SAN DIEGO, CA - July 1, 2010
What do you get when you turn square tiles into hexagons? You get HexaLex, the innovative iPhone crossword game by independent developer Nathan Gray. By reshaping the board and the rules, HexaLex breathes new life into the crossword game genre loved by millions of Scrabble ® and Words With Friends TM players worldwide. Version 2.0, released today, introduces online multiplayer and Facebook ® Connect integration, bringing a new social dimension to the game.
The HexaLex interface, board, and rules were crafted to be familiar to crossword gamers but unique enough to provide an original and enjoyable experience. The hexagonal tiles let you play words in three directions instead of just two, which poses new challenges. An innovative instant feedback system and clear tutorials ensure that experts and casual gamers alike will be laying down major word scores in no time.
With the arrival of online multiplayer, Gray believes HexaLex is poised to take the App Store by storm. "The single-player game got great reviews from users but we all know there's nothing like slamming a 72-point triple-word bingo on your know-it-all buddy," said Gray. "Given the enthusiasm iPhone gamers have shown for Words With Friends and Scrabble, I'm confident we'll have a community of enthusiastic HexaLexers in short order."
New features in HexaLex 2.0:Online Play: Play against anyone with an iPhone or iPod Touch, and chat in-game. 2-4 Players. You can even play your online games without a network connection; your plays will be sent the next time you connect. Friend Finder: Easily connect with people you know. Choose opponents from your Facebook friends or your address book. Search by email address or HexaLex username. Easy access to a list of your recent opponents. Medals: Unlock over 30 medals for making great plays and beating opponents. Facebook Connect: Share your great plays, records, and medals with your friends and family with the tap of a button. iOS 4 Ready: HexaLex is fully backgroundable on supported hardware.
HexaLex is available now on the iTunes App Store for $2.99. Click here to visit the App Store.
To download game assets please click here: http://www.triplepointpr.com/dl/HexaLex/HexaLex_Press_Kit.zip
About Nathan Gray
Nathan Gray is an independent game developer based in San Diego, CA. HexaLex is his first game on the iPhone. An avid programmer and word-gamer, Nathan began developing HexaLex while studying neural networks, pattern recognition, and programming languages as a graduate student in Caltech’s Computer Science PhD program. Nathan has also authored other Mac programs and plug-ins, including: Backup Bouncer, a unit test suite for backup tools; QLColorCode, a quick look plug-in for colorized source code; and Forget-Me-Not, a program that remembers and restores window arrangement when attaching and detaching external laptop monitors. Nathan holds a BS in Physics from UCLA and an MS in Computer Science from Caltech.
SCRABBLE ® is a registered trademark. All intellectual property rights in and to Scrabble are owned in the U.S.A and Canada by Hasbro Inc., and others elsewhere. HexaLex is not sponsored by or affiliated with Hasbro, Inc. or any other Scrabble rights holder.
Words With Friends is a trademark of Newtoy Inc.
Sam Dalsimer, TriplePoint for Nathan Gray