FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4th APRIL 2013
Stoke-on-Trent, UK – Lightwood Games is delighted to announce that
Foursies, a four in a row game with a twist, is now available on the App
Store. With new rules designed specifically for mobile devices, this
free iOS app brings a classic game format into the digital age.
If you've played vertical strategy games like Connect Four or Captain's
Mistress, you'll think you already know how to play this game. That's
true to an extent, but the unique twists in Foursies turn a familiar
game into a brand new challenge.
In a nutshell: you play four boards at the same time against the same
opponent and the first to make lines on two boards wins the game.
However, on each turn you must play in a different column on every board!
These rules are designed to make the game quicker and more engaging, so
that it suits a turn-based mobile app.
By giving the player four moves to make on every turn, it means there's
always something to think about. Even if your hand is forced on one
board, you still get to make a strategic decision on another.
Requiring only two lines to win avoids long, drawn-out end game
situations so it doesn't matter if one board starts looking like a
stalemate. Most games last between ten and fifteen turns.
Foursies even picks a random starting position each time you play, so
things begin quickly and every game is different.
"We wanted to bring this family favourite to iOS, but we found that
playing the traditional way didn't work well in a casual, turn-based
format", said Lightwood's Chris Newman. "It takes several moves before
the game gets interesting and in the later stages your move is often
forced. Unless your opponent is responding immediately this can get dull
very quickly, so we designed Foursies to have more decisions and less
The most interesting new rule is being forced to play in four different
columns. This not only ensures that you can't play the same way on every
board, but adds a brand new strategy element to the game.
"Some gamers dismiss Connect Four as trivial because there's a known
solution, which means a knowledgable player can always force a win or a
draw", said Newman. "Foursies eliminates that possibility! You could try
to play a perfect game on one board, but you have to play differently on
the other three".
Foursies has a wide range of custom counters to choose from, so players
can put their own mark on the game. Counters are unlocked through
playing the game, or can be bought via in-app purchase.
Foursies is a universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and can be
downloaded free on the App Store.