September 13, 2004 09:00 AM US Eastern Time zone
Smart Box Design Rolls Out Farkle for Palm OS Handhelds, a Lively Mobile Rendition of the Classic Dice Game, Featuring “Smart” Opponents
Farkle is an enormously popular game throughout the world. Players roll a set of six dice for points and can continue rolling the dice as long as their roll continues to yield points. Any non-scoring roll is called a Farkle and the player forfeits their turn and any points accumulated during that turn. Players must gauge the risk of rolling again after setting aside scoring dice and decide whether to “bank” their points or risk them for a potentially higher score. Like most games of chance and skill, Farkle’s attraction stems from players hoping to beat the odds and roll a high scoring combination.
Smart Box Design is known for the attention it places on both the playability and design of its games, and Farkle is no exception. There are very few dice games available for Palm OS, and even fewer with the quality and attention to detail that went into creating Farkle. The game, which can be customized to accommodate regional rules, is extremely easy for users to pick up and begin playing upon installation. It is beautifully designed with the rich hues of a felt and wooden game-playing surface. The grain of the wooden game board, green velvet, and transparent red dice all enhance game-play.
Many games feature computerized opponents that are programmed with varying degrees of difficulty (smart, smarter, and smartest). Farkle, rather, comes with a collection of computerized opponents that are programmed to employ different strategies and take various degrees of risk when deciding whether to continue rolling for points—just like different people that Farkle players will encounter as they play the real dice game.
A free trial version is available at http://www.smartboxdesign.com/farkle.html It can be purchased for US $14.95.
About Smart Box Design
Smart Box Design LLC, based in Seattle, Washington, was formed in 2003 by game industry veterans who share a common vision of creating exciting, high-quality, strategy games for mobile users. Smart Box Design licenses, develops, and publishes games for Palm Powered handheld devices. The company has previously released Nine Men's Morris, which is sold worldwide and has been localized into German, and WordPop!, a best selling strategy-puzzle, word creation game.
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