Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint
By Zee 3 Limited
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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.
"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
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 in Version 3.0
Version 3.0 new features, changes and fixes:
★ Retina support for iPad 3 onwards
We've massively improved the quality of the graphics for iPad retina owners.
★ Full screen support for iPhone 5
We've made full use of the extra screen space on the iPhone 5, including a brand new feature - the animated Grade Ruler. This sits at the bottom of the screen in the Classic game, showing the scores needed for each Grade.
Introducing new gaming experience, Poposity.
★ Pickford Bros HQ
A new area with links, news and contact information.
★ Games We Like
A new area where we showcase some of our favourite games on the AppStore by other indie game developers.
★ Graphical improvements
★ Several minor bug fixes and tweaks
At first I didn't think much of this game -i thought it was kind of dumb and boring -almost quit -then tried reading the tutorial again and the whole tariff scoring system made sense -now i really really like this game -its simple yet deep! brilliant game design!
wow, just wow
Amazing, deep, hypnotic, fun. Plenty can be unlocked through play, IAP is just for whole new hunks of content. Beautiful and genuinely new gameplay; one of the only games I've played in years that is genuinely not a rehash.
A Masterpiece of a Game!
Words do not do it justice. This game needs to be played to be fully appreciated.
Fair warning: If you stop playing this game your life will become empty, but you can always start again. 😉
- Category: Games
- Updated: Dec 15, 2012
- Version: 3.0
- Size: 48.5 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Zee 3 Limited
- © 2011, 2012 The Pickford Bros. Licensed to Zee-3. Magnetic Billiards is a registered trademark of The Pickford Bros.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Top In-App Purchases
- Skeleton Key$1.99
- Serious Tables Key$0.99
- 8 UNDOllars$0.99
- Relentless Game$0.99
- Sardines Game$0.99
- Tricky Tables Key$0.99
- 50 UNDOllars$2.99
- Fiendish Tables Key$0.99
- 2,000 UNDOllars$19.99
- Countdown Game$0.99