Obscura – Insane Puzzles for Blockwick 2

The gloves are off with Blockwick 2’s new puzzle pack, Obscura. It’s $2 for eighty puzzles from medium to insane difficulty. A lot of these puzzles we couldn’t put in the original game because they were too hard. This is for our diehard fans, not for the faint of heart.

Our apologies it took so long to ship Obscura. In truth a big part of the hold up was that the really tough puzzles are very brain intensive, multiplying the amount of time it takes to test them.

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Some of the illuminations may seem flat-out unsolvable. We are fully expecting to get lots of email and tweets, saying “Impossible!”. But rest assured they are all possible; our finest people have worked them all out. 🙂 As always, our advice is when you get stumped on a puzzle, take a break. Come back to it later. If all else fails, check out YouTube — several friendly folks have taken the liberty of doing quite a few walkthroughs.

And if you haven’t gotten Blockwick 2 yet, buy it now for $5 on iOS, Android, or Desktop

Note: Obscura is currently only available in the iOS version. We hope to get to the Android and desktop versions soon.

Blockwick 2 Picked by Apple as “Gorgeous Game”

We are very delighted to report that Blockwick 2 was picked by Apple for a “gorgeous games” promotion. Starting October 1st it will be on an exclusive sale on Apple’s the App Store. This is an amazing opportunity to pick up our premium puzzle game for a ludicrously low price (80% off). We’d normally never discount our game to such a ridiculously low price, but when Apple asks, it’s hard to refuse. Tell your deal-hunting, puzzle-gaming friends to pick it up now while the price is low. The sale ends on the 7th of October. Get Blockwick 2 on the App Store.

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A T-Shirt for Blockwick

Yes, it’s official, after seven years of making apps, we’ve finally come out with a t-shirt. The design was a collaboration between Michael and myself and was created in honor of the Blockwick universe.

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You may recall a while ago we were planning on making a Blockwick 2 t-shirt, but because of some rookie mistakes we did not get it printed. Back then we made three designs, and we couldn’t pick our favorite so we ended up doing a poll.

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The design that won the poll was pretty fun, but it turns out that we were using too many colors for the screen printer. So we decided to put the t-shirt project on hold until we had a little more time to work on a design that we were happy with.

So this time around to simplify we put one together, and sent it straight over to Cotton Bureau. If you aren’t familiar with this company, we’d like to tell you about them. They are a small screen printing shop based out of Pittsburgh, PA. They focus on small batch, quality product, and have been great to work with. The unique thing is how they decide what to print.

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Anybody can submit a design to their editorial team; they pick the best submissions to put up on the home screen. At any given time there are around 72 designs for customers to choose from. The trick is that out of all the designs, they only print ones that get at least 12 orders. Each design stays up for two weeks, and any that get 11 orders or less get scrapped. The downside is that there are lots of great designs that don’t get printed, and the onus to sell the t-shirt really rests with the designers who make the tees.

We are guessing for an indie company of three people that’s been around for seven years we should be able to sell at least 12 t-shirts, but it’s a bit more difficult than you’d expect, especially for lone designers. Anyways, we’d love it if you picked up a Blockwick t-shirt (we are almost up to twelve, but we need a few more orders). Head over to cottonbureau.com to pre-order now.

Update 9/25/2015: The t-shirt is going to print (yay!), but unfortunately if you did not get an order in before the deadline, you are out of luck. Its a one-run, limited-edition tee afterall. If you missed the train, and really want some KB threads, let us know; we may be exploring less transient methods of selling t-shirts in the future.

Starbucks App Store Pick of the Week

Well, it was a fun week at the end of August. Our latest puzzle game, Blockwick 2, was selected by Starbucks as their “App Store Pick of the Week”. This is a promotion that Starbucks and Apple run in partnership with selected developers to sell more coffee, raise awareness of the App Store, and give a premium app a little moment in the limelight. For Starbucks customers (who also use iOS devices), it means they get a free app, so it’s another reason to stay a loyal Starbucks customer.

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After the seven days of the promotion, we gave away over a quarter million copies of Blockwick 2. This is a terrifying number for us— on one hand we just gave away a ridiculous number of copies of our most valuable game, all for zero profit. On the other hand we got access to a huge swath of people who otherwise would have never heard about our game or company. Exposure is something our company sorely needs, but it doesn’t pay the rent. The real question is in the long run will it have been worth it? So far we’ve only seen a very tiny bump is sales. Stay tuned for further conclusions on the program’s efficacy.

PS. The promotion ran from Tuesday the 25th of August to Monday the 1st of September 2015.

Huge Puzzle Drop for BW2

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A very big update is here for Blockwick 2. We’ve added all 144 puzzles from Blockwick 2 Basics. These are easier puzzles that are great for a more casual experience (also more accessible for kids). It’s our way of saying thank you to everyone who has supported us in our quest to create a premium puzzle game experience.

On top of the gargantuan puzzle drop, we are including a French and Spanish translation of the game. A big thanks to Ross, Vicente, Ehrlichmann, and Jonathan for the magnanimous, linguistic assistance. If you’d like us to continue adding puzzles to Blockwick 2 please don’t hesitate to tell your friends. If we reach 100,000 downloads, we’ll definitely add even more (and maybe even a puzzle editor). Tell your friends!

Get Blockwick 2 on the Apple App Store
Get Blockwick 2 on Google Play

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