Typeaholic for iOS: Texting/Typing Game Has Realistic Physics and Combos

London, United Kingdom – Independent developer Pawin Thepbanchaporn today is pleased to announce Typeaholic 1.1.3 for iOS, his texting/typing game where players must type the words in colored rectangles, exploding them, before they pile up and reach the top of the screen. Continuously falling from above, the blocks of words obey the laws of physics, stacking and falling over. Users may type any word at any time, and power-ups and combos enliven gameplay. With two playing modes, Single and Battle, players can play alone, or against others via Game Center or Bluetooth. Typeaholic offers an entertaining challenge to the player’s typing and texting abilities, as well as their long range planning skills in choosing which words to type and when.

Played in portrait orientation, choosing Single player mode opens the game window that splits the screen in half: the iOS virtual keyboard on the bottom, and the gamespace above. Shaded, colored rectangles, each 1 x 4 in size, drop one by one from the top of the screen. Each rectangle contains a word, and as they hit the mid-screen floor, they begin to pile up randomly. Since the goal of the game is to remove all the rectangles before they overflow the top of the screen, blocks that come to rest vertically are more of an immediate problem than those lying horizontally. The sides of the screen are walls that increase the likelihood that rectangles will remain diagonal or vertical, rather than horizontal.

There are only two methods of exploding and permanently removing a rectangle: correctly type the word inside it, or type the word in the rainbow-colored, power-up rectangle. Using the power-up causes the next colored rectangle removed to simultaneously explode all the other rectangles of the same color. The second power-up, a gray rectangle, pauses the relentless, periodic dropping of rectangles, which allows the player to catch up before the blocks start falling again. Players must carefully consider the best time to use power-ups, and which word they should type first to give them more space on their screen.

Combos are executed by typing words of the same color one after another. In single player mode, they add to the typist’s score. In two-player mode, where players receive identical words on their screens, achieving high number combos causes the rate of new words appearing on their opponent’s screen to increase.

Feature Highlights:
* Words are falling from the top of the screen and will soon overflow the top
* Type the word to make it explode and disappear
* Blocks of words fall and pile up randomly, balancing and falling over
* Type words of the same color in sequence for combos
* As the level of play increases, words contain more letters and fall at a faster rate
* An ideal way to test and improve typing and texting skills on iOS devices
* Play a local opponent via Bluetooth, or a distant challenger via Game Center
* Game Center Leaderboards, publish scores to Facebook
* Learn new words

“I’m a developer from Thailand, maybe the first iOS indie game developer in Thailand,” commented Pawin Thepbanchaporn. “I started learning iOS development in October 2010. I started because I wanted to have my own app running on my own device. So, I decided to develop a game.”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* iOS 4.0 or later
* 7.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Typeaholic 1.1.3 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available upon request.

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Located in beautiful London, United Kingdom, Happy Holloway publishes the work of independent software developer, Pawin Thepbanchaporn. He started learning iOS gaming development in October 2010, because he wanted to have his own application running on his own device. Copyright (C) 2011 Pawin Thepbanchaporn All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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