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Chinatown Fortune Cookie and Ultra Fortune Ball – App Updates

16 Jul
2013

Updates for Chinatown Fortune Cookie and Ultra Fortune Ball are now live! Ultra Fortune Ball was updated on the Apple iOS, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble app stores. Chinatown Fortune Cookie was only updated on the Apple app store because the main update for it involved the tweet feature which is on only on the iOS version. Also, it was already optimized for tablets on the other app stores.

Chinatown Fortune Cookie 1.6 iOS update:

  • Performance improvements.
  • Added a #(hashtag) to the Twitter tweet feature.
  • Optimized the full .99 cent version for the iPad so now it’s a universal app.

Ultra Fortune Ball update (version 3.5 on Apple iOS, 1.2 on Amazon, and 1.1 on Barnes & Noble):

  • Sound setting saves when changed.
  • Updated graphics.
  • Performance improvements.
  • Optimized the full .99 cent version for the iPad so now it’s a universal app.(iOS version)

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.

Go On a Jumbo Egg Hunt!

31 Mar
2013

Going on an Easter egg hunt is fun, so why limit it to once a year? With Jumbo Egg Hunt and/or Jumbo Egg Hunt 2, you can go on an egg searching adventure anytime you want! Happy Easter! Have fun!

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The first Jumbo Egg Hunt is available on the Apple, Amazon, Google Play, and Windows app stores!

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Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is available on the Apple and Amazon App Stores!

(Barnes & Nobile shut down the Nook App Store on March 15th 2015, so these apps are no longer available there.)

Jumbo Egg Hunt – Top 100 Paid Games on Windows

21 Mar
2013

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Jumbo Egg Hunt is currently in the Top 100 paid in Games section on the Windows Store. This was my first time checking this list, so I’m not sure how long its been on there or if its been ranked higher. Regardless……awesome! 

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**03/23 Update: Two days later…..Jumbo Egg Hunt is still in the Top 100 Paid Games on the Windows 8 Store!

THANK YOU to everyone who’s downloaded it! Have fun!**

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**04/02 Update: Moved up in the rankings!

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Nook Developer: 8-Bit Avrin

8 Mar
2013

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It’s official……..I’m now a part of the Nook(Barnes & Noble) App Store! Earlier today Professor Piggy Bank and Jumbo Egg Hunt became available for Nook tablets. They’re currently supported by the Nook Tablet, Nook Color, and Nook HD/HD+ Tablets. The Nook tablets run on an Android OS similar to other tablets that I’ve developed for. I already had an Android build of Professor Piggy Bank & Jumbo Egg Hunt ready so porting those apps over didn’t take long at all. After completing all of the meta-data I just had to change a link within the apps and they were ready. 

Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 is currently under review for the Nook App Store. I submitted it after the other apps were approved so hopefully it will be available soon as well. The process for publishing apps on the Nook App Store is set up differently than the other app stores so I wanted to go through it completely with those two apps before I submitted my newest one. All of the app stores have their own submission differences, but two of the main differences on this app store were the first initial step and the final review process.

In order to publish apps on the Nook App Store you have to first become a “Qualified Nook Developer.” In order to become one I had to fill out some specific info and answer questions that resembled those of an interview. After I was approved I went through the same steps like the other app stores in regards to adding age ratings, descriptions, screenshots & etc. Then came another new part, I had to submit the app for meta-data approval before uploading the APK app file. After the meta-data was approved I uploaded the APK for technical review. After it passed technical review it went through a business review. Then after the business review was passed the app started the publishing process for the app store itself.

However, for Jumbo Egg Hunt 2(my third submission) I didn’t have to wait for meta-data to be approved to upload the app file for review so I’m not sure if that step still exists. There’s a lot of informative information about the entire process on their website so I was never confused or stuck on anything though, plus I guess I have a good deal of experience when it comes to submitting apps and whatnot. Overall it didn’t take that long to get an app published on their app store for me. I started the process in the middle of February off & on and I didn’t run into any errors or rejections.

I like the clean presentation of their app store and the Nook devices themselves are very nice. They also seem to have a nice casual & educational market/audience overall, and several of my apps fit very well into those categories. I look forward to making more of my apps available for Nook tablets in the future. Since my final app builds for Nook are similar to those for the Kindle Fire, I’ll probably try making some if not all of my apps available on the Nook App Store concurrently with my Amazon releases. Apple, Amazon, Google Play, Windows, and now Barnes & Noble………bringing the total number of app stores I’m on to five! A big THANK YOU to all of the companies that are distributing my apps. I think those are enough for now……..time to put all of my app focused occasions back into the apps themselves.

Now Available as a Nook App

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Professor Piggy Bank: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/professor-piggy-bank-avrin-ross/1114781609?ean=2940147113417

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 Jumbo Egg Hunt: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jumbo-egg-hunt-avrin-ross/1114781613?ean=2940147113455

The link to all of my apps available for Nook tablets will be at: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/avrin-ross

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Windows-8-Bit-Avrin-Apps

25 Feb
2013

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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. 

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New Release: Professor Piggy Bank

2 Feb
2013

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(Update: Now also available on Windows app store)

Professor Piggy Bank is a fun & educational app featuring the four major coins used in the United States. It’s a great app for younger children or somebody new to the U.S. to use to learn about coins while having fun. 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. This app has four different modes; PLAY, SAVE $, LEARN, & QUIZ……..

In PLAY mode the object of the game is to bounce the piggy up and collect coins while avoiding blocks and falling down. This mode features two control options so you can either Tilt the device to move the piggy left & right or select Touch for on-screen arrows. The results screen at the end of each game also shows you how many of each coin was collected and the total values.

In SAVE $ mode, you can add coins to the piggy bank and it shows you how much money you’ve saved. So when you add coins to your real piggy bank, just open up the app and add those same coins to this piggy bank. It’s a great tool for keeping up with how much you’ve been saving, and it can be emptied if you decide to empty your piggy bank.

In LEARN mode, you can learn about how much each coin is worth, how they look on the front and back, and various other information. In QUIZ mode, there are several different questions with multiple choice answers. The questions can be simply asking you to tap on a specific coin or even figuring how many coins it takes to equal a certain value. Both LEARN & QUIZ modes have voiced dialogue for auditory learning, but it can be turned on or off in the settings.

Professor Piggy Bank is great for basically all ages! Save money and have fun while learning! Teaches kids the basics of the four main U.S. coins, and incorporates mathematics with addition and multiplication of coin values for older children.

√ Four awesome modes: PLAY, SAVE $, LEARN, & QUIZ

√ Sharp, colorful, high quality graphics

√ Real coin sound effects and cheerful audio

√ Voiced dialogue in LEARN & QUIZ modes

√ Settings: Control: Tilt/Touch, Music On/Off, Sound FX On/Off, Voice On/Off

√ Ten 100 point Game Center achievements for a total of 1000 achievement points

Christmas Time on Amazon

17 Dec
2012

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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!