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Word Slide with New Dictionary

Very excited about the new patch to Word Slide & Find in the app store.

We used to use the built in dictionary that comes with iOS, but as of iOS6 that dictionary was REALLLLLYY SSSLLLLOOOOOWWWWW. It appears to be missing completely from iOS7, so we made our move.

The new version replaces the old dictionary with a new one, and as a result all versions of the game run fast now, as it was originally intended. I think this is the best game we make, and now it really is (again).

As a side note – that was the fastest review EVER!!!! Submitted on Tuesday approved and for sale by Thursday! Sweet!

So if you want to see what all the fuss is about download it right away, play it, and then see how the update is way better!



iOS 7 Preview

Even though we’re all super busy around here, it only made sense to try new iOS 7 update from Apple.

It’s the first time the UI changed in a long time and we’re excited to see how our apps fare. I’m just updated my development phone as I write this and so far I’m pretty psyched.

The UI really has changed since iOS6, with new animations for transitions and a clean new look. I especially like how my lock screen is uncluttered and has a flashlight and calculator built in !! The subtle changes tot he UI I notice are great. The emergency phone button has moved for example, although I must say some of the flat elements make it look a little… flat I guess. Personal taste I’m sure.

Look for some new stuff from us around the winter holidays, we’re knee deep in other awesome projects, but will be back with some new apps, including perhaps the greatest meeting app ever (for some sub-populations).

I’ll try and post again soon, but in the meantime I hope everyone enjoys this nice weather.


2012 Holiday App Ideas

Every year at this time, people are frantically looking for fun games to relax with over the holiday. We here at Surje aim to please and are summarizing some of our best Holiday games for the season.

Santa's Loot IconSanta’s Loot is a Free physics based game where you collect gifts on Santa’s sled. This will be the 2nd year that Santa’s Loot is available for download on your iOS device and it’s better than ever. We’ve updated it to work on iPhone5 and we hope you enjoy balancing those gifts.

CryptoQuip IconFor those of us less interested in Santa themed games I want to recommend our best selling word Games CryptoQuip and CryptoQuip Free. Like the newspaper puzzle, you have to solve a puzzle where each letter is replaced with another. Unlike the newspaper though you drag the letters, matches are filled in automatically and the quotes can easily be tweeted.

Finally I suggest the very original and my favorite game Word Slide. In this game you are given a grid full of letters and you slide then both directions to spell words. since we use the built in dictionary there are thousands and thousands of valid words. Make 2 at a time to get bonus multipliers. It’s a real look into your own psyche, since the world you see won’t be the same as the words someone else does…

All these games and our others are a mental word puzzle work out, and are updated for iOS6 and the newest iPhone, if you’re lucky enough to get one over the holidays. We hope everyone enjoys some well earned relaxation over the holidays, hopefully with one of our games in hand :)


Over 10,000 active users!

I checked our update stats since we released our iOS6 updates and found over 10,000 updates! I interpret that to mean that at least 10,000 downloads of our apps have remained on people’s devices.

There may be 10 thousand people playing our games on a given day. That feels pretty good. I hope you are enjoying our work, and send us bugs and feature requests so we can grow that number.

Although we have nothing in the hopper in the short term, we are patching our apps as needed, and thinking about what we will build next. We may build another game, but more likely will build a meeting productivity app. Stay Tuned…

All iOS6 updates approved

So in the end we updated Rafter’s Loot, CryptoQuip and Santa’s Loot for iOS6! The physics games work great on the larger screen.

I’m hoping iOS6 will patch the dictionary lookup since WordSlide still works better on iOS5 (on my 4S), or that on the iPhone5 dictionary lookup works great.

I must say Apple is obviously working overtime. Rafter’s Loot Free was approved today(Sunday) and CryptoQuip was approved late one evening last week.

As for BB10, we’ve made almost 0 progress, and still aren’t sure if we’ll make the new year with an app. Time will tell.





Cryptoquip updated for ios6/iphone5

So rather than fix my poorest performing game I decided to improve my best performing game for iOS6. We submitted updates last night and hope to take advantage of that bigger screen. Cryptoquip is sometimes a little tight, so the extra space is great.

I’m generally frustrated with this update though. Changing how rotations are handled is huge!

I may stop supporting some games since I’d be working for pennies an hour to update them…

A Word Theme Available Now!

Our latest game A Word Theme is available now in the App Store.

Like Jewel Slide and Word Slide & Find, this one is build using our sliding game mechanic. This time you are given a puzzle topic and must find all the words that match that theme with all the letters scrambled. You should see updates for those two games and CryptoQuip n the coming week.

We’re working on Land Slide right now, a game that using the same sliding mechanic in a territory /settler style game, but are thrilled to see A Word Theme approved!

Happy Gaming!

Happy Stampede

So I’ve been busy the last little while, and I haven’t updated. Now that I’m on vacation from my job for the summer it’s nice to sit around with the family, doing fun outdoorsy type stuff. I’m just not sure you want to hear about it. Watched the Calgary Stampede Parade today on TV, for example.

But as we relax and play we thought of a third game to use the Word Slide and Jewel Slide framework. Called A Word Theme, this game will be similar to Word Slide and Find except you will have to find words that match a theme, rather than all alphabet words. The hard part is making levels in terms of total time. The game’s at least a week or two away, but I thoughts I update you all on what’s happening.

As an example:

A theme of “welcome words” might require you to find words like hello, hi , etc… We’re working on some good ones as I speak. I don’t want to give too many away.

Anyhow have a great stampede, and I hope to be posting again soon about the newly released game.

Word Slide and Find

Word Slide and Find has been released!

Word Slide is the game where you are presented with a square full of tiles, and have to rearrange them by sliding the rows or columns. When you’ve made a word simply hold your finger on any letter and the word will be scored, and removed. If the letter is in two words you get a bonus.

This release is the culmination of a lot of work over the last months, and I seriously appreciate the efforts of anyone who helps promote this new release!




Jewel Slide Updated – Word Slide coming soon…

Jewel Slide has just been updated in the app store!

We fixed up a few bugs, cleared up some space, and touched up the levels a bit. We also changed a few artwork pieces, like the icons and the pearls. In my unbiased opinion this is the best bejeweled type jewel sliding matching game I’ve ever played.

The more exciting corollary, is that all those bugs and improvement will also be in for the Word Slide launch. Word Slide was the original game idea where you find words in a grid, but before testing the more complicated word finding algorithms, we wanted to build a simpler version of the game, which instead of words, would find matching row and columns of jewels. Jewel Slide is that actually quite a fun game, and “Word Slide & Find”, using similar mechanisms is on it’s way soon!