Letterpress is the last must-have app to burst into Apple Store. It's a fresh combination between simplicity, strategy and intellect mixed in a uniquely fun app, now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
The rules of the game are simple. After choosing an opponent through Game Center (it can be a friend or an anonymous opponent), you'll have a 5 x 5 grid of characters. Then you must construct a word as long as possible using these characters. Each character has one point value and will change to your color, once played. If you use one of your opponent's characters, this character would then change to your color. The winner of the game is the player who controls the most characters, once all tiles have been played. If you want to know more about how to play Letterpress, go here.
Beyond the game mechanics, what shines most is the simplicity and carefullness of the UI/UX and visual design of the game.
Letterpress is FREE for all iOS devices and an in-app purchase is available to upgrade to a full version with unlocked themes, colors and bonus features. Download it here!
Letterpress app is a creation of Loren Brichter, founder of Atebits 2.0. He is well known for being the creator of Tweetie, a Twitter client that eventually turned Twitter’s official apps for iPhone, iPad and Mac after social media service acquired his company and hired him.
He is also largely known for being the inventor of 'pull-to-refresh' paradigm, now a standard in the mobile industry.
We're huge Letterpress fans since Mr. Brichter released it. After several hours playing it, we started wondering ways to improve the playing experience. English is not our first language and we had difficulty coming up with words for some of the most challenging boards.
As a web and mobile developers, we got enlighted for the freshness of the app, its look-and-field, its usability, its UI... We've been largerly inspired by every detail, so it encouraged us to try to make it quite a tribute.