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iPhone: Charmed and charmed lite

03-26-2010, 05:00 PM
Originally Posted by CzarCastic View Post
Love this game! I think it's my favorite Match 3. Anybody that doesn't have it should definitely grab it while it's free.
Thanks CzarCastic! Glad you like it.

Anyone who is even remotely a fan of games like Bejeweled should definitely pick this up while it's free.

It really takes advantage of the accelerometer to improve the gameplay (in my opinion of course!).

I actually came up with the idea for this game while on a business trip in Kempten, Germany. I couldn't sleep one night due to jet lag, and I started doodling some shapes on some scrap paper.

As I was rotating the paper to draw the different shapes, it occurred to me that rotating my iPhone would be a cool gameplay mechanic to add to a Bejeweled type of game.

Then I decided that just rotation wasn't enough. There needed to be another reason to rotate rather than just to rotate the entire board without anything else changing. That's when I came up with the fixed blocks idea. That creates the possibility of empty gaps in the game grid, and allows you to make matches just by rotating the device and watching the pieces fall into place.

I decided it needed just one more major different, so as a third feature, I added the snowflakes which are used to earn Freeze Time. When activated, Freeze Time lets you make moves without needing to make a match, so you can actually line up huge matches.

I felt that the combination of these three new features would make a cool game, and that was how I got into iPhone development!

The rest, as they say, is history!
03-27-2010, 12:41 PM
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,966
I like the game and am very appreciative of getting it for free.

However, I do think the difficulty curve on "normal" needs serious work. Its trivial for levels 1-15, and then spikes very considerably when the extra tile is added. Easy, easy, easy, very hard = a broken difficulty curve. You cant actually even call it a "curve" . . . you are going forward on a gentle plateau then, after an hour or so of game time, you run smack into a steep mountain.

The time given per level should be adjusted so that 1-15 gets meaningfully harder. And 16...its quite a difficulty spike...I tend to think that the extra tile should be some sort of challenge mode and and the regular levels should just get gradually less time.

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07-06-2010, 05:59 PM
Charmed On Sale Today for $0.99

To celebrate our 150,000th download, Charmed is on sale today for 66% off! Only $0.99!

07-07-2010, 01:05 AM
I've decided to leave Charmed on sale for another 8 hours (until I wake up tomorrow), so don't miss out if you want to get it for cheap!

Still only $0.99!
09-21-2010, 01:15 AM
Version 1.9 Now Available

Version 1.9 of Charmed was just released, so update now or go buy it if you don't already own it!
  • Includes 5 new levels
  • Updated to OpenFeint 2.6.1

The next update will be submitted to Apple in 1-2 days and features:
  • Retina graphics throughout the entire game
  • Full multitasking support for iOS 4.1
  • Completely new 3D charm rotation animations for both Retina and normal graphics versions

Charmed looks SUPER SHARP with Retina graphics! Here is a preview image:

09-22-2010, 06:24 PM
Charmed is FREE for a Limited Time!

Before the Retina Graphics update, and to help promote our new release, Flight Deck: Reloaded, we are giving away Charmed for FREE for a limited time.
iTunes Link for Charmed (FREE)

iTunes Link for
Flight Deck: Reloaded ($0.99)
Get it while you can, as we don't intend to do this again for a long time!
09-23-2010, 03:06 AM
Retina Display Version 1.10 Submitted to Apple

I submitted the Retina display update for Charmed to Apple tonight.

Look for it in a week or so depending on how Apple is doing these days.
10-14-2010, 11:26 PM
Save 66% this weekend on Charmed

Charmed is on sale this weekend for $0.99! Get it now on iTunes.

Don't miss this chance to get it on sale!
12-25-2010, 05:27 PM
New FREE Powerups!

Are you looking for an awesome puzzle game to play on your new iPhone, iPod touch or iPad?

Look no further than Charmed!
  • 40 levels each with a unique layout of blocks & gold tiles!
  • Master gravity by flipping the game in all four directions!
  • Razor sharp retina graphics!
  • Collect snowflakes to earn Freeze Time!

Charmed V1.12 is out now and adds 5 new powerups for FREE! Enable up to 3 powerups at a time to increase your scores and have more fun!

Don't forget to tell your friends once you're hooked!

02-23-2011, 12:17 PM
Wow - great review up on 148apps! Congrats!


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