Open Planet Software say Balls to Picasso

October 2, 2009 in Gaming (F)

[] Inverurie, United Kingdom - Open Planet Software today is proud to introduce Balcassa for Mac and iPhone. Inspired by the cubist movement, Balcassa is a new perspective on the slider puzzle. Balcassa is balls to Picasso! Fiendishly addictive, Balcassa is a unique and challenging cross between a slider puzzle and a Rubik's Cube. The idea is simple, the solution is not.

Balcassa ships with a variety of games offering hours of increasingly challenging game-play. The object of each of the games is to rotate a number of cubes into a sequence, a pattern or orientation by moving them around the screen. In some games it may be enough to get each cube into position with the correct side showing, while in other games rotation of the cubes must also be considered. Open Planet Software offers a video demonstration so that players can get started right away.

Feature Highlights:
* Exclusively designed for the Mac and iPhone
* Unique and challenging cross between a slider puzzle and a Rubik's cube
* Includes a selection of games of varying difficulty
* Games scramble the board to start at a random position

"We wanted to create a game that was instantly playable yet challenging and addictive" said Gavin MacLean, co-founder of Open Planet Software. "A game with universal appeal - where language was not important. Perhaps most of all we wanted to create a game that we wanted to play ourselves. We'd been thinking about Rubik's cubes and slider puzzles when the idea came to me. It's a simple concept so we were a little surprised that it had not been done already. Of course constructing such a puzzle in the real world would require some pretty elaborate engineering but in the virtual world there are no such limits. We think we've created such a natural method of control that anybody can just pick up Balcassa and start playing."

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.5 or later or
* iPhone or iPod Touch 3.0 or later

Pricing and Availability:
Balcassa for Mac is available from the Open Planet Software website and costs $7.99 (USD). A free download is available that contains the easiest three games. Balcassa for iPhone and iPod touch is available through the App Store and costs $2.99. A free 'Lite' version is also available that contains the three easiest games.

Located in tranquil Inverurie, United Kingdom, Open Planet Software is a small privately held company founded in 2007 by Gordon Murrison and Gavin MacLean. After more than ten years designing, developing and managing software projects for some of the UK's largest telecoms, utility and marine companies, they founded Open Planet Software to specialize in the creation of software for Mac OS X, iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. Driven by fanatical attention to detail, Open Planet Software embraces industry leading software engineering practices to ensure their applications meet the exacting standards expected by the Apple community. Copyright (C) 2007-2009 Open Planet Software. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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