I love how letterpress is really a territory game disguised as a word game. Instead of rolling a dice like you do in Risk, you find words to form your attacks. Rather than trying to pick up words with obscure letters, or lengthy words, you try to capture strategic tiles and expand your controlled area. Once you cover a large area of dark blue tiles, you choke out your opponent's ability to score points, and the game slowly snowballs further in your favor. It's really fascinating.
Also I like how you can attack and defend simultaneously. If the opponent goes first, then they'll stake out a corner. And then I will attack their corner and stake out my own corner simulataneously, as long as there's a big enough word on the board.
This seemed bizarre to me, so I went looking. There's like half a dozen places on the website with background:
It's in the FAQ: http://www.atebits.com/support/faq/what-is-atebits/
The News page: http://www.atebits.com/news/ ("atebits 2.0 October 15, 2012 In 2007 I left Apple...")
The Contact page: http://www.atebits.com/contact/ ("Follow us on Twitter at @atebits and @lorenb.")
The Press Kit: http://www.atebits.com/contact/press/atebits-presskit.zip (Contains an about.txt that's exactly what it says.)
All of these are one or two clicks away (except the press kit, which is 3). Loren's not exactly bragging about his background on the front page, but if you're going to say he's secret and mysterious, at least take the time out of your day click a link or two.
Also, multitouch! Even most jigsaw puzzle games on iOS are inexplicably limited to a single finger. This attention to detail is amazing.
> LB: It’s all custom. The whole game is actually written in OpenGL with my own animation system and a bunch of other neat things.
Hear more from him firsthand on the first episode of debug: http://www.zenandtech.tv/debug/debug-1-brichter-letterpress/
I was so intrigued by the first part that I actually cloned the app so I could use it on non iOS platform. But the beauty of the app just could not be reecreated. It was just a hack and made in two days with not much thought into the ui. FYI, the clone is at http://letter-press.herokuapp.com