"We do believe imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but ideally the imitation happens after weíve had time to descend slowly from the peak -- not the moment we plant the flag."
- an excerpt of a longer statement by the Threes
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. Thatís life! Thatís how we get to where weíre going. Standing on each others shoulders," the developers write, "but piling on top of us right when the majority of Threes
players havenít had time to understand all weíve done with our gameís 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.