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iPhone: Update! (int'l) Chinese Checkers <--- Free now

01-21-2010, 08:07 AM
#1
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 14
Update! (int'l) Chinese Checkers <--- Free now

In this update, we bring a new graphical instructions to all of you.
We really hope all of you can enjoy our HK-style ruled chinese checkers!
(Please read the instructions if you are familiar with HK-style rule)


Chinese Checkers

It is Free!
http://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/id346053467?mt=8

(We provide this game in american English and Traditional Chinese)

In order to become a popular game, market research and understanding of players' preferences are very critical. How could we turn an ordinary into an extraordinary? How could we persuade players to be addicted to our game? Let's expose our SIX impressive CHARACTERISTICS of our Chinese Checkers.

1. While other companies charge you, we are offering it for FREE!!
The general Pay Chinese Checkers in the market only offer a basic package including computer versus mode, different challenging levels and auto-save. With great pleasure, the FREE version of our Chinese Checkers does not only include these basic functions, but we are providing it with more powerful functions such as nimbly marble-tapping and auto-zooming. All of these marvelous features could furnish our Chinese Checkers with a smooth operation and a gorgeous layout, so that you could recall your childhood memory with joy and happiness.

2. The first-ever Chinese Checkers with "CAPTURE MODE"
The FREE version of our Chinese Checkers offers not only the "HOP Mode", but the "CAPTURE Mode" as well. This may be the first Chinese Checkers providing this 2-in-1 version! We believe that you cherish this mode a lot!

3. Smooth Operation with Intelligent AUTO-ZOOMING
Through the adoption of the advanced technology, you could easily tap on the marble to make a nimble move. Besides, the Intelligent AUTO-ZOOMING can zoom in or out automatically according to your own marbles' distribution. This can generate a whole picture of the game so that you wouldn't miss any opportunity of winning!

4. 6-Players Challenge & 2-Players Bluetooth Match
Chinese Checkers should not be an one-person game. As such, we are offering a Pay version which allows a challenge up to 6 players or computers by using a single iPhone or iPod touch. Having fun with friends and competing the brainpower among yourselves are the most excellent point of our Chinese Checkers!
In addition, you could also compete with your friend through the bluetooth technology. Bluetooth will be switched on automatically if you choose the 2-Players bluetooth match. You could enjoy the game without passing the device around, so you could watch the game and notice your opponent's move all the times.

5. Built-in Favorite Music Player
While you play our Chinese Checkers, you could also listen to your favorite music by simply tapping an icon on the screen. Then you could choose your own song from your iTunes Library. There is no interruption to the game at all. Switching songs is extremely simple, just shake your device! But no worry, your marbles won't run!

6. HK-Styled Classic Theme Board
To be a privileged consumer, the Pay version offers an extra theme board, the HK-styled classic one for you. It's now time for retrospection!

With various elements, our Chinese Checkers is more entertaining and more extraordinary!! Life is random, PLAYMORE!!

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Highlights:

- 2 in 1 Version (Hop Mode & Capture Mode)
- Challenge Up to 6 Players or Computers by a Single iPhone or iPod touch
- Play Music while Playing Game
- HK-Styled Classic Theme Board
- Intelligent Auto-zooming
- 2-Players Bluetooth Match
- Computer Versus Mode
- 3 Levels of Difficulty
- Game Auto-save and Restore

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About Chinese Checkers:

Chinese Checkers? Does this game originate from China? The answer is obviously "NO"! The game itself was invented in Germany in 1893 under the name "Stern-Halma", as a variation on the older American game of Halma. The name "Chinese Checkers" originated in the United States, as a marketing strategy by J. Pressman & Co. in 1928. In the 1930s a craze for Chinese Checkers swept across America. Several other manufacturers started to make the game. Many were given other names; but since no one seemed to own the rights to the name; many were just called Chinese Checkers. Why this happened is still unanswered. No matter what, let's start playing Chinese Checkers!

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HOP MODE

Objective:
Chinese Checkers is a classic board game that can be played by 2 to 6 players. Each player has 10 marbles of same color and each set of marbles are put in one point of the star-shaped game board. Your goal is to move all your marbles across the board to the star-point directly opposite to your starting star-point. The faster, the winner!

How To Play:
Having decided who plays first, the players take turns moving a single marble of their own color per turn. There are two ways to make a marble move.
1. A marble can be moved into an adjacent hole;
2. Or a marble can jump over one marble of any color in any direction to a symmetrical position on the opposite side, provided the hole beyond the jumped marble is vacant. Multiple jumps are allowed.
The marbles may be moved in and out of any holes on the board. However, once a marble is moved into its goal area, it may not be moved out although it may be moved within the goal area. Let's see how far u can jump!

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CAPTURE MODE

Objective:
Your goal is very simple - capture as most marbles as you can!

How To Play:
All sixty marbles are put in the hexagonal field in the center of the game board. The one hole in the center of the board is left unoccupied so that the game board starts out with a symmetrical hexagonal pattern. The players take turns jumping any marbles over other marbles on the board. The jumped over pieces are captured and collected in the player's bin. If no jump is left, a marble can be moved into an adjacent hole until capture can be done. The Last marble is belonged to the player who captured the second-last marble.

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http://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/id346053467?mt=8
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01-21-2010, 09:42 AM
#2
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Montreal
Posts: 3,166
Anyone tried this ?
01-21-2010, 11:00 AM
#3
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 10,963
Downloading now...

It's got 2 player BT so we might get some use out of it.

Capture mode sounds interesting as well (never played it like that.)

Tip for everybody - be sure to shout out "Makan!" every time you capture a piece - you will do a lot better! (Works great for me when I play GO... )

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Originally Posted by NickFalk View Post
Squids!?

Worst idea ever!
01-21-2010, 03:56 PM
#4
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 10,963
Game Impressions

It's an OK game.

Music is well done, but it's such a short loop you will be turning it off quickly.

Gameplay is fine, but something that is misleading in the description is that most of what they talk about is in the FULL version, which you have to pay $0.99 to upgrade to...

BALEETED!

Quote:
Originally Posted by NickFalk View Post
Squids!?

Worst idea ever!
01-22-2010, 01:28 AM
#5
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 14
To Drebls

Thank you for ur valuable comment~ As we want to limit the size of the game under 10 mb, so the Music is a little bit short. Sorry for that. We may make a better compression and longer music update in the future.
That would be very helpful if you can write a review @ App Store (We get Zero comment in this version @@) THX a lot~ Hope u can enjoy our game.