Uppsala, Sweden-based game developer
Planet Spogg AB
on Thursday announced the release of four new casual games with a focus on multiplayer gaming: Crosswise, Multris, Ooze and Sketchorama. Users are required to create an account on the Spogg Web site to play the games; they’re free to try, limited to an hour a day — paying a US$4 monthly membership enables you play as often as you’d like.
Crosswise is a crossword puzzle game in which you and another player attempt to form the highest scoring words from a set of seven letters; Multris is a Tetris-style puzzle action game in which you and another player attempt to clear rows of blocks by positioning falling geometric shapes into place. Ooze pits you and another player against each other as you remove groups of three or more colored ooze blobs at a time. Sketchorama takes a page from Pictionary as you draw a picture that corresponds to a word and other players attempt to figure out what that word is.
Planet Spogg has had Java-based versions of these and other games available for online play since 2003, but with this announcement the company has produced Macintosh-native versions of these games. All games require Mac OS X v10.3 or higher and an Internet connection.