Moscow, Russian Federation – iOS app developer Artem Kantalinskiy has announced the release and immediate availability of Potsy 1.0, his addictive arcade game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Potsy is simple and fun tap entertainment based on one the most popular worldwide playground game. “Potsy” is just an old and rarely used name of the game Hopscotch. In case you’ve forgotten, in hopscotch players hop or jump through the right angled spaces outlined on the ground. Now you can use your fingers!
The origin of hopscotch is really old. According to Wiki: there are apocryphal stories of hopscotch being invented by Romans, but the first recorded references to the game in English date back to the late 17th century, usually under the name ‘scotch-hop’ or ‘scotch-hopper(s)’.
There are many other forms of hopscotch played across the globe. In India it is called Stapu or Kith-Kith, in Spain and some Latin American countries, it’s rayuela, although it may also be known as golosa. In Russian it is known as klassiki (diminutive for the word meaning classes). In Poland, it is called klasy, meaning classes. In Italy it is called campana (meaning bell), or mondo (meaning world). In the Netherlands and Flanders, Hinkelen. InBosnia, Croatia and Serbia it is called kolica, meaning little school. In Malaysia the most popular variant is called tengteng. In Mexico, it is called bebeleche (mamaleche) meaning drink milk or avioncito meaning little plane (“probably because of the shape”).
In Cuba and in Puerto Rico it is called “La Peregrina” (meaning “Pilgrim Girl”) and the squares represents the 9 rings the pilgrim traveler has to pass in order to reach Heaven from Purgatory according to Dante’s Inferno. In Romania the game is called sotron and is widely played by children all over the country. In Brazil it is called amarelinha. The name evolved from marelle, the French name for the game, but was identified to the radical amarelo (yellow) and its diminutive in -inho/a. In Breton, the name is reg or delech. The Albanian variant is called rrasavi, which is composed of two words: rrasa (“the flat stone”, an object used to play the game) and vi (“line”, a reference to the lines that comprise the diagram of the course). In Philippines, hopscotch is called “piko” (pee-ko). In India, hopscotch is called “thikrya”, because broken stones called ‘thikrya’ are slid across the grid as players hop to next squares.
* Free to play and Unlock All Levels (In-App Purchase) is absolutly free till end of July 2013
* 16 training levels with visual instructions
* 4 Seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – with 80 unique levels
* 16 special music levels (well known music by Antonio Lucio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons)
* Different types of taps (single, double, triple, touch and hold, shakes etc)
* Different gameplays for iPhone and iPad (iPad version is way harder)
* Game Center support
* Retina optimized
* English, Russian, Spanish and German language support
* Lots of more
* iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 38.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
For a limited time, Potsy 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Located in Moscow, Russia, independent developer Artem Kantalinskiy is a sole entrepreneur who has a passion for building useful and fun applications for the iOS platform. Copyright (C) 2013 Kantalinskiy. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.