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#1 Matt Diamond

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 06:57 PM

Hello,
It's possible that a few of you may remember my puzzle game Pawns, which won 2nd place in the OMG 2005 contest held at iDevGames. But maybe not. :-)

After letting it languish for a few years I have finally dusted it off again. The eventual goal is to turn it into an iPhone game, but first I want to release an improved version of the original, free game (Mac and PC).

It's the same 15-puzzle game, with 9 tutorial puzzles. But there are a lot of improvements:
  • The user interface is simple and quicker - there are fewer buttons, and you can do everything with single clicks. (Although, you can still drag arrows around the board if you wish.)
  • There is a visual cue to what color pawns will be launched.
  • Puzzles have names, game keeps track which puzzles you've solved.
  • Better visuals all around. Nicer-looking chess pieces, improved game menus
This is a beta release but I've already done one round of fixes so it's pretty close.  I'd like to hear if there are any serious problems with this build, but other comments and suggestions will also be appreciated, whether or not you played the original. It will all be food for thought when I start work on the expanded version for the iPhone.

Pawns 1.2 beta 2 (zipped DMG, Universal Binary, 23.9 MB)
Pawns 1.2 beta 2 For Windows (zip archive, 7.4 MB)


You can read about the game at www.mindthecube.com though the screenshots there are from the old version. You can post feedback here or email it to me at the address: feedback "at" mindthecube.com.

Enjoy!

[Edit: no longer in beta - released versions available at http://www.mindthecu...html#a_download]
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#2 Matt Diamond

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 12:49 PM

The betas are no longer available - version 1.2 has been released. But if anyone finds something wrong or has a suggestion, it's never too late...
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:48 PM

Thanks! I'll give it a try.

Keep us updated on the iPhone port.

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 08:41 PM

FYI - I've just revamped my website (www.mindthecube.com). Among other improvements is an RSS feed, so anyone who is  interested in following the development of Pawns (and other projects) should consider subscribing to the feed.
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 06:27 AM

FYI, Pawns (renamed "Pawns!") is now available as a universal app for iPad and iPhone.

http://itunes.com/apps/Pawns

Or check out my website for more details.
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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:57 AM

Is this similar to Pensate by Penguin Software from, oh I don't know, about 25 years ago? Some time ago I started thinking how great Pensate would work. It would be really good on the iPad as well.
I'll investigate Pawns further!

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 10:29 PM

I couldn't find much info about Pensate, but what I saw sounds a little different.

Pawns! is superficially like Chu Chu Rocket, in that you put arrows down on the board to tell the pawns where to go. But it's not a frantic game at all. It's much more like Pit Droids, if you were fortunate enough to play that fine puzzle game.

I intend to have a Lite version out by early December, for those who want to try it for free. Or you can download the original Mac version I wrote in 2006 (just keep in mind it's only got 15 puzzles, no knights or queens, and the mouse-driven UI is more cumbersome than the new touch interface.)
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Posted 15 November 2010 - 05:41 AM

I'll check it out to when I have the time. Huge week of upheaval at work, this week.

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 08:35 AM

View PostDaveyJJ, on 15 November 2010 - 05:41 AM, said:

Huge week of upheaval at work, this week.
Hope your stomach feels better soon.
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