App description: Nominated for a BAFTA
Nominated for a Pocket Gamer award
Named in 100 Greatest Apps Of All Time by Tap! Magazine 2011 & 2012
App Madness Tournament Champion Sept 2011
Pocket Gamer Gold Medal

When veteran video game designers John and Ste Pickford discovered a mysterious bundle of papers hidden in the family attic, who could have guessed it would lead to one of the best new modern puzzle games in years?

To John and Ste's delight their work revealed an addictive, compelling, and completely original strategic puzzle game, which they named 'Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint'.

The game plays very much like pool, using intuitive touch controls. The twist is that balls of the same colour stick together magnetically when they touch.

Magnetic Billiards tables have no pockets, instead balls are removed by building clusters of connected balls, with extra rewards for creating recognised cluster shapes.

Points are scored based on the skill displayed and risks taken each shot, and grades are awarded for the total score earned when a table is cleared.

Clearing a table is the easy part. Trying to earn high scores and achieve high grades is where the surprising genius of the game becomes apparent.

Sure, anyone can beat an F grade, but will you ever get an A grade? Is there a higher grade than A? Can you unlock all the tables?

Although easy to play the game is fiendishly addictive, as the simple game mechanic is deceptively subtle and deep. Even after months of play you'll still be figuring out new ways to beat your previous best scores and grades.

As you aim for higher and higher you'll realise that no two games of Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint are ever alike. Re-playing each table presents you with an endlessly fascinating challenge, as new strategic decisions need to be made with every shot to maximise the points earned.

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"Its magic though comes from Nintendo-esque levels of refinement, with each table a honed masterpiece of risk and opportunity" - The Guardian

"an original gameplay concept, tweaked to near-perfection, and steeped in character. This is what indie gaming should be" - Pocket Gamer 9/10 - Gold Award

"combines elements of billiards and match three in a crazy way that is incredibly fun" - Touch Arcade ****

"Yes, we like it a lot, especially because its so well made. ...this is captivating, quality gaming that you really shouldnt miss." - Tap! Magazine ****

"Generous, polished and charmingly eccentric" - EDGE 8/10

"it's incredibly simple but alarmingly addictive once you get going." - Eurogamer 8/10

"Absolutely essential for anyone with an iOS device" - The Telegraph

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Packed with great features and content:

Classic Game has 20 graded 'Casual' tables to unlock, requiring skill and careful play to earn the highest grades.
An additional 3 graded tables each from the 'Serious', 'Tricky' and 'Fiendish' sets, to test your skill even further.
'Relentless' Arcade game, an addictive and endless mode to keep you playing between Classic Game tables.
Full Game Center support with several Leaderboards and dozens of Achievements to discover.

Addition optional expansions can be purchased in-game, including new content and new game modes:

Two more Arcade Games - 'Sardines' and 'Countdown', addictive and fast-paced game variations.
The key to 17 extra 'Serious' tables, offering a deeper challenge.
The key to 17 extra 'Tricky' tables where the game starts to get tough.
The key to 17 extra 'Fiendish' tables for only the most advanced players.
A one time only purchase of a 'Skeleton Key', unlocking all existing content and any future content.
Two exciting prototypes of new games to try out, exclusively for Skeleton Key owners.

Howlingwolf's comments:
Magnetic Billiards Blueprint



Picked this up earlier and it's great .
07-16-2011, 09:53 AM
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Game Impressions

It is so weird it's wonderful, part match 3 and part billiards.

You make points by bouncing balls off the wall and then clustering with other balls of their same color. The weird twist that seems counter-intuitive at first is that you're rewarded for taking as many legal moves as possible. Like if you could cluster all of the stage's balls in one well placed shot you'd get a crapracular score compared to the guy who did it in 5 shots.

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07-16-2011, 10:02 AM
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It is so weird it's wonderful, part match 3 and part billiards.

You make points by bouncing balls off the wall and then clustering with other balls of their same color. The weird twist that seems counter-intuitive at first is that you're rewarded for taking as many legal moves as possible. Like if you could cluster all of the stage's balls in one well placed shot you'd get a crapracular score compared to the guy who did it in 5 shots.
Yeah the take more shots to get the best grade confused me to start with I'm interested to see what the arcade games are like once the IAP shop becomes available . Also I looked on there site and the PC game they have in development which this is based on looks pretty smart too .

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07-16-2011, 06:10 PM
#4
Surprised this ain't getting more attention it has over 30 reviews in the UK AppStore and is running at a solid 5 stars . The guys behind it the Pickford Bros are gaming legends from way back as far as the ZX Spectrum days .

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07-16-2011, 07:14 PM
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Video of gameplay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIIh4...e_gdata_player

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07-16-2011, 07:38 PM
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Surprised this ain't getting more attention it has over 30 reviews in the UK AppStore and is running at a solid 5 stars . The guys behind it the Pickford Bros are gaming legends from way back as far as the ZX Spectrum days .
Crap Weasels! I just found out these were the geniuses behind Wetrix/Aqua Aqua! One of my favorite puzzle games of all time!

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07-16-2011, 08:04 PM
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Crap Weasels! I just found out these were the geniuses behind Wetrix/Aqua Aqua! One of my favorite puzzle games of all time!
Yeah I loved Wetrix too

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07-17-2011, 03:56 AM
#8
Thanks for the kind words guys.

This is our first iOS release, so we were a bit nervous, but we've been really pleased by the initial response we've had. We've had lovely feedback via twitter, forums, and App Store reviews.

Unfortunately the In App Purchases that complement the game are still in the queue for review at Apple. We naturally expected that the IAPs would be approved at the same time as the game, so it was a bit of a shock when we woke up Saturday morning and noticed the IAPs weren't available, after we'd had a little drink to celebrate the App's approval late on the Friday night before.

We've got our fingers crossed that the extra game modes and extra tables that become available via IAP will come online very soon, as some people are already maxing out their scores on the first batch of levels, even though that represents several hours play.

[URL="http://www.zee-3.com/pickfordbros"]Pickford Brothers website[/URL] - [URL="http://twitter.com/#!/MagBilliardsDev"]Magnetic Billiards Development twitter feed[/URL]
07-17-2011, 04:09 AM
#9
@Ste Pickford that's Apple for you alot of things they do don't make sense but hopefully it will appear soon looking forward to playing the arcade games . So far I'm loving it and can safely say it's one of my favourite IOS games at the minute . Also slightly off topic how far is the PC version from completion looking forward to that also .

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07-17-2011, 04:28 AM
#10
Just rated this game 5 stars. Are you allowed to rate your own games?

If not, please disregard that rating.