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iPhone: Smiles - New game

10-30-2008, 02:40 PM
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Smiles - New game

Saw this game come up under new apps and was wondering if anyone has tried it. If anyone gets it, I'd love to see what you think. The screenshots look very well done. The explanation intrigues me, but I'm not sure it's worth $4.99. Looks like a lot of other matching games with a bit of a twist. Here is the description and link from the app store:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=294911522&mt=8

SMILES is two great games with 14 different game modes. Created for players of all skill levels, the games are designed NOT to pressure you in to acting before you're ready. Play at your own pace. Experienced players don't have to wait. You can make moves right away! Extend combos and score big!

DROP is inspired by games like Bejeweled and Tetris. Make matches, break Ice and Rocks to score points. Twist your way to high scores with REAL GRAVITY!

ZEN is inspired by games like Solitaire and Mahjongg, with the depth of Sudoku. Light up the board to win.

FEATURES
* 3 cheerful themes
* High Scores and Statistics
* Over 140 Achievements
* Listen to your music
* Pause Menu Clock

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10-30-2008, 03:29 PM
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First impressions are good, it's a pretty polished game and the different gameplay modes are fun. I've only spent 10 minutes on it, but I'm liking it so far.

Matt

10-30-2008, 09:00 PM
#3
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Location: London, Ontario, Canada
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Hey there, I'm the developer behind Smiles.

My apologies that there isn't even a gameplay video yet. I've been working on this game for the past 4 month, submit it Tuesday morning, and wasn't expecting to see it approved and for sale as early as today (Thursday).

I've been scrambling since this afternoon to get things in a meaningful shape. I just finished pulling together the press pack, which can now be found on the website.

http://www.smiles-game.com/

The video(s) might take a day or so to finish up. I'll certainly let you know when that's ready.

Oh, and mad props to Matt for taking the early plunge.

| 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; 10-30-2008 at 09:09 PM. Reason: Added signature
10-31-2008, 04:56 AM
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PoV, just picked this up. Awesome little game, really cute design and lots going on visually. I'll definitely be playing this for a while and I'm willing to place a whole heap of money that my daughter will as well. Very polished.

I hope you do really well with this game.

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10-31-2008, 09:47 PM
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I can't wait for the video. I am excited to see what this game is all about. Glad to see that others are enjoying it already!

I'm on twitter: http://twitter.com/fpugirl iTD, 7 Cities, The Creeps, geoDefense (i love TD games!!), Supermarket mania, Stone Loops...current fave games
11-03-2008, 03:26 AM
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Alright, it's taken me a couple days, but here's a "hands on" video.

NOTE: This is now the "long" version. Scroll down for the shorter one.
Viddler: http://www.viddler.com/explore/PoVRAZOR/videos/19/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEO1-zybCU4

It's heavily edited, yet still clocks in at over 6 minutes. In it, I walk through typical games of Drop, Zen and Avalanche (a Drop variant). One thing I could have done better was show that you really can take it slow. If you wait or can't find a move, the game gives you a hint.

Because of time, I didn't get to show Long Play or Six. Long Play gives you much more time to do the faster moves you see me doing in Drop. And in retrospect, Six I should have named Survival, since if you're not careful, the game can end in as few as 2 moves.

I'm working on a 2nd video now for those who don't have 6 minutes, hopefully covering what I've mentioned here ... all in less time somehow.

| 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; 11-04-2008 at 05:20 AM.
11-03-2008, 09:58 AM
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Ok, keep hearing from people that the video is too long (at 6 minutes, it totally is), so I'm going to edit it down even more. Hopefully by the end of the day.

| 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
11-03-2008, 01:00 PM
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Thanks for the video. It looks like a fun game, different from a lot of the other matching games!! I'll be getting it today!

I'm on twitter: http://twitter.com/fpugirl iTD, 7 Cities, The Creeps, geoDefense (i love TD games!!), Supermarket mania, Stone Loops...current fave games
11-03-2008, 06:57 PM
#9
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. Glad to hear you like what you saw.

To keep the thread going, a shorter edited video is now online.

Viddler: http://www.viddler.com/explore/PoVRAZOR/videos/20/

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4sUK241aRA

I might still add some commentary to it and upload a new version.

| 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; 11-04-2008 at 05:20 AM.
11-03-2008, 07:03 PM
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So maybe I'm just not doing it right, but how do I break the rocks? I've gotten pretty far on drop, and I've rotated around and the rocks have dropped from top to bottom, but they never seen to break. What am I doing wrong??

I'm on twitter: http://twitter.com/fpugirl iTD, 7 Cities, The Creeps, geoDefense (i love TD games!!), Supermarket mania, Stone Loops...current fave games