Grumble Games has launched 7 Sevens, a new title developed exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS7 or higher. 7 Sevens is a tile-matching puzzle game based around the simple concept of grouping like-numbered tiles together to clear them from the board. Unlike traditional match puzzlers the number of tiles you need to clear a group isn’t set, but is determined by the number on the tile. Line 2 twos up and they explode from the board, but to clear sevens it takes 7 adjacent seven tiles. Thoughtful planning, swapping out the right tile and a bit of luck allows players to achieve massive high scores. 7 sevens is intended for casual gamers looking for something to fill a few minutes but is complex enough for hard-core puzzle fans.
While simplicity is at the heart of 7 Sevens design, the complexity quickly becomes apparent as players progress into deeper rounds of the game. Every 7 explosions that a player triggers progresses them to the next round. At the start of each round the player is awarded bonus points and 7 random tiles are dropped on the game board. The tiles dropped can help a user, for example, dropping that last seven in the perfect place to trigger a big explosion, or they can be grey blocks which are impediments that need to be cleared. Grey blocks are able to be cleared by triggering explosions next to them, which offers the perfect use for the 1 tile, which explodes on contact. The last element of game play is the tile swap. The tile swap is empty until the player taps it to save a tile for later. At any point thereafter the player can swap the current tile for one that has been saved.
7 Sevens is all about getting the highest score possible (and then bragging to your friends about it), and there are three ways to receive bonus points to inflate a score. As mentioned above, every time a player reaches a new round they are awarded bonus points, which is the first way. Second, players can trigger combos by strategically placing numbered tiles and grey blocks. The other benefit to triggering a combo is that it does not eat up a round marker, which is crucial for getting high scores in later rounds. The last way to boost a score is to trigger 7 of a particular type of grouping. For instance, the 7th time in a game a player triggers 7 sevens they get the big 49,000 point bonus.
Although no tutorial is necessary for a player to pick up 7 Sevens and begin playing a set of “How to Play” instructions have been included. There is also a detailed Stats page that tracks everything a player does including their top 10 high scores of all time, with date and time to track how long ago it was that they got that ridiculously high score. At the end of every game players have the option of sharing their high score on Facebook, Twitter, by text or through email. They also have the option to challenge their Game Center friends.
As a game is being played there is a live score stream at the bottom of the screen which is updated with scores from other players around the world from that day. The scores shown are skewed to friends of the player, but the score could be from anyone that has completed a game that day. This feature is not available on iPhone4 due to screen size restrictions.
The flat, beautiful look of 7 Sevens is directly inspired from Apple’s update to iOS7. “On iOS7 launch day we were talking about what an iOS7 game would be like, because there were no games offered in the iOS7 featured section of the App Store. We believe ‘7 Sevens’ is that game.” said Mike Spotten, Creative Director at Grumble Games.
* Simple mechanics
* Beautiful Design
* Live Score Stream
* Integrated Social Sharing
* Game Center Challenges
*Optimized for iOS7
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* This app is optimized for iPhone 5
* 5.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
7 Sevens is $1.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.