Archive for March, 2010

Apologies for Silence

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Well, I feel like I’ve been gone a while… sorry about that! The release of OddBloB marked the end of my employment with Astraware and life has been a little busy since then. On the personal side, my best friends are getting married this weekend and so I’ve been busy being prodded with pins and baking cakes. On the work side, I’ve been working on my first contract developing an iPhone app. Yes, you heard that right, app, not game! :(

On the bright side, app development is very different and so has been keeping me interested because there’s been a steep learning curve and lots of new tech to get to grips with. It’s been interesting learning how to write contracts, trying to stick to the original agreed specification when the people I’m working for aren’t actually the end client, and keeping myself disciplined to do 7.5hrs work a day without ending up working 10. When I get engrossed I tend to forget everything else, like food or sleep. Luckily I have Bryan dragging me out of my office every evening so I’ve been doing okay!

The most exciting part of the new work was that I didn’t actually have a Mac… in fact, I still don’t! Thanks to a few friends and some cunning, I have Snow Leopard running in VMWare. So my shiny new Windows 7 laptop has a Mac running in a window! Look….

My Office Setup

Mac on the right, Windows 7 on the left, with my Windows XP box under the desk which I’m remote desktopping into for email checking purposes! There’s also a Windows 98 machine under the desk on the right, for game playing purposes! Plus some pretty daffodils :) Although, they’re looking a little droopy now as that photo is a few days old!

I haven’t forgotten my games, and I certainly haven’t forgotten Worcle! I am desperate to get back to it… but I haven’t even had time to get the required software installed on this new laptop yet. It literally only arrived the day before I had to start work, and I was rather focused on getting everything set up for iPhone development. I will get back to it soon, promise :) I have ideas I want to implement, and mostly I just want you all to get to play the game that’s in my head, rather than the rough prototype you’re stuck with!

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: