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iPhone: SET Lite launched & SET at a new lower price $0.99

07-14-2009, 01:11 PM
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 15
SET Lite launched & SET at a new lower price $0.99

The touchArcade community has been incredibly helpful with SET, so I wanted to make sure I kept you guys updated.

We had an ugly bug show up after the iPhone 3.0 update, and were out of commission until the recent update. We've decided to come back with more love for players by releasing SET Lite, a free version, and lowering the SET price to 2.99. The price drop was encouraged by a few of the forum members here and we are already seeing positive reaction to the change.

For those who don't know, SET is based on a card game by the same name with a strong cult following. You are challenged to find matching sequences of three cards. It's similar to an IQ test, but faster-paced and much more fun.

You guys can help us out, by checking out SET Lite and leaving your thoughts on iTunes. If you love it and want to try the full version, please let me know. I have a few promo codes reserved for touchArcade members. Thanks and have fun.

SET Lite: http://bit.ly/SETLite
SET: http://bit.ly/SET

07-14-2009, 01:20 PM
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 170
Oh wow. I had no idea Set was in the app store. I loved this game back in high school (~6-7 years ago). I'll gladly check it out when I get home from work! A promo code couldn't hurt

07-14-2009, 01:31 PM
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: San Francisco, California
Posts: 5,305
Review: Simple to learn, SET delivers challenging brain bender (re-post)

Here is my review of SET from May...

I have always been a puzzler at heart so when I came across SET, a game based on visual perception, I was quick to give it a try. While it’s based on a classic card game from two decades ago, I’ve seen variations of the concept in other games. And, after playing with this quite a bit, I think SET is perfect for those occasions when your brain needs some mental exercise or simply in search of a quick diversion…and who doesn’t need that.

SET has an elegant interface with a catchy soundtrack, almost reminiscent of something you would hear in a 1970s movie. You can customize the background in green, blue or silver, and in general, SET has a relaxed feel to it that should appeal to most people. While not a problem for me, one hitch is that you have to enable/disable the sound each time you open the game.

The object of the game is to identify a set of three cards in which each symbol is either the same on each card or different on each card in terms of color, symbols, shading and number. Does that sound complicated? Believe me, SET is challenging in a good way, and you’ll need some creative brain bending to find them. The game has four gameplay modes—Classic, Puzzle, Timed and Arcade.

Each mode comes with two levels of difficulty—basic and advanced. In Basic, you’re presented with 9 cards, while Advanced has 12 cards. Each card is red, green or purple, contains ovals, squiggles or diamonds, has 1-3 symbols, and is solid, outlined or striped in design. Even with the 9-card format in Basic, you’ll spend a good amount of time racking your brains.

The Game Modes
Classic—create 10 sets in the least amount of time to try and beat your best time
Puzzle—find 4 (basic) or 6 (advanced) sets in the least amount of time
Timed—find as many sets as you can within 2 minutes
Arcade—find as many as sets as possible before time runs out; receive a 30 second bonus for every level completed.

My favorite is Classic because I don’t have time constraints and can play with a more relaxed approach. While local scores are kept for each mode and difficulty level, it would be ideal to include online scoring in the future so you can see how good or not so good when compared to everyone else. Other than in Puzzle mode, the cards are replaced with new cards once a match is made.

As mentioned, SET is a game about visual perception and after playing this a few times, the game can be addictive. There are four ways to create sets: color, symbol, number and shading.

Color: Each card is red, green, or purple.
Symbol: Each card contains ovals, squiggles, or diamonds.
Number: Each card has one, two, or three symbols.
Shading: Each card is solid, outlined, or striped.

A set of three cards can either have the same feature on each card or the feature is different on each card, which adds quite of challenge, and requires a good deal of concentration. SET is not a game where you can randomly tap on a few cards and hope for the best. One great feature is the Hint function which can be turned on/off. Whenever you make a wrong match, a brief explanation appears stating why there is no match. For me, this is extremely helpful in learning the facets of the game. During the game, a timer and a separate set counter are included to show sets completed and sets remaining.

In line with online scoring, multiplayer functionality would be a good real-time option to see who can complete sets the fastest, and it would provide an additional mode to gameplay. Also, the devs may want to consider adding new themes and symbols that would offer more variety and complement the different backgrounds already offered.

If you’re looking for a potentially addictive game that will force you to use your brain cells, then SET is worth considering. The concept is simple, yet challenging enough that should appeal for puzzlers and non-puzzlers alike.

Albie Meter: 4 stars (recommended for those looking for the next brain bender that is challenging in its simplicity)
07-14-2009, 02:54 PM
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 170
I played the Lite version during my lunch break. It certainly brings back memories. Multiplayer would make an excellent addition. Having it done over BT/WiFi would be excellent.
07-16-2009, 03:13 PM
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 15
Yeah, multi-player is definitely our most-requested feature. It's something we're considering, but it requires a significant overhaul due to the existing code. Thanks for checking it out, outphase, and check your inbox for a SET promo code.
07-16-2009, 03:16 PM
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 170
Thanks a ton!

I can imagine it now. Instead of 4 people crowded around a small desk, all 4 people will have their own iDevice playing the game. Ah how the memories become modernized.
09-03-2009, 06:41 PM
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Posts: 4,761