• Publisher: Galta
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Device: Universal
  • Size: 34.3 MB
  • Version: 1.4
  • Price: $0.99
  • Average User Rating: 4.3 (3)
App description: Lights out! Do you have enough visual memory to beat this new tile matching game?

Memorize the board, match hidden elements, produce gold, upgrade the machine, and fight the ever so quickly increasing pressure. Play online with up to 3 opponents to determine who has the best visual memory or fastest fingers and collect their gold by defeating them!

Take a break from classic memory matching games and see if you can master this new twist!

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In Aureus the player is tasked with operating the elements of an electrically charged gold producing machine. The machine operates in the dark, with all elements hidden from the player. Matching similar elements creates an electrical current which briefly illuminates part of the board, disintegrates the matched elements, and produces gold.

Players must rely on their memory to match hidden elements. Speed is likewise essential to master the Aureus which has a strong tendency to overheat. Skilled players have the option of using gold coins earned over time to upgrade the machine. Upgrades can reduce pressure, slow falling elements, or minimize the impact of failed matches amongst other benefits. Once fully upgraded, Aureus provides its fastest game mode with frantic gameplay.

At a basic level, Aureus can be played as a tile matching game with a twist. At the most complex level, Aureus demands a combination of strategy, dexterity and memory. The most efficient way to play is by making a succession of small matches to regroup similar elements, followed by more complex matches to produce large amounts of gold coins. As the pressure increases, the player must master a balance between speed and memorization to optimize the number of coins and the final score.

Aureus features 3 game modes:
* Endurance: the classic mode, with continuous game play until the machine breaks
* Time Trial: the perfect mode for short sessions, with game play limited to 90 seconds
* Online: a multiplayer mode in which players can challenge up to 3 opponents

lif's comments:
Hey everybody!

I'm proud to present Galta's first game: Aureus!

Aureus is a nice little twist on the classic tile matching game formula, which concept I had in mind for some time now. Try it if you wonder what it is to play some sort of bejeweled game in the dark, with most of the blocks hidden from your sight. The game demands strategy of course, but above all lots of memory (or speed, if you have the memory span of a goldfish!)

Aureus offers the two game modes expected from tile matching games (endless and time limit), plus an online mode which lets you fight other players live, both locally and over internet (I missed playing Tetris with friends on my HP48!). It also features an upgrade system based on virtual coins (purely virtual, with no in-app purchases).

Here's a small video. Nothing fancy, but it should give you an idea of the gameplay:

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Enjoy!

04-05-2013, 09:57 AM
#11
The upgrades don't affect multiplayer, no. But they do affect Time Trial in 2 ways: coin multipliers and beacons.

In multiplayer, the X2 and X4 multipliers are applied to the pressure that you add to your opponents. This means that with some careful placement and a bit of luck, you can inflict some huge damages in a single shot.

The game tells about "one move kills" when the pressures jumps from less than 5% to 100% in one move. I added this when a few testers complained that the game was buggy because they were winning when they suddenly lost with apparently no reason. The goal was to show that even if it was surprising, it was normal. It might not be very clear though...

Normally it takes some planning to group the multipliers, but it can also happen with a bit of luck from time to time. This might be what happened to your friend... and to you
05-01-2013, 02:25 PM
#12
I have released the iPad version today, and it's universal so everybody will get it

I've also posted some new promo codes here but it's unclear if people have used them yet (I haven't heard any feedback but I posted some expired codes initially so it's a bit of a mess. The one currently posted were created this morning though). If they are all expired, just post it in the thread and I'll send you some directly in private messages, I have lots of them!

Last edited by lif; 05-01-2013 at 02:29 PM.

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