January 19, 2015
A Numbers Game is a deceptively simple yet fiendishly absorbing puzzle game. Players tap on numbered tokens to send them on to the board, building horizontal and vertical rows of the same number. They can score a row of four tokens with the tap of a finger, or risk building longer chains to multiply the point value -- but they can’t let the board fill up. Three modes, each with special features and tokens, keep the game interesting for players of different ages and skill levels.
Unique sound effects and an interactive musical score enhance the experience. The music in the game responds to players’ moves and evolves as the game progresses. Every time you play A Numbers Game, you create an improvised musical performance.
Formed as a partnership between musician/developer Damon Holzborn and writer/filmmaker Betsy Nagler, Rustle Works makes iOS games for creative people. Having come to app development from 25-year careers as artists in other fields (making them old...but interesting!), Holzborn and Nagler are interested in making collaboration and creativity two essential elements of their projects. Rustle Works is currently developing several games for launch in 2015. A Numbers Game is their first release.
Damon is an improviser, composer and developer. In performance he uses custom software, traditional effects, and interactive processes to sculpt sounds both novel and familiar. His software designs focus on dynamic instruments that are particularly effective for improvisational performance. He has presented his work in the US, Mexico, Europe and Japan, performing as a solo artist and with several ensembles, including Donkey - a decades-long collaboration with musician/filmmaker Hans Fjellestad. He holds a BA in music from UCSD and a DMA in composition from Columbia University.
Betsy is a Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker. Her most recent completed film is Flat Daddy, a feature documentary that she produced, co-directed and edited, which looks at the impact of the war in Iraq on four military families from around the United States. It recently had its UK broadcast premiere on PBS America and is available on iTunes. Her producing, directing and editing for hire credits include work for the websites of the Working Families Party and Carnegie Hall, for the kids' television show Blue's Clues, and on the feature documentary TWA Flight 800. She is currently developing an interactive documentary project for the web called Good. She has also worked as a location sound person on movies, television shows and commercials, including The Daytrippers, The Sopranos, Gossip Girl and The Good Wife. She earned her BA from Stanford University and her MFA in Film Production from NYU, and has taught sound and documentary filmmaking at NYU and Brooklyn College. She blogs about all this – and more! – at bigwaah.com.