July 8, 2014

New game: Space Smuggler

A week ago I have released my latest game, Space Smuggler for Windows and a few days later  the Android version was ready as well. Because of the competition's deadline this probably has been my most demanding project so far and it was great seeing how the game evolved a little each day.

I somehow managed to include most of the stuff from my original plans. Of course there are a few things that still need work but I'll leave those for future updates.

June 14, 2014

App and website updates (+Space Smuggler)

During the past few weeks I've finally managed to update all of my apps on the Play Store, integrating some new features and services as well as fixing the final issues with them. This round of updates increments the main version numbers to 2, and I'd like to think of it as the last big modification for my current lineup. Furthermore, this website has undergone some major improvements as well: I finally took the time to design a decent banner and the entire color scheme has been changed to achieve a slightly more professional look. I've also uploaded the final Windows versions of Steve and Celeste and Nightfall Lands.

The most significant changes that all four apps have in common are performance improvements, removing the ad-banners in favor of full-screen advertisements (they only appear very rarely), updated iconography to support more resolutions and, last but not least, removed compatibility with old versions of Android (you'll need to have at least 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - I'm sorry if you don't but I had my reasons). Now let's go through the most significant changes in each app, one by one.

May 17, 2014

New game: DeVille Pizza (+updates)

Because of a few problems with some restrictions regarding my old Google account, I was forced to create a new one. Fortunately I was able to transfer all of my games without any inconvenience.

Now I'm using the updated AdMob which requires me to modify all of my old apps. Furthermore I've started experimenting with the Google Play Games services (online leaderboards, achievements, cloud saving, etc.) so there will be some quite significant updates to my games in the following weeks.

September 12, 2013

New app: Display Check

Yesterday I've made a little app for performing some basic screen resolution / color tests. With the ever increasing pixel densities on high-end smartphone and tablet displays, I wanted to see the size of a single pixel on different devices. The most certain way to do that was to write the app myself. The rest of the functions came after that, of course they're pretty standard and can be found in any similar tool. Nevertheless, I've tried to keep everything nice and user-friendly.

September 1, 2013

Survey results

A month ago I have put together a survey focusing on the current trends in the mobile gaming industry (click here to see the questions). Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete it, I now have a fair number of opinions to consider.

Because of the fact that most of the questions weren’t compulsory, the numbers in the graphs below sometimes don’t add up to the total number of participants. Let’s see the results!

August 2, 2013

Market research

That's a fancy title, isn't it? Anyway, since my first two Android games didn't really become successful (yet!), despite the fact that most of the reviewers who actually spent time with them gave positive feedback, I've come to the conclusion that the problem was with the genres. I've checked the most popular games on the Play Store and decided to do something completely different - well, in retrospect that wasn't one of my brightest ideas.

So before starting my next project I've made a survey with 25 short questions about mobile games and the various business strategies used in the industry today. Thanks to Google+, I've already received a surprisingly high number of answers. I'm going to publish the results in a few days, and based on the initial statistics, I'm pretty sure that they're going to be interesting.

If you have five minutes, please complete it. I've tried to make it fun and your answers would be a great help, not only for me but for other developers as well!

Update: Thank you for the answers, the survey is now closed. Click here to see the results.