As an iPhone X owner I’m always on the hunt for games that get updated to take advantage of the full screen of Apple’s latest iPhone, especially when they’re older games that have a permanent place on my device. So today I was doubly happy to see updates to two of the App Store’s most classic matching games as both 10000000 ($2.99) and its follow-up You Must Build A Boat ($2.99) from EightyEight Games, aka solo indie developer Luca Redwood, have received iPhone X support. If you’re unfamiliar with either, the story of 10000000 started when our own Eli Hodapp plucked it out of obscurity and thrust a 5 star review on it the week it released. The name of the game was weird, the graphics were nothing to write home about, and the icon was “bad." So what the heck was so great about 10000000? The gameplay of course. Frantic tile-matching was married with fast-paced dungeon crawling and combat to create an experience unlike anything else on mobile at the time. Following our review 10000000 blew up in the mobile gaming and in the mainstream gaming world and went on to become an absolute classic. Shaun also goes in-depth on all things 10000000 in his Classic Reload from August of last year.
So when a game sees an unexpected success such that 10000000 did, it always brings with it some baggage. For one, there’s all the things a developer might wish they could change about the design of a game after it becomes hugely popular, especially when you aren’t expecting hundreds of thousands of people to be playing it. Then there’s the expectations that are set when a developer has a “one hit wonder" like 10000000: What will the developer follow that up with? All of a sudden, all eyes are on your next project whereas you likely had the benefit of privacy when developing the original. Redwood’s follow-up to 10000000 felt like a response to both of those issues, tweaking the gameplay based on player feedback and implementing features that would have been great in the first game if you had the chance to go back and do it all over again. The follow-up was titlted You Must Build A Boat, and unsurprisingly we absolutely loved the game in our review and picked it as our Game of the Week when it released.
In addition to iPhone X support, the updates for both games also add in some welcome new features. Both games now feature localization with 10 additional languages, have improved resolution handling, the ability to view achievements in game, and of course the requisite performance enhancements and bug fixes. You Must Build A Boat has a couple of extra new features which include new unlockable skins as well as a new Skin Manager where you can swap out your various skins. This is one of those cases where I’ve played both these games to death already over the years, but today’s updates have compelled me to give them yet another go and as such I’m enjoying them all over again. Whether you’re a returning fan or are brand new to these games, let today’s updates be a catalyst to jump in and enjoy both 10000000 and You Must Build A Boat.