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Icelandic Gaming Companies Hunt for Treasures

The Icelandic gaming company Locatify received a grant from the Nordic Game Program last week to develop the game Fjársjódsleit (“Treasure Hunt”).

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Game designer Leifur Björn Björnsson (left) and producer Steinunn Anna Gunnlaugsdóttir accepted the grant at a festive ceremony in Malmö, Sweden on December 9.

The game is an online game for groups competing in a treasure hunt through their smart phones. A map appears on the screen, along with clues, obstacles, pictures, questions and other items.

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Treasure Hunt.

The game is based on the design of the travel guide software Locatify Iceland released last summer, where GPS locations are followed by narratives, pictures and maps.

This winter Locatify will produce two other games. The first will be made in cooperation with the Settlement Center in Borgarnes with emphasis placed on teamwork.

The second will be made in cooperation with the Borgafjördur secondary school, where both students and teachers will work towards creating an orienteering game suitable for students both inside and outside of class.

In other gaming news, the App Store now carries Symbol6 Redux, a shape-matching puzzler by Gogogic, an Icelandic pioneer in casual and social gaming.

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Symbol 6.

The game is available free for iPhone and iPod touch until December 25 but the HD version for the iPad sells for USD 2.99 (ISK 347, EUR 2.24).

Featuring a simple, colorful and intuitive player interface, Symbol6 Redux is a game of fast-paced recognition and hand-eye coordination, a press release says in description of the game.

Divided into three modes of varying difficulty (Kids, Normal and Expert), Symbol6 Redux offers accessible, challenging play to everyone from very young children and their parents to the most competitive, score-chasing mobile gamers.

“We want to create games that actually bring families together during the limited spare time people have rather than keeping them apart,” commented Íris Andrésdóttir, producer at Gogogic.

“By developing Symbol6 Redux we wanted to create a game that could be enjoyed by adults and children alike since this kind of title is really rare,” she added.

The player is tasked with running the Symbol6 “machine”, a hexagon housing up to seven different movable tiles. These machine tiles must be dragged to match incoming hexagonal tiles that appear from the edges of the screen.

To celebrate the launch of Symbol6 Redux, Gogogic are giving away copies of the game on their website. Simply visit www.gogogic.com, find the Symbol6 Redux icon pictured above and enter the treasure hunt competition.

Click here to watch the game’s trailer and here to buy it for iPad.

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