Saturday, February 12, 2011

Match and Hatch for Android Preview

I'm happy to announce that we're close to releasing a new match-3 game for Android called "Match and Hatch".

If you're not familiar with the match-3 genre of casual games, like Bejeweled, basically the goal is to move elements on the screen to make matches of 3 or more of the same element in a row, either horizontally or vertically.

Ahead of Easter, I thought an egg theme would be kind of cool, though it's not explicitly an Easter game. There are a couple of twists on typical match-3 play. For one, every time you make a match, the eggs hatch open, revealing either points, pets, or food.

If you find a pet (some are much rarer than others), you can then view them on the pet screen:

Once you hatch a pet, you'll need to take care of it at least a couple of times a day, by feeding it and showing it a little attention (you can pet the critters by rubbing their head or their belly). This increases their happiness and levels them up. If you neglect your pets long enough, they'll level down and eventually run away.

I thought this blend of match-3 and virtual pets would be a cool hybrid. We'll see. I'm going to release the paid version first, probably for $1.99, followed closely by a free ad-based version. Then I'm going to look into using Google's new in-app purchase system to allow users to directly purchase food and pets. Some players may want to spend hours and hours hatching eggs, but others may enjoy the pet aspect more.

And I'm also likely going to commission an iPhone version in the near future.

Stay tuned...I'll let you know when it hits the market!

PetPass for iPhone is Now Live!

It took a while, but our new social networking app PetPass is now live on the iTunes app market:

If you have an iPhone or know someone who does, check it out! It's free.