June 12, 2013 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Toulouse, France - Domsware today is pleased to introduce Novae 1.0 for iOS, its innovative, match-4, tile game played on a circular board where tiles "fall" inward, toward the center, following a spiral pattern. With circular tiles of five different colors, players choose where to place new tiles one by one. Four or more tiles of the same color, contiguous horizontally and/or vertically, make a match, and the tiles disappear while adding to the score. Remaining tiles may fall inward after a match. Novae derives its name from stars, as the attractions laws recall a phenomenon called "accretion" commonly found in astrophysics. Matches must include one tile touching the center on one of its axes. Featuring infinite levels of play, the player must restart from the beginning at level 0 after failing any level.
* Classic, match-4 action
* Tiles fall inward, toward the center
* Tiles come in 5 different colors
* Match 4 or more tiles and they are removed, adding to your score
* Level mechanism and numerous scoring bonus, multipliers and combos
* Player can see in advance the next tile to be dropped on the board
* Game Center integration with LeaderBoard and Achievements
* No in-app purchases: pay once, play forever
Tile matching games are among the most popular puzzle games in the App Store. The eye and mind are drawn to the panoply of small, variously colored tiles in motion, and the goal of creating proximity (usually match-3 or more). Novae takes the classic match concept and creates a fascinating variation, where tiles do not fall down to the bottom of the screen; they fall inward, toward the screen's center. Moreover, not every grouping of four or more like-colored tiles makes a match; at least one tile in the grouping must be one of the four tiles touching the center on one of its axes.
Novae's gameboard is an empty Cartesian graph set in interstellar space. The X and Y axes are each the thickness of one tile. The 0-point of the graph is the absolute center of the gameboard, and no tile can occupy it. The four central squares, though there is no actual grid on the board, correspond to 1 and -1 on the X (horizontal) axis and 1 and -1 on the Y (vertical) axis. Tiles are dropped, one by one, at either the far left or the far right of the X-axis, or the top or bottom of the Y-axis. Once dropped, tiles fall toward O, the center grid square. As axes fill up, tiles spill out in a spiral, clockwise direction, ultimately creating a circle of tiles.
Free from time trial and other pressures, the player is free to enjoy the strategic subtleties of the game. The player can see the current and the next tile available to be dropped, which allows for thoughtful planning. Players usually have a choice of four axis endpoints to drop their tile. While a maximum of four different like-colored tile groupings can be made, the game includes tiles of five different colors (RGB and MY). As unmatchable tiles fill the board, the player is challenged to make a match that will bring an unmatchable color to one of the center squares.
"I designed the game to be Zen with no enervating gameplay," commented creator Dominique Vial. "I wanted an attractive and immersive game you can play again and again after a hard day's work or in meditative phase on the couch. A sober and soothing design to not distract the player for the main goal: play and have fun. I did not forget gamers, as there are strategies and a lot of 'tips' to improve scores: multipliers, special events, combos, etc."
* English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Brazilian Portuguese
* iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th generation), and iPad
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 6.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Novae 1.0 is $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available on request.
Based in Toulouse, France, Domsware is Dominique Vial, M.Sc. & PhD - CS/IT, an independent software developer. Copyright (C) 2013 Domsware. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod 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.