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Old 05-17-2013, 06:29 PM
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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spell-quest/id644878093?mt=8

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Spell Quest is unlike other word games. It's a clever blend of Boggle-like game play with RPG-like features that offers a thoroughly refreshing gaming experience.

On the game board are letter tiles that the player must link up to create English words. On top of that, like in an RPG game, there are quests to undertake, bonus items to find, curse to break. Quests not performed expediently can even cost you your life.

At every turn, the player has to make a hard decision. Should I claim that tempting looking bomb, which I can later use to bring that 'S' closer to the long word I've been planning? Or, should I get rid of the 'break' spell on that 'D'? How about the 'Begin with W' main quest which I'm left with just 3 turns to deal with before losing a life? Oh wait, that fevered 'QU' tile that boosts a letter score by x3 sure looks to yummy to resist, especially now that it's surrounded by 'I' and 'Z'!!

Can you see where I'm headed? Decision, decision, decision! Fellow wordsmiths, you control your destiny!

Other feautres of this irresistable game include:
- The 'Q' tile in traditional word games is replaced by a 'QU' tile, making it less taxing to use the letter.
- The letter frequency follows the letter distribution of English words in the Oxford Dictionary, as reported in the following website: http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/...bet-in-english
- Automatically keep track of your achievements, your proudest words and high scores.
- Compete with wordsmiths from around the world on 7 leaderboards.
- Save your game anytime, anywhere and resume at your convenience.

Spell Quest Edge is brought to you by the creator behind many other innovative games, namely Word Edge, Beautiful Worm, Number Pharaoh, Primary, Word Bridge, Kungfu Brain, Digi Crush, Super Math Invaders and Memon's Quest.







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Old 05-18-2013, 12:26 AM
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Please tell me I'm not the only one that noticed that their App Store screenshots include best words - whore and queers

Super professional hahah
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Old 05-18-2013, 03:18 AM
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Please tell me I'm not the only one that noticed that their App Store screenshots include best words - whore and queers

Super professional hahah
hi turakm, thank you for pointing out. my game accepts all legitimate English words that can be found in all highly respected English dictionaries. In a sense, it's no difference from the Oxford, Collins and Merriam that everybody owns . Players can opt not to spell words deemed objectionable to them.

I hope you enjoy my game. Cheers .

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Old 05-18-2013, 03:39 AM
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It may accept those but it's weird to show those offensive words when you are trying to promote your game. Strange marketing decision
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Old 05-18-2013, 03:59 AM
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It may accept those but it's weird to show those offensive words when you are trying to promote your game. Strange marketing decision
You are right. however, due to Apple's policy, there is no way for me to change the screenshot anymore unless I create an update - which I'll do when I've gathered enough feedbacks.

Meanwhile, I sincerely apologize if anyone was offended by the screenshot.

EDIT: I'll replace this screenshot at least from toucharcade in a minute.

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Old 05-18-2013, 06:34 AM
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version 1.0.1 contains (just submitted to app store)
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- tiles now show letter scores.
- 'highest scoring word' now takes into account score boost by quest completion.
- screenshot replacement.
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:08 AM
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Just a bit into my first game but I love how the missions blend into the general word game mission of finding huge scoring words.

Beyond the 10 turn limit to try to find a single word that fulfills the primary and possibly secondary goals, the player has to constantly put out fires via cursed tiles. These cursed tiles, if not dealt with in a timely manner (again, not real time, just within a few turns) litter your board with broken tiles and hard to use letters.

Finally, handy power-ups will appear on the board (bombs, quest skips, etc.) to be claimed if included in a word.

Good fun and FREE (banner ad sponsored but not too obnoxious)!
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:48 PM
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Thank you LordGek for your kind review! If the response to my game is good, I'll create a paid, ad-free version in the future

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Old 05-19-2013, 11:36 AM
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Yeah, have to add my two bits.. This game has sooo much potential but the experience is marred slightly by a few things. I'd gladly pay to remove the ads as their presence detracts hugely from the overall presentation. Furthermore, why not include the dictionary with the initial download? As every time I start the app it takes at least 3 minutes to download the word list all over again (on WiFi!) and this really deters me from even bothering to start it up.

Lastly, it feels like the letter/word selection is clunky at best, compared to games with similar mechanics (e.g. Wurdle, Puzzle Quest, etc.). If the selection could provide some visual/audible feedback and be much smoother with backtracking it would be much easier to play. If these things can be cleaned up it would stay on my iphone for a very long time.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:59 PM
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Yeah, have to add my two bits.. This game has sooo much potential but the experience is marred slightly by a few things. I'd gladly pay to remove the ads as their presence detracts hugely from the overall presentation. Furthermore, why not include the dictionary with the initial download? As every time I start the app it takes at least 3 minutes to download the word list all over again (on WiFi!) and this really deters me from even bothering to start it up.

Lastly, it feels like the letter/word selection is clunky at best, compared to games with similar mechanics (e.g. Wurdle, Puzzle Quest, etc.). If the selection could provide some visual/audible feedback and be much smoother with backtracking it would be much easier to play. If these things can be cleaned up it would stay on my iphone for a very long time.
Hi FRS, thank you for your comments.

At the beginning, the word list is loaded from the static storage of your device to the RAM of your device. It's not downloaded via Wifi. As the word list is huge (used in word tournament), so it takes sometime. I'm monitoring the longest word created by the best players in Game Center, and I'll trim the word list to speed up loading time.

For the tile selection, the partial word you create is actually displayed on the top UI panel. Also, when a tile is selected, there is a 'click' sound. Therefore, both audio and visual feedback is provided.

For backtracking, I would like to incorporate that into my next next release. Thank you for your suggestion! If it works well, I'll put it into my latest word game, Letter Hound, as well. I owe you a beer! (or a lollipop if you're <18)

EDIT: The backtracking feature has been implemented. However, due to the slow review process of Apple, the feature will only appear in my next next version. Thank you for your patience!

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