Cubz – Futuristic, 3-D Sliding Puzzle Game for iPhone and iPad HD

Geneva, Switzerland – Rudicubes today is pleased to announce Cubz 1.1, an update to their futuristic, 3-D Sliding Puzzle game for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad HD/native (an iPad-only version is included). It is based on the Slide-15 Puzzle game where players maneuver 15 numbered tiles into numerical order inside a 4×4 plastic frame. Cubz challenges the puzzle-solver to order cubes instead of tiles. Always, there is one empty position in the grid, allowing the player to strategically slide tiles/cubes horizontally or vertically, one space at a time. There are three modes: 8 cubes in a 2-D 3×3 grid, 17 cubes in a 3x3x2 grid, and 26 cubes in a 3x3x3 grid (27-1=26). Each mode contains three levels of difficulty, and cube arrays may be rotated in 3-D space.

Gameplay is simple – tapping on any cube adjacent to an empty space moves the cube into that space; diagonal moves are not permitted. Dragging any cube rotates the entire array of cubes around the x, y, or z-axes, allowing the player to view the puzzle from any angle. A convenient Front icon re-aligns the array to its original view, all axes at zero degrees. Competition play is well supported, as the game records the starting configuration of every puzzle solved, the number of moves required to reach the solution, and the amount of time used. Players are encouraged to publish their best scores on the in-app online leaderboard, solve another player’s puzzle in less time and fewer moves, and share scores on Facebook and Twitter.

The 3-D play is enhanced by smooth, animated graphics. There are seven color schemes, and the player can opt for numbered or lettered cubes. The game includes both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad versions. The play is identical, but the iPad version provides a dramatic improvement in resolution and impact. Instructions for play are excellent, and the difficulty levels ramp up slowly enough so as not to discourage the inexperienced player. Players may access any mode or any level of difficulty at will. At the start of each game the array of cubes is in perfect order, the puzzle solved. By shaking the device the cubes are randomly re-ordered, and a Distance counter indicates the minimum number of moves required to achieve the solution.

Feature Highlights:
* Includes separate versions for native iPad operation, and iPhone/iPod touch
* Slide cubes in 3-D space: 3×3, 3x3x2, and 3x3x3 matrices
* Scoring based on elapsed time and number of moves to solution
* Any mode and any level of difficulty is accessible, games may be resumed
* Integrated online leaderboard and challenges, Facebook and Twitter connectivity
* Suitable for players of all ages

“I was 71 years old and retired for a year,” said Rudolf Farkas, developer. “One morning, I woke up and started thinking of the best way to program the Slide-15 Puzzle. Suddenly, I saw Cubz in my mind: a matrix of 26 cubes floating in 3D space that you could control using your fingers.”

Hard to compare in difficulty with the 27-cube Rubik’s Cube, Cubz calls upon a different subset of spatial and reasoning skills. This is because: only a single cube is altered at a time; continuous interior 3-D views of the “super-cube” are available; center cubes can become end cubes; and ordering cubes numbered from 1 through 26 is a problem of a different order than twisting cubes of 6 different colors so that each face of the “super-cube” is monochromatic.

Language Support:
US English, German, Spanish, French, Italian

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
* iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 15.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Cubz 1.1 is a universal binary for iPhone, iPod touch, or true iPad HD, and is available at the special introductory price of $1.99 (USD or equivalent in other currencies) exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. In conjunction with WWDC 2010, the app will be FREE until June 13.

Cubz 1.1
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Rudicubes is a very small software company based in Geneva, Switzerland, focused on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch games. The company is comprised of Rudolf Farkas, inventor and programmer of the game, entrepreneurs Bertrand Dufresne and Pascal Arn. Copyright (C) 2010 Rudicubes. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Rubik’s Cube is a trademark of Seven Town’s, Ltd.

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