Cary, North Carolina – Digital Leprechaun today is pleased to introduce Suicide Kings 2.0 for iOS, their new, single person, puzzle Game that challenges the player to identify winning, 5-card poker hands as fast as they can from an ever growing collection of cards dealt. A variant of Texas Hold’em, a 3-card Flop moves from the top of the table to the River, though the River in Suicide Kings measures 7-cards wide by 7-cards high. As the Flop slowly descends from the top of the screen, the player can move it horizontally and/or re-order it. If the River grows more than 7-cards high, the game ends. Making a hand removes those cards from the table, so the player must touch 5 contiguous cards for a scoring hand of two pairs or better, to both score points and make room for more cards. The game includes three levels of difficulty, Suicide Kings are wild, and Flop cards come with increasing frequency as the player’s score grows.
Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular forms of poker in the U.S. Suicide Kings is an exciting, single player variation that adds two new elements to the game: shape sorting and pattern matching, and ever changing time limits. As in any good game, it is easy to learn but difficult to master.
At the start of play, it takes 30 seconds for the Flop to move all the way from the head of the table to the last row of the River. As soon as it begins to move, the next Flop appears; ready to descend when the first Flop reaches the River. This interval, between Flop cards reaching the River, provides the player with an opportunity to make both strategical and tactical assessments.
There are two unbreakable rules with which the player must contend. First, 5-card hands, constructed from the 3 to 46 cards in the River, must be two pairs or better, and all 5 cards must be contiguous either horizontally or vertically. Finding the highest scoring hand becomes increasingly difficult as the number of cards in the River grows. At the same time, the more cards on the table, the greater the chances of finding a scoring hand. At the lower levels of play there are many Suicide Kings (King of Hearts) dealt, which makes finding winning patterns of cards much easier.
Second, the River can never be more than 7-cards high. This is where the Push line is imprinted on the table, and when the River overflows the game ends. As a result, players must balance the need to make any scoring hand, which removes those 5 cards, with the desire to create high scoring hands by waiting until there are many cards from which to choose. So the goal is always to make the best 5-card hand available from the cards in the River, while keeping in mind the height of the River and the next Flop.
It is easy to imagine moments during gameplay when the player needs more time to consider their options. The Focus control allows players to briefly pause the game, but they may use it only a limited number of times per game (each $25,000 in winnings increments the number next to the hourglass icon).
Suicide Kings features a 3-card Flop that can assume many different shapes. All three cards touch each other, but can do so horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. As the Flop descends, players can rotate the Flop clockwise or counterclockwise, bringing different cards into the top and bottom positions. Players can also move the Flop left and right. With practice, players become more adept at rotating and moving the Flop so that it fits, like a puzzle piece, into the River most advantageously, allowing players to construct winning hands.
* Play Texas Hold’em with Suicide Kings puzzle game
* Play against the clock, as Flop cards are continuously added to the River
* Win $500 for two pairs, $4,000 for a full house, $10,000 for a royal flush, etc.
* Think fast to find scoring 5-card poker hands
* Envisage the best place and configuration for the next Flop
* Pause gameplay for a few seconds using the Focus control
* Suicide Kings are wild – use them to make high scoring hands
* Three levels of playing difficulty: Casual, Medium, and Hard
* The Flop is dealt faster and faster as the score grows
* Game Center Leaderboard connectivity
* Artwork by Hugo Award winning artist Cheyenne Wright
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* Free Suicide Kings Lite 2.0
“I wanted to make a game that my non-gamer friends would enjoy,” stated Joseph Wilcox of Digital Leprechaun. “I’ve spent the last ten years of my life making games that really cater to the ‘gamer’ crowd, and now I wanted to see if I could build something even my father or wife would like to play. Suicide Kings is the result. Going for a block puzzle game seemed like an obvious choice for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I like this genre of game. I’ve played all of the big names and I enjoy them a lot. One thing I’ve learned over the years, and it is absolutely 100% true, is that you really need to concentrate on games you enjoy. If you don’t like the game you’re doing, how do you expect others to like it?
“The second thing about block puzzle games is that they are easy to pick up, but tough to master. From a design point of view, this is a fun thing to strive for. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that they are always popular with the ‘casual gamer’ crowd. So, I started laying out my plan for a game. I knew I wanted to build upon the strategy elements of games like Tetris and Bejeweled, but I wanted something to ground them. Poker seemed like a great way to tie the two mechanics together. About 2 weeks into testing, I started noticing that players were plateauing in their scores, pretty much across all skill levels. I found that as the game’s speed increased, people almost universally started having trouble laying out their moves. I started testing the idea of being able to temporarily pause the game. The effect was immediate and exactly what was needed. So the Focus system was born.
“I knew I had something special when I found myself pulling out SK while sitting at the bank or running errands, but what really drove it home was when my wife texted me from my daughter’s soccer practice and told me she was playing it. SCORE!”
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 21.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Suicide Kings 2.0 will be free for the first seven days of its release, starting Nov. 14. Suicide Kings 2.0 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available upon request.
Digital Leprechaun, LLC is a brand new Indie studio located in beautiful Cary, North Carolina. The company is owned by veteran game designer Joseph Wilcox, and Martian Miner is one of their three debut titles with two additional titles scheduled for 4th quarter of 2011. Copyright (C) 2011 Digital Leprechaun, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
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