Kiwi tech firm Rush Digital Interactive reinvigorates iPad Action-Puzzler genre with classic-inspired game “Hope’s Q

Auckland, New Zealand – October 12, 2011 – Rush Digital Interactive (RDI) has officially released its 3D action-puzzler “Hope’s Quest.” With game play inspired by the classic Kurushi (Intelligent Qube) series, Hope’s Quest makes full use of the iPad’s size and power. Built using RDI’s IgnitionWare™ game engine technology, and featuring impressive real-time 3D graphics, an epic sound track, character narrative and over 60 puzzles, players will reminisce over the challenging and rewarding test of dexterity and intelligence.

“Hope’s Quest really brings together the best elements of the classic game play we love, but with modern story-telling and atmosphere” says Danushka Abeysuriya, CEO of RDI, “Technically speaking, we had to make full use of the iPad’s performance features – our bigger puzzles have hundreds of moving elements on top of the detailed environments.” He goes on to say: “RDI is a Kiwi company that loves making games and game technologies, and Hope’s Quest shows this.”

Player’s control the game’s main character “Hope” who inadvertently unleashes an evil power and must help recapture it to its prison inside Pandora's Box. Players will experience 6 unique world settings such as cryptic Egyptian ruins and a mountainous Tibetan Monastery. “This really is a game for the fans, with lots of puzzles, OpenFeint achievements and leaderboards, the replay value is great.” RDI is already preparing the first of several free content updates with more puzzles and achievements for players to compete over.

The simple game mechanics and progressive nature of the puzzles mean that players new to the game who have never played Kurushi can still easily pick up and play Hope’s Quest. Players move around on a set play area and are faced by a wall of cube shaped stones that roll towards them. To avoid being crushed players must exercise planning and good timing when setting traps to capture certain stones, while strategically avoiding others.

As the player progresses through the story the size and layout complexity of the puzzles increases, “You get a lot of satisfaction when solving a puzzle in just a few moves, you can play the same puzzle a few times and every time you do it a bit better, it feels great” says Blake Dwan a game developer at RDI.

The game was built on RDI’s proprietary smartphone game creation framework IgnitionWare™, which has been under development for the past year.  IgnitionWare™ differentiates itself by offering complete 2D capabilities, while still being able to provide all the features expected in a 3D framework. It is currently under license by several unannounced partners and has been used for three of Rush Digital’s own titles.

Hope’s Quest will be on sale in October with 70% off at USD $1.99. Customers who follow @rushdigital or @hopesquest on twitter are in to win promotional codes, iTunes gift cards and other prizes.

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About Rush Digital Interactive

As well as providing development services around the world cup rugby tournament for brands such as Heineken®, Rush Digital Interactive develops games for smart- phones and tablets using its proprietary IgnitionWare™ game engine technology. IgnitionWare™ has been used successfully on several 2D and 3D titles as well as being licensed for use by companies such as Parkside Media.


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