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Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy Portions by Scott Barker & His Kids Free!

iPhone Screenshot 1 iPhone Screenshot 2
Scott Barker recently contacted me about Happy Portions. It's an abstract strategy game designed by his kids and himself. From their webpage: Twins, Finn and Amelie invented Happy Portions on a restaurant menu while celebrating their 8th birthday. Helped by younger brother Alec, after some later playing about with a whiteboard they perfected gameplay as it now stands. Possibly the youngest game developers in the world.
iPhone Screenshot 3 iPhone Screenshot 4
The game is based on Tic Tac Toe.  Each player will place his color, first choosing a circle, then choosing a sector of that circle.  When all the sectors have been filled in, the winner is the one who has the most 3 in-a-rows.

Interesting:
1. The # of sectors seems to keep growing!  I've played the game with 2, 3 and 4 sectors.
2. Each player has the power to rotate 2 circles per game.  Once a circle is rotated, it's locked in place. This action could subtract an opponents 3 in-a-row and add to their own.
3. You can play against the computer or play against a friend sitting next to you.

There's one thing that could be improved.  After I make a move, the computer makes a move very quickly and I would like to see that animated in some way. Because I'm not sure where the computer made his move.

Happy Portions could be the next Dots & Boxes.  Scott, Finn, Amelie and Alec: this is a very good abstract strategy game. Be proud of yourselves!  Everybody else: it's free, so download it.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/happy-portions/id1210974235?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.happyportions.game
http://happyportions.com/

1 comment:

  1. Dear Tom. Thanks so much! Glad you like it. It's been fun for kids to see where downloaded each day. The kids asked for a slight ripple each time computer places a piece. But I note it's just too subtle and directed only to the circle rather than segment. All the very best from Scott and kids.

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