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CROSSNIQ+ is a speed-focused, arcade-style puzzle game inspired by "y2k-era" visual design - a tribute to highly polished, small-scope Japanese games from the late 90's. In CROSSNIQ+, the name of the game is re-arranging a grid of tiles to form "crosses" - rows and column of the same color. You can move tiles up, down, left or right - but moving them off the edge of the grid makes them wrap back to the other side, offering a unique and brain-bending challenge. Make crosses quickly and set up multi-crosses to earn bonuses. In Endless mode, keep making crosses to keep your timer filled - let it hit empty, and your game is over. In Time Attack, your time is a set amount - earn as many points as you can before the buzzer sounds. Play against a friend in Versus, complete with items and special moves... or simply relax to a variety of different, aesthetically striking playfields in Chillout mode, where there's no score, timer, or game overs. Let's Cross! Aim for THE TOP!!

Presskit

Factsheet

Developer:
MaxKriegerVG
Based in United States

Release date:
October 3 2019

Platforms:
Windows
Mac
Linux
Nintendo Switch

Website:
crossniq.com

Description

CROSSNIQ+ is a speed-focused, arcade-style puzzle game inspired by "y2k-era" visual design - a tribute to highly polished, small-scope Japanese games from the late 90's. In CROSSNIQ+, the name of the game is re-arranging a grid of tiles to form "crosses" - rows and column of the same color. You can move tiles up, down, left or right - but moving them off the edge of the grid makes them wrap back to the other side, offering a unique and brain-bending challenge. Make crosses quickly and set up multi-crosses to earn bonuses.

History

CROSSNIQ+ started life as CROSSNIQ, a free browser version of the game released in November 2017. CROSSNIQ was developed as a standalone game, but was envisioned as a slice of a hypothetical full game with more modes and features. The chance to make that came to fruition within the same month, when a viral Twitter thread brought in a large amount of traffic to both Max Krieger's personal twitter and to CROSSNIQ itself. Striking when the iron was hot, a Kickstarter campaign for CROSSNIQ+ went online mere months later, in February 2018. The campaign was successfully funded, and full-time work formally began on CROSSNIQ+ in May 2018.

Artistically, CROSSNIQ+ is dedicated to making the future feel like something cool, exciting, and full of possibility - and for players to interact with menus and mechanics that evoke those emotions and dreams.

The game was visually inspired by a period of industrial/visual design in the late 90's, known now as "y2k design" (popularized in the modern context by sites such as the Y2K Aesthetic Institute). This era was defined by cool "digital" colors, organic shapes, and visions of speculative technology focused on ergonomics and lifestyle integration - all combining to form an optimistic vision of the future where users had a symbiotic, empowering relationship with technology.

Features

  • Speed-focused, arcade-style puzzle gameplay - easy to learn, tough to master.
  • Sleek, futuristic visual design inspired by the "y2k" era.
  • Four modes, to accomodate a variety of playstyles:
  • Endless Mode: keep making crosses to keep your timer filled - let it hit empty, and your game is over.
  • Time Attack Mode: your time is a set amount - earn as many points as you can before the buzzer sounds.
  • Versus Mode: Battle against a friend in local multiplayer, complete with items and special moves
  • Chillout Mode: simply relax to a variety of different, aesthetically striking playfields - there's no score, timer, or game overs.

Videos

Reveal Trailer YouTube

Release Date Trailer YouTube

Endless Mode Gameplay (60 FPS) YouTube

Time Attack Mode Gameplay (60 FPS) YouTube


Images

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Download logo/icon assets as .zip
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Monetization Permission

MaxKriegerVG allows for the contents of CROSSNIQ+ to be published through video broadcasting services for any commercial or non-commercial purposes. Monetization of videos created containing assets from CROSSNIQ+ is legally & explicitly allowed by MaxKriegerVG. This permission can be found in writing at https://www.indiedb.com/games/crossniq-plus/presskit.


Steam
Steam game listing. store.steampowered.com/app/1128180.

Itch.io
Itch.io game listing. maxkrieger.itch.io/crossniqplus.

Nintendo eShop
Nintendo eShop game listing. nintendo.com/games/detail/crossniq-plus-switch.


About MaxKriegerVG

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Max! He/him. Cleveland gamedev. Nindie. Fountain fanatic. Games-as-media advocate. Developing y2k arcade puzzle game CROSSNIQ+!

More information
More information on MaxKriegerVG, our logo & relevant media are available here.


CROSSNIQ+ Credits

Max Krieger
Director, Designer, Developer, UI Artist, Writer

Alice Morrow
Illustration Director, Illustrator, Character Designer

Miles Shank
Illustrator, Character Designer, Fashion Designer, Visual Design Consultant, Writer

DV-i (D.V. Caputo)
Composer, CG Artist, Sound Designer

ViRiX Dreamcore (David McKee)
Composer, Sound Designer

articution (Taylor McCarron)
Background Illustrator


presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks