In August of 2010, Malaysian developer Nexx Studio released Glow Puzzle, a shimmering take on connect-the-dots for iOS devices. The fourth mobile app created by the developer, it shattered expectations. With more than one million downloads within its first ten days of existence, it peaked at #2 Top Free Overall App in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom – with no marketing expenses. Ken Wong, the man behind Nexx Studio, admits to having been floored by the success. “As a lone indie developer with no prior game-making experience, this was undoubtedly my largest milestone at the time.”
Part of Glow Puzzle‘s charm is the fact that it is both uncomplicated and challenging. The goal in each puzzle is to connect all of the lines given, creating one continuous line while using the dots as a bridge to bring them together. The bright neon colors are pleasing to the eye, and the simple gameplay makes it appealing to players of all ages. It originally contained 230 puzzles, but is still updated frequently with additional levels and new features, and currently boasts more than 750 puzzles to keep gamers busy.
This month, Glow Puzzle is celebrating its fourth birthday. It has been downloaded more than 5.7 million times, and currently holds the #37 slot in the top paid puzzle game category in the Apple App Store. Apple has featured the game in printed publications, honoring it with epithets like What’s Hot, Staff Favorites, and New & Noteworthy. The success of Glow Puzzle has enabled Nexx Studio to make more games for iOS; since Glow Puzzle‘s launch, the developer has distributed six games in the App Store reaching more than 19 million downloads as of this writing.
Glow Puzzle is available from the Apple App Store for just $1.99 USD. Make a wish on their birthday candles and try your hand at connecting dots today. Indie Game Magazine would like to wish Glow Puzzle a very happy birthday, and we can’t wait to see what Nexx Studio does next; you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter if you’d like to know, too.