By the way

By the way

Beautiful Chess for iOS – free to download and play

We recently released version 2.0 of En Passant, a major update to this beautiful chess game made exclusively for iOS. It supports local games, as well as online matches using Game Center.

En Passant supports mood sharing, game sharing and for players running iOS 7 and newer, we also added turn reminders. It also features interactive move notation, color themes, outlined and filled chess pieces and a scoreboard to keep track when playing friends.

The game also features a new and improved Analyze mode, which allows you to play both sides at any time during the game. This way you can play out a scenario or situation to check your logic and avoid the most obvious mistakes. When you are done, tap the Analyzing button to revert the game back to the current state. Very convenient.

Asynchronous Rock-Paper-Scissor

Web, HTML, English

This is a web version of the classic tiebreaker game rock-paper-scissor. Let a game of rock-paper-scissor determine who gets to pick which movie to watch, what dinner to make or game to play. The game is a classic example of a non-transitive game mechanic: Rock beats scissor, scissor beats paper, but rock does not beat paper.

Our version is played asynchronously: First you specify the number of rounds and pick all your responses before you share the generated web link with your opponent. When she responds to your challenge the game ends and the outcome is immediately shown on screen. However, for you to see the result you’ll have to revisit the game page using the previously provided web link.

The current version does not provide access to a player profile, or email notifications when the opponent has made their move.

The Big Pointingbook

The Big Pointingbook, published in Norway as Den Store Pekeboken, targets kids between 1-6 years old. As game designers we wanted to make a better pointing book for kids than those already out there, and according to the feedback we have received so far, with The Big Pointingbook we’ve succeeded.

To voice the game, we recorded Norwegian and English kids – as kids respond very well to the voice of other children. The feedback during our preliminary testing was fantastic. All our young game testers loved it – they simply didn’t want to stop playing.

Initially the app was only going to be in Norwegian, but testing convinced us to also make an english version. The localization of the text was easy, finding an English child in Norway was a bit harder. In total we spent three days adding the English localization, which isn’t too bad if you think about it.

On the Norwegian App Store, please search for Den Store Pekeboken, while users of any other App Store has to look for The Big Pointingbook. The app is relatively large, so please allow enough time for it to download.

For this game we cooperated with Emering AS.