Autocorrect Creator Releases His First iOS Game

Autocorrect Creator Releases His First iOS Sport

Ken Kocienda, a former Apple software program engineer and creator of the autocorrect function, has launched his first iOS sport, Up Spell. Appropriately (and maybe sinisterly) sufficient, it requires spelling phrases appropriately.

As reported by Tech Crunch, Up Spell challenges gamers to make use of a Scrabble-like assortment of letters to spell out as many phrases as attainable in two minutes. You possibly can take a look at the trailer on YouTube.

Kocienda, who has by no means made an iOS app earlier than Up Spell, fixated on making a phrase sport that might acknowledge correct names and slang. “Many games accept words like PHARAOH and PYRAMID, but not NILE or EGYPT. This doesn’t make sense to me. These are all words!,” Kocienda instructed Tech Crunch. An instance of how Kocienda’s work influences gameplay is {that a} participant can spell “s’ mores,” which entails an apostrophe, one thing many phrase video games could not help.

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A screenshot from Up Spell, from Ken Kocienda, the creator of autocorrect on iOS.

The psychological pressure of 2020 was additionally a key affect within the design of Up Spell, based on Kocienda.

“I made Up Spell a two-minute game without much in the way of gameplay gimmicks,” Kocienda says. “You just spell words. 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, and sometimes taking out two minutes to think about nothing but spelling a few words is just the kind of right kind of stress reliever. I hope Up Spell brings people a little unexpected happiness to their 2020.”

Whereas Kocienda hopes Up Spell makes some struggling by 2020 a little bit happiness, gamers who purchase the sport can put a little bit good again out into the world. Up Spell, which is a one-time buy of $1.99, will ship 25 cents of every buy to the San Francisco-Marin Meals Financial institution.

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IGN has reached out to Kocienda to ask if he plans to deliver Up Spell to Android units as effectively.

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