It’s been far too long since our last blog post (way back in July of 2012). A lot has happened since then…
Here’s a short list of a few of the highlights:
- We released Flow Free: Bridges with a major new twist on Flow Free
- We released about 15 updates to Flow Free and Bridges, across all major platforms (including hundreds of new levels, hints, undo, color themes, daily puzzles, and many other improvements and fixes)
- We were featured by Apple as one of the top downloaded games of the year
- We were named as a Top Developer by Google Play
- Flow Free: Bridges was named and featured as an Editor’s Choice on Google Play
- Flow Free on Google Play passed 100 million downloads
- Flow Free and Bridges across platforms have reached 200 million downloads
- We were launch partners for the release of Amazon’s Fire Phone, as well as the Amazon Underground store
Thanks for all your support over the years!
Also, I’m happy to say that we’re now hiring! We currently have openings for mobile/game developers, as well as business/ad analysts.
Here’s one of our developer job postings:
Flow Free version 1.2 for iOS and version 1.4 for Android were released earlier this week. Here’s a highlight of what’s new:
- Four new level packs, two free, two paid. On the Free side, there’s now a Bonus Pack which contains additional levels from 5×5 to 9×9 and also an 8×8 mania pack which contains 150 8×8 levels. We thought this 8×8 mania pack might be a good way to challenge some of the more experienced players.
- In the Level Store you can now purchase the Pink Pack which is a Jumbo size pack containing 10×10 – 14×14 levels and you can purchase the 9×9 mania pack. We’ve also added an option to purchase all the levels at a discount.
View your solution unobstructed!
After you complete a puzzle, you can now dismiss the dialog that comes up in order to view your solution. The middle button along the bottom is usually a refresh button but when you complete the puzzle, it will now turn into a close button which will close the dialog. You can also click anywhere outside the dialog on the board.
Hope you enjoy the update! Let us know if you have feedback or ideas for our next release. (Note – we haven’t yet enabled in-app purchases on Android. We are considering those.)
I thought I would take a few minutes to answer some questions we get asked frequently over email.
- This puzzle is so hard–is it even possible to solve?
Yep There is a solution to every puzzle. Keep working on it! One trick I find useful when solving the puzzles is to start from the outside. Try to connect dots and fill paths which use the outside squares before connecting the inner ones.
Also, if you’re struggling with 8×8 level 13 rest assured that you aren’t the only one. We get a lot of request for help on that one. If you want a hint, click here.
- Why do some completed levels show checks and some show stars?
Whenever you complete a level you will receive either a check or a star. A star indicates that you completed the level perfectly without any mistakes. A check indicates that you completed the level but broke a path or two before finishing it.
- I am color blind and would like to play Flow. Is there an option available for me?
Yes! Flow supports text labels. From the main menu, tap “Settings” then switch “Flow labels” from off to on. When you go back into the game, the color dots will now also include text labels.
- I purchased a level pack on my iPhone and want to get it on my iPad. Is this possible, will I be charged twice?
Thanks for your support! You can download any purchased level packs onto all devices under the same iTunes account at no charge. The simplest way to do this is to go into Settings and click “Restore Purchases”. You will see an Apple dialog appear and will need to type in your iTunes password. After that any level packs you previously purchased will be downloaded to the device.
- I’ve been playing for a while and the sounds stopped working. How do I fix this?
We are looking into what causes this but usually the game just needs to be rebooted. To reboot the game, double press the home button, you’ll see a set of icons on the bottom of the screen, tap and hold the Flow Free icon until the icon starts to wiggle, then press the close button in the top left corner of the icon. Hit the home button again and restart the game.
- If I play Flow on multiple devices, will my progress automatically sync between the two?
Sorry, no. Right now progress is only kept locally so it will not sync between your devices. This is something we’ve seen come up a bit and it’s definitely on our potential feature list.
- I’m trying to purchase a level pack but Flow keeps crashing, how do I fix this?
Update 7/28/12 – This issue should be fixed in version 1.2. It was caused by a problem handling the case where in-app purchases were disabled. If you’re still seeing a crash trying to make a purchase, let us know.
- When are more packs coming out?
Update 7/28/12 – Version 1.2 is now availble and includes 4 new packs (2 free, 2 for purchase.) Hope you enjoy it. We’re still looking at other content to add in future updates but no comments on that right now.
Leave a comment or shoot us an email if you have another question. I’ll update this post if I get anything that seems interesting.
Big Duck Games is happy to announce the availability of “Flow Free” for Android! Downloaded over 3 million times on iTunes, Flow Free is the #1 free US iPhone game as of this announcement and has been at the top of the charts for over two weeks.
Flow Free is a simple yet addictive puzzle game. It includes 300 free levels with puzzles appropriate for phones and for tablets. Easy to start and fun for all ages!
Connect matching colors with pipe to create a flow. Pair all colors, and cover the entire board to solve each puzzle. But watch out, pipes will break if they cross or overlap!
The port to Android was completed by Noodlecake Studios, creators of Super Stickman Golf.
Flow Free Highlights:
- #1 free app on iTunes in the US for 10 days from 6/18/12 to 6/28/12
- Currently #1free game in US on iTunes
- Over 3 million iOS downloads
- 300 free levels
- Free play through the levels or race against the clock in time trial mode
- Clean friendly look and feel to the game
Promo Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkq2lCGneyc
Game Photos: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/88651090/FlowFreePressKit.zip
Google Play Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bigduckgames.flow
Thank you to everyone who has reviewed, shared or just played Flow Free! Flow has been the #1 free app on iTunes for over a week now.
We thought you might enjoy seeing some cool numbers:
- 3 million downloads
- 500 man years spent playing Flow
- 450 million levels played
Thank you so much for your support. We are extremely honored and grateful.
– Sharon and Mike
PS – Stay tuned for news on an Android version of Flow Free.
Some cool folks at Downshift Interactive put together a neat Flow promotional video. Check it out but be warned Mike has had the music stuck in his head for the past two hours. He’s humming/singing it now
We’re really excited to see the warm reception of our latest iOS puzzle game: Flow Free. In the past hour, Flow has topped the U.S. charts to become the #1 free game on the iPad. It’s been getting great reviews and tons of play time. Yesterday alone, Flow was downloaded over 20,000 times and almost an entire man-year was spent enjoying the game. Keep flowing and thanks for your support!
If you’re looking to find Flow Free for iOS, you can get it here:
We also have versions of Flow available for Windows Phone, as well as the Windows 8 Release Preview. An Android/Kindle version of Flow is currently in planning.