Archive for January, 2015

Regency Locations

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Because we wanted to make Regency Solitaire as historically accurate as possible, we spent a lot of time researching every element – from character costumes to interior decor. I thought it might be fun to share a few examples.

For instance, here we are on Brighton beach, a popular location during the English Regency. The town started out as a sleepy fishing village, but by the 1780s it had become a fashionable resort town. The Prince Regent (future George IV) was a frequent visitor, and he constructed the Royal Pavillion there, which can still be visited today.

Take a look at the pier. Our image shows the Royal Suspension Chain Pier on the horizon. This was originally meant as a landing area for boats traveling from France, but it also had a few attractions for visitors, such as a camera obscura. This is one landmark that you can’t visit in Brighton today – heavily damaged by storms, it was dismantled in 1896. We based our image on a number of contemporary paintings of the pier.

Here’s another location, Netley Abbey, not far from Southampton. Jane Austen lived in Southampton from 1807-1809. As well as taking long walks in the surrounding countryside, we know that she visited the gothic ruins of Netley Abbey. Our game is set just three years later, and when I was looking for locations that our heroine Bella could visit as she made her way across the South coast of England, I imagined that she and her sister Charlotte might also enjoy a visit to the romantic ruins at Netley.

I hope you find these details interesting. I’ll be adding more in future posts about other Regency details, including costumes and room decor!

Helen

Regency Solitaire is a product of the GamesLab South West programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and led by Creative England.

Regency Solitaire is out now!

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

We are proud to announce the release our of latest game, Regency Solitaire!

Regency Solitaire is a sumptuous solitaire card game set in romantic Regency England, featuring 180 unique levels set over 20 chapters. With over 30 exciting gameplay upgrades you can makeover heroine Bella’s ballroom and costume. Normal and hard gameplay modes ensure hours of fun for players of all levels.

Developed in South West England by husband-and-wife team Jake Birkett and Helen Carmichael, Regency Solitaire includes a specially-composed classical music score. Heroine Bella tours historic locations – from stately homes and lavish gardens to the fashionable towns of London, Brighton and Bath – in a bid to restore her family fortunes.

“Our aim was to create a beautiful game with historically-accurate costumes, locations and characters,” said Helen Carmichael, Writer/Researcher at Grey Alien Games. “The gameplay is fun and addictive, and we think fans of both solitaire and costume drama will enjoy it.”

You can find out more about the game here: http://www.regencysolitaire.com

Features:
- Smooth, satisfying solitaire gameplay.
- Makeover Bella’s ballroom and costume.
- Sumptuous art and romantic storyline.
- 180 unique levels spread over 20 chapters.
- Purchase 31 exciting gameplay upgrades.
- Normal and Hard modes.
- Specially-composed, classical music.
- Can set backgrounds as Desktop Wallpaper (PC only.)
- This game is DRM-free!

Price: £6.99 / €7.99 / $9.99

Regency Solitaire is a product of the GamesLab South West programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and led by Creative England.