San Francisco, California – Barking Mouse Studio today releases Lost Toys, a groundbreaking new 3D puzzler that has already garnered numerous awards including Best Game Design at the Tokyo Game Show Sense of Wonder Night. The mentally engaging Rubik’s-cube style gameplay comes alive in three dimensions, revealing a haunting world of hope and profound beauty, depth, and challenge. Lost Toys is available exclusively for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on the App Store.
Players progress through a surreal room populated by discarded, mixed-up toys beckoning to be reassembled. With the flick of a finger, players manipulate, examine, and reconstruct the toys in order to reveal their original forms. Only a precise sequence of skillful rotations will allow puzzle fans to progress through the 4 chapters and 32 levels of this gothic masterpiece.
“The way you interact with the puzzles is completely natural,” says game designer Danielle Swank. “Instead of buttons or gestures to rotate the pieces, Lost Toys allows you to touch and manipulate them as if your fingers were right there inside the screen.”
The result is a truly engaging and interactive puzzle game unlike anything on iOS. A chilling soundtrack by Peter Rudenko adds to the game’s distinctive appeal. In addition to winning Best Game Design, Lost Toys has received accolades for Most Artistic at the Codame Developer Showcase and the Indie Prize for Most Promising Game at Casual Connect San Francisco.
While critics laud the unique gameplay and breathtakingly beautiful design, gamers will notice that Lost Toys eschews many annoyances that often distract from other puzzle games.
“There are no scores, no ads, no competition – not even a timer,” explains Jim Fleming, the other half of the Barking Mouse design duo. “Levels are challenging, but solvable, and a clever hint system reveals only as much of the answer as you need to move forward if you reach your wit’s end.”
Lost Toys supports English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish and Turkish languages.
* iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (5th gen) or later
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 94.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Lost Toys 1.0 is $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Barking Mouse Studio is Danielle Swank and Jim Fleming. Lost Toys – the first game the pair has spent more than a weekend working on – is the result of months of intense discussions and hand gestures. (Danielle acted out the opening scene by pretending she was an airplane and zooming around.) Programming and design duties are shared by both, as Danielle is an artist that took math classes for fun, and Jim is an engineer that creates art. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 Barking Mouse Studio. 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. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.