Smiles HD for iPad - ** FREE for April 3rd Launch **
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Just thought I'd mention I'll be releasing an iPad version of Smiles. I brought some pictures too.
If you're unfamiliar with Smiles, you can check out the iPhone trailer at the website:
Smiles HD is based on Smiles, but will include several changes to suit the iPad.
The biggest change that players of the original should notice is the playfield. iPhone Smiles uses a larger 8x9 playfield, and you would physically rotate the iPhone to change the way things fell. Smiles HD will actually use a smaller 8x8 playfield, and have buttons on screen for rotating. You'll still be able to physically rotate the iPad to change the fall direction (or play tall or wide if you like), but it wont be required. Comfortably grip the iPad in one hand, and tap matches with the other.
Also, due to the smaller playfield, games are shorter now. One of the bigger complaints (or rather, confusing points) of the original is that an Easy or Long Play game would always last a really long time. I don't have any fancy statistics to back this up, but roughly speaking an average Long Play game would take me 30+ minutes in iPhone Smiles, and now takes me 20+ minutes. I think this is an improvement, but I will be leaving iPhone Smiles as-is for those that prefer the original way.
Also as the name suggests, Smiles HD will feature higher resolution graphics. After all, the iPad has more resolution, so I may as well use it.
There's numerous other changes to the game as well. The differences between Drop and Drop+ should make a lot more sense now (Drop+ is now the "ice cracks in 4" modes). It's something I wanted to fix in the original iPhone version, but would break a lot of things. It's the kind of change that had to wait for a clean slate like an iPad version.
That's all I can think of at the moment. Now for some screenshots. Click for high resolution.
EDIT: Early shots removed. Here are some final shots. Click for full size:
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EDIT: Gameplay videos. Trailer coming soon.
| Mike Kasprzak | Sykhronics Entertainment | Mike @ Twitter |
Smiles HD for Mac and iPad | Smiles for iPhone/iPod touch (Twitter, Website)
IGF Mobile "Best Game" Finalist | Intel "Elegance in Design" Winner
Last edited by PoV; 04-02-2010 at 07:23 PM.