Visual Connection - 4 pics 1 word - Native Game
Visual Connections, 4 Pictures 1 Word Game
BlackBerry World - Visual Connection
Simple, addictive game: The 4 pictures shown have something in common. It is your job to figure out what that is!
** 400 Levels
** Addictive, challenging
** Hours of entertainment
** Fun for all ages
** Earn/Buy coins for hints and level skips
** Specifically for BlackBerry, optimized for PlayBook, Z10 and Q10
****ALL UPDATES WILL BE FREE**** And all updates will be added to this app, no "Visual Connection: More Words", "Visual Connection: The Lost Levels", "Visual Connection: Part Deux", "Visual Connection: With A Vengeance", "2 Visual 2 Connection", etc, etc...
This was game was a joint effort by myself and another developer (SCrApps). We are both independent developers involved in developing communities such as OSBBx and participate in BlackBerry's official sample projects. Unlike other types of 4pic 1word games, we decided to use the native keyboard to give support to the upcoming Q10 device as well as letting players make use of the beautiful typing experience on BB10. The Z10 and Q10 versions are written in native Cascades code (no Android porting). So it should run much better than the competition. And the PlayBook version is written in WebWorks. Also the game requires no silly permissions, internet access, annoying advertisements, etc. Hope you enjoy!
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v1.0: Initial Release
v1.1: Bug Fixes
v1.2: Addition of 25 levels (225 total), UI tweaks, Bug fixes
v1.3: Addition of 75 levels (300 total), Guest Mode added
v1.4: Addition of 100 levels (400 total), UI tweaks, Bug fixes (mostly for Q10)
v1.5: Added Support for BBOS devices
v1.6: UI Tweaks and game balancing changes (5 coins instead of 3)
Last edited by Brian Scheirer; 03-18-14 at 11:03 PM.
- 03-20-13, 01:02 PM #4
Out of curiosity, and to help me figure out which to go with, can you tell us what the main differences are with your game and a sideloaded 4 Pics 1 Word, and the recent Pics and Words?
Price is one. Internet connection is another. Adds is another. I can see from the screenshots the layout is a little different, and there is no limit in th letters you can use.
Also will the game receive updates to expand the word list? Will there be any chance of Scoreloop integration or interaction?
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03-20-13, 01:05 PM #6
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So it is unfair to tell it a knock-off on this basis.
Only in case the photos in the app are from other similar apps then it can termed knock off.
I have not played this game yet to know this.
Sideloading 4 pics 1 word is obviously free so thats a plus, purchase more coins for letter deletion, and has the most levels (I think over 500)
Pics and Words : cost $0.99, requires internet connection to play (seems fishy if you ask me), is an Android port, has a nice twist of revealing images one at a time, lets you choose levels in groups of 25, 250 levels total
Visual Connection: cost $0.99, don't have to side load, no internet connection required, uses native keyboard to support Q10 as well as the Z10, even though you can use any amount of letters I do say the word has X number of letters at the top of each puzzle, in app purchases for more coins, 225 levels currently.
I do plan on adding more levels, Scoreloop, and got a few other secrets in mind. All updates will be FREE. Released the game how it sits now to get feedback and gauge interest on BlackBerry 10. Honestly it was a pretty big undertaking to organize all the images, hints, levels, etc. I believe I have created a very bug free, smooth running app. I hope you'll support indie devs like myself and SCrApps who put this out for you guys. Also if you see in my blog in my signature I provide a lot of help to other developers with Cascades samples and tutorials.
- 03-20-13, 02:13 PM #8
Fruit Blitz still seems to be holding a dominating 1st position over the favourite lists. I think a lot of the appeal is generated from the constant challenges being issued, both to friends and openly (allowing to meet more people and make more friends). We need more games with this feature.
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03-20-13, 03:25 PM #9
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Hey Brian, I really appreciate the fact that you decided to develop a native version of this game. So yay to that Also, I read your reasoning regarding using the native keyboard, and while I agree it is great to let people experience the great keyboard, I find that part of the appeal (well for me at least) to such games is seeing the scrambled rows of letters ( usually 2 rows). Reason being, it can make the game a tad more frustrating for some if all you're left is with the keyboard and a clue to the number of letters in the word only.
Having played 4 pics 1 word, I actually appreciated the fact that the 2 rows of scrambled letters were there. Especially during the times when I feel stumped, I'd try forming different combinations of words in my head in a bid to figure out the answer. While it may sound silly, I actually prefer it like this than just the native keyboard. I believe Draw Something employed a similar 2 rows of scrambled words for the person to figure out the answer, so such a concept should be quite accessible to people. I, for one, would enjoy it if it were like that and not the native keyboard.
Having said that, I know that using the native keyboard also sort of differentiates your game from those other ones, so how about meeting each other halfway? Maybe have the ability to choose between the 2 rows of scrambled words or just the native keyboard. Perhaps you can put that in the settings or something. I can see a potential problem with accommodating that to the Q10, so perhaps make it an option for just the PlayBook and Z10? But overall, I wanna say that I appreciate the effort and enjoying the game lots. Thanks for the awesome work
- 03-20-13, 03:26 PM #10
I'd also like to mention that Brian and I are very open to any suggestions that anyone has on this game It was a lot of fun to make, and that translates into being a lot of fun for us to improve and update. So if you have any questions or suggestions, hit either of us up either by PM here on CrackBerry, or via email, or via BBM.
In addition to scoreloop, we do plan to have some other awesome features (for example, guest mode) and to continue adding new levels.
- 03-20-13, 08:55 PM #11
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- 03-20-13, 10:52 PM #13
- 03-21-13, 08:24 AM #15
- CrackBerry Master
03-22-13, 03:45 PM #17
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I don't have a credit card yet so I can't purchase things on World. But you said you're an indie dev, and I'm just starting out too so I'll just leave a comment for your app.
Just one thing I see is that the other game like this is somewhat, let's say, more visually appealing, than yours. So maybe some UI change might be a great update too
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- 03-22-13, 04:01 PM #18
I personally love the VC UI and prefer it to any of the competition, but everyone has different tastes. If you can get us a little more detail than "the other game like this is somewhat, let's say, more visually appealing" then maybe we'll be able to change it.
Also, BlackBerry World purchases can be made via PayPal, you don't need a credit card.
We decided to go with a native "Cascades" look rather than cartoony style like the other one. However thanks for the feedback. We have some interesting plans that should overcome your opinion of the UI pretty-ness ;-)
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- 03-22-13, 04:15 PM #20
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