iPad Freeverse's Plank now in app store

Discussion in 'iPhone and iPad Games' started by fpugirl, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. fpugirl

    fpugirl Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone tried this yet? It looks interesting, but I was hoping to hear what people think of it before I buy. It's out there for $1.99.

    Plank
     
  2. vaelsh

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    Well I just bought it. I have i think most of the Freeverse games so far, and I love them. I'll tell you my verdict soon. :)
     
  3. davidovich

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    Pretty good

    I like it. It's going to take some getting used to though. The reasons being are, number one, there's no definitive marble legend telling you exactly what each special marble does. This isn't too big of a problem because, I'm sure that some of us, as we begin playing more, will fill everyone in as to what they do. Second, there needs to be a "next" marble indicator, like in Tetris, indicating what the next marble or, in this case, marbles will be. Other than those two arguments, the game feels polished. The accelerometer feels tight, with the ability to adjust it as needed, and the graphics, although as we all know, are not nearly as important as the game play, are superb, as are the music and the sound effects. Thanks Freeverse - Come participate in this discussion and let us know what your plans are for any updates for this game.
     
  4. vaelsh

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    #4 vaelsh, Oct 7, 2008
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    I think that it is an original and very interesting twist on the match three games. In Plank, the marbles drop and they land on a hydraulic powered plank and you must roll the marbles using the accelerometer to tilt the iphone left and right, to match the marbles as they fall. Don't worry, your marbles won't fall off the ends! If you match 3 vertically, it destroys the whole column. If you match 3 across, they will just destroy those 3. Now if you match 3 in a diagonal, it blows up all the columns that have a marble in that diagonal match! Bombs will fall from the screen every once and awhile and you quickly touch them before they hit the other marbles to blow up the bottom row of your plank's marbles! Also if the gauge on the right goes nuts and steam flies out, then shake your iphone to destroy the bottom row! This will bring the gauge back down. The game is polished and well designed, and I recommend this fun game to people who like the match 3 kind of games like Trism, Bejewled, Jewel Quest 2 and all the rest of them.
     
  5. davidovich

    davidovich Well-Known Member

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    Vaels - You figured it out! I went back to play it some more and realized what was going on. You're right. As a diagonal column is formed, everything underneath that diagonal is obliterated. The same seems to work with verticals and horizontals, in terms of the marbles underneath. This makes me appreciate the mechanics much more. Now, if you could please tell me what the "grippy" means and how you make it appear. Is it something deliberate we're doing, or is it random?
     
  6. davidovich

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    I apologize Vaelsh for spelling your username incorrectly.
     
  7. fpugirl

    fpugirl Well-Known Member

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    sounds good. looks like i have another game to add to my growing screens!
     
  8. Zwilnik

    Zwilnik Well-Known Member

    Aaron from Strange Flavour here :) We've put some tips up on our site at http://www.strangeflavour.com/iphone

    The basic gameplay mechanics are this.. Horizontal lines just delete the marbles that match, so lines above drop down immediately (and may trigger other matches).

    Vertical lines delete and score the whole column they're in (handy for getting rid of a line that's building too high).

    Diagonal lines delete *all* the columns they cross. They also set a x4 score multiplier (permanently) so it's good to get one early.

    The different powerups are triggered after a certain number of marbles land or lines are completed (they're not directly linked to particular marbles). The Bomb triggers when you're a certain number of lines away from completing a level (it increases as the levels go up).

    The powerups are:

    Slowing Down: Slows the fall of marbles down so they tend to bunch up (but you get more time to plan)
    Speeding Up: Everything falls faster
    Grippy: Makes the plank surface more grippy so the marbles have less momentum and can be more directly controlled, but they take a little longer to get to speed.
    Slippy: Makes the plank surface icy and life difficult :)

    There are also double horizontal, double vertical and quad marble drops as powerups.

    Slippy doesn't appear in 'normal' difficulty, but anything under Nnnaaarrrgh mode is really just for relaxing casual play and just for wimps :)
     
  9. vaelsh

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    Thanks Davidovich!

    Well now someone has unveiled the truth of the power ups to us and now we can play this fun game and actually understand everything. (Well, almost...)
     
  10. Zwilnik

    Zwilnik Well-Known Member

    Me again. As you might have noticed, Plank 1.1 is up on the app store. Mostly bug fixes for the memory gotchas, but you'll probably also spot a slight change (upwards) in the difficulty curve that speeds the game up a little. Mostly you'll probably notice the extra junk marbles that get dropped on you now each time you go up a level :)

    Vertical and diagonal scores are of course ideal for getting rid of these before things pile up too much ;)

    oh, and has anyone been double tapping panels in the menus yet?
     
  11. iago

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    This game sums up to me just about everything that is wrong with so many games. This may be one of the most visually appealing games, but gameplay is just sooo slow - agonizingly so at times. Interesting concept, great graphics but none of it matters to me if the game play is "eh". I have about 160 apps, over a 100 of which are games, but this one is currently off my phone.

    You can contrast this game with games like Jelly Car, topple, dactyl, fire drop, etc. and start to see the difference in gameplay. This game is like the pretty cheerleader that you take out on a date, everything goes great until she starts talking to you...and then you just wish that you stayed home and watched game shows instead.
     
  12. vaelsh

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    holy crap! this is awesome! they added some sort of music making hidden area with playback! wow, thanks for the heads up on that!
     
  13. Zwilnik

    Zwilnik Well-Known Member

    ;)

    It's been in since the first release, but I was getting worried nobody would find it :)
     
  14. vaelsh

    vaelsh Well-Known Member

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    are you serious? its been hiding there since day one? i can't believe it. I think i need to start looking for this stuff like in Bugdom and Nanosaur, there are cheat menus hidden.
     
  15. Zwilnik

    Zwilnik Well-Known Member

    Yup, it's kind of a long story how it got there, but it was part of the original code and the hints were kind of obscure (intentionally, as it's supposed to be a surprise :) ).
     
  16. vaelsh

    vaelsh Well-Known Member

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    well it sure was a surprise alright. and as for clues/hints? the only clue that i got came from you!
     
  17. Zwilnik

    Zwilnik Well-Known Member

    the big one is very subtle and on our iphone page (linked from the "visit us" button in the game menu) at www.strangeflavour.com/iphone
    have a look just below the 10 tips and notice the not quite visible unless you squint a lot text ;)
     
  18. vaelsh

    vaelsh Well-Known Member

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    yeah now i see it. also #9 is kind of a big hint too.
     

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