Tag Archives: New Releases

September Mobile App Progress Report

6 Oct
2014
  • Worked on my first game with zombies. I had a lot of different things going on in my life outside of app development so I felt like creating a game with quick challenging gameplay that’s kind of silly. In this game you play as a character in a tracksuit that jumps over dancing zombies. I created all of the graphics in a retro 8-bit style with an emphasis on minor details and minimalism. I wanted to make sure the game had a certain aesthetic tone also so I used a specific color palette influenced by some of the main colors used in The Walking Dead TV show. It’s close to being finished so it will probably be released sometime during the middle of October.
  • With the release of iOS 8 Apple introduced app bundles. (However, you don’t have to have iOS 8 take advantage of app bundles on the App Store.) I’m a big fan of app bundles because it gives developers the opportunity to bundle similar apps together at a discount for consumers. So for my first one I put together the Word Owl’s Word Search bundle which features all four of my Word Owl Word Search apps for the price of only $1.99. I’ll definitely be putting together other bundles for my apps that have similarities when possible in the future. Hopefully some of the other app stores will add a bundle feature eventually.

 

So that was mainly it in September app development land. Last month was a super busy month outside of app development. It was filled with a lot of fun and a lot of stress, but that seems to be a common theme in my life lately. The future is ahead and I think there’s going to be more positivity than negativity so I’m looking forward to it! In regards to app development, my next two apps will be soundboards. Like my other soundboard apps they’ll also be unique, filled with sound effects, and unlike anything else on the app stores. After those two apps I’ll be jumping back into development on a children’s educational game I started working on briefly a couple of months ago. Until next time ∞

July Mobile App Progress Report

2 Aug
2014
  • Ported Professor Piggy Bank to the Windows app store. My apps on Windows are still only available for tablets & PC. I may eventually have apps available for the Windows Phones too, but not anytime in the near future. For some reason the architecture for Windows tablets & Windows phones isn’t similar like the iPhone & iPad on the main engine I use.
  • Released Word Owl’s Word Search First Grade and Second Grade editions on the Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Windows App Stores. The Word Owl Word Search series is now complete. I really enjoyed working on these apps, and I’m pleased with the way they turned out. I hope a lot of children & parents find them useful and enjoyable!
  • I arrived at the conclusion to only release my future apps in the Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Windows App Stores, in that order of importance because that’s the order in which I obtain the majority of downloads. My main focus will be Apple & Amazon though because I’m most impressed with their devices, user numbers, and app store design & functionality. Porting to different app stores and working on different builds is becoming too time consuming. I’m excluding Google Play completely because I continue to run into problems with it. The search on Google Play is horrible, which is odd because Google search is great, and I barely get any downloads on it. For now I’ll continue to keep my apps available that are on that store already though.
  • Decided on which app I’ll be working on in August. I’ll be working on an entertainment app that’s similar to a couple of my previous apps. It shouldn’t take that long to finish this app, and after I finish it I’ll be jumping right into development on an educational game for kids. The educational game for kids will feature a unique colorful art style and hidden object gameplay.
  • I have several ideas for different “indie games” I want to eventually work on, and I really can’t wait to start working on them. I’m hoping to start development on one of those ideas when my full-time career situation becomes stable. I’ll continue to have development plans for educational apps and other categories, but I’ll eventually start to focus a bit more on games.
  • Last but not least. Amazon reviewed all of my apps currently on their app store and approved the ones below to be also available for download on their new Amazon Fire Phone!
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New on the Windows Store

9 May
2013

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Gift Wrap Difference on Windows

Gift Wrap Difference passed certification last night, and it’s now available on the Windows Store!

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Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 on Windows

Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 was released for Windows on 04/16, but it’s still receiving less downloads than the original Jumbo Egg Hunt. Remember, Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is better than the first one and it has 100% more JUMBO! Also, I just wanted to add it to this Windows release post since I didn’t make a separate one for it last month.

New Release: Jumbo Egg Hunt 2

10 Mar
2013

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Jumbo Egg Hunt is back with a bigger and better egg hunting adventure! Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 features 30 new areas with high quality artwork, 2 difficulties(casual & challenge), 60 total levels, and a hint system. In Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 you’ll be egg hunting in several different areas including; parks, forests, playgrounds, zoos, a carousel, and various other areas. Find all 12 eggs in a level to obtain 1 star…….find them in under 60 seconds for 2 stars……..or achieve 3 stars by finding them in under 30 seconds!

Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is an awesome Easter egg hidden objects game that’s fun for all ages. The eggs are hidden differently depending on which difficulty you chose.

Casual: The eggs are bigger and easier to find. The later levels become more challenging. You have two hints per level that can be used if you get stuck.

Challenge: The eggs are smaller and more well hidden. Luckily you have two hints per level if decide you need help.

√ 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

(Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is currently in review for the Windows App Store. It will be available on that market as soon as its approved.)

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Now Available On….. Google Play

27 Oct
2012

As of late last night, 8-Bit Avrin Apps, has expanded, to the Google Play AppStore! I’ve had my eye on the Google Play store for a while and I wanted to make sure it was going in the right direction before I jumped in. The store looks nice and the main devices themselves are continuously improving. I recently played around with the Nexus 7 and it’s a very nice tablet. Google is developer friendly and it doesn’t take long to update apps and make changes. The layout for the apps on their respective pages are also very nice. The search function for finding apps is also great, which makes sense because….hey….it’s Google, it’s in their electric veins.

Raven’s Hidden Hollows and Strike The Goal were published yesterday and are available for download. Lightspeed Bit Bit was published today and it’s also currently available for download. I plan on porting a couple more of my current apps over to Google Play soon. As far as future plans go, I’ll be releasing my apps/games on Google Play somewhat shortly after they’re released on the other markets. The prices for my apps will basically remain consistent throughout each app store.

Apple AppStore: check (2011). Amazon AppStore: check (early 2012). Google Play AppStore: check (yesterday!)

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