Stockholm, Sweden – This week saw the release of MagIQ Square 1.0, a game that makes it possible to solve thousand-year old puzzles on a 21st century phone. It is available on the App Store – for iPad, iPhone and iPod, and soon for other platforms as well. Those who like Wordfeud or Sudoku, are likely to love the MagIQ Square. Solving the MagIQ Square requires logic and strategic thinking while also providing a little bit of mental math workout. It is possible to compete against oneself, and challenge others, at different levels of difficulty:
High Score Charts:
The personal best on each level is stored in the app, and the results can be uploaded to a league table, ranking the best players from around the world. Use as few moves as possible, but don’t be too slow, since time is used to separate players with an equal number of moves. From the app it is possible to challenge friends and compete for a position on the charts.
How to Play:
The aim of the game is to arrange the tiles so that the sum of each row, each column and both diagonals is the same. In a square like this that sum is 34. At the start of each game, the tiles are randomly arranged. As a side note, there are over 20 trillion different starting combinations, but – rest assured – they all have a solution.
The “greyed out” tiles are locked into the right positions from the start. The more locked tiles, the easier it is to solve the square. On the easiest level, half of the tiles are locked. On the most difficult level, only two tiles are locked. Perhaps counter-intuitively, the more freedom you have, the more difficult it gets.
Contributors to the high score table will also enter a contest where the prize is a trip to an exotic destination, as yet undisclosed. The contest starts January 1, 2013, so start practicing now to get a flying start. For full competition terms and conditions, see MagIQ Square online.
Several ancient civilizations were familiar with magic squares. The concept is believed to have originated in China some time BC and slowly diffused to medieval Europe via Persia, India and Arabia. Magic squares have tantalized mathematicians for centuries and have been associated with mystical properties and hidden messages – perhaps most recently in Dan Brown’s novel “The Lost Symbol”.
Per Quested Aronsson has 13 years of experience in mobile IT solutions. He has previously worked at the Swedish National Radio, produced music, had a hit on the U.S. Billboard Top 100, researched in neural networks at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and started several IT companies. He now works as a mobile solutions expert in his own company, Appocentric, in Stockholm, Sweden. Copyright (C) 2012 Per Quested Aronsson. 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.