Puzzle Poker now available!

The long wait is over. Puzzle Poker is finally available to download on the App Store!

It’s free-to-try, so what’s stopping you?!

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Tokyo Run

I really want to play the video game that would do justice to Tokyo Run, an awesome short film / music video by woob – the creator of the classic em:t 1194. The video features awesome time-lapse photography, sweet high-def lo-fi futuristic-retro graphics, all perfectly cut to a great woob track.

In a way the film is a game on its own: buried within the film are clues to finding a bonus track hidden somewhere on the internet!

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15,511,210,043,330,985,984,000,000 is a very large number

The observable universe is much, much, bigger than this.

A mere handful of galaxies

There are roughly the same number of molecules in a litre of water as there are stars in the observable universe – 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 give or take a zero or two. For me this makes the universe seem tiny – and molecules even tinier! A whole universe of stars, in one carton of milk.

I’m not sure what this says about my new puzzle game, Puzzle Poker.

One litre of milk

There are 15,511,210,043,330,985,984,000,000 different ways to arrange the cards in a single puzzle. Of those, there are 538,583,682,060,103,680,000 arrangements with potentially different scores. These are universe-sized numbers. Even with a super-computer, checking all combinations of a single puzzle would take millions of years!

This enormous combination space makes for an excellent logic puzzle. It can’t be solved by trying all combinations – you need to explore and think – use logic and reason to prune back the search space – infer where the solution must lie.

I think it’s a great little puzzle that should appeal to all kinds of puzzle addicts, poker players and especially Sudoku fans. Puzzle Poker will soon be available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Keep your eye out for the launch!

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Instrumental Improvements

I’m currently trying to do too many different things at once, so everything is taking a lot longer than I expected to complete… even so, I have almost finished work on a minor update for Instrumental. So far this includes:

  • Retina graphics for the new iPad
  • improved font rendering
  • adjustable tone spacing for the hexagon keyboard
  • optimizations & tweaks to reduce touch processing latency & increase battery life
  • a couple of bugs I’ve introduced that I still need to fix :-(

If there is something else you’d like to see in the next version of Instrumental, now is the perfect time to ask!

Leave a comment here, or drop an email to contact@you-know-where.net

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Burning Chrome Project

A good friend of mine has a crowd funding project up at the moment, to digitize his 8mm student film from the early 90s and make it available to all through Vimeo.
I’m aching to see the footage, and also want to try making a soundtrack for it.
If you have some money to donate to a good, creative cause, please check it out.



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Instrumental drivers updated for Reason 6 and Reason Essentials

I’ve just updated Instrumental’s Propellerhead driver to better support Reason 6 and Reason Essentials. The update includes:

  • support for the Master Section and Main Mixer Channels in both Reason 6 and Reason Essentials.
  • Default mappings for the new effect units in Reason 6 – The Alligator, The Pulveriser, and The Echo. I recommend using the factory preset GS-3 as a good starting point for these devices.

Get the latest version from the Instrumental Download Page, unpack it, run the script for your OS, (re)start Reason/Record, and you’re good to go.

Please let me know if you find any problems with the updated maps, or have any suggestions for improvement.

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Instrumental HALF PRICE for a limited time

Instrumental is ON SALE at HALF PRICE for a very limited time. Get in quick!

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Morris & Tablut On Sale Until 2012

To celebrate the release of Möbius, both Morris and Tablut are on sale @ 99c for the rest of 2011.

Happy Holidays!

 

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Möbius 1.0.0 Released

Möbius 1.0.0 – the picture puzzle with a Möbius twist - is now available on the App Store.

A simple set of rules, an intuitive touch interface, and a mind-bending challenge for puzzlers of all ages.

Warning: This puzzle is HARD!

Game Rules

  • The Möbius board is divided into rows and columns. The rows can slide left and right. The columns can slide up and down.
  • In Loop Mode, each row and column is connected to itself to form a loop.
  • In Möbius Mode, each row and column has been twisted to form a Möbius strip – the image on each strip flips over as it crosses the edge of the screen!
  • Every move is reversible. It is always possible to unscramble the picture!

Features

  • 2 Game Modes (Loop & Möbius)
  • 5 Board Sizes (3×3, 4×4, 5×5, 6×6 & 7×7)
  • 15 pictures built in
  • Use any photo from the photo library on your device, including the camera roll
  • Universal Application for iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch
  • Retina Graphics
  • Optional Sound
  • Fast Task Switching & Transparent Saving

Screenshots

View in the App Store

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Instrumental + iRIG MIDI = Easy

The kind folks at IK Multimedia have just sent me a new iRIG MIDI to try with Instrumental. It is a hardware MIDI interface that plugs directly into the dock connector.

To use it: plug it in, select the iRIG MIDI from Instrument’s destination list, and you’re away. Easy as that.

You can use the IRIG MIDI to connect to hardware synths, or even directly to a computer’s MIDI ports.

If you are using Instrumental in a performance situation, I would recommend using wired MIDI instead of Wi-FI, so that there is no chance of radio interference causing latency in the middle of your performance!

The iRIG MIDI includes a micro-USB port so you  can keep your iPad powered while also using wired MIDI. This is not possible when you’re using the iPad Camera Connection Kit and a standard USB MIDI Adapter.

 

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