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BAFTA award-winning makers of Lumino City announce Inks (update)

Pinball mixed with paint in a mobile puzzle game

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

State of Play, the British team behind Lume and the BAFTA award-winning Lumino City have announced their next game, a mobile title called Inks.

In the announcement provided to Polygon, State of Play said that Inks will combine both pinball and painting. Co-founder Katherine Bidwell said, "Pinball is a great game at its core. With Inks we wanted to extract that essence, create a game for everyone and make it a beautiful experience."

State of Play is known for its hand-made dioramas, painstakingly filmed and photographed to turn real physical objects into wondrous puzzle games. Inks takes the team's artistic flair in a completely different direction.

"As you play Inks the ball smashes along the walls," the press release said, "blocks of color burst like beautiful fireworks across the surface, building up in vivid layers and recording a visual history of your gameplay as you perfect your score."

More information, including a release date, will be available soon.


Update: The team at State of Play has decided to change the name of their game from Ink to Inks. This avoids a conflict with Zach Bell's Ink, available for Mac and Windows PC. We've updated the text and imaged to reflect that change. You can read more about it in their lighthearted Twitter exchange here.