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App description: Keep your balls in the air and your lasers charged, the goal is to smash the lights as quickly as possible. Celebrate the holidays with Holiday Smash!

Featured on Gizmodo on Dec 10 in Deals of the Day.

"If you only buy one game to help you get your holiday groove on this season, pick Holiday Smash" - iPhone Games Examiner Keri Honea

"Nice twist on the regular formula!" -player comments in touchArcade forums

"Great game! Thank you very much..." "...I find the game very well balanced with power-ups and laser boosts right now." - player comments in touchArcade forums

"I used to play these kind of games years ago and i have to add that im kinda surprised how much i like this one."-player comments in touchArcade forums


Features:
Get points by smashing the lights and keeping balls in play.
Countdown score multiplier rewards finishing quickly with higher score. Lights smashed early in a level are worth much more than later.
There are three levels of difficulty: Easy, Normal and Hard.
OpenFeint Online Leaderboards and Achievements

Levels Include:
Santa
Snowman
Christmas Tree
Snowflake
Fireplace
Candy Canes
Gingerbread House
Gingerbread Man
Elf
Nutcracker

Gameplay Tips:
Smash lights early while the point multiplier is maxxed out.
End the level with balls in the air where the next level will appear for quick points.
Lasers reset when the balls are gone so keep the balls going. Charge lasers early!
3 and 5 ball splits get more balls in play. More balls increases bonus at the end of each level and at the end of the game.
Remaining time from first 60 seconds is turned into bonus points. Again, finish quickly for better score.
Smash the weak parts of the level and get the balls into the safer area above the lights.
If you beat a level try the next level. Easy mode is pretty easy. Hard mode is tough!
Complete all of the Achievements. Tap Highscores and go online to find out what you've completed. Can you complete Hard Mode and win the Champion of Fortitude achievement?


Here's what is planned for the next free update to Holiday Smash:
The paddle is being moved up. Everyone who's played it has said "that blue thing needs to be higher".
If you like the Achievements, that's good because more are being added.
More powerups are being added.
Lasers are being enhanced. They have more levels and also drop over time. Laser Boost becomes more important for score.
Powerup drops are being tuned.
Gameplay during level transition is being tuned.
A quick one time in game tutorial is being added.

Have fun!
Sea Lion Games

Prab's comments:


12-02-2009, 03:34 PM
#2
That looks fun! Thanks for posting the video

12-02-2009, 07:57 PM
#3
Here's a promo code for Holiday Smash: YLW4697N7YFM

12-02-2009, 08:27 PM
#4
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: MD, USA
Posts: 1,549
Well that code is gone, and I took my sweet time trying to activate it... If a lurker got it, I'm going to tell santa you're a sneaky bastard, so good luck getting any presents lurker

Plus+ ID: Wegmans
12-03-2009, 04:21 AM
#5
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 5,678
Haven't gotten around to playing it yet, but I glanced at the achievements, I thought it was really cool how the dev included various quotes for some of the achievements. Never seen that done before.

EDIT:

Ok I played around with it, this app is actually pretty fun, pretty much, all I can say is, sooo many ballllls lol but I look forward to hopefully some updates, maybe some non-holiday levels. Also though, I really don't like how far down the bumper is, its hard to control/see what I'm doing.

Last edited by d1; 12-03-2009 at 04:54 AM.
12-03-2009, 10:10 AM
#6
The first update to Holiday Smash is almost ready. Here's what is coming...

• The paddle is being moved up. Everyone who's played it has said "that blue thing needs to be higher".
• I'm glad you like the achievements because more are being added.
• More powerups are being added.
• Lasers are being enhanced. They have more levels and also drop over time. This means that Laser Boost becomes more important for score.
• Powerup drops are being tuned.
• The way the balls currently remain in play into the next level is getting tuned. Each level will either start up in slow motion, or it will start with a ball on your paddle. This part is not done yet.
• A quick one time in game tutorial is being added.

For a limited time Holiday Smash is FREE in the App Store. Get it while it's FREE!

App Store reviews help and are appreciated.

Thanks for the feedback!!!


Last edited by SeaLionGames; 12-03-2009 at 10:25 AM.
12-03-2009, 03:02 PM
#7
Update sounds good Paul! I look forward to it
12-03-2009, 03:41 PM
#8
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 5,678
Alright cool sounds like that update will fix most of my complaints.
12-03-2009, 04:24 PM
#9
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Vienna, Austria
Posts: 4,436


Great game! Thank you very much. Breakout at it's finest! And I love to destroy holiday symbols.

What's unusual is that I had to start the game three times and it always crashed to homescreen after the logo. (OpenFeint?) But now it seems to work fine. When there are lots of balls and "smashes" simultaneously my iPhone 3G starts to lag a bit but it's manageable. Fortunately I can switch off the very good—but very repetitive as well—music.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SeaLionGames View Post
The first update to Holiday Smash is almost ready. Here's what is coming...

• The paddle is being moved up.
Really? It's difficult enough in hard mode not to die right at the very beginning of the levels when the lower obstacles are close to the out-lane (and the paddle). Please don't downsize the distance any more.

And I find the game very well balanced with power-ups and laser boosts right now.
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Last edited by Habakuk; 12-03-2009 at 04:27 PM.
12-03-2009, 05:20 PM
#10
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 367
Thanks for making it free, downloading now.