Battle of the Pucks is up on Google Play!

What do you get if you crossbreed air hockey, shuttleboard, curling, pool... and even checkers? That's right: Battle of the Pucks!

It is an exciting little game with a very simple goal: propel your pucks so they ram your opponent's pucks out of the field. And whenever you score (drive off their puck(s) but don't lose any of your own), you get to push again! GO GO GO!

Get the game on your phone or tablet, play it, and leave your rating/review on the Google Play page! We would hugely appreciate if you also let us know directly on Twitter or by email.

Here's our official press release and press kit.

Battle of the Pucks of Google Play

Battle of the Pucks gameplay

The goal of the game is to shove one of your pieces so as to drive the enemy's pieces off the board without losing any of yours.

Despite the game's simplicity—and addictiveness!—it takes time to master the skill of propelling your pucks with the exact required force and direction. More than that, it takes strategy and foresight to not only score but create positions that are of maximum difficulty for your opponent.

Features:

  • Realistic "pucks on ice" physics
  • Play against another human (on the same device) or an AI - or, watch two AIs battle each other
  • 50 play boards, 5 unlockable levels
  • Four AI difficulty settings, the default being Adaptive AI
  • Customizable colors
  • Various records kept for review
  • Your best shots are recorded - and can be replayed

Three play modes:

  • You can play against the computer's AI (Artificial Intelligence). It is, by default, intelligent enough to sense how well you play and adapt its own foresight and precision accordingly (Adaptive AI) so it's never boringly silly or prohibitively strong but just right for you. You can, however, also set it to a fixed strength (Easy, Medium, Strong, Insane) by going into the Options (use the menu at bottom).
  • You can play against another human being - on the same device (network play is planned for a future version). Just push your pieces in turns and see who wins! The game enforces the rules (i.e., won't let you push when it's your opponent's move).
  • Or, you can watch two AIs (one is usually slightly stronger than the other) battle each other - endlessly! Admire their sheer power, peek into the yet-unlocked levels, and learn new techniques!

Levels

Currently the game has 50 play boards, divided into 5 levels, 10 boards per level. Initially you can only play the first level, but when you finish it AND your play strength is high enough, level 2 gets unlocked so you can continue.

Subsequent levels are progressively more difficult to unlock, and their boards become more difficult too: the layout of the pieces and shape of the board make the play more challenging. In advanced levels, the board can be non-rectangular (even non-convex!), and the pucks are of different sizes/weights with varying friction - so you'll have to come up with new strategies and new ways to play.

Record keeping

The game not only keeps an eye on how well you play: it records it for your review. On the Records page (use the menu at bottom), you can always check your highest unlocked level, your current play strength, the number of boards you won with a star (that is, without losing a piece and without even giving your opponent a single move) and other fun stats about your gameplay. You can also replay the three best shots you have ever fired - make your friends admire your most crushing, most precise, and most against-all-odds shots!

Game options

Finally, in Options you can choose one of the several color schemes, set the level of difficulty for the AI opponent (adaptive or of a fixed strength), and enable/disable the sound.

A gameplay snippet

As you ascend in your gameplay mastery, you will unlock advanced levels where the playing board can be non-rectangular and even non-convex! Here's a sampling of how the gameplay on such boards looks like. Watch in awe how two AIs are battling each other at their full strength... but still making errors, of course, because there may no longer exist a straightforward winning strategy for some of these boards, so the outcome often depends on chance.

Lifemakers is a small, family-based indie game studio in Canada. Our philosophy is simple: the best games are those that are exciting but simple, overwhelming but nuanced, and at times bewildering — just like life.

Check our other game, Batonic: A Game of Balance, released in June 2016.

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