07 Dec

Our current projects: an update

A few months ago we published a list comprising the projects we were dealing with this year. As 2017 is closing down, let’s comment on the current status of each project:

  1. Revamping of DragonScales internal engine.
  2. 95% complete. Minor tweaks and optimizations remaining.

  3. Design of DragonScales 4.
  4. 50% complete. We have to design special levels, new battle mode, the new powers bar, and parts of the story.

  5. Design of a special version of DragonScales for advanced players.
  6. 80% complete. Most of the 150 levels of this game are already completed. We have still to work on the UI (skins, fonts, etc.), but for the most part the design and programming work is done.

  7. Localization of the original DragonScales into Japanese.
  8. 100% complete. The game was released a few weeks ago in Big Fish Games Japan: ドラゴンの鱗:ドラゴントレーナーの部屋

    DragonScales reached the TOP-10 of games in BFG JP!

  9. DragonScales 3 for Android (complete, but yet to be released.)
  10. 100% complete and released a few weeks ago via Immanitas.

  11. Production of a new build for The Rainbow Machine (German version.)
  12. 100% complete and released a few weeks ago in Big Fish Games Germany.

  13. A new build for NagiQ 2 which fixed a few issues (already live here on our site.)
  14. 100% complete and released a few weeks ago via Immanitas.

  15. Yet another build for NagiQ 2 suitable for localization (this localization of NagiQ 2 is currently a work in progress.)
  16. 50% complete. We created a full localization kit, but it still has to be localized by our partner.

Of course, this year we also released DragonScales 3 for Windows and Mac, via the major casual game publishers. We expect to have a strong 2018 start, with the release of the special version of DragonScales on Steam (we were approved this year on the now defunct Greenlight system), DragonScales 3 in German, French, and other languages, and of course, our main game for 2018: DragonScales 4.
Now, let’s go back to the grind. There’s still a lot of work to do before 2017 ends.

17 Aug

What we have been working on

Since the launch of DragonScales 3 in May we’ve been very busy handling all the distribution process, replying to customer emails, attending the accounting side, etc. In short, we’ve been handling the business part of IKIGames. However, we also started tackling the design of our next title: DragonScales 4. Yet more, we’ve also worked on a few subtasks mostly related to updating several games of ours. Specifically, this is what we’ve been addressing:

  1. Revamping of DragonScales internal engine.
  2. Design of DragonScales 4.
  3. Design of a special version of DragonScales for advanced players.
  4. Localization of the original DragonScales into Japanese.
  5. DragonScales 3 for Android (complete, but yet to be released.)
  6. Production of a new build for The Rainbow Machine (German version.)
  7. A new build for NagiQ 2 which fixed a few issues (already live here on our site.)
  8. Yet another build for NagiQ 2 suitable for localization (this localization of NagiQ 2 is currently a work in progress.)

The original DragonScales in Japanese!

In the next weeks we’ll keep working on the first 3 tasks.

02 May

DragonScales 3’s page is now active!

Hello everybody! The web page for our new game DragonScales 3: Eternal Prophecy of Darkness is already live! You can read a description of the game including its features, take a look at a few screenshots and the trailer, and of course, purchase the game. For the time being, DragonScales 3: Eternal Prophecy of Darkness is available for Windows and Mac. Here’s the link to the game’s new site: DragonScales 3: Eternal Prophecy of Darkness. We hope you like it!

21 Feb

DragonScales 3: Eternal Prophecy of Darkness

After several months of hard work, the new installment in the DragonScales series is finally completed. DragonScales 3: Eternal Prophecy of Darkness is the DragonScales game with the most gameplay variety ever! DragonScales 3 showcases a totally new story arc, with more than 150 new levels and a novel Gravity game mode, besides the classic DragonScales mode with some fun and challenging twists.

Lady Siniestra, Specktr, Archmage Cedric and Xeroz. A new adventure begins!

Lady Siniestra, Specktr, Archmage Cedric and Xeroz. A new adventure begins!

With DragonScales 3: Eternal Prophecy of Darkness DragonScales allows players to win badges and collect stars, for enhanced replay value. Some stars are secret, and you’ll have to find them out! There are other alluring challenges for advanced DragonScales players, albeit the game also offers an enjoyable experience for players looking for relaxed play sessions. Furthermore, DragonScales 3 introduces a new array of magical powers. For example, Improved Prescience allows you to select a tailored set of scales to play! And with the new Confusion power you can completely change the position of all the scales on the board!

New falling mode with skulls!

New falling mode with skulls!

The game is being prepared for distribution through several channels, so stay tunned! 🙂

16 Dec

How to play NagiQ

This is a little tutorial explaining how to play our first game, the challenging word game NagiQ. Things will be easier if we start with a screenshot of the first level:

NagiQ-start

First level of NagiQ

Notice there’s a board, with some letters on it. Letter S and letter C. We refer to those starting letters as Mystic Letters.

How to play?

The rules are simple. Form a word (by typing it with your keyboard, or by clicking on the letters of the game’s permanent on-screen keyboard) and place it on the board with your mouse. For instance, type the word ‘star’ or ‘soap’… whatever. When you’re typing the word, the game will show a green verification mark to let you know that it will accept the word you’ve just typed.

NagiQ-soap

I’ve just typed the word ‘soap’. The green verification mark shows the word is accepted by the game.

OK, that’s it for forming words. Now you have to place such word on the board. And the word might be placed horizontally or vertically. Press the SPACE BAR on your keyboard to switch between horizontal and vertical style (alternatively, the on-screen keyboard has a special key for this task, if you prefer to use the mouse.)

NagiQ-horizontal

Horizontal style.

NagiQ-vertical-explanation

Vertical style.

Now that the word orientation is chosen, it’s time to place the word on the board. To do so, simply click on a board’s cell. However, there’s a very important rule:

Every new word you want to place on the board must include at least one of the letters ALREADY PLACED on the board.

That’s why our first word can be ‘star’ or ‘soap’, because such words include ‘s’, and our board already has a letter S. We could also start by forming the word ‘car’, because the board also has a letter C. We could also form the word ‘base’, because ‘base’ has an ‘s’. Or the word ‘case’, which has both ‘c’ and ‘s’. Whatever word you form, the important thing to remember is that such word must contain a letter already on the board.

Use your mouse to move your word around the board, and click to place it. You cannot place your word anywhere, though. You have to connect it to a letter already on the board. Simply move your word and ensure that a letter of your word overlaps a matching letter already on the board, e.g, if your word is ‘star’, ensure that the ‘s’ of ‘star’ overlaps the letter ‘S’ already on the board. When the word is well placed, the game will change the cells’ color to green. Then click to finally place your word on the board (Pro tip: you can press ENTER on your keyboard instead of a mouse click.)

And that’s all. Do you remember those Mystic Letters, S and C? Well, in order to win the level you’ll have to place your words properly, to ‘connect’ with ALL the Mystic Letters on the board.

Upcoming boards contain cookies to get hints, and each island of the game offers gameplay variants. But essentially, these are the core rules of NagiQ. Two little details:

  1. You cannot connect your new words directly to the Mystic Letters, except for the first word you place on a board. In other words, your first word might connect with any of the Mystic Letters S or C. But after you’ve placed your word, you next words must include letters of the words you’ve placed.
  2. Once you use a word, you cannot re-use it on the same board.

Let’s see a commented game to better understand the rules.

NagiQ-1

First level of NagiQ. Two Mystic Letters: ‘S’ and ‘C’.

NagiQ-2

We type a new word: ‘cases’. The green verification mark shows it’s a word accepted by the game.

NagiQ-3

By using the mouse we place our word ‘cases’ so that one ‘s’ of ‘cases’ overlaps the ‘S’ already on the board. If the placement of a word is OK, the tiles’ color changes from red to green.

NagiQ-4

Click or press ENTER to finally place the word ‘cases’ on the board. The color of the tiles changes to yellow after the word is placed on the board.

NagiQ-5

We form a new word: ‘rock’.

NagiQ-6

We want to place it vertically, so we press the SPACE BAR on the keyboard. We can achieve the same effect by clicking the special yellow button on the on-screen keyboard of the game.

NagiQ-7

We move our word and place it to match and overlap the letter ‘c’ of the word ‘cases’ we’ve just placed on the board.

NagiQ-8

A new word: ‘peer’. We place it to match and overlap the ‘r’ of ‘rock’.

NagiQ-9

Now we typed ‘really’. We switch it to horizontal style, and place it to match and overlap the first ‘e’ of ‘peer’.

NagiQ-10

Finally, we type ‘cool’. We place it to match and overlap the second ‘l’ of ‘really’. A smart move, indeed: this word ‘cool’ allows us to also match and overlap the remaining, unconnected Mystic Letter C. Therefore, after playing ‘cool’ (pun intended) we will connect with Mystic Letter C, and there won’t be any unconnected Mystic Letter on the board. That way the board will be completed.

NagiQ-11

Well done. After placing ‘cool’, this level is completed.

Combinations are endless. Have fun 🙂

20 Feb

DragonScales 2 for Android about 90% completed!

After its Windows, Mac and Linux release, DragonScales 2: Beneath a Bloodstained Moon is getting ready for Android. We’ve been testing the Android port of our new game and so far, so good. Here are some screenshots of the game running on a Kindle Fire device:

DS2MobilVersion

DS2Mobil

There are still some minor fixes to apply, such as adjusting strings (“Click” to “Tap”, etc.) but everything looks fine so far!

14 Jul

DragonScales Deluxe available in 6 languages!

DragonScales Deluxe Multilanguage Localized
Great news! Our game DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer has been localized into 6 languages (German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese) thanks to the great work of GameHouse’s localization team. They’ve carried out a fantastic translation, which included localization of textual and non-textual elements of the game. All of this started a few months ago, with the adapting of a special DragonScales build suitable for localization. After weeks of hard work, we’re very excited to bring our original gameplay to a broader audience. As of today, the game is available on zylom.com:

A huge thank you to all of you who sent emails and were on the lookout for fresh news of DragonScales and our new projects. Thank you!

P.S. Stay tuned for news and updates on our next project: DragonScales 2! A new challenge lies ahead! More levels, new game modes, more fun!

13 Nov

Dragons and Nagi on Linux

These days we’ve been almost completely devoted to the launch of our new game, DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer. It’s a new tile-matching game, in which you play scales on a board in order to form combinations. Novel, fun, relaxed, and great for brain-fitness sessions and lovers of casual games. It’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

 

Our previous game, NagiQ 2: Treasure Hunt, was initially available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. NagiQ 2 is an original and challenging word game, based on combining words on a board to collect coins, punch evil skulls, explode monsters, trim mustaches and defeat an evil pirate.

However, a few days after releasing NagiQ 2 we received emails from several customers asking for a version of NagiQ 2 for Linux. We promised a version would be eventually released, but time went by, and we were overtaken by DragonScales’ specifics and technicalities, meaning that NagiQ 2 for Linux had to be postponed. Until today.

Today we’re happy to announce that we’re also releasing both DragonScales and NagiQ 2 for Linux. You can purchase them here:

A promise fulfilled 🙂

13 Nov

DragonScales released by Big Fish Games

Big news! We’re very excited to announce that our new game, DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer, has been released today by the renowned game publisher Big Fish Games. Being launched by a top-tier publisher such as Big Fish Games means a lot to us, as our work will be known by more players. DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer is a new tile-matching game, a fun and novel twist to the Match 3 genre. Its gameplay develops on a board composed by hexagonal cells, in which you play scales to form clever combinations of scales having the same color. The dark and ferocious chambers of DragonScales will demand a lot of luck and intelligence.

DragonScales on BFG

DragonScales was presented in the section “Play it a day early” and today it has been officially released by Big Fish Games, for Windows and Mac. You can try DragonScales here, directly from Big Fish Games.