It was only a matter of time before iPad 2 only apps started arriving and Wizard’s Castle HD 1.1 joins that ever-growing list. The game is now available on the Apple App Store for $.99. Mobile apps allow indie developers to really show their stuff and the father and son team over at Asgard Studios deserve some props for getting it done. We here at HieroGraphix wish you the best.

From the press release:

    Asgard Studios, a father and son team, today is pleased to announce Wizard’s Castle HD 1.1 for iPad 2, their match and remove game for all ages. The player enters the castle to find that the friendly Wizard has cast a spell and colored, magic balls are raining down from the ceiling. The goal of the game is to prevent the room from filling up with balls during each three minute round. Players match and remove balls by touching groups of two or more balls of the same color. While manageable at the lowest levels, the game quickly presents a difficult challenge to both hand-eye coordination and finding a winning strategy. Completing a level unlocks the next. Wizard’s Castle HD features 10 levels of play and Game Center leaderboards and achievements. Version 1.1 provides enhanced performance, reduced memory size and improved graphics.

    In addition to locating groups of still and moving balls of the same color and preventing the room from becoming completely filled, in some levels magic gems also drop from the ceiling.

    Magic Gems:

    Gems with arrows make the magic walls move closer together so the room becomes smaller, or they move the magic walls back so the room is back to normal
    Gems with coins cause the player’s score to go up 10,000 points or down 1,000 points
    Gems with lightening bolts remove all of the magic balls that are the same color as the magic gem
    Gems with floating balls cause many extra balls to drop from the ceiling
    Gems with flames are bombs that destroy many nearby magic balls
    Gems with a stone pattern cause stone balls to drop from the ceiling, which can only be removed by the bomb magic gems
    Gems with the infinity symbol slow down time and make the magic balls drop very slowly from the ceiling

    Wizard’s Castle HD is highly re-playable because the colored magic balls always fall differently. Players may earn up to three stars for each level depending on their score, and may replay any level to reach the maximum of three stars. Current Score, High Score, Level, and Time Remaining are continuously displayed at the top of the landscape mode screen. Wizard’s Castle HD for the iPad 2 was recently featured on the Daily App Show – Everything Edition and Apple’s iTunes App Store New and Noteworthy Strategy Games section for iPad in the US and Australia. Asgard Studios’ other game, Wizard’s Castle for iPhone 4 was also featured on the Daily App Show and in Apple’s iTunes App Store What’s Hot for Strategy Games in the US.

    Feature Highlights:

    Extremely challenging but simple game for players of all ages
    Use up to 10 fingers to touch groups of identically colored magic balls
    Touching groups of two or more balls of the same color removes them
    Prevent the room from filling up with magic balls for a full three minutes to move to the next level
    Magic gems also may fall from the ceiling
    Magic gems can have extraordinary powers that may help or harm players
    Every game is different, as balls fall in a random way from the ceiling
    Requires iPad 2’s dual core, 1 GHz, A5 processor for its advanced physics engine

    “Wizard’s Castle HD was created in Unity 3 using C# scripts. My son Raymond designed all of the gameplay and the levels. I did all of the programming, and Jeff Bucchino, a local cartoonist, did the 2D art work,” stated developer Randy Herring.

    Device Requirements:

    iPad 2 compatible (incompatible with iPad 1)
    iOS 4.2 or later
    26.9 MB

    Pricing and Availability:
    Wizard’s Castle HD 1.1 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category.