Pure Pool Update is now available on Steam & PlayStation 4

August 26, 2014 |  by  |  Games, Pure Chess, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Pure Pool Update is now available on Steam & PlayStation 4

Hi everyone!

After carefully considering feedback from the community, we at VooFoo have developed this initial update, available to download now on PlayStation®4 and PC via Steam. The update not only includes various improvements based on user feedback, it also delivers fresh content. Players can even look forward to the addition of the brand new game mode; UK 8-Ball.

The full list of improvements for both PlayStation®4 and PC is detailed below:

  • New game mode – UK Black-Ball (UK 8-Ball) added to the roster.

  • New ‘Master’ difficulty with aim aids turned off.

  • 9-Ball free table – If the player has 9-Ball as their default game type the 9-Ball rack will be set up in free-play mode rather than the current forced 8-Ball.

  • General AI improvements including:

    • Improved ball in hand placement

    • Ability to get out of snookers reduced

    • Amateur difficulty slightly toned down

    • Removed long AI wait times when ball near to a cushion

  • Challenge notification icon – This displays an icon next to the players ‘Games’ option to inform them they have received a challenge from another player.

  • Offline Player Challenge notification – System level. Invites appear in player’s notification even if they don’t have Pure Pool installed.

  • Opponent player card accessible mid-game – Allows the player to see their opponent’s player card at any time during a match.

  • Opponent able to view player’s table cam – Allows the player to see through the camera of the opponent when walking around the table.

  • Player online feed only for friends – Removed player online notifications. Only displays friends who come online.

  • Diamonds on the table rails to help players when shooting doubles.

  • Yellow aim line made more distinct to reduce confusion between the two lines.

  • Potting the black from the break now re-racks the balls.

  • Player is now asked if they want to play against a DNA opponent or wants to continue searching for another online player.

  • DNA now displayed next to the user name to clearly mark it out as an AI player.

  • Server optimization.

  • Opponents cue movement made visible in real time in online matches.

  • Bug fix for players games not timing out and the game being awarded to the absent player.

  • Bug fix to stop the players changing their difficulty mid-challenge and posting their score/time on the incorrect leaderboard.

  • Fix for rankings and career mode trophies not being awarded (should retrospectively unlock any the player should have been awarded after one career match).

  • Fix for losing spin and table control when pressing the triangle button during a shot on PS4.

  • Fix for not being able to select language type on PC.

  • Fix for inverted controls when ball-in-hand on PC.

  • Fix for sound only coming out of headphones on PC.

  • Vibration added for power shots.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank fans for their patience and concise feedback which has aided us in the development of the update. We urge fans to continue to feed back to us on their experiences with the game and hope that they enjoy the improvements and fresh content on offer in the update” – Mark Williams; Technical Director, VooFoo Studios.


Exclusive Sci-Fi Pure Chess Pack for Nvidia SHIELD Tegra K1 Tablet

July 29, 2014 |  by  |  Games, Pure Chess  |  1 Comment

The Nvidia SHIELD Tegra K1 tablet has been released in the US today, and for those of you lucky enough to get hold of one, you can get access to the exclusive Sci-Fi DLC pack. We hope you enjoy it! Not only that, but Pure Chess is now free on all Android devices! Now, please excuse me whilst I go brush up on my chess skills…


Pure Chess and Pure Pool featured in OPC Magazine

July 16, 2014 |  by  |  Games, Pure Chess, Pure Pool  |  Comments Off on Pure Chess and Pure Pool featured in OPC Magazine

OPC Magazine issue #8 July 2014

Check it out; VooFoo are in the July 2014 OPC Magazine (Issue #8) – the official community magazine from the community over on the Playstation Forums!

There’s a whole bunch of VooFoo game-related stuff in there. There’s a Pure Chess review on pages 12-13, a Pure Chess Q&A with Matt on page 14 AND a Pure Pool preview on page 22-23 amongst other great articles – go check it out! It’s available to read both online, or you can download it to your iPad.



Pure Chess PS4 FAQ

May 6, 2014 |  by  |  Pure Chess  |  Comments Off on Pure Chess PS4 FAQ

Our bestest friends at Ripstone have put together an excellent FAQ article for the PS4 version of Pure Chess.

Not wanting to pass on the chance of ‘borrowing’ someone else’s hard work, we went to the trouble of cutting and pasting it straight onto our own site.

Thanks guys!


We’re always looking for ways to improve our games so we appreciate every last smidgen of feedback we get. If there’s anything you’d like to say about Pure Chess (or any of our other games) that we’ve not covered off below, get in touch! info@ripstone.com

Can I use my DLC Chess sets and Environments online? Yes, you certainly can! Certain sets are tied to specific environments in-game; you can only play with the Park Animals set in the Park environment for example – but you can totally use all DLC packs in online matches :-)

Does Pure Chess PS4 come with live online Multiplayer? The Multiplayer is asynchronous – meaning it’s essentially play-by-mail, which you can enjoy with up to 6 real life, online opponents simultaneously. It has to be said that the PS4 does make the whole asynchronous experience much slicker; the PS3 version pales in comparison in fact! As your opponent makes a move, you will see it almost instantly (providing you’re online, of course) followed by a waiting screen. The guys at VooFoo are currently working hard to make the asynchronous Multiplayer experience even more seamless – removing the waiting screen, so it actually feels like real time play. We’ll update you guys on that front a-sap!

How do I get around idle matches without affecting my ELO rating? While Pure Chess certainly isn’t the sort of game that should be rushed, we totally appreciate how frustrating it can be when matches go idle. People have different skill levels and play at different speeds, but leaving a match without warning is just plain rude! You’ll be very pleased to hear that VooFoo are currently working on a solution for those pesky idle matches as we speak, particularly a way around them affecting your ELO rating. The idea is that you’ll be able to opt to auto-win a match if a player is idle for a certain length of time, which will leave your hard earned ELO rating untarnished. It would be great to hear how long you think “too long” is! 😉 We’ll let you know more details on this fix as soon as we can!

Does Pure Chess PS4 come with Stereoscopic 3D Support?Stereoscopic 3D is supported in the PS3 version but to be honest; it’s not something we ever had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback on. With this in mind the dev time was spent strengthening the 2D visuals in the PS4 version, which (you’ll hopefully agree) paid off.

Is Pure Chess PS4 cross-buy? So if I have it on PS Vita or PS3 do I get it on PS4? Initially, when the game launched on PS3 and PS Vita – it wasn’t actually cross-buy and we’ve maintained this approach with the PS4 version. Ripstone have been big supporters of cross-buy with some of our other titles; Big Sky Infinity, Knytt Underground and Stick It To The Man – go check them out!

We’d love to give the game away for free right now but the devs need to eat… and Chocolate Hobnobs (in large quantities) aren’t cheap 😉

Can I play Pure Chess PS4 cross-platform with other Pure Chess users on different consoles and devices? Not at the moment, but this is definitely something we’ll be looking to implement between PlayStation Platforms (at the very least) in the future. If you already have the game on Wii U, 3DS, Android or iOS – you can play cross-platform on any of these devices, right now! We’ll update you guys with the details on the PS4 cross-platform front soon!

How much is the game in Europe? At launch there was a minor pricing error on the European PlayStation Store, affecting the full game price. The game should actually be priced at £4.99 not £6.79, so our sincerest apologies for this. We’ve already rectified the pricing error with Sony and the correct pricing of £4.99 / €5.99.

Will I be able to play multiple games at once? Totally! You can play in up to 6 local or offline matches simultaneously – go nuts!

Will you be releasing any more cool Chess Sets? We’re working through oodles of ideas for new sets and location, and welcome suggestions from our fans :-) so watch this space!!

Hopefully that’s helped clear things up at little. If you have any other questions for us or for the lovely devs themselves, feel free to drop us a mail info@ripstone.com and we’ll get back to you with the speed of 1,000 Gazelles! You can even follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily game updates, giveaways and all other kinds of awesomeness! We’ll be doing some code giveaways over the next few weeks too, so now would be a pretty good time follow us 😉 head on over and feel the love!

Thanks so much again for all your awesome feedback so far guys, keep it coming!

Two games in one day!

Two games in one day!

April 15, 2014 |  by  |  Backgammon, Pure Chess  |  Comments Off on Two games in one day!

Yes, that’s right, we’re spoiling you – today sees the release of two games from VooFoo! We have the much anticipated next generation release of Pure Chess onto PS4, and the US release of Backgammon Blitz onto PS3, PS Vita, and PS4!

Pure Chess is available from the PS4 PlayStation Store right now, and is priced at £4.99 / € 5.99 / $7.99, but chess fans can also get their hands on the best value Complete Bundle for £9.99 / €11.99 / $14.99. Check out Punk And Lizards review of Pure Chess here.

Backgammon Blitz has been available in Europe for a while, but is now also available on the US PlayStation Store at just $7.99. Check out this Backgammon Blitz review.


Pure Chess. The Next Generation!

April 7, 2014 |  by  |  Pure Chess  |  Comments Off on Pure Chess. The Next Generation!

Hot off the press!  Pure Chess makes it’s next generation debut this month, April 15th/16th to be precise!

Just when you thought the game couldn’t look any better, we locked our artists in a darkened room with nothing but PS4 dev kits and Pot Noodles for company.  It’s safe to say, the result is the definitive version of Pure Chess!

The game will launch at £4.99 / € 5.99 / $7.99 but chess fans can also get their hands on the best value Complete Bundle for £9.99 / €11.99 / $14.99. PlayStation Plus users can look forward to some discounts at launch too!

Check out the stunning new launch trailer and let us know what you think!

Pure Chess is coming to Nintendo 3DS & Wii U on 20th March!

Pure Chess is coming to Nintendo 3DS & Wii U on 20th March!

March 13, 2014 |  by  |  Pure Chess  |  Comments Off on Pure Chess is coming to Nintendo 3DS & Wii U on 20th March!

Sorry it’s been a while but in our defence, we have been rather busy!

The good news is we can now reveal the release date of Pure Chess on Nintendo 3DS & Wii U as the 20th March, that’s a week today!!

It’s taken a bit longer than we planned but we’re proud to announce that Pure Chess now fully utilises the cross-platform play feature, meaning you can play against your friends on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, iPad, iPhone, iPod and Android devices!

Don’t forget to head to the eShop on 20th March where you can download the game for £4.99 / €5.99 / $7.99, in the meantime you can check out the trailer here – and let us know what you think in the comments.

More exciting announcements soon so don’t be a stranger, ya hear?


Pure Chess Released Tomorrow!

August 28, 2013 |  by  |  Pure Chess  |  Comments Off on Pure Chess Released Tomorrow!

It’s finally here, Pure Chess will be available for download on your iPhone, iPad or Android powered smartphone or tablet from tomorrow! And guess what – it’s free to play! New to chess? Then learn to play in our comprehensive tutorials. Think you’re a bit of a chess master? Then challenge yourself against our grandmaster AI, and pit yourself against some tough opposition in the masters tournament. Want a casual game against your friends, or even strangers? We’ve got that covered too, complete with global ranking boards to compare yourself against others.

And as we said, it’s free, so get downloading tomorrow and be sure to rate it if you like it – and let your friends know!


What We’ve Been Doing

July 15, 2013 |  by  |  Pure Chess  |  Comments Off on What We’ve Been Doing

We’ve been busy codling away on some new things and today we can reveal one of those projects is bringing our visually stunning Pure Chess to mobile platforms. Pure Chess is coming to iOS and Android soon. That’ll be the Apple App Store, the Amazon AppStore and Google Play Store.

We’ll be revealing more information in the coming weeks, for now you can feast your eyes on how the game is looking on an iPad.

Pure Chess on iPad

Pure Chess Easter Island Set

November 12, 2012 |  by  |  Pure Chess  |  Comments Off on Pure Chess Easter Island Set

Easter Island set for Pure Chess

The Pure Chess Easter Island set is inspired by the mysterious Moai of Easter Island, Polynesia. These head-like, monolithic chess pieces have been beautifully crafted, bringing the Moai not only to life – but to the chess board.

Download the set from the PlayStation Store on the 13th/14th of November for just £1.59 / €1.99 / $2.49, and you too can experience your own Polynesian escape to allow your inner grandmaster to play at its best.