Factsheet

Developer:
Ludisto
Based in Berlin, Germany

Release date:
Jan 27, 2015

Platforms:
Apple App Store

Website:
ludisto.com/app/what-the-shell

Regular Price:

USD$1.99
EUR€1.59
CAD$1.99
GBP£1.29

Description

What the Shell is a new kind of board game that gives you amazing satisfaction. Oh No, this ain’t your traditional five-in-a-row game, but an original invention that is fast-paced, deeply strategic and dynamic. Nothing is inevitable, and the game is never won or lost until the very last moment. Our unique twist of simultaneous play makes every turn exciting and unpredictable. If both players go for the same space, a neutral egg blocks the space. Players can capture each other’s turtles by sandwiching them, which also allows them to claim a neutral egg. This encourages aggressive play and makes for dynamic back-and-forth gameplay.

History

What the Shell was originally developed in 1997 and now in 2015 sees its debut on the iPad where it now feels at home. It takes its inspirations from Pente, which in turn was greatly inspired by the Japanese modern classic Ninuki-Renju, Renju and Go. Adding the simultaneous play mechanic completely transformed this into a combination of a strategy game along with a bluffing aspect. Its game time of 1-10 minutes makes it ideal for a quick game with a friend on the go.

Features

  • Dynamic and original gameplay
  • Play a friend: on two iPads or even just one
  • Practice against the AI
  • Gorgeous graphics and music
  • English, German and Esperanto
  • Online play coming soon

Videos

What the Shell: official trailer (45s) YouTube


Images

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Selected Articles

  • "Definitely offers fun and challenging gameplay for adults."
    - Marcus Schwarten, iPlayApps
  • "What the Shell is really fun, a nice use of digital board games, awesome concept. Great 'easy to learn / hard to master' play."
    - Kevin Bradshaw, Nanoleptic

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About Ludisto

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We are Ludisto. We make delightful games for tablets, smartphones, and microconsoles. Founded by Esperanto pioneer Chuck Smith and active members of the Berlin and global indie game scene, Ludisto combines Berlin’s iconoclastic streak with creative talents from around the world. Our games have been spotlighted on iOS and OUYA.

More information
More information on Ludisto, our logo & relevant media are available here.


What the Shell Credits

Chuck Smith
Manager/Developer, Ludisto

Zach Hoefler
Lead Developer

Marina González
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

Ulyßes Hsiúng-Luó
PR/Marketing

Bobby McGee
Trailer

Anna Eichenauer
Music/Marketing

Lesley Suzanne Dean
Music/Sound


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