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False starts and a new game.

Well, I spent the past three weeks working on a new game, and it’s not going anywhere. It really pains me to do this, but I’ve shelved it for now. I think the main problem is that I designed all the artwork before I had a good framework done. I could push ahead and make the game, but I don’t think it’s one I’d want to play, and therefor, not worth working on at this time. I’m saving all the artwork, and the started project for the future though. I’m sure I’ll find a way to reuse it.

In better news, I was struck with inspiration today on the train ride home, and 90 minutes later I had the core of my next game done. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with GameSalad if you know what you’re working with. 90 minutes. Right now it’s just a bunch of blocks, but the basic gameplay is done. I’m just tweaking the physics, and fleshing out the gameplay to make it more engaging and challenging. Then comes the level design. I want to make this a big game with 100+ levels, so that should be fun. I’m also leaning from my past mistakes and making as much automatic as possible.

I’ll post a preview in the next week or so once it’s gets a little further off the ground. I’m pretty happy with how it’s going.

It’ll be coming out for the iPhone / iPod Touch first, with an iPad version coming down the road.

HypnoPhone Lite is Out!

HypnoPhone Lite is out! It came out this morning. You can download it for free in the iTunes App Store. It features:

– Complete rewrite from the ground up
– 4 new illusions
– Performance Improvements

Freakin’ Zombie Heads page updated

The Freakin’ Zombie Heads game page has been updated with information about the game, and a ton of new screenshots. Check it out!

Sneak Peak at Freakin’ Zombie Heads

I’m wrapping up development on my next iPhone game – Freakin’ Zombie Heads. This is my first attempt at a non-doodle game. Every single piece of artwork was drawn on the iPad using the Sprite Something app.

Here’s a sneak peak:

Artwork from upcoming game

I’ve been working on a new game in-between moving, so it’s been a little slow going. I’ve got most of the artwork done, I’ve been using a cool little app on the iPad, Sprite Something. Here’s a little taste:

Obliteration HD 1.3 is out!

Obliteration HD 1.3 is out!

Version 1.3 brings a ton of enhancements, bug fixes and some performance improvements, making the game even better. Some of the more significant improvements are:

  • Bug Fix: Dropping your last bomb in water would prevent the game from progressing
  • Bug Fix: Trying to select stages 5,6 or 7 manually wasn’t working
  • Enhancement: To make the game a little more challenging, the bomb is now affected by wind. The wind direction and speed is designated by the Clouds.
  • Enhancement: Zombies! They walk around, you can blow them up
  • Enhancement: Short Tutorial Page
  • Enhancement: Performance Improvements

Obliteration HD is available in the App Store for $1.99. Obliteration HD 1.3 is a free update for existing users.

Obliteration HD 1.3 submitted

Over the weekend I submitted a substantial update to Obliteration HD. Version 1.3 brings a ton of enhancements, bug fixes and some performance improvements, making the game even better. Some of the more significant improvements are:

  • Bug Fix: Dropping your last bomb in water would prevent the game from progressing
  • Bug Fix: Trying to select stages 5,6 or 7 manually wasn’t working
  • Enhancement: To make the game a little more challenging, the bomb is now affected by wind. The wind direction and speed is designated by the Clouds.
  • Enhancement: Zombies! They walk around, you can blow them up
  • Enhancement: Short Tutorial Page
  • Enhancement: Performance Improvements

Next up is a new level pack featuring 35 additional levels, new buildings and more!

Updates and Progress

It’s been a busy few weeks, both professionally and personally, which is why there has not been as many updates. This is where I am with everything:

Obliteration HD – I’ve finished creating 25 new buildings, cut them up and added them to the game. I’ve been working on getting little zombies running around. I’ve got them moving, but I’m working on getting them smoother. I’ve also started designing the next level pack, as well as some bug fixes. I’m hoping to wrap it up in the next two weeks.

I’ve also stated work on two new apps. Once is a small utility for fun, the other will be a new game for the iPhone. It’s only down on paper so far, but I think it should be cool, look for those early / mid summer.

Finally, I’ve also gone back to some of my original games, Z is for Zombie, V is for Vortex and F is for Falling, and started tweaking the performance, load times, and adding new levels.

So, that’s it. I’m going to start posting at least once a week with status updates. I’ve got a TON of ideas rattling around in my head, I just wish I had more time to get them down on paper.

Last Day for Obliteration HD Contest

I’m giving away a few iTunes Gift Cards, and this is your chance to win one. Today is your last chance to enter!

Instructions:

  1. Download Obliteration HD Lite for the iPad [Link]
  2. Play all 5 Levels
  3. Take a Screenshot of the Stats page [example]
  4. Post your screenshot here for others to see if you want (you may post multiple times)
  5. Email the screenshot to admin at howihatethenight dot com (you may enter once). This will be your official entry

 As of now, the highest submitted score is 40,221

The winner will be the person with the highest total ‘high score’:

  • 1st Place Winner: $20 iTunes Gift Card
  • 2nd Place Winner: $10 iTunes Gift Card
  • 3rd Place Winner: A few promo codes (it may take up to a week to get them, I’m waiting on a few updates to get approved)

 

You have until 11:59pm EST on April 30th to enter. It costs you nothing to enter, is open to everyone, and will only take about 15 minutes of your time. If you like the game, please leave a review

Obliteration HD Contest

I’m giving away a few iTunes Gift Cards, and this is your chance to win one.

Instructions:

  1. Download Obliteration HD Lite for the iPad [Link]
  2. Play all 5 Levels
  3. Take a Screenshot of the Stats page [example]
  4. Post your screenshot here for others to see if you want (you may post multiple times)
  5. Email the screenshot to admin at howihatethenight dot com (you may enter once). This will be your official entry

The winner will be the person with the highest total ‘high score’:

  • 1st Place Winner: $20 iTunes Gift Card
  • 2nd Place Winner: $10 iTunes Gift Card
  • 3rd Place Winner: A few promo codes (it may take up to a week to get them, I’m waiting on a few updates to get approved)

You have until 11:59pm EST on April 30th to enter. It costs you nothing to enter, is open to everyone, and will only take about 15 minutes of your time. If you like the game, please leave a review