Monkey Island maker Ron Gilbert unveils iOS puzzler Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty: A Musical Match–3 Pirate RPG
SSITVTDTUSS:AMMTPRPG for short
Well, it's actually called Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty: A Musical Match-3 Pirate RPG, but we're not sure how that's going to fit under an iPhone icon.
Here's how it works...
"In traditional match-3 games like Bejeweled," Gilbert explains, "when you match three shapes they disappear and the gap is filled by pieces falling in from the top."
In Scurvy Scallywags, however, the board collapses in on itself from the direction you swipe when making combinations, so pieces might fall from the top, rise from the bottom, or slide in from the sides.
Not only does this feel "fantastic and very intuitive", but it also enables you to "actually move your pirate around the board and position him next to enemies to do battle".
According to Gilbert, the game will feature "close to 100 different hats, shirts, heads, and swords to find and use to dress up your pirate. There are also ten different ships to build, plus a sea shanty you collect that is sung by real-life pirate singers."
The game will be out "in the next month or so" on iPhone or iPad, with a possible Android port down the line.
Gilbert recently put out the Ouya-bound puzzle-platformer The Cave, and parted ways with Double Fine (the company run by his former Monkey Island parter Tim Schafer). Gilbert's last mobile effort was the PG Gold Award-winning The Big Big Castle.