[GAME] [1.6+/3.0+] Four in a Row HD 4.5 - New Premium features, 1M installs!

mocelet2000

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The most complete Four in a Row game of the Play Store with over 400 puzzles and skill-based matchmaking. Get it on Google Play



Latest update: Version 4.5 New Premium features! Celebrating ONE MILLION downloads!! :D

Having achieved over a million installs the most feature-packed Four in a Row of the Store receives reworked graphics for both mobile phones and tablets.

  • New Premium features Unlock the Pop-Out game variation where you can either add new discs as usual or remove one from the bottom. A new challenge, available in custom match (VS AI or VS local player) and the new Pop-Out riddle set. Premium will of course remove ads and unlock an additional set of pro riddles. (v4.5)
  • Enhanced look & feel with reworked boards with 3D effect, floor and board stand, sleeker UI. (v 4.4)
  • More user friendly thanks to Android design guidelines, integrating the Action Bar as well as a View Pager to browse the riddles. Options have been simplified and reorganized.
  • More content, with new riddles, now more than 400! As usual, carefully designed to challenge, entertain and teach the techniques at once.
  • Keeping its unique fast, no sign-up needed, online multiplayer with skill based matchmaking, timer and world ranking. (v.4.3)

Thanks to the XDA community to help making this game the best of its genre. Also thank you for the warm welcome to the sibling project Lines & Puzzles (non-gravitational connect three, four and five)

Best regards,

Alberto

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The new Pop-Out Premium variation, note you can remove discs from the bottom row!


Multiwindow compatibility for Galaxy Note devices!
 
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Nice implementation of 4 in a row. The computer is also not too easy which is the case in most implementation.

A real keeper for me to kill some time with :)

There is one minor feedback I can give you, that is that when someone does win the game the highlights around the edge doesn't match with the rest of the look. The game does look very good for a four in a row, but the green circles look a bit cheap compared with the overall look.
 
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mocelet2000

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Thanks for the feedback! :)

@Tricky-Design , you're right, I have to work on that. Some of the UI elements are from previous versions with no skins (well, the solid blue one called Plastic now), so the green was intended to match the blue, not metal or wood. Maybe a translucent yellow ring will fit better, we'll see ^^

@nobnut, so that's yours, thanks so much for the rating!
 

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Thanks for the feedback! :)

@Tricky-Design , you're right, I have to work on that. Some of the UI elements are from previous versions with no skins (well, the solid blue one called Plastic now), so the green was intended to match the blue, not metal or wood. Maybe a translucent yellow ring will fit better, we'll see ^^
I'm curious what you gonna do.

I've rated it too with 5 stars and some nice words in the comment :)
 

mocelet2000

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Thanks for the review @Tricky-Design ! ^^ I hope you (and everyone else) like the new update 2.9, it has a couple of surprises :D

Ok, I can't wait to tell them, hahaha, there's a new front screen. I hated the old 50 KB bitmap, it looked great in mobile phones, but not in tablets. It's gone, and since I didn't know what to do with those spare 50 KB, I've just added a new skin, probably influenced by the VERY HOT day we are having in Madrid today.

Since the new front screen is made from scratch, please tell me if there's any issue with your device / screen resolution / orientation / whatever to fix it as soon as possible. Thanks!

Update, a picture of the new front screen:
 
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mocelet2000

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@TheRomMistress, right, haha, it wasn't too late for a Spaniard anyway :D

I wonder if there's any issue with the new front screen introduced yesterday in version 2.9. If anyone here can test that with an entry-level Android phone with small screen, I'd be grateful.
 

mocelet2000

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Version 2.9.1 in the Market. Thanks to being featured in XDA Portal, I've received quite a lot of feedback :)

This update tries to address the feedback I've received about quitters when a online match is in progress.

To be honest I've not played with any quitter yet, maybe once or twice in a month. But now the handling for these cases is better both in client and server:
- Client side will show a notice to potential quitters if the abandon is not considered legitimate.
- Game server will start penalizing quitters by lowering their chances to find new players (someone suggested me to match them to other quitters, that would be interesting too xD).

In case the abandon (pressing BACK during online gameplay) is at the very beginning of the match or if the remote player is taking too long to move, no notice is shown and no penalization applied.
 

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Release 3.0 is out, and to celebrate its success there is a brand new and unique section that you won't find in any other Four in a Row game:

Riddles! Enjoy and learn with +200 carefully designed riddles for solo play that will tease your brain and game variations like "DON'T connect four" or "Fill the board", where alternative winning rules apply for an added fun.



Some riddles won't take you more than few seconds ("Ultimate move" section), others are pretty challenging as you have to chain more and more perfect moves to solve it.

Hope you enjoy all the new features of the most feature-packed Four in a Row ever. Please note that riddles are for play solo, but game variations allow ALL the options of "classic" modes, that is, either 1 or 2 players, custom AI level, custom board size and custom skins. Never get bored with Four in a Row again and have fun with friends with those challenging game variations.

As always, feedback is welcome, and ratings/comments in the Market highly appreciated.

Enjoy, and good luck solving the riddles! First one to solve them all please tell to design more :D
 

mocelet2000

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As promised, there is a new free set of 39 riddles of varying difficulty. So there are 234 riddles right now.

Moreover, to avoid browsing through boring lists of riddles, there is a new visual riddle selector featuring a grid layout and the miniature of the starting board setup for each riddle. Now tablet users don't need to scroll to choose the riddle to solve, they all fit in one screen (at least in a 10" tablet, 7" may require scroll).



Hope you like the new riddles and UI enhancements, any feedback is welcome, especially for future riddle sets.

Edit: New version 3.2 features the new Honeycomb's Holographic theme, so it's the first four in a row game with 100% native tablet interface, screenshot follows:

 
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mocelet2000

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There's been a few updates to the game till my last post, more specifically:

- Graphics enhancements for all the skins, subtle striped black background and last column played indicator with better contrast.



- New animated front screen with simulated gameplay

- Support for e-ink and grayscale devices like the Nook Touch (thanks to XDA members in this thread for the feedback)

Recommended preferences (Menu -> Options) for e-ink devices:
- Choose the new "Naughts and crosses" skin
- Disable animations
- Check "solid black background" box in case the new gray stripes look bad​



Thanks for the feedback! Now it's close to the 50.000 downloads :)
 

mocelet2000

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Back with new features!

So long since my last update :) There are quite a few new features in the 3.5 version just released to the Play Store.
  • Statistics for all 1 player modes (games count, best time, etc.)
  • Enhanced artificial intelligence (not playing same moves always if you play the same)
  • Beta-test the NEW online (yes! a new online made from scratch, featuring autoreconnect, filtering matchmaking by favorites players and statistics).
  • Minor enhancements and bugfixes

Hope you like the new features!.
 
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mocelet2000

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Now with skill based matchmaking

Online service now supports skill based matchmaking by maintining an internal ELO ranking. Connected players with similar skill levels are given preference when offering games in the quickmatch section, so games are more interesting for both players.

New version 3.7 of the app in the Play Store displays the skill level, although the server is already calculating the skills internally for any online user.

Thanks for playing and rating in the Store :)

FYI: There are players all over the day in the online, however the peak hours, that is, with more online players, are about 14:00 GMT and 22:30 GMT.
 

mocelet2000

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Version 3.8 released with a new set of 39 riddles, "Widen Horizons", played in extra-wide boards. There's also a colorblind safe board theme that avoids red and green colors, bugfixes and compatibility with MyBackup Pro to ease switching to a new device without losing the game progress.
 

mocelet2000

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Version 4.0 - Complete UI overhaul & new riddles!

Celebrating half a million downloads with the brand new 4.0 version featuring a complete user interface redesign. Please refer to the (rewritten) first post of this thread for updates and screenshots of the new sleeker user interface. Thanks!!
 

mocelet2000

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Re: [GAME] [1.6+/3.0+] Four in a Row HD 4.0 - Complete UI overhaul, new riddles

New version 4.2 featuring game clock and clear information for quitters (and players having to deal with them of course).

Skill score now includes one decimal to better track the progress.

Approaching a million downloads! :D

BTW A new online server has been deployed, so expect more features in the short term.