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• Nominated for a BAFTA
• Nominated for a Pocket Gamer award
• Named in 100 Greatest Apps Of All Time by Tap! Magazine 2011 & 2012
• App Madness Tournament Champion Sept 2011
• Pocket Gamer Gold Medal

When veteran video game designers John and Ste Pickford discovered a mysterious bundle of papers hidden in the family attic, who could have guessed it would lead to one of the best new modern puzzle games in years?

To John and Ste's delight their work revealed an addictive, compelling, and completely original strategic puzzle game, which they named 'Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint'.

The game plays very much like pool, using intuitive touch controls. The twist is that balls of the same colour stick together magnetically when they touch.

Magnetic Billiards tables have no pockets, instead balls are removed by building clusters of connected balls, with extra rewards for creating recognised cluster shapes.

Points are scored based on the skill displayed and risks taken each shot, and grades are awarded for the total score earned when a table is cleared.

Clearing a table is the easy part. Trying to earn high scores and achieve high grades is where the surprising genius of the game becomes apparent.

Sure, anyone can beat an F grade, but will you ever get an A grade? Is there a higher grade than A? Can you unlock all the tables?

Although easy to play the game is fiendishly addictive, as the simple game mechanic is deceptively subtle and deep. Even after months of play you'll still be figuring out new ways to beat your previous best scores and grades.

As you aim for higher and higher you'll realise that no two games of Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint are ever alike. Re-playing each table presents you with an endlessly fascinating challenge, as new strategic decisions need to be made with every shot to maximise the points earned.

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"Its magic though comes from Nintendo-esque levels of refinement, with each table a honed masterpiece of risk and opportunity" - The Guardian

"an original gameplay concept, tweaked to near-perfection, and steeped in character. This is what indie gaming should be" - Pocket Gamer 9/10 - Gold Award

"combines elements of billiards and match three in a crazy way that is incredibly fun" - Touch Arcade ****½

"Yes, we like it a lot, especially because its so well made. ...this is captivating, quality gaming that you really shouldnt miss." - Tap! Magazine ****

"Generous, polished and charmingly eccentric" - EDGE 8/10

"it's incredibly simple but alarmingly addictive once you get going." - Eurogamer 8/10

"Absolutely essential for anyone with an iOS device" - The Telegraph

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Packed with great features and content:

• Classic Game has 20 graded 'Casual' tables to unlock, requiring skill and careful play to earn the highest grades.
• An additional 3 graded tables each from the 'Serious', 'Tricky' and 'Fiendish' sets, to test your skill even further.
• 'Relentless' Arcade game, an addictive and endless mode to keep you playing between Classic Game tables.
• Full Game Center support with several Leaderboards and dozens of Achievements to discover.

Addition optional expansions can be purchased in-game, including new content and new game modes:

• Two more Arcade Games - 'Sardines' and 'Countdown', addictive and fast-paced game variations.
• The key to 17 extra 'Serious' tables, offering a deeper challenge.
• The key to 17 extra 'Tricky' tables where the game starts to get tough.
• The key to 17 extra 'Fiendish' tables for only the most advanced players.
• A one time only purchase of a 'Skeleton Key', unlocking all existing content and any future content.
• Two exciting prototypes of new games to try out, exclusively for Skeleton Key owners.

What's New

Version 3.1

• Updated to work properly with the iPhone 6 and 6+ screens.
• Audio quality much improved throughout the game.
• New icon.

Thanks for playing!

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Superb and very clever

Mickjlarm

I've been playing this game for years now and it's one of the best and most addictive out there. Immensely clever and such a refreshing concept.

Can you please update

EbKP50

Hi guys Can you please update!
I miss it

Great game but development is over

PeteBiddlecombe

Clinically dead now - not updated for latest IOS.

It's now well over 3 years since anything new reached the customers, despite web site statements like "hard at work" and "coming to iOS devices very soon". Detail below ...

Few of the reviews mention one of the most important things: the main rewards on leaderboards and the like are for skill in playing the game. You get much less reward than in other games for simply bashing away for ages to get through "levels". Apart from the possibility of buying undos, getting S levels for all the tables requires a high level of playing ability.

Read about this game in the Guardian just after buying my new iPad. I'm not a big fan of computer games but this is done really well. There's a bit of mystery about it at first but the combination of the game itself and all the well-executed daftness (mildly reminiscent of Terry Gilliam's Monty Python animations) surrounding it means that I'll probably get sucked into buying the add-ons that you have to pay for.

Update Jan 2012: The update to version 2 is taking a while. Blog said "final stages" back in November. I did get sucked in, by the way.

March 2012: Update out now. Struts and pegs add enough difficulty to make some of the new tables a big challenge, and a top-class score on Serious table 20 still eludes me. Including prototypes of new games in the update is a nice novelty, and the developers respond to comments and suggestions.

May 2012: now have S grade scores for all the tables, but can see plenty of places where I should be able to do better, and just might get to the top of the leaderboard for my strongest game.

October 2013: prices for in-App purchses reduced.

Oct 2014: Nice new icon in latest edition, but seemingly no chance of anything like new tables to play for this game, or any sign of the Sardines app, last mentioned on the developers' blog about 11 months ago. Recent material all seems to be memories of a 1980s video game character I don't care about, and most recently, discussion of the relative merits of the ZX81 and Commodore 64. On 29 March 2014,the same blog had word that another of the protoype games would be released as an app in a month or two, but that's equally invisible.

March 2015: still nothing. Ditto in September.

Information

Seller
Zee 3 Limited
Size
55 MB
Category
Games
Compatibility
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Languages
English
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright
© 2011, 2014 The Pickford Bros. Licensed to Zee-3. Magnetic Billiards is a registered trademark of The Pickford Bros.
Price
Free
In-App Purchases
  1. Skeleton Key £1.99
  2. Serious Tables Key £0.99
  3. Relentless Game £0.99

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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