A real-time strategy game, which is available for free at Apple's
The game had been in development since around the beginning of this year. Developers had looked for "Battlepillars" to distinguish itself both from previous offerings rolled out by Hitcents and from downloadable games by competitors.
"We wanted to be different by creating a strategy game much faster-paced than the other ones," said
The game has four different modes of play and, like many other such games, comes in a multi-player format. Two of the modes --
"The two things that stood out for us were innovation and fun," Westphal said. "We want to make money to be able to make more games, but we want it to be innovative and fun for people."
Developers and designers clearly had a lot of fun seeing the project through to completion.
Earlier this year, Hitcents took "Battlepillars" to
Westphal said he was optimistic about the direction "Battlepillars" would ultimately go when he gave his phone to a curious teenager sitting next to him on the plane ride to
"He played it for 2 1/2 hours," Westphal said. "It was cool getting that kind of reaction when the game was still in the development phase."
To help bring serious mobile game players into the fold, Hitcents is allowing users to enter the Hardcore High-Score Challenge starting
The player with the highest score wins
Battlepillar is the newest step in Hitcents' process of expanding its footprint, which has involved relocating its offices to downtown in the commercial wraparound building at the downtown parking garage and also opening an office in
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