single download. It supports full HD graphics on retina displays and iPads. Additional content and game modes are available for purchase within the app, and The Pickford Bros are working on further content expansions to be released in the coming months.
In summer 2007, while trying to decide what their next project should be, John and Ste discovered a mysterious bundle of papers hidden in the attic of the family home. The papers were the lost life's work of their eccentric great-great-grandfather Joseph Pickford. The brothers knew very little about their ancestor, other than that he'd died in mysterious circumstances in 1888. Joseph, it turns out, was a game designer too, and something of a crack-pot inventor. The bundle included a newspaper clipping referring to an 'electric billiards' game he'd announced, the very day before his untimely demise.
John and Ste were intrigued... A lost game from 120 years ago? Further investigation revealed a tatty blueprint showing the design for the Magnetic Billiards table itself. The brothers knew what their next project had to be! In honor of their great-great-grandfather, The Pickford Bros present their faithful recreation of this long lost sport for your entertainment.
"Finding that dusty old blueprint sure was a stroke of luck," said co-designer Ste Pickford, "then coming up with - sorry - discovering the story that our ancestor was also a struggling game designer just like us was a real inspiration for John and I," he continued, "and I think the end result is the best video game we've ever made."
"We were very fortunate that the game our great-great-grandfather originally designed in 1888 was so perfectly suited to being a video game, and particularly well suited to a touch screen handheld like the iPad," said co-designer and programmer John Pickford. "I mean, once we worked out how to read his handwriting we found a list of nearly 100 achievements, several Leaderboards, three Arcade mode variants, and 40 different fiendish table designs," he continued.
Ste concluded, "We're still trying to decipher the rest of the blueprint, so we're keeping it under wraps for now. We're hopeful we can, ahem, uncover some more long lost Victorian game design secrets that we can adapt for future expansions."
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later
* 20.4 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
John and Ste Pickford have been working in the north of England as game designers and developers since the early 1980s. They first worked under the name The Pickford Bros when they went 'indie' in 2004, making small scale original games together for open platforms. Previously they worked at various studios on high profile console and home computer games. They now spend their time working from home on new, original video games, as well as acting as design consultants for larger game development studios. The Pickford Brothers' first 'indie' game, Naked War was released on PC to critical acclaim in 2006. Copyright (C) 2011 The Pickford Bros. 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.