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25 Feb

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It’s official……..I’m now a part of the Windows Store! Earlier this month I started the process of trying to submit four of my apps to the Windows Store. I ran into a few bumps along the road, but I’ve learned a few things from it, and now I have one of my apps approved for the Windows Store. Raven’s Hidden Hollows is the first one to be approved, and it’s now available at: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/ravens-hidden-hollows/0fb9ca42-8ed8-478a-9761-02317c921811

That link above is for the U.S. English listing, but it’s also available on the Windows Store in several other countries. I plan on releasing a few more of my apps that I’ve already developed on there soon. I’m actually waiting on a couple to be approved at this moment that I resubmitted. The two main app stores that I currently release my apps on are Apple and Amazon, however, after my next release I may plan on making some of my apps available in the Windows Store concurrently.

I would write more about the apps I’m working on and et cetera, but honestly I’m pressed for time. I didn’t expect any of the apps I submitted to Windows being approved today, but one of them was, so that’s great. I look forward to continue working with Microsoft and releasing my apps on their Windows Store. I like some of the new products they’ve rolled out and they seem to be moving in the right direction. 


Christmas Time on Amazon

17 Dec

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Both of my Christmas holiday themed apps, Light Up The Tree! and Gift Wrap Difference, are now available on the Amazon app store! Light Up The Tree! has been available on Amazon for the past couple of weeks, but Gift Wrap Difference was just approved today!

Light Up The Tree! is a festive tapping game where you have to turn on the Christmas tree lights and try to keep them on. It features three different game modes that also incorporate numbers & colors, which adds an educational element. Gift Wrap Difference is a spot the difference game filled with holiday joy. It features over 50 difference levels constructed from 20 different festive wrapping papers. Enjoy! Happy Holidays!

Chinatown Galleta Fortuna – Now Available on the Apple AppStore!

22 Apr

Chinatown Galleta Fortuna es una auténtica aplicación de alta calidad galleta de la fortuna. Está equipado con una enorme cantidad de fortunas, casi sin fin en cantidad. 

◊En realidad se está abriendo una galleta de la fortuna con esta aplicación. La galleta se abre bruscamente con una animación, hace un sonido, y revela su fortuna a la perfección. 

◊También hay un grupo de números de la suerte en la parte posterior de cada fortuna. 

◊Cuenta con gráficos foto realistas estilizadas con un efecto de pintura al óleo. Esta aplicación también se mostrará en la resolución de la retina mejora en los dispositivos compatibles para una mirada más aguda. 

◊Chinatown Galleta Fortuna se llenan a menudo de la motivación, pero a veces puede ser un proceso más sencillo y / o divertido. 

◊Usted puede abrir una galleta de la fortuna una vez al día, cada vez que comes una comida, o tantas veces como te apetezca. No hay límites, pero se siente más especial si sólo lo hacen una o dos veces al día. 

◊Esta aplicación también cuenta con la integración de Twitter para que pueda Tweet su fortuna. 

Saving Bunnies – Now Available On Both App Stores!

5 Apr

Planet Rabuny is being destroyed by a massive volcano! Help save as many bunny rabbits as possible with two super bounce rafts! Bounce the bunnies to the spaceship to escape, while collecting useful power-ups and avoiding dangerous items!  Use skill to maneuver the bounce rafts with two fingers by yourself of with help from a friend!

√Frantic awesome fun!

√Sharp colorful graphics!

√Realistic sound effects!

√Innovative, unique gameplay!

√Simple, smooth controls!

√Awesome power-ups!

√Two challenging game modes!

√Gamecenter leaderboards

√Personal high scores!

√Single player or 2 player co-op!

(*The version on the Apple Appstore is initially free, and the version on Amazon Appstore is .99 cents. 

-The Apple version is supported by advertisements, but you can remove them with an in-app purchase of .99 cents.  This version has Gamecenter leaderboards.

-The Amazon version doesn’t have ads.  Gamecenter isn’t on Android so this version has exclusive achievements/trophies instead.)

Development Notes:   Continue reading

#7 Best Seller in the Amazon Android Appstore!

3 Apr

My newest app “Jumbo Egg Hunt” is currently ranked #7 on the Best Sellers list in the Amazon Appstore for Android.    It’s been in the Top 100 Paid Games & Apps/Best Seller Lists for over a week while moving up steadily, but last night it broke into the top 10.  I’m thrilled, excited, thankful, and just overall amazed at the success of this app.  I put a lot of hard work & late nights into it, and it feels great to see that a lot of people have downloaded it.  I’ve only received a few reviews but the majority of them have been very positive.  I’m just a hard-working indie developer, but it feels great being at the top with other awesome apps that have had great success like; Cut The Rope, Angry Birds, Doodle Jump, Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds Space and etc.

Jumbo Egg Hunt app page screenshot/link

Amazon Appstore Best Sellers screenshot/link

On a side note, Version 1.1 is coming soon.  After reading some of the reviews on Amazon, I went back to do some testing on the difficulty on the Normal mode.  I noticed that some eggs are kind of hard to see on the Normal mode.  I want to make sure the Normal mode is very casual and assessable for most ages, so I few days ago I submitted an update for the Android version that will make the eggs a little easier to see in the Normal Mode.  I’ll be updating the Apple version in the same way as well.  I want the game to continue being fun & challenging, but not frustrating.  It’s hard striking a balance between the two, but hopefully the Normal mode will be a little more casual now.  Hard mode will remain the same for those of you up for the challenge.

Last but now least, THANK YOU to everyone that’s downloaded Jumbo Egg Hunt!  I hope you’re enjoying the game and having fun with it.  Also thank you to everyone who’s spread the word about the game and retweeted my tweets about it.  Have a great day!

Jumbo Egg Hunt Now Available On The Amazon Appstore!

21 Mar

Going on an egg hunt is fun, so why limit it to only one day every year? With “Jumbo Egg Hunt” you can go on an egg searching adventure anytime you like! In this game you’ll be able to egg hunt in several different outdoor & indoor areas including; playgrounds, parks, a gym, a grocery store, and various other areas.  

√20 Unique Locations (40 Levels Total) 

√Simple Tap/Touch Gameplay 

√Earn Up To 3 Stars On Each Level 

√Awesome Retina Graphics 

√Terrific Photorealistic Artwork 

 √Normal & Hard Difficulty 

√Fun Music & Sound Effects

(Jumbo Egg Hunt will also be released on the Apple App Store very soon!)

Notes on the development: Continue reading

Now Available On The Amazon Appstore For Android

24 Feb

It’s official!  I’m now a part of the Amazon Android & Kindle Fire App Store.  Ultra Fortune Ball & Chinatown Fortune Cookie were both approved and released on February 22nd.  I’m very excited about expanding over to that market.  When the Fire was announced last year it sparked my interest in the device.  Then when I learned more about the Amazon Android App Store I knew I wanted to be a part of it.  So I bought a Kindle Fire earlier this month for testing and etc and I haven’t been disappointed with it at all.  It’s a really neat device and the App Store is solid.  As of writing this post, Chinatown Fortune Cookie is #72 in the Entertainment category!  Hopefully it will continue is rise! (Edit: #34 in Entertainment as of 02/25!)

With a new device & market comes new responsibilities.  I had to get accustomed to the screen size and resolution on the Fire since I’ve been developing specially for the iPhone & iPod Touch for the past year.  Luckily I’ve been doing graphics in retina resolution so I didn’t have to redo any graphics for the 2 apps that I’ve ported.  However, I did have to go back and update some sections of the code and etc to make sure the apps adapted to the screen size.  Then after testing and going back and tweaking some things a few times I ended up with two quality apps ready for submission to the Amazon Appstore.  I’m also working on porting Lightspeed Bit Bit over there but I’m currently running into a sound FX delay problem.  I don’t ever want to be a developer that rushes too much and submits unfinished products with known problems, so I’m going to make sure it’s running smoothly before submitting it.

The customer service in the Amazon Developer Portal has been great also.  I’ve contacted them a few times about different issues and they were helpful, kind, and quick.  The FAQs and information for developers is efficient and understandable.  The testing and submission process is different from Apple, but it didn’t take me long to get accustomed to it.  I like how everything is basically laid out in the same area on the website after the initial developer setup.  I also really like the fact that the Amazon Appstore isn’t incredibly cluttered……yet.  Hopefully their review process is more strict than Apple so poor quality and rip off/clone apps aren’t accepted.

I’ll continue to develop for the iPhone and iPod Touch of course, but the Kindle Fire will be right next to them now.  I’ll also make sure my Kindle Fire apps support other Android phones & tablets as well.  I’ve never owned an iPad so I haven’t developed for it yet.  However, I do want to develop apps for it and I’ve been hearing some very interesting things about the iPad 3.  I’m actually working on 2 apps currently that I would like to release on the iPad so I may very get an iPad 3 if it’s released in March as rumored.  Well this post is about the Amazon Appstore for Android so I won’t drift off course about that.  In wrapping this up I’d like to say thanks to Amazon & Android for being awesome.  I feel great about developing for the Amazon Appstore for Android, and I can’t wait to release more apps on it.

I’ll be updating the Apps/Games section of my website soon since the list is getting long and also because of my expansion to this new market.  For now, here’s a link to my apps on the Amazon Android Appstore:                                                              www.amazon.com/gp/mas/dl/android?p=com.futurenewbapps.chinatownfortunecookie&showAll=1

Lightspeed Bit Bit – Now Available in the App Store!

29 Jan

Oh yes, today is the day.  My new game Lightspeed Bit Bit is now available on the Apple App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch!  I like the art style a lot, as well as the gameplay, design, music and the controls.  Well yea there’s no holding it back with this one, I’m a big fan of the entire game.  I started developing this game back in April 2011, but I took a couple of breaks away from it to develop and release 4 other apps.  So yea 2011 was a busy year for me.  I had a lot of fun working on Lightspeed Bit Bit and I learned a lot about game design and development while working on it.  

The fact that I’ve never played anything like it before helped make the entire process more exciting.  Everything that you see and hear on the game was created by me.  Even though I’ve heard the music for it probably hundreds of times I still like listening to all of it.  There were a lot of late nights that I spent working on this game in the past few months and I’m excited for its release on the App Store.  So far the responses from the people who’ve seen or played it have been very positive.  I’m very proud of this game and I think it’s awesome.  Well without further ado or adieu, I present to you, Lightspeed Bit Bit.

Lightspeed Bit Bit is a futuristic retro neon stylized arcade game that’s for dedicated gamers and casual gamers who like to be challenged. The simple one finger control makes it easy for anybody to pick up and play, but the challenge varies depending on your skill and what mode you’re playing. Lightspeed Bit Bit has three unique game modes.

Bit Bit Mode: This is the main mode of the game. There are three difficulties-Easy, Medium, and Insane. Your ship loses a little bit of health every second and also when you collect the wrong color bit. You must collect bits that match the color of your ship to add to your health and score. Your ship randomly changes color and each ship has its own personal chiptune music theme. There are also power-ups that randomly appear. There is a Gamecenter leaderboard for each difficulty. 

Obstacle Mode: Your goal in this mode is to reach the finish line. Each level has 3 stars that can be collected if you want to challenge yourself. Watch out for the cosmic blocks, they do massive damage.

One Bit Mode: This mode is locked until you meet or surpass a certain score on Bit Bit Mode. This mode has the same concept as Bit Bit Mode, except there’s only one difficulty…….Brutal. Your ship changes color every time you get the correct color bit, but if you get the wrong color bit…..it’s gameover…….until you press restart.

Lightspeed Bit Bit is a fun & intense game with quick and smooth one finger controls that has unique immersive gameplay. This is a game that you can pick up and play anytime. I’ll see you on the leaderboards.

When the ship changes color, the game changes, and the music!

3 awesome game modes!
Fast gameplay!
Simple controls!
Sharp graphics! 
Retro arcade!
Bits! Bit bits! Bit bit bits!
Online leaderboards!
Personal high scores!
Endless fun! 
Huge particle effects!
Minimalistic retro sound fx! 
Awesome chiptune music! 
Oh my!