Factsheet

Developer:
MiniMega
Based in Australia

Release date:
March 20, 2014

Platforms:
Apple App Store
Google Play
Amazon App Store

Website:
bonzapuzzles.com

Regular Price:
FREE

Description

"Bonza puzzles are instantly addictive!"
- Will Shortz
Crossword Editor, The New York Times

Bonza is a new type of crossword that has become an instant classic. It mixes word search, jigsaw and trivia knowledge to create something completely fresh. If you like a word challenge and you enjoy pushing boxes around with your fingers, then you'll love Bonza Word Puzzle.

History

In early 2013, MiniMega set out to reimagine the traditional crossword and design an experience for touch screen devices. Bonza Word Puzzle was then released in March 2014. It’s a game that requires players to arrange word fragments to solve puzzles. An Alpha version of the game caught the attention of Screen Australia, who then helped fund the production of the game and support its development. Bonza became an instant classic and earned a spot in the Apple App Store Best of 2014 list.

Features

  • A new type of crossword
  • Free Daily Puzzles based on current events
  • Puzzle packs by celebrity designers
  • Puzzles designed by the Bonza community
  • Create your own puzzles and challenge friends
  • Stunning minimalist art style
  • Relaxing ambient soundtrack

Videos

Trailer YouTube

Gameplay YouTube

Bonza Puzzle Creator YouTube

Larry & Jenn YouTube

Bonza in the classroom YouTube

Hand-made Magnets for GDC YouTube


Images

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Awards & Recognition

  • "Best of 2014" Apple App Store, 2014
  • "Mobile of the day" The FWA Awards, 2014
  • "FINALIST (Accessibility Award)" Australian Game Developer Awards, 2014
  • "FINALIST (Excellence in Design)" Australian Game Developer Awards, 2014
  • "RUNNER UP (Best Word Game)" Best App Ever Awards, 2015
  • "WINNER (Game: Trivia and Word)" Tabby Awards, 2015


Selected Articles

  • "For anyone who loves a good word puzzle, definitely give Bonza a try. "
    - Lee Hamlet, 148Apps
  • "A satisfying puzzler, especially if you're fond of words."
    - Chris Priestman, Pocket Gamer
  • "It’s an idea so simple I can’t believe it hasn’t been done yet."
    - Mark Serrels, Kotaku
  • "It’s a combination of a jigsaw puzzle and a diagramless crossword."
    - Deb Amlen, The New York Times
  • "Bonza merges some of the best mechanics from conventional word games and twists them around to create something new."
    - Chloi Rad, Indie Statik
  • "It’s a word game for word lovers, and it has enough content to make the price a fantastic deal. "
    - Evan Killham, Cult of Mac
  • "The beautifully subtle, colorful design scheme is genius and it’s controls are a great welcome mat for the casual audience. "
    - Bryan Dupont-Gray, Hardcoregamer
  • "Bonza is a quality product from a small local team, and I highly recommend picking it up. "
    - James Dominguez, Sydney Morning Herald

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About MiniMega

Description
MiniMega is an Australian game development studio that publishes their own titles, and partners with licensed properties. Their current focus is on creating clean, elegant games for mobile. Their latest, "Bonza Word Puzzle" was recently recognised by Apple in the App Store Best of 2014 list.

More information
The press kit for MiniMega is available here.


Bonza Credits

Ben Huxter
Design

Punya Huxter
Programming

Ash Manning
Sound and Music

Screen Australia
Funding partner


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