I came home after a fun sew day with one of my besties, and exclaimed to my husband that he needed to STOP what he was doing and listen to this crazy idea I had. Like a good man, he did. He sat there as I tried to assemble my zillion thoughts into one concise idea that he would make sense to him. And fortunately, because he is a hard core gamer (and loves me) he got it. In a nutshell I told him I wanted to develop a quilting game, in which you complete levels in order to get instructions to make a quilt. I wanted to take the fun & challenging elements of a game, and the passion and reward of quilting, and merge them into a concept that the whole world could participate in.
We tossed around several ideas, spent a few weeks researching game software and flushing out the ideas into a solid concept. Six months later we are on the
brink of releasing our first game, called Unlock the Block.
First of all, check out this amazing quilt! Isn't that what the whole point is... to make beautiful quilts to love? Playing Unlock the Block results in this stunning sampler style quilt.
Here's the simple low-down. 50 blocks, 50 levels. It's a straightforward drag & drop puzzle game. As you complete each level (block) you are rewarded with the instructions to make that block. If you love puzzles, and you love quilting, then this game is for YOU!
Just like any great game, Unlock the Block grows more challenging as you move up through the levels. But have no fear! There is a FREE Hint Pack that comes with the game that can help you solve the puzzle and make the block! Also included in the game is a Block Coloring Pack. Each of the 50 blocks, un-colored, can be downloaded and either printed, or imported into Microsoft Paint, to play around with color choices to plan your quilt.
Why is this quilting game good for you? Well other than the obvious FUN you're going to have, Unlock the Block will help improve your memory, cognitive functions, perception, creative thinking, visualization, concentration & relaxation.
Another great reason to play Unlock the Block? It bridges a generation gap to encourage future quilters. One day we are all going to grow up and we are going to need to pass this craft down to our daughters, grand-daughters & so on. What better way to connect and relate to them, than to engage in an activity that you both enjoy... games & quilting. A fantastic way to spend quality time with your loved ones.
Now down to brass tacks... You may think this game might come with a pricey ticket, but imagine... if you could experience all this for only $16.00(cad)! YUP! For less than the cost of a meter of fabric, you can play the game AND get all the block patterns to make the quilt.
On a more personal note, playing Unlock the Block supports our home based family business. My husband Jason, was laid off more than a year ago from his job in Oil & Gas. With all of the doom & gloom we hear and read about daily, this is our chance to break free from the roller coaster, and invest in our own future. Jason has developed this game with no prior programming experience, which is pretty amazing! A portion of our game sales will go towards computer programming courses for him so that we can continue to develop super-fun games (we have at least 6 more planned), and make him more versatile in the work force down the road. So a warm THANK YOU in advance for your support.
So how can you get to playing Unlock the Block? We expect the game to officially launch on Friday April 29, 2016. In the meantime you can head over to our website and play the Free Trial of our game, in which you can experience levels 1, 5 & 9.
Also, join in the fun in our Facebook Group, for updates and behind the scenes tidbits! This way you will be sure to hear the news when the game is ready and up for sale!
Thanks for reading... and Happy Gaming!
***Update: Since we were not able to get the game functioning on Apple products, we have suspended selling this game. You can, however, purchase the pattern to make this quilt HERE