October 7, 2011 in Gaming (F)
[prMac.com] Barcelona, Spain - JanduSoft today is pleased to announce Guess the Character 1.0 available for the Mac or iPad, their game of logic and observation created especially for fathers to play with their children. Based on the famous "Guess Who?" board game, Guess the Character challenges 1 or 2 players to determine which one of 24 different cartoon character faces is the opponent's (in the single player game, the computer or mobile device acts as the player's opponent). This is done by process of elimination, choosing something to ask from a list of yes-or-no questions, such as, "Do you wear eyeglasses?" After each question is answered, characters are eliminated from the board, and the first player to correctly guess the opponent's character wins.
The gameboard consists of a 6 x 4 grid of tiles, each picturing a cartoon character face. At the start of each game, the player can choose to be any of the 24 characters. Playing by turns, each player has an opportunity to ask 1 of 5 questions from a list presented at the start of their turn. Having chosen their question, the game confirms the player's selection by re-stating the question in a dialog box with two buttons: Ask or Cancel. Once the player decides to ask the question, the game responds immediately with a red "X" flashing over the face of each character eliminated as a result of the new information contained in the answer. Accompanying sound effects add drama to the gameplay, as players must touch each blinking red "X" to officially eliminate that character.
When the opponent has their turn, the player sees neither the question asked, nor the characters removed. However, a small display in the control panel indicates the number of faces eliminated by cutting small tile icons in half. This information can be of strategic value in determining the opponent's progress, so as to adjust the amount of risk the player chooses to assume. For example, if the player knows their opponent has only 2 or 3 tiles remaining, the player may opt to take a wild guess at the character's identity as a calculated risk. Players are free to use the Guess button during any turn, but if their guess is incorrect their turn is over, and only a single face is eliminated.
Guess the Character is an ideal game for fathers to share with their children, as it provides an entertaining and practical context for development of logic skills, traditionally the domain of the male parent. Through practice in separating a group in two, into those that successfully meet the criteria of the logical operation and those that do not, the child's core intellectual faculties are stimulated. The father has an informal opportunity to pass along his preferred mode of thinking to his offspring, while sharing in the wonder of each game's mystery and hard-won solution. And dad may be surprised himself someday, when his son or daughter suggests the uncanny resemblance of one of the cartoon characters to Barack Obama, Albert Einstein, Jay Leno, Jackie Chan, Michael Jackson, or other recognizable face.
* Play the electronic, AI version of the board game "Guess Who?"
* Compete against another player or let the iPad or Mac act as the opponent
* Figure out the opponent's character by asking yes/no questions
* Eliminate characters using the information gained from the answer to the question
* Track and compare performance with the game's built-in stats function
* Enjoy challenging, logic-based gameplay that is simple enough for young children
* Play against others on the iPad via Game Center connectivity
* US English and Spanish
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
* 3.4 MB
* Mac OS X 10.6 or later
* 2.4 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Guess the Character 1.0 for Mac is available for only $1.99 (USD) and can be purchased through the Mac App Store in the Games category. Guess the Character 1.3.1 for iPad is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Ad-supported and limited to five plays per day, the free version may be upgraded to the full version for $1.99. Review copies are available upon request.
Based in Barcelona, Spain, Jose Antonio Andujar Clavell is the owner of JanduSoft. He focuses on games for children and family, stimulating the intelligence of the parent's children. Copyright (C) 2011 JanduSoft All Rights Reserved. Apple, Mac OS X platforms, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.