Img Reveal™ Game from Google Play and the Apple App Store.
If you see me sitting at Starbucks looking at my phone, it is likely that I am either a) reading the NY Time, b) checking instagram for a post by my daughter or c) seeing what my friends are doing.
But not everyone is me.
Some people like to play games on their phone.
During one of my first visits to the Olympia Camera Club, Dan Scavezze approached me about including my photographs in a new game he was developing “Img Reveal.”
“According to industry statistics (statista.com), more than 50% of mobile phone users play games on their smartphone. With that in mind, a software developer, an amateur photographer, Dan Scavezze, set out to create a game that would let smartphone users enjoy the beauty of photography while playing a game. Users of Android phones and iPhones can now get the Img Reveal™ game from Google Play and the Apple App Store.”
Img Reveal contains three games. In the “Growth and Decay” game, you must tap on one side of the screen to grow a part of the image. But as soon as that part of the image has been revealed, decay begins from the other side of the screen, obscuring the image. You must tap the other side of the screen to remove the decay and clear the image.
In the “Memory” game, you are presented with slices of an image, but in random order. You move the slices to the proper positions to reveal the image. If you make a mistake, you can try again. If you have a good memory, you’ll be able to remember what you’ve done so far.
In the “Swap 'em” game, you see all the pieces at once, but they are jumbled. You swap the parts until the image is revealed. The number and size of the pieces vary with the skill level that is set by the user.
“After you’ve revealed a few images, you’ll probably have a thirst for more,” says Scavezze. Img Reveal ships with starter images, but for a small in-app purchase, a new photo will be delivered to the app every day, over the network. This “Image of the Day” service provides a variety of pictures from all over the world. The photos showcase the variety of nature – scenics, flowers, birds and other animals, and even people.
All of the photographers share in the profits from sales of the Image of the Day service. If a user falls in love with a particular photo, he/she can purchase a high-resolution version of that photo to display on a monitor or to hang on the wall. Users can even load their own images over the Internet and play the games using those photos.
It’s too soon to say if this game will spawn a new generation of photo aficionados, but Img Reveal does provide beauty to its users and a marketplace for its photographers.
Maybe the next time you see someone honing their tapping and swiping skills, they will be revealing a beautiful image by Whelan on Walkabout.
---Img Reveal page on Google Play
Img Reveal page on Apple App Store
Website for DCS Works LLC
Screen shots from the “Growth and Decay” game, the “Memory” game, and the “Swap 'em” game are shown below. “Growth