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App description: "I had not thought that a word game could be so beautiful. Beautiful to see and hear, but also the stern, unyielding beauty of logic." - Matt Thrower, GameZebo

"Another week, another new word game. QatQi...is, if anything, better than Letterpress." -- Shane Richmond, The Telegraph

"COMPELLING" ... "Its a very simple idea, but a good one. QatQi offers a different type of word game challenge, and flourishes for it. All the better for being free to download, and exceptionally easy to dive into for short or long sessions." - Jennifer Allen, 148Apps

"Just when you think there can't be much more new ground to be broken in the word-games genre, along comes something like QatQi with an inventive take on letter-based puzzling." - The Guardian

Lose yourself in the world of QatQi (pronounced cat-key), a gorgeous and meticulously crafted word game that pleases the senses and tests the limits of your lexicon. Frustrated with the lack of innovation in other word games, indie designer Chris Garrett developed QatQi to freshen up the genre with never-before-seen gameplay, an elegant interface, dazzling art, and otherworldly music that changes as you play. In a word, its INSPIRED (161 points.)

QatQi offers more than just laying down tiles and reaping the rewards. Game puzzles form a map for players to explore, uncovering bonuses and avoiding barriers as they link letters together. Its easy to learn, but offers a new kind of strategic depth for the genre. Bolstered by robust statistics and enticing social features, QatQi is a complete package for word game lovers eager for something new.

Beyond the innovations in gameplay and scoring, QatQi is an audiovisual tour de force with art and music that can be appreciated even without words. The games puzzles will have you racking your brain, but its ethereal aesthetics will leave you in a state of zen.
QatQi features:

Novel map mechanics Explore each puzzle by laying out tiles to spell words across increasingly intricate rooms and corridors. Special squares offer big bonuses, but require some smooth wordsmithing to reach.

Smart, scaling difficulty Sunday levels can be brutal, but QatQi eases players in with simple puzzles and an intuitive tutorial. If youre backed into a corner sometimes literally take another try with an Undo.

Size up your spelling Compare your performance with players in your city or across the globe using QatQis cater-made scoring system. Post automatically and view full breakdowns all without disruptive logins or passwords.

Vaunt your vocab When you top the charts in your area or drop a high-scoring word like MOUNTAINEERING (461 points), QatQi will make a personally framed screenshot for you to boast over Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS all from within the game.

Data to die for To boost your scores, explore a beautiful interactive stats page that provides key metrics after each puzzle. Even as a novice word-slinger, QatQis granular breakdowns will give you something to aim for.

Fresh content, always QatQi offers new levels every day of the week, scaling up in difficulty from Monday to Sunday. Past levels are archived for access anytime.

Audiovisual bliss Artist Kun Chang, who created the artwork for the hit game Osmos, lends a striking sensibility to the game board and menus. Complementing the looks is an original, spectral score that builds in complexity as you move through more difficult puzzles.

Echoseven's comments:
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NZ Release info :

The Game is out in New Zealand. It should be out in US at about 11 PM EST and Europe at around 12 AM UK time. Size of the app is 46 MB.

Price in NZ is FREE

Requirements : Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.




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Lose yourself in the world of QatQi (pronounced cat-key), a gorgeous and meticulously crafted word game that pleases the senses and tests the limits of your lexicon. Frustrated with the lack of innovation in other word games, indie designer Chris Garrett developed QatQi to freshen up the genre with never-before-seen gameplay, an elegant interface, dazzling art, and otherworldly music that changes as you play. In a word, its INSPIRED (161 points.)

QatQi offers more than just laying down tiles and reaping the rewards. Game puzzles form a map for players to explore, uncovering bonuses and avoiding barriers as they link letters together. Its easy to learn, but offers a new kind of strategic depth for the genre. Bolstered by robust statistics and enticing social features, QatQi is a complete package for word game lovers eager for something new.

Beyond the innovations in gameplay and scoring, QatQi is an audiovisual tour de force with art and music that can be appreciated even without words. The games puzzles will have you racking your brain, but its ethereal aesthetics will leave you in a state of zen.
QatQi features:

➣ Novel map mechanics Explore each puzzle by laying out tiles to spell words across increasingly intricate rooms and corridors. Special squares offer big bonuses, but require some smooth wordsmithing to reach.

➣ Smart, scaling difficulty Sunday levels can be brutal, but QatQi eases players in with simple puzzles and an intuitive tutorial. If youre backed into a corner sometimes literally take another try with an Undo.

➣ Size up your spelling Compare your performance with players in your city or across the globe using QatQis cater-made scoring system. Post automatically and view full breakdowns all without disruptive logins or passwords.

➣ Vaunt your vocab When you top the charts in your area or drop a high-scoring word like MOUNTAINEERING (461 points), QatQi will make a personally framed screenshot for you to boast over Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS all from within the game.

➣ Data to die for To boost your scores, explore a beautiful interactive stats page that provides key metrics after each puzzle. Even as a novice word-slinger, QatQis granular breakdowns will give you something to aim for.

➣ Fresh content, always QatQi offers new levels every day of the week, scaling up in difficulty from Monday to Sunday. Past levels are archived for access anytime.

➣ Audiovisual bliss Artist Kun Chang, who created the artwork for the hit game Osmos, lends a striking sensibility to the game board and menus. Complementing the looks is an original, spectral score that builds in complexity as you move through more difficult puzzles.






Quote:
NZ Release info :

The Game is out in New Zealand. It should be out in US at about 11 PM EST and Europe at around 12 AM UK time. Size of the app is 46 MB.

Price in NZ is FREE
11-14-2012, 06:26 PM
#2
This looks really interesting. Any chance for a gameplay trailer?

Current Favorites: HoMM Clash of Heroes. Dungeon Plunder. Penumbear. European War 3. Block Fortress. Nonograms Pro. Dungelot. Pwn: Combat Hacking. Heroes and Castles. Hundreds. Ravenmark. Card Shark Collection. Carcassonne.

11-14-2012, 08:33 PM
#3
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,297
I found a interesting video demo of the game narrated by the developer here:

http://pockettactics.com/2012/11/12/...ore-this-week/

Since the game is free, I presume it includes IAP to unlock all the features. I can't wait to try it.

Game Center: MarinasideSteve
11-15-2012, 01:57 AM
#4
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,297
This game is pretty interesting and has a very cool aesthetic. The word game play seems very fresh to me. Everything appears to be unlocked for free; the IAP is for extra undo moves, which at least for the easy puzzles I have been playing so far appears to be totally unnecessary.

The detailed statistics in this game are great. There are leaderboards for every level and if you provide your location, they are broken down by various geographical regions. Unfortunately, there is no Game Center support in QatQi.

Highly recommended!

Game Center: MarinasideSteve

Last edited by slewis7; 11-15-2012 at 08:12 AM.
11-16-2012, 08:37 AM
#5
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY USA
Posts: 5
QatQi feedback

Hi all,

Dropping in to join the conversation. Thanks for the positive feedback!

Game Center support is somewhat tricky. High scores aren't possible, because there are so many levels and Game Center only allows 25 different high score lists. We effectively have tens of thousands of high score lists, because each puzzle has its own list, and that is in turn broken down into geography.

That said, we could probably use Game Center just to show friends who are playing the game, and tie it into our own score server somehow. We're going to be talking about it this weekend when the team gets together for our launch party.

Glad you're enjoying the game!

Chris Garrett
11-16-2012, 10:03 AM
#6
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,297
Thanks for popping in, Chris!

You could do some cumulative totals with Game Center. For example: stars collected, levels completed, highest score for each difficulty level. In any case, it will be a plus to be able to see which friends are playing.

Other then Game Center support, there is little you can do to improve this game.

Game Center: MarinasideSteve
11-16-2012, 05:16 PM
#7
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,297
Contradicting my prior post a bit, it would be nice to be able to see the number of unplayed letters remaining during a game (counting both those in hand and to be distributed) as well as how many Undo moves are left.

Edit: I just noticed the display does show the letters left! Great!!

Game Center: MarinasideSteve

Last edited by slewis7; 11-16-2012 at 05:29 PM.
11-16-2012, 06:00 PM
#8
Downloaded earlier today and have been playing for awhile now and I have to say this is an amazing game. Love everything about it. The possibilities while playing are amazing and sometimes daunting. Great job

Current Favorites: HoMM Clash of Heroes. Dungeon Plunder. Penumbear. European War 3. Block Fortress. Nonograms Pro. Dungelot. Pwn: Combat Hacking. Heroes and Castles. Hundreds. Ravenmark. Card Shark Collection. Carcassonne.
11-18-2012, 06:37 AM
#9
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,297
A minor suggestion for the developers:

I just got a high enough score to make me the leader in Texas for a level and the game congratulates me for it and generates a certificate. However the certificate shows the scores for the United States when it would be better to show them for Texas. Also, while it indicates the level's date, it would ideally also show the level's difficulty.

On another subject, if anyone here owns an iDevice in Galveston county Texas, start playing QatQi. I need some competition and more folks need to be enjoying the fantastic word game!

Game Center: MarinasideSteve
11-18-2012, 04:31 PM
#10
Just saw that qatqi received a great review at touchgen. Hope it gets reviewed here as well.

Current Favorites: HoMM Clash of Heroes. Dungeon Plunder. Penumbear. European War 3. Block Fortress. Nonograms Pro. Dungelot. Pwn: Combat Hacking. Heroes and Castles. Hundreds. Ravenmark. Card Shark Collection. Carcassonne.