October 13, 2009 in Games (F)
[prMac.com] Madison, Wisconsin - Codengineer has released Sparkz 1.0, a remake of the vintage Mac game for iPhone and iPod touch. Focused on a unique gameplay experience, Sparkz is a tribute to classic arcade games of the eighties. Territorial war has been declared between the Sqix and the Stix. In this remake of a best selling vintage Mac game, players must conquer a super-majority of the Arena to move on to the next stage. Progress through 50 unique stages of game play to reveal 50 nature pictures along the way.
This action game requires dexterity as well as wit. Using gentle swipes or the devices accelerometer, players control diamond shaped Stix, moving safely along the Arena borderlines. Carefully venture inside the Arena to capture sections of it by tracing straight lines while avoiding the deadly rotating arcs of the Sqix. Outmaneuver the Sparkz and the SuperSparkz that follow on the Arena borderlines. As gameplay progresses, new game elements are introduced to help or hinder; making each new stage more challenging than the preceding ones.
"Sparkz was originally a Mac game in the early 90's, said Bob Donovan, founder of Codengineer. The original game was programmed by Marc Dutil in his college days. It was in the top 25 of Don Rittner's Mac Arcade recommended shareware. Marc contacted me in April to port the game to the iPhone and we worked together on the design."
* Progress through 50 unique stages of game play revealing 50 gorgeous nature pictures
* Use the Gallery screen to start at any completed stage or view their pictures
* Reveal 25 useful tips as you progress through game stages
* Control the Stix using gentle swipes or the device accelerometer
* Outmaneuver the Sparkz and the SuperSparkz that follow on the Arena borderlines
* Uncover 5 different types of gems to unleash their special powers and add some twists
* Avoid deadly Mines that add a new challenge
* Global high-scores and social community system using AGON
AGON Online is a leading social gaming platform for iPhone and iPod Touch games. The resource features online leader boards, location aware scores, an awards system, friends lists, persistent player profile, as well as Facebook and Twitter integration.
* iPhone or iPod touch 2.2.1 or later
Pricing and Availability:
Sparkz 1.0 is only $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available upon request.
Located on the south shore of Montreal, Canada, Codengineer is a small, friendly, privately-held company founded in 2009 by seasoned software engineer, Bob Donovan. With a sole focus on the Mac and iPhone platforms, Codengineer is dedicated to develop high quality software as self-production titles as well as contractual work. The company's customers list include Ludia (The Price is Right, Hells'Kitchen, Where's Waldo?), Rawle Murdy (Parkay Talking Tub), Clever Twist (Popper! 2.0) and others. Copyright (C) 2009 Codengineer. All Rights Reserved. The Price Is Right is a trademark of FreemantleMedia Operations BV. Hell's Kitchen is a trademark of ITV Productions Ltd. Parkay Talking Tub is a registered trademark of ConAgra Foods, Inc. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.