Anderson Games, a Glenville, NY-Based Game Company, Announces its Newest Mobile Game App "Fertang" Available Starting May 1, 2012
GLENVILLE, N.Y., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Fertang, which fuses the popular games of chess and checkers, but with a twist, is poised to be released beginning May 1, 2012, via the App Store and iTunes for iPhones, iPads, iPods, Google Play for the Android, Amazon.com for Kindle Fire and on BarnesandNoble.com for the Nook Color for $1.99 per download on all devices except for Android's, which is running a promotion for only .99 per download for a limited time.
Fertang's innovative blending of the games of chess and checkers, is said to be as easy to learn and simple to play as checkers, but can be as strategically challenging as the game of chess.
The game pieces of Fertang (square, triangle and circle) are shaped to indicate the direction that the piece can travel. If you have a square piece it can only move in a square direction, if you have a triangle it can only move diagonally and if you have a circle it can move in any direction.
With game play, each piece can move only one square until an opponent's piece is captured. If a single piece of an opponent's is captured, a player would then move their piece up to two squares at a time in the direction governed by its shape. If a players' two-piece is then captured by their opponent with a single piece, then that piece may move up to three squares in a single move and so on. The objective of the game is for a player to make three towers of at least five pieces before their opponent. As an added twist, once a piece reaches at least five pieces high, it remains on the same square on the board and you have to play around it. The Fertang board includes four "super tactical" squares. A player is allowed to move their own piece occupying a tactical square by any number of squares across the board, as long as it moves in its shape's appointed direction. For more rules on game play visit: www.andersongames.com
Anderson Games was founded by Stephen Anderson. Anderson's passion for games began at South Wigston High School in Leicester, England around 1964, where he joined the chess club. For Anderson, this seemed like a great opportunity to learn the game and master something that no one else in the Anderson dynasty had managed.
Unfortunately Anderson found that chess club wasn't his strongest suit, and he says, "I found that I had a higher than average aptitude than anyone else in the chess club, for losing, no matter how long I played, studied the game or watched others play. For some reason, I was never able to 'see' what my opponent was doing, and if I thought about what I was going to do with my Knight or Bishop in two or three brilliant moves time, my opponent had taken the piece before I was able to execute. It was almost as though they knew exactly what moves I was planning to make before I even thought of them myself."
As stubborn as Anderson thought he was, he says that he finally realized that he would never understand the finer points of "castling" and "en-passant". While chess club wasn't in the cards for him, Anderson recalls his own successes in the game of Draughts, the English version of checkers.
"Quite the opposite to my chess experience, I do not ever remember losing a game, but of course knowing that I was a perpetual winner, there were few people that I could persuade to play and not only that, after a while you realize that it really is a boring game."
Through his experiences with chess and checkers, Stephen Anderson began a quest to find a board game that was as easy to learn and play as the game of Draughts, but with the potential for some tactical play like chess. Over time the perfect marriage of the two games evolved and the game of Fertang was invented.
After the May 1, 2012 launch of the Fertang mobile game app, Anderson Games plans to release a network interactive version by the end of the year. Fertang, the physical board game, is also in production. In addition, Anderson Games plans to release in the coming months another game app of their puzzle called The Anderson Diamond, a tangram shaped like a diamond with 12 pieces and over 300 different solutions.
For more information about Anderson Games and their family of games visit: www.andersongames.com
Fertang Game App Download Links
A limited number of promotional codes will be offered on a first come first serve basis. For more information, a demonstration or to schedule an interview with inventor Steven Anderson, please contact Franesa Liebich-Pyle firstname.lastname@example.org or Amee Hamlin email@example.com.Media Contact:
Franesa Pyle, NoteworthyPR, 518-852-1591, Franesa@noteworthypr.com
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