Yuji Naka, former head of Sonic Team, releases new self-made game

Yuji Naka — former head of Sonic Staff — launched a new game beneath his one-man studio Prope known as Shot2048. Naka was the lead programmer for the unique Sonic the Hedgehog (which appears to be playable in all places these days) and most not too long ago left his brief keep at Sq. Enix to spend his time engaged on this hyper-casual title for cellular.

The objective in Shot2048 (App Store, Google Play) is to roll cube to the tip of an alley and mix (multiply) sufficient like-numbers to create at the least one die valued at 2048. It did take me about 5 makes an attempt to win my first game… and about 4 tries to grasp the game. There aren’t a lot in phrases of directions apart from this iOS App Retailer description (although admittedly, after studying it once more post-play, it is sensible now):

The aim is to shot the identical quantity and make 2048.
The aim is to shot the identical quantity to make 2048, however goal for extra.
Faucet to maneuver the quantity left or proper, and launch your finger to fireplace the quantity.
When you hit the identical quantity, they are going to be mixed and the numbers shall be added.
The game is over when the numbers cease within the purple game over space within the foreground.

It’s a neat thought for a fast time-pass and doesn’t really require a lot in phrases of math talent because you solely actually need to match colours and maintain the cube out of the taking pictures zone. The stage will get a bit more difficult as too many cube refill the play zone; ought to the cube keep within the taking pictures zone for too lengthy — about 5 seconds — the game shall be over. The physics can get kinda wonky, however you’ll have to depend on some toppling to get the cube within the again to mix.


I received as soon as in Shot2048, is likely to be value enjoying once more however undoubtedly not with the pay-to-win transactions. On the precise is a really related game known as Chain Dice.

Screenshots by Umar Shakir / The Verge

Naka’s game takes clear inspiration from different widespread cellular puzzlers like, uh, 2048 (which has its personal historical past of cloning) or one other related title we observed known as Chain Dice.

The free-to-play game is ad-heavy however will allow you to take away the adverts for $5.99. Additionally, should you’re having a tricky time profitable, the game will gladly take $0.99 to present you 5 extra tries. I used to be additionally requested by the app to trace me, which I declined (although, as not too long ago reported, it’s not at all times a full off swap).

Naka constructed the game on Unity and says that is the primary game he developed alone, touting his 37-year profession within the video game business. The inaugural Prope staff (2006) consisted of Naka and 10 former Sega workers focusing on the informal waggle gaming increase, beginning with Let’s Tap for the Wii. And not using a staff, Naka needed some help getting leaderboards to work for Shot2048 — so he requested for (and acquired) assistance on Twitter.

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