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Stay Home and Still Go Easter Egg Hunting with My Egg Hunt Apps

7 Apr
2020

Before Easter, on Easter, and after Easter….You can go on a fun Easter egg hunting adventure anytime you like with Jumbo Egg Hunt 1, Jumbo Egg Hunt 2, and Jumbo Egg Hunt 3! If you liked Jumbo Egg Hunt 1 then you’ll probably enjoy Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 even more! Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is an improvement over Jumbo Egg Hunt 1 with all new levels and a hint system, however, they’re both fun, colorful and full of different levels. Both of these games also have two different difficulty settings for casual players and for players who want more of a challenge. With the current state of things with Covid-19 people are having to stay indoors more often and many events like egg hunts have been canceled. My wife & I will be doing an egg hunt around the house for our kids, and I’m sure many families will do something similar, but with the Jumbo Egg Hunt apps you can do even more egg hunting!

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Jumbo Egg Hunt 1

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Grocery Store Forest Flower Shop

  • 20 Unique Locations (40 Levels Total)

  • Simple Tap/Touch Gameplay

  • Earn Up To 3 Stars On Each Level

  • Awesome Photorealistic Artwork

  • Normal & Hard Difficulty

  • Fun Music & Sound Effects

Available on the Apple, Amazon, and Google Play app stores!

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Jumbo Egg Hunt 2

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The Creek Rocky River In The Leaves

  • 30 Great Locations (60 Total Levels)

  • Awesome High Quality Artwork & Fun Audio

  • Casual & Challenge Difficulty

  • Earn Up To Three Stars On Each Level

  • Simple Tap/Touch Gameplay

  • Two Hints Per Level

Available on the Apple, Amazon, and Google Play app stores!

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And then there’s Jumbo Egg Hunt 3! This awesome egg hunting adventure game has thirty new areas with high quality artwork, three difficulties(casual, medium & hard), 90 total levels, and the hint system that was first implemented in Jumbo Egg Hunt 2. With the three different difficulty settings this one is even more accessible and adaptable to younger kids.

Jumbo Egg Hunt 3

• 30 Areas with Multiple Scenes (90 Total Levels)

• Awesome High Quality Artwork & Fun Audio

• Casual, Medium & Hard Difficulties

• Timer Shown, Music, & Sound Effects settings

• Simple Tap/Touch Gameplay

Available on the Apple and Amazon App Stores!

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None of these apps require a data connection to be used after downloading and there are no in-app purchases or ads either! Fun without the need for internet requirements or the requirement of upgrading. I’m not ignoring the current state of things with the seriousness of the Covid-19 virus, but hopefully the Jumbo Egg Hunt apps can add a some entertainment, joy, and brain exercise. Try to stay healthy & safe out there, take care!

Educational Apps for Homeschool (Sight Words, Learning & Counting Coins, and Pre-Algebra Math)

19 Mar
2020

Hey everyone! Hope you all are feeling healthy & safe, especially with all of this going on in the world with COVID-19. Due to this virus I know many families(including mine) are now temporarily in the great yet challenging realm of homeschooling. I already had A LOT of respect for great teachers but yea wow, this is another reminder of that! One of my main goals with my educational apps is for them to be minimalistic but also helpful, interesting & vivid. Below are my educational apps that I believe could be helpful in the journey of learning for many kids who are now being homeschooled. These apps have been helpful for kids who were already homeschooled, in the classroom, and outside of school times, so hopefully your kid enjoys them as well regardless of their location of being educated. None of these apps require a login or even the internet after downloading, none of them contain ads, and all of them are available on the Apple, Google Play & Amazon app stores! Take care!

 

Word Owl’s Word Search are colorful and vivid word search block apps that are for aimed at four different levels of learning sight words. There’s an app for Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade. Each app features over 100 sight words, and some over 200 or 300 sight words depending on the grade. The sight words in these apps have been gathered from several different schools and books. Check out the links below for more information on each of these apps.

Word Owl’s Word Search Kindergarten

Word Owl’s Word Search 1st Grade

Word Owl’s Word Search 2nd Grade

Word Owl’s Word Search 3rd Grade

 

 

Professor Piggy Bank is a fun & educational app featuring the four major coins used in the United States. With this app you can learn about coins, save money by putting coins in a piggy bank, play a game, count money, and take a quiz. It’s a great app for children to use to learn about coins while having fun. This app has four different modes; PLAY, SAVE $, LEARN, & QUIZ.

Professor Piggy Bank

 

 

Crunchy Numbers Math Arcade is a fun, challenging, & educational math arcade game. Use that amazing brain of yours to help Cruncher Bot eat the correct numbers. Cruncher Bot is always hungry for the right multiple, prime, factor, & roman numeral, but the Red Chompers are trying to stop him from feeding his mathematical appetite.

Crunchy Numbers Math Arcade

 

 

 

2019 Year in Review for my Software Development

29 Feb
2020

Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that? I feel like it’s only been a few days into 2020, but here we(leap day!), and tomorrow is the beginning of March! Ok, lets get to it. 2019 started off productive for me in regards to my mobile apps. I made several videos for some of my apps that didn’t have a video associated with them, and I also made videos showing off some of the newer updates for my apps that already had videos of their initial release state. Video is an important and useful resource for marketing. Just google “marketing with video” or something similar and you’ll see all kinds of articles on how powerful video marketing can be. In the past I would make videos for most of my apps and release them at or around the release date, but for some of the past few releases I kept putting off making videos. So in 2019 I decided to stop procrastinating with the video for those apps. Previously I used Reflector and Reflector 2 to obtain video screen capture of my apps and then edited it in iMovie to make a final video, but since the update on iOS that allows screen capturing its been even easier to make videos for my apps. Lack of time is usually the reason why I procrastinate with things but the new screen capture feature is a big time saver and a great motivator for me to make videos. So for the videos I made in 2019, I used a mix of Reflector 2 and screen capture.

Having videos for my my apps on YouTube is a great free way to share an overview of my apps with people all over the world, and help those discover my apps whom may be interested with what its providing. It’s a win win situation for me and potential users. Since some of my apps get updates that add new features and graphics, it’s also neat to be able to look back on how an app looked before an update as a way to witness the progress. In the future I’ll continue to make videos for my apps to coincide with their release date, and also randomly as a way to show new features or just to highlight an app for a promotion or just because. You can check out the YouTube channel for my apps at https://www.youtube.com/user/8BitAvrin

In 2019 I also continued working on the educational health app that I was working on & off with throughout 2018. At times I became a bit overwhelmed at all the information I was researching and including within the app, but I enjoyed learning new information and refreshing knowledge I had so I continued with it. I also thought that many people would benefit from this app, but then I started to realize that the app didn’t have a clear target audience. For all of my apps there’s at least one obvious target audience in a niche, and all of them also have other various audiences that are also targeted. For this health education app I couldn’t narrow down to that first main niche target audience and find the route I wanted to take it. While working on the information segment of it, which is the largest time component of creating it, I thought it would somewhat automatically go in a path of a specific niche audience. However, it never really did, the large factual and possible factual data of it somewhat overwhelmed me, and things outside of app development happened that put my in a major damper on my life. I won’t get into the details of all of that, but in the end I decided to stop development on it. I may return to it eventually, but as of right now I’m not sure.

In October I joined an Amazon Alexa Skill challenge to create a skill with an ISP(In-Skill Purchase) feature. I’ve created a few Alexa skills before but never any with an ISP element so I decided to take on the challenge of creating one. In October I was also sent an invitation by Amazon to join the Amazon Alexa Developer Community Contest. In this engagement I was tasked with giving feedback to other Alexa developers about a skill they’ve submitted and was advised that I would also receive an Amazon gift card for being an eligible participate. This was a separate submission from the ISP challenge, although I guess developers could have submitted their skill to that one as well if they met the requirements. I thought this was neat opportunity for developers to receive feedback from fellow developers to help improve their skill and for developers to discover and enable skills that they may or may not have naturally. Amazon picked the first two skills for me to give feedback on and if I had time I could also check out more as well. I ended up being a bit short on time that month so I decided to just check out the two skills that I was assigned. I’m glad I got to participate though and would again in the future.

I went to Disney World in October and it was awesome! I hadn’t been in over 10 years and it was great visiting it again and I look forward to returning. All of the Star Wars in Disney Hollywood Studios was my favorite and Toy Story Land was really neat too. I also really enjoyed Pandora in Animal Kingdom and other areas there, the ambiance of Magic Kindgom, and the food and drink at Epcot. My wife, our kids, and my wifes sister all had a great time overall as well. Very expensive, but very fun haha. We also went to Disney Springs which is a big indoor/outdoor mall. I’m not a big shopper but I really enjoyed that area and my family did as well.

Ok, now back to my software in 2019. For the Amazon ISP Alexa Skill challenge I created a skill called Stock Market Help, and I believe it’s useful for beginner, amateur and even professional investors as a way to learn terms or refresh knowledge. With this being my first skill with ISP I did run into some issues that held me up during the certification process, but I was eventually able to find solutions to the problems I ran into and get my skill through certification by the deadline. I didn’t end up winning the challenge, but Amazon did give me a consolation prize of a $50 Amazon gift card which was nice. Regardless, I’m glad that I entered the challenge and made this skill. Not only because I like the way the skill turned out and believe it will be helpful to use for myself and others, but also for the experience I gained while creating it.

My Alexa Skill with the most enables in 2019 was Jesus Said. I was slightly surprised by this one because it’s one of my simpler Alexa Skills in terms of its build, but sometimes when it comes to code, design, product, design and more……..simpler is better. The subject matter in this skill is very important, meaningful and motivational to a lot of people so I’m sure that’s part of the reason why it had the most enables of all my skills. In relation to total enables and downloads, most people don’t leave reviews for skills and apps, but this skill has received some good ratings which is nice to see.

 

My mobile app with the most downloads in 2019 was Quiz of Medicine. Released in 2014, but still going strong with its downloads. This was the first quiz app that I ever developed so it holds a special place with me for that fact and for other reasons as well. I learned a lot while making this app, not only about the subject matter, but also about development and design as well. This is one of the apps that helped me realize how much I adore minimalism and efficiency in design. It also helped continue my interest in making educational software. Since releasing this quiz app, I’ve created and released three other quiz apps and four quiz related Alexa skills. One of the main reasons why I like making educational quiz software is because its a neat way for people to obtain new knowledge and refresh the knowledge that they’ve already acquired. Quiz of Medicine doesn’t have many ratings, except on Google Play, but its usability, effectiveness, amount of information, and volume of downloads overall are awesome.

 

Below are my top five mobile apps with the most downloads in 2019 and the top five countries where most of my app downloads came from. Also since I have more than a couple of Alexa skills now, I’ll also list my top five Alexa skills with the most enables in 2019.


My Top 5 Apps Downloaded in 2019

  1. Quiz of Medicine
  2. Ultra Fortune Ball
  3. Quiz of the Christian Bible
  4. Motivational Quotes to Inspire
  5. Quiz of Finance and Investing

Top 5 Countries That Downloaded My Apps

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. Mexico
  5. Australia

My Top 5 Alexa Skills Enabled in 2019

  1. Jesus Said
  2. Quotes of Game of Thrones
  3. Quiz of Medicine – Brands & Generics
  4. Quiz of Medicine – Indications
  5. Kids Coin Quiz

As of now I’m working on finishing updating all of my apps on Google Play to be compliant with the 64-bit requirement, which is somewhat time consuming. After finishing the updates I plan on working on my new mobile app company which will be separate from 8-Bit Avrin Apps. However, that does not mean I’m abandoning this though, definitely not. I’ll continue to promote my current software, offer user support, and update when needed. I still really like my apps and skills, and I’m proud of them, some more than others but there’s at least a few things about all of them that I really like a lot overall. Also, the number of app downloads and skill enables in 2019 was better than 2018 overall so that’s ace. Looking forward to promoting my apps more in 2020 and hopefully increasing downloads. Most of my software is targeted towards certain groups and audiences so hopefully the people that are interested will continue to find my apps and those that have them already will continue to enjoy them. Thank you to everyone who downloaded my apps or enabled my Alexa skills in 2020! And thank you to everyone who told others about my software as well! To everybody whom has used my software and enjoyed it, thank you and you’re awesome!

One more thing…..Even with the new app company in my mind, I’m also floating around a couple of ideas for a new app under Avrin Ross/8-Bit Avrin Apps to work on and finish in 2020. I’ll post more about that as more work on it gets done.

“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

I hope you all have an awesome 2020! Take care!

Video of the Jesus Said Amazon Alexa Skill is now on YouTube

19 Feb
2020

 

The Jesus Said Alexa skill video is now up on YouTube and right here on my site via YouTube. I made this skill in 2018 and didn’t think it needed a video because it’s kind of to the point of what the skill is about and used for from just the title. I made videos last year for one of my other Alexa skills and some of my mobile apps, but skipped doing one for this skill. I was wrong on that decision to skip this one. Video is an important marketing tool and basically a great way to showcase software no matter what the subject matter is. So today I finally set up my mini-tripod, one of my Echo Dots(given to me by Amazon) and made a quick video of me simply using this skill. I set out to make the video around 1-3 minutes of me just activating the skill and it giving me a response. After a simple editing in iMovie on iOS and finalizing the video it came out to 2 minutes and 19 seconds, and when I saw that final timestamp, I immediately thought of todays date which is…..02-19! What a coincidence! I thought that was neat, so I made sure to definitely upload it today as well.

This Jesus Said skill features a large assortment of verses from Jesus in the Bible. Features verses from the books of Matthew, John, Luke, Mark, Revelation & more. In certain editions of the Holy Bible these would be also known as the “red text” which is believed to be the words spoken by Jesus Christ. The verses within this skill were pulled from the King James version of the Bible. Jesus Said is available for free on the Amazon Alexa Skill store. Take care! Enjoy!

Trick or Treat: It’s a Kid Friendly Educational Halloween Word Search Game App

7 Oct
2019

Available on the Apple, Amazon & Google Play app stores!

Trick and treat yourself to a great kid friendly Halloween puzzle game.

Word Owl’s Word Search Halloween Edition is a fun word search puzzle game that features hundreds of Halloween related words. The design and words in this app are all kid friendly so it can be played by various ages. This app can be used as an educational tool and/or just for fun. The words in the word search have various lengths, and they are displayed forwards or backwards. On the letter block board the words can be found vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.

For an increased challenge you can turn the “Show Words” option off and seek out Halloween related words in the word search. If you need help when the Show Words option is off you can press the Hint button and the words on the left that need to be found will appear for a few seconds. This game also features twelve different backgrounds and various letter block colors that can be changed in the settings section. The letter blocks are big and bold for ease of use with eyes and fingers for kids and/or adults.

No internet connection required to play, no ads, and no in-app purchases. Have fun! Happy Halloween!

Overview of What I’ve Been Working On & Thinking About

30 Sep
2019

Hey!! It’s been a while since I’ve posted something on my site here, and it feels neglected! September has been one of the best(one main reason and some others) and worst(due to one situation) months of my life outside of software creation, but that’s not entirely the reason why I haven’t posted anything in a few months. I’m good overall though and not on the brink of self destruction or anything like that. One of the reasons I haven’t posted in months is because we bought a house a few months ago(yay!) and I’ve been getting settled in and working on some things here and there. Thankfully it was a well done renovation so I haven’t had to fix much. Most of the updates have been personal preference projects and some security measures. Nice neighborhood, but you can’t really be too careful in the world we live in. Anyways, since this site is about my software let’s dive into a quick overview of what’s going on with my software creation.

˙Mobile app! I’m still working on the nutrition app that I’ve been working on & off with this year. I’ve completed the major process of obtaining verified information and organizing it into broad sections. Now I’m in the process of expanding the information and converting it into a educational format. At the rate that I’m working on it now I think I’ll be finished with this aspect of the app by sometime in November. I’ll be working on UI design after finishing that, but I do have the look of it in my mind so hopefully it won’t be too hard to convert. I’ve been working on straying away from my perfectionism mentality that can sometimes hamper me from moving forward effectively. I’m hoping to have the entire app finished and released by the end of this year.

˙Amazon Alexa! On another note I’ve been thinking about Alexa skills again. I joined an Alexa ISP(In-Skill Purchasing) challenge, but it’s not mandatory for me so I can back out without any penalty if I decide not to continue with it. I’ll either be updating one of my current Alexa skills with some additional useful content or creating a new skill with some additional expanded content. Also in regards to Alexa skills, I updated the thumbnail for most of my Alexa skill YouTube videos. I just added some minor additions but they look much better than before. Previously the thumbnails were just of a random moment in the video without any added images or text. I somewhat recently started using an app called Canva which is great for creating promo banners, headers, thumbnails & etc. One of the podcasts I listen to sometimes called “NPR How I Built This” has an episode with the story behind Canva which is really neat, and made me like the app even more. I’ve also been using it for creating some content outside of software, but I may post about later.

New thumbnails! (Click image to go to this Youtube playlist.)

˙New project! Also in my mind is my next startup, which is app related, but separate from 8-Bit Avrin Apps aka basically Avrin Ross. I’m really excited to start working on it more but I want to finish the educational nutrition app I’ve been working on first and then also the possible new Alexa skill or update that I mentioned above. I’ll post more about this startup once I’ve got more to show or when I’ve set aside some time to write about it.

Until next time ∞

 

 

Use This App to Cheer for your Teams in the Women’s World Cup, Copa America, & Gold Cup Tournaments

28 Jun
2019

Cheer for your teams by playing their national anthems while waving their flags with the Ultra Soccer Match Soundboard app. See a foul on the field? You can use this app to quickly give out yellow & red cards. This app also features several sound effects including crowd noise, horns, drums and more! 64 countries flags with their respective national anthems, various sound effects, yellow & red cards with whistles, and there’s no data connection needed to do any of this with the app after downloading! Have fun and enhance your atmosphere my app Ultra Soccer Match Soundboard!

Available on the Apple App Store

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Such a wonderful time to be a fan of international soccer with these tournaments going on at the same time! Wow! I’ve been watching different matches and highlights when I can from all of the tournaments, but the Women’s World Cup 2019 has been my favorite to watch so far. In the Women’s World Cup I’m mainly rooting for U.S.A., but I’ve also been slightly going for Brazil(I know they’re out as of now) & England. In Copa America I’m mainly going for Brazil, but I’ve also slightly been going for Venezuela(go Josef Martinez!), and Paraguay(go Miguel Almiron!…but they’re out as of now). In the Gold Cup I’m mainly going for U.S.A, but I’m definitely aware that Mexico may possibly be the best team in this tournament. The final match could even be Mexico vs U.S.A if they both continue to win their respective matches!

Regardless of who wins each tournament, this has truly been some great soccer to watch so far and I’m looking forward to the remaining matches in these tournaments! Also, Euro 2020 qualifiers have been going on! Wow! So much soccer!! Enjoy!

(: *Yes I know soccer is referred to as Football/Futbol in countries outside of the U.S.* 🙂 )

Fun Easter Mobile Game Apps – For Toddlers, Kids, & Adults

14 Apr
2019

Easter is arriving soon, but you don’t have to wait for one day every year to have some Easter egg hunting fun. You can go on a fun Easter egg hunting adventure anytime you like with Jumbo Egg Hunt 1, Jumbo Egg Hunt 2, and Jumbo Egg Hunt 3! If you liked Jumbo Egg Hunt 1 then you’ll probably enjoy Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 even more! Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is an improvement over Jumbo Egg Hunt 1 with all new levels and a hint system, however, they’re both fun and colorful. Both of these games also have two different difficulty settings for casual players and for players who want more of a challenge.

And then there’s Jumbo Egg Hunt 3! This new awesome egg hunting adventure game has thirty new areas with high quality artwork, three difficulties(casual, medium & hard), 90 total levels, and the hint system that was first implemented in Jumbo Egg Hunt 2.

Feel like saving some bunnies from an exploding volcano that’s destroying their planet….well check out Savings Bunnies! A fun, casual, challenging, and sometimes frantic game that can be played solo or co-op. How many bunnies can you save?

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Jumbo Egg Hunt 1

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Grocery Store Forest Flower Shop

  • 20 Unique Locations (40 Levels Total)

  • Simple Tap/Touch Gameplay

  • Earn Up To 3 Stars On Each Level

  • Awesome Photorealistic Artwork

  • Normal & Hard Difficulty

  • Fun Music & Sound Effects

Available on the Apple, Amazon, and Google Play app stores!

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Jumbo Egg Hunt 2

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The Creek Rocky River In The Leaves

  • 30 Great Locations (60 Total Levels)

  • Awesome High Quality Artwork & Fun Audio

  • Casual & Challenge Difficulty

  • Earn Up To Three Stars On Each Level

  • Simple Tap/Touch Gameplay

  • Two Hints Per Level

Available on the Apple, Amazon, and Google Play app stores!

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Jumbo Egg Hunt 3

• 30 Areas with Multiple Scenes (90 Total Levels)

• Awesome High Quality Artwork & Fun Audio

• Casual, Medium & Hard Difficulties

• Timer Shown, Music, & Sound Effects settings

• Simple Tap/Touch Gameplay

Available on the Apple and Amazon App Stores!

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Saving Bunnies

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  • Frantic awesome fun!

  • Sharp colorful graphics!

  • Realistic sound effects!

  • Innovative, unique gameplay!

  • Simple, smooth controls!

  • Two challenging game modes!

  • Personal high scores & achievements!

  • Single player or 2 player co-op!

Available on the Apple, Amazon, and Google Play app stores!

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One more thing……..

The Easter Egg Hunt Bundle with Jumbo Egg Hunt 1, 2, & 3 is available on the Apple iOS App Store. Three eggcellent apps for the price of one!! Eggciting! I would make this bundle available on other apps stores as well but as of now Apple is the only app store that lets developers & publishers bundle their apps together at a discounted price.

 

Have Fun!! Take care!