OTHER SMARTGAMES 2016

 

UPDATES 2016 AND/OR NEW VERSIONS OF OTHER SMARTGAMES


Apart from the real novelties (check out the previous pages) like Little Red Riding Hood, Penguins Pool Party, IQ-XOXO, Deducktion, Parking Puzzler and Dinosaurs Mystic Islands, we also worked on updating a lot of older SmartGames.


Not only Troy and SmartCar got a complete make-over, there are several other games that got a refresh or a new variant too. Many older SmartGames are still perfect puzzle concepts, but were never updated after their initial introduction, sometimes more than 10 years ago.


A lot of the work on these updates was not done by me, but by my colleagues. I only helped with the concepts, challenges and design of the plastic parts, because I had  more than work enough with finalizing the other new SmartGames.


JUNGLE - HIDE & SEEK

In all my designs I try to do more with less. But how could I improve something like Safari Hide & Seek, which only had 4 puzzle pieces? Fewer pieces were not really an option here. What definitely needed to be improved was the storage compartment. The original game has a sliding drawer, but that isn’t always ideal. If you don’t place the booklet and puzzle pieces very carefully inside this drawer, sometimes the booklet or pieces get stuck. The original version was still designed using pen and measuring rod. But the square corners and edges looked quite outdated and were not so pleasant to handle.




example of a challenge/solution on the day side of Jungle Hide & Seek


The first thing we did was to redesign the housing, so that it looked in line with newer SmartGames. Adding extra puzzle pieces to add value to the new version, was not really an option for me. It would weaken the simplicity of the concept.

But the new storage compartment has 2 sides. Without adding much extra cost we could include an extra playing grid and add more variation to the challenges. The puzzle pieces are double sided too to match the color of the bottom and top side of the housing.


The final version has a day side and a night side, each with different animals from Asia. The day side plays similar to Safari, although the challenges and puzzle pieces are completely different. The night side, which is much harder, is similar to Angry Birds Under Construction, but has also different challenges.




example of a challenge/solution on the night side of Jungle Hide & Seek


PIRATES JR - HIDE & SEEK

Although this version has the same theme as the older Hide & Seek Pirates game, it is more similar to Hide & Seek Safari because each grid and puzzle piece is also divided in 9 squares. This means that this Junior version is harder than to original Pirates version, where each separate grid was divided in 5. But to make some challenges easier again, my colleagues have added a wind rose to the STARTER and JUNIOR challenges, showing the orientation of the most difficult puzzle piece.


It’s a compact game, about the same size as games like Temple Trap or Butterflies. Including the new Jungle game, we now have a different Hide & Seek game in every size. This is also an improvement from the present situation where the challenges of the bigger games (Safari and Pirates) are identical to the ones of the magnetic travel games. Not any more, in the future we will have:

  1. -magnetic travel games: Waterworld and Busy Bugs

  2. -compact game: Pirates Junior

  3. -big, classic game: Jungle


            

example of an challenge/solution with an extra hint about the orientation of the puzzle piece with the wind rose


NORTH POLE - EXPEDITION

The working title for Jungle - Hide & Seek was “double fun”. When I needed to come up with an idea to add value to Camouflage North Pole, I looked for a similar idea to give a double use to some parts. I couldn’t use an extra playing grid, because one of the more expensive parts of this game are the challenge cards.


The result is a variation to Camouflage that has 2 playing modes for each challenge. The game includes 2 T-shapes puzzle pieces with an eskimo. Before you start you decide which eskimo you want to use: the one on ice or the one in the canoe in the water. For each playing mode there is just 1 solution. But the solution for both eskimos is often completely different. There are 20 cards, printed on both sides. Each side has 2 playing modes, so you end up with 80 challenges. Just by adding 1 puzzle piece, I could increase the number of challenges from 48 (for the old version) to 80. The only downside is that the concept looses a little bit of simplicity. The old version explained itself. In this new version you need to read the game rules to understand why you have 1 puzzle piece too much. But I think in this case, the advantage to having much more challenges for the same money, is worth it.



example of a two solutions of the same challenge: on the left with the eskimo in the water, on the right with the eskimo on ice


GHOST HUNTERS

Ghost Hunters was designed by my colleagues. It’s a variation to AquaBelle, with the same puzzle pieces but a different theme and challenges. Most levels give you extra clues, making this version easier than AquaBelle. The artwork of the cards was done by Simon Spruyt, well known flemish maker of graphic novels.



example of a challenge/solution of Ghost Hunters


ANTI-VIRUS MUTATION

Anti-Virus Mutation started also as an idea to make a “double fun” version of Anti-Virus. The original puzzle idea was done by Oskar van Deventer, but we were allowed to make variations on it. When I started I wanted to do the same thing we did for Hide & Seek Jungle. If the top and bottom side had a different grid, we could use the same puzzle pieces twice and add more variation to the challenges. For that reason the second grid needed to have a shape, similar to the one on the top side (square with rounded corners). Therefor I could not play with the shape of the grid, but only change the orientation. The original version had a grid which was rotated 45°, the mutated version has a more common grid orientation of 90°. Surprisingly this new version is not simpler to solve, although the edges of the grid are now straight instead of having a wavy shape.


Top: diagram of the pieces and game board of the new Anti-Virus Mutation (left) , compared to Anti-Virus Original (right)


Later during the development, we decided not to add this second playing grid to the existing version of Anti-Virus, but to spin off a separate, more compact version of it. The reason for this is that it would have made the classic version too expensive and too thick. This new version Anti-Virus Mutation has not only a grid with a different orientation, but also a different set of puzzle pieces.


MORE CHALLENGES FOR OHTER EXISTING SMARTGAMES

A few other older games also received an upgrade, gaining not only a new packaging but also more challenges:

  1. RoadBlock, Penguins on Ice and Quadrillion now include a booklet with 80 challenges instead of 60!

  2. Temple Trap now includes 60 challenges instead of 48.

  3. There is also a new version of IQ-Puzzler, named IQ-Puzzler PRO: This improved version includes 120 challenges AND their solution (the old version didn’t include any solutions, because they were not unique). This IQ-Puzzler PRO version uses a different set of puzzle pieces and has 3 different playing modes (2D 90°, 2D 45° and 3D).

 


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English/

2017

TEMPLE CONNECTION

SNOW WHITE

JUMP IN’

IQ-FOCUS


2016

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

PENGUINS POOL PARTY

PARKING PUZZLER

IQ-XOXO

DEDUCKTION

DINOSAURS MYSTIC ISLANDS

WALLS & WARRIORS

SMARTCAR 5x5

HIDE & SEEK PIRATES JR

HIDE & SEEK JUNGLE

NORTH POLE EXPEDITION

GHOST HUNTERS

ANTI-VIRUS MUTATION

2015

THREE LITTLE PIGGIES

BUTTERFLIES

IQ-BLOX

IQ-CANDY

PENGUINS PARADE


2014

QUADRILLION

BRAIN CHEESER

CITY MAZE

IQ-STEPS


2013

BUNNY BOO

VIKINGS BRAINSTORM

BACK 2 BACK

IQ-LINK

AB UNDER CONSTRUCTION

AB ON TOP


2012

TEMPLE TRAP

BILL & BETTY BRICKS

BEND-IT

IQ-FIT

NOAHS ARK

AQUABELLE


2011

PENGUINS ON ICE

TRUCKY 3

TROY

IQ-TWIST


2010

CHICKEN SHUFFLE

ANACONDA

CANNIBAL MONSTERS

SMARTCAR

SMARTPHONE


2009

TITANIC

DAY & NIGHT

2008

ROADBLOCK

METROVILLE

ALCATRAZ


2007

CAMELOT JR

CASTLE LOGIX

GOGETTER 4


2006

AIRPORT TRAFFIC CONTROL

HIDE & SEEK PIRATES

TOWER OF LOGIC INFERNO

DUOPUZZLE


2005

CAMOUFLAGE

HIDE & SEEK SAFARI


2001

GOGETTER 1, 2 AND 3