Announcement: Shut the Window Lite releases May 31 on iOS!

Hey Guys,

We have some really cool games lined up for the second half of the year but this we DID NOT plan at all! On several requests and popular demands, we are now releasing a LITE version of our much loved game Shut the Window.

Shut the Window Lite releases May 31 on iOS!
Now shut windows of Amsterdam for free with Shut the Window Lite

Shut the Window is a one touch game where you have to close as many open windows as possible before the timer runs out. Inspired by real windows of Amsterdam, play through 10 handcrafted illustrations. Frustratingly fun, each design has its own charm. Try not to pull your hair out playing it.

• Beautiful and addictive one touch game.
• Breathtaking Illustrations inspired by real windows of Amsterdam.
• Frustratingly fun. Makes you keep coming back for more!
• Share screenshots of your favorite windows and high scores with friends.

Shut the Window Lite as you might have guessed is the free to player version of our popular game Shut the Window. The game will feature 3 of the 10 hand crafted beautiful windows of Amsterdam. But for the real experience we strongly recommend you buy the full game HERE!

Shut the Window Lite releases May 31 on iOS!
Play through 3 of the 10 hand crafted windows of Amsterdam in the LITE version

Shut the Window Lite releases May 31, 2018 on the App Store. Pre-order the game if you haven’t already. Pre-ordering ensures that the game automatically downloads to your device on launch day.

Shut the Window Lite releases May 31 on iOS!

Happy Window Shutting!

 

For any press enquires:

Head to our Press Kit

Or alternatively you can email us at: info@pixeldrop.in

Shut the Window is now available on iOS and Mac App Stores!

We have some amazing news! Its April 5 and Shut the Window is now available on iOS and Mac App Stores!

Shut the Window is now available on iOS and Mac App Stores!

Shut the Window is now available on iOS and Mac App Stores!

Our tiny team is eternally grateful to each and everyone who has continued to support and love us. Shut the Window is truly a little gem of a game and I hope you enjoy every bit of it.

Shut the Window is a one touch game where you have to close as many open windows as possible before the timer runs out. Inspired by real windows of Amsterdam, play through 10 handcrafted illustrations. Frustratingly fun, each design has its own charm. Try not to pull your hair out playing it.

Shut the Window iOS and Mac App Stores!

Shut the Window iOS and Mac App Stores!
Explore the whimsical architecture of Amsterdam in Shut the Window

Features:

Beautiful and addictive one touch game.
Breathtaking Illustrations inspired by real windows of Amsterdam.
Frustratingly fun. Makes you keep coming back for more!
No IAP, no monetization strategy, no currencies.
Share screenshots of your favorite windows and high scores with friends.

The game is based on the beautiful and whimsical architecture of Amsterdam. To take a journey with us into the place, please read our Shut the Window Diaries HERE.

Shut the Window iOS and Mac App Stores!

So that’s it! It has been a pretty amazing journey so far. What matters most is that we have 2 amazing products out in the market that we are proud off. 

I sincerely hope you enjoy Shut the Window. It really is one tiny gem of a game.

Do download and spread the word. It matters!

Cheers

For any press enquires:

Head to our Press Kit

Or alternatively you can email us at: info@pixeldrop.in

Shut the Window Diaries: A Journey Through Amsterdam Part 2

Today we will continue our remaining journey through Amsterdam and learn more about the historic places and their beautiful “Windows”. Be sure to read up on the first part of A journey Through Amsterdam before continuing.

Shut the Window is the final few days before its launch and I hope you have pre-orderd the game on iOS and Mac App Stores.

Right, So let’s begin!

1. Qubic Student Housing

Shut the Window Diaries: A Journey Through Amsterdam Part 2

This beautiful building is a complex containing 715 student dwellings, 72 temporary dwellings and a café-restaurant, built using a prefab system with standard containers. The containers are stacked in two or three layers and are accessed via a central corridor. The fronts have been combined in different ways, giving rise to colourful street facades. Isn’t it just amazing!

2. OZW VU University

Shut the Window Diaries: A Journey Through Amsterdam Part 2

The OZW health care and well-being training institute is a landmark in architecture. The softly shaped brick walls that bring to mind the Amsterdam School are in keeping with the nature of the training programmes. The window spacing emphasizes the main outlines of the exterior and immediately draws attention to the transparency and vitality of the interior. You can recognize the shape of the building on the satellite images. The design is a high-rise with atria flowing diagonally through it, like a waterfall. Just unbelievable.

3. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

Shut the Window Diaries: A Journey Through Amsterdam Part 2

Who has not heard or Ripley’s? Famous for bizarre events and items so strange and unusual that we might question the very sanity of it. Located in Amsterdam, The Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is a cabinet of curiosities showcases more than 500 exhibits and artifacts in its five floors. The items, ranging from actual Olympic torches to a very unusual Fabergé egg, are organized in 19 themed galleries. You better believe it!

4. Red Light District

Shut the Window Diaries: A Journey Through Amsterdam Part 2

The famous Red Light District consists of a network of alleys containing approximately three hundred one-room cabins rented by “workers” who offer their services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red lights. The Red Lighting on the windows is what gives this area its name.

5. Double Houses Residence.

Shut the Window Diaries: A Journey Through Amsterdam Part 2

Houses in Amsterdam are so special because of the combination of skinny profile, grand windows, and architectural quirkiness that you just simply aren’t going to see anywhere else in the world. Amsterdam houses are leaning forward, they tilt to one side, some look like they might fall over and they have to most beautiful windows!

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this journey through the beautiful and historic city of Amsterdam. 

Till then don’t forget to Pre-order Shut the Window on iOS and Mac, it comes out on April 5, 2018. Pre-ordering ensures that the app automatically downloads onto your device on April 5.

Shut the Window Diaries: A Journey Through Amsterdam Part 2

Shut the Window Diaries: A Journey Through Amsterdam Part 2

Shut the Window Diaries: A Journey Through Amsterdam Part 1

Less than 2 weeks left till the launch of Shut the Window on iOS and Mac App Stores. We are super excited for you to get your hands on this little gem. Shut the Window is a one touch game where you have to close/shut as many windows as you can before the timer runs out. Yes, it is basically a game about shutting windows and yes it is amazing.

In the previous blog, we spoke to you on the inspiration behind the game from Jose Guzar and his project Windows of New York. For us, we wanted to select a place that had a mix of both modern and historic places and architecture. Of course it had to be super cool as well. We immediately thought of Amsterdam!

Shut the Window Diaries: A Journey Through Amsterdam Part 1
Amsterdam was the perfect location for our game.

Ranked in the top 3 cities to live in the world, rich in culture, heritage, history. Amsterdam was the perfect location for our game. So let us take you on a little journey through the windows of Amsterdam which you would be shutting in the game.

1. Anne Frank House.

Shut the Window Diaries 2: A Journey Through Amsterdam Part 1

I am sure most of you have heard about Anne Frank. She is the most discussed Jewish victim of the Holocaust, known for her war diary The Diary of a Young Girl in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world’s most widely known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

2. Rembrandt House Museum

The historic structure was home to the legendary Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. Rembrandt is generally considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art and the most important in Dutch art history. Rembrandt purchased the house in 1639 and lived there until he went bankrupt in 1656, when all his belongings went on auction. The auction list enabled the reconstructions of all his belongings which are also on display in the house today.

3. Moco Museum

Known most commonly as Banksy and Roy Lichestein Museum, this beautiful structure primarily houses these legendary artists work.

Banksy is a British artist who mostly creates streetart. Banksy started as a graffiti artist, his works are often humorous and political. Many of his street works are in the moco museum.

Similarly

Roy Lichtenstein is one of the greatest contemporary art interpreters and a master of Pop Art. The influence of Roy Lichtenstein’s art is still evident in many forms of artistic expression: from painting to advertising, from photography to design and fashion.

4. Java Island Residences

Java-eiland (literally, “Java Island”) is a neighbourhood of Amsterdam, Netherlands. This place is like an oasis of peace, nature and modern architecture (perfectly combined). On Java Eiland, five architecture firms each designed an apartment building. These houses are distributed along the south and north quay according to a seemingly random pattern. In the four smaller side canals, younger architects got the chance to design smaller canal houses.

5. Pakhuis

Pakhuis de Zwijger (De Zwijger warehouse) was built during the heyday of Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands area and was used as a warehouse for refrigerated goods. Today it houses a café, multiple halls and meeting rooms, radio and television studios, and multimedia workshops. There is no place in Amsterdam like Pakhuis – an independent and cultural warehouse that is all about sparking inspiring discussions, connections, creativity, bottom up initiatives and innovation. 

I hope you have enjoyed these places and their illustrations so far. We will continue with the next set of windows in the next blog. Please stay tuned!

Till then don’t forget to Pre-order Shut the Window on iOS and Mac, it comes out on April 5, 2018. Pre-ordering ensures that the app automatically downloads onto your device on April 5.

Shut the Window Diaries 1: Inspiration and Concept

The Inspiration

A couple of years ago, we came across Windows of New York by Jose Guizar. Check him out HERE. The illustrations just completely blew us away.  It is an on going project wherein Jose illustrates a new window from anywhere in New York every week. The sheer details captured in such an innovative yet routine sight enraptured us. The designers in us just couldn’t keep away. We wanted to do something that was similar to it.

Shut the Window Diaries 1: What and Why?
Shut the Window comes out on April 5, 2018 for iOS and Mac App Stores
The Concept

Fast forward a few months, I was reading about human biases that people are not generally aware of and came across this concept known as ‘Variable Reinforcement’. A response or action is called reinforced response if it generates a reward i.e., a person will be motivated to repeat a response if he or she gets a reward for the same. That’s the well-known theory of motivation. However, when a response is reinforced after an unpredictable number of tries, it generates a high and steady rate of response. Which means, when you receive the reward with irregular or unpredictable frequency, your behavior is reinforced even more strongly.

Shut the Window Diaries 1: What and Why?
Shutting the window gives you the reward of furthering the game.

You see we had decided that instead of following random games, each game of ours would have a psychological aspect to it. An underlying principle, if you might. And we thought why not combine this with something like the windows of New York. This is more experiment than game. We just want to know how people will respond to this. Think of it as a grand social experiment of sorts. Shutting the window gives you the reward of furthering the game. And the various different windows opening gives you the randomness. Also each window has varying difficulty levels. Rewards keep varying that way.

So this is our take and part homage to Jose Guizar.

Shut the Window: Frustratingly Fun
Shut the Window Diaries 1: What and Why?
Based on real life windows of Amsterdam. Each window is made with great care and love

Based on the windows of Amsterdam, there are 10 beautifully illustrated designs that you interact with.  Each one is made with such care. Each one has so much detail. They are taken from the historic buildings in Amsterdam and each one bears testimony to it. We hope you fall in love with them. We will dive deep into each of them from our next blog.

Till then don’t forget to Pre-order Shut the Window on iOS and Mac, it comes out on April 5, 2018. Pre ordering ensures that the app automatically downloads onto your device on April 5.