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Floris - [circular Tetris / DrMario hybrid]

04-01-2013, 09:50 AM
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Richmond VA
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Floris - [circular Tetris / DrMario hybrid]

Hi all.

I'm the developer and designer of Floris, coming very soon (4/18) to the App Store.

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FLORIS is an INCREDIBLY UNIQUE re-imagination of the CLASSIC FALLING BLOCK puzzle genre.

Gorgeous! Intelligently innovative! Genius!

*****************HYPNOTICALLY ADDICTIVE!*********************

FLORIS takes you simultaneously to a state of intense calm and engagement.

DELIGHTFULLY challenging - a never before seen SPIN on a well known formula.

Flow and grow your FLORIS around and round! How many rings can you create?

A stunning, gorgeous, a meditative work of art!

STELLAR debut from solo game designer

100% indie game (no publisher, no funding)


Endless REPLAYs - can you become a GRAND MASTER FLORII?

--Timed - Play for 1 min, 2 min, or infinite
--Song - Play the duration of any one of FIVE breath taking original soundtrack compositions
--One Ring - Play for the highest score, and end on your first RING
--100 - A finite number of pedals fall to the florii

- INTUITIVE and TIGHT controls

****Highly immersive audio-visual gaming experience***

FLORIS is a descendent of falling block classic puzzle games that spirals the genre into a modern dimension.

In Floris, instead of moving the falling piece, the player rotates the board. This never before seen game design sets a groundbreaking new standard for the action puzzler.


Twitter - http://twitter.com/andrewbbowers
Blog - http://www.OxAndCoon.com

Floris is a direct descendant of games like Tetris and Dr. Mario but with its own interesting, unique, and addictive gameplay.

I built this myself in cocos2d and it's my first finished game.

Thanks for checking it out and feel free to ask me any questions.


Last edited by grillaface; 04-13-2013 at 02:18 PM. Reason: added description
04-01-2013, 10:34 AM
Joined: Mar 2013
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If you dig the game give the Facebook page some love (gimme a like!)

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04-12-2013, 10:36 AM
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Richmond VA
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Finally submitted binary a couple days ago, so barring unfavorable review looks like launch will be on 4/18.

This weekend I'll be working on video trailers and tutorials as well as a comprehensive online manual for the game.

The rules are simple and easy to understand, but behave different than what you may expect based on previous entries in this genre.

Here's the app icon:

Let me know what you think!

This is a really solid game!

Last edited by grillaface; 04-13-2013 at 02:16 PM.
04-12-2013, 10:38 AM
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Here's a shot I whipped up to try and visually communicate movement and the "ring" building concept in Floris:

Last edited by grillaface; 04-13-2013 at 01:49 PM.
04-12-2013, 10:50 AM
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looks nice... is this universal build?
any game center?

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04-12-2013, 11:25 AM
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Hey thanks - yes it's a universal app - runs on iPhone4+ and on any iPad. Though admittedly performance is worse on older devices, high framerate is not such a huge deal for this type of game.

Consider someone made an LED version of Tetris on a pumpkin and you'll see what I mean

But on Iphone5 and newer iPads it's ridiculously fast and smooth.

Floris is completely add free, no IAP, and 100% indie developed an unfunded. It's a product of my passion for games.

I setup GameCenter leaderboards but decided to remove them until the first update for two reasons:

1) I was having trouble getting the LeaderBoard views to pop correctly in app
2) I want to get user feedback on the scoring model I designed before making "permanent" global leaderboards..

For #1 I don't know if this was just a Game Center Sandbox (the development version) issue or something I was doing wrong - at any rate GameCenter and achievements will be available in the first update (about a week after launch).

Just consider the first week practice time so you can be ready to hit the top of the charts after the update

In this first version I've included 4 main game modes:

Timed (infinite, 1 min, 2 min, 5 min)
Song (play the game for the duration of any one of the games awesome FIVE theme songs)
1 Ring (game ends when you build one ring. There are two ways to play this mode, targetting fastest time and targetting highest score)...
100 (the game plays until you've planted 100 florus on the florii)

There will be separate leaderboards for each mode.

Also configurable are the number of colors on the board. The difficulty increase greatly with each color added (2 is easy, 3 is normal, 4 is hard).

You can also select your start level (1-12) that affects the drop speed, board rotation, and score multipliers.

I'm a lifelong Tetris addict - seriously I play around an hour a day online - but I never play on iOS because I dont' like the way they implemented the controls. So I started thinking about different ways the game could be controlled and that's where the idea for Floris was born.

Given that it was critical for me to nail the controls - and I may be biased but I believe they work incredibly well and are super responsive.

Feel free to ask any other questions because I love talking about this game!!
04-12-2013, 11:27 AM
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Last edited by grillaface; 04-12-2013 at 12:48 PM. Reason: moved pic above
04-17-2013, 08:29 PM
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is this coming out tonight?

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04-17-2013, 09:48 PM
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Hey thanks for asking!

It's actually still in review - I submitted 1 week ago so if it's not ready tomorrow night it should be Friday or Saturday...

The wait anxiety is killing me!

I posted four new teasers here:


There's also a cool story about the name Floris here:

04-18-2013, 08:35 PM
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Location: Richmond VA
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Floris is out now!!!! http://oxandcoon.com/news/

Made new thread in released forum... Thanks for playing everyone!