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Word Search Party

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

I have something very exciting to tell you all about today… my new game! :) Now, I know what you’re thinking, there’s not been a lot of beta testing going on over here, and I have been a bit quiet recently… but there’s been a good reason for that – I’ve been working like a crazy fiend to get Word Search Party finished before “real work” tried to get in the way! ;)

Before you all go “Ugh, another word search game” I would urge you to consider one important feature… that last word, party, and what it might mean. Does it mean an app full of balloons? Alas no, despite Chris’ repeated requests. Does it mean disco balls and wine cocktails? Again, I’m afraid not (though I think a disco ball would be good!) What it does, in fact, mean, is multi player competitive word searching! :D

How does multi player word searching work? Well, you can connect up to four devices together (using Game Center, two if you’re using Bluetooth) and are all presented with the same letter grid and word list. When someone finds a word it is marked as found on all the devices playing. To win the game you need to find the words faster than your opponents :) If you do win, you get to brag on Facebook about it too ;o)

Getting auto matches on Game Center can be a little slow, so when you go and download it (which of course you all will!) and want to try out the multi-player, just add me as a Game Center friend (StarlitSkies) and invite me to a game! :D

Word Search Party also features user generated content :) Within the app you can purchase the creator add-on and then you are able to make your own word lists about whatever takes your fancy! Today I added one all about Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to celebrate the date :) Obviously all the content gets checked by Chris or I to make sure there’s nothing inappropriate being shared… you can write filthy word lists if you want, we just won’t add them to the library ;)

To coincide with the app we also have the Word Search Party website which allows you to create word lists and generate word searches to print and play offline :) The library is shared between the website and the app which means it’s getting bigger and bigger every day! :)

The game is a universal binary and it even includes gorgeous retina display graphics for those of you lucky enough to have an iPhone 4 or 4th gen iPod touch, so it will look beautiful whatever your chosen device! :) Game Center obviously only works on iPhone/iPod touch at present but will be coming to iPad mid-late November so the functionality is there waiting for Apple to let you play :)

So obviously the link you’re all eager to click after all that build up…. Download Word Search Party in iTunes AppStore
It’s a free download with the hope that the adverts will annoy you enough to make you give us 59p ;) Plus, maybe even pay the extra for full library access or the creator add-on :)

If you do go and grab a copy (which I know you will) then please do come back here and comment to tell me what you think, what needs improving, what extra features it might benefit from. You know I’ll read your comments and will always do my best to make users happy :D

Flag Matching Cookies!

Monday, August 9th, 2010

To celebrate the release of Flag Matching (available for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad!) I decided it was time to do some baking! :) We discussed possible cake ideas, but in the end I decided that with cookies and strawberry laces we could recreate the game play! :D

I have recently been browsing the Evil Shenanigans blog for recipes so thought I’d try out their Butter Cut Out Cookie Recipe. It wasn’t a great success to be honest… admittedly I replaced the milk with some double cream I had in the fridge which needed using up, but I don’t think that should have made it too runny? Perhaps my egg was too big? I ended up adding in a lot of extra flour (about another cup) before I got something I thought might roll after chilling. It didn’t! We ended up placing the cutters on the baking tray and smooshing the cookie dough into them to get the shapes! I was a little too frustrated during all of that process to take any photos… but once the cookies came out of the oven I was feeling a little happier with them…


Cooling Cookies

Once cooled I employed some helpers and set about creating some flags and country labels…


Cookie Decorating

I was actually rather impressed at our ability to recreate flags :) The writing of country names was a little harder, especially when the icing ran off and took the names with them. Cayden insisted on writing the names of his countries in their native languages just to make it more difficult! :)


Finished Flags

Once we were finished we cleaned up the icing (which might have gotten everywhere!) and set about recreating the game in tasty cookies…


Ready to Play
Completed!

So that’s how you can recreate a game in cookies! :) What game would you like to see recreated in an edible fashion? :)

Oh, and despite the difficulty in cookie creation, I’m pleased to report they were very tasty…


Tasty Cookies!

OddBloB Released for iPhone

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

OddBloB Title Screen

Exciting news today! The game I had been working on for months at Astraware has finally been released today! :) iPhone only to start with, though I know they’re intending to convert it over to other platforms (and I had it running on Windows Mobile, just lacked graphics in the correct resolutions).

OddBloB is a cute little game made from modeling clay, which involves helping a little purple dude bounce from the bottom of the screen to the top, collecting as much fruit and points along the way as possible. There are obstacles to avoid, a “Cake or Doom” mini game to play, and you need to move quickly to avoid the tiles crumbling away from under your feet! :)

I really enjoyed creating this game, and I’m very glad to see it finally released. It took a long time to go from “basically finished” to having the final sounds and music in there, so it seemed to drag on for rather a long time! But it’s finally out there and you can go grab yourself a copy over on iTunes: OddBloB

I realise I’m a little biased here, but I think you should all go and get a copy, because it’s a lovely little game which I worked very hard on! :)

Here’s a nice little video of the gameplay which you can watch which should help convince you to part with your monies: