informa
/
1 MIN READ
News

Understanding Threes: Developers release design archives

The developers of popular iOS and Android puzzler Threes are conflicted about copies of their game -- and clearly spell that out, alongside a new archive of development materials.
"We do believe imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but ideally the imitation happens after we’ve had time to descend slowly from the peak -- not the moment we plant the flag."
- an excerpt of a longer statement by the Threes development team. A new post has popped up on the Threes site which gets at the heart of today's mobile game landscape: Release a great game, and it won't be long before it's outright copied or reinterpreted, and that reinterpretation or copy is up on an app store. It happened to Threes, of course. "This fast, speed-up of technological and creative advances is the lay of the land here. That’s life! That’s how we get to where we’re going. Standing on each others shoulders," the developers write, "but piling on top of us right when the majority of Threes players haven’t had time to understand all we’ve done with our game’s system and why we took 14 months to make it, well... that makes us sad." Whether it's to show off the hard work that went into the deceptively simple game, or just as a contribution to the game design space, the post comes alongside a huge dump of emails between developers Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend -- including lots of design prototypes. The discussion takes in every aspect of the development process for the game. If you truly want to understand Threes, they seem to be saying, check out all the work we've done -- and then build on it.

Latest Jobs

Cryptic Studios

Remote
1.19.23
Senior Producer

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, MD, USA
1.30.23
Instructor/Assistant Professor, Game Art

Night School Studio

Los Angeles, CA, USA
1.09.23
Level Designer / Scripter, Games Studio
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Explore the
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Job Board

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Explore the

Game Developer Job Board

Browse open positions across the game industry or recruit new talent for your studio

Browse
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more