Posts tagged with games

Monday App Recommendation: Bubble Mania

App: Bubble Mania
Price: FREE
Category: Games Arcade/Family
Why we like it: Bubble Mania is based on the popular bubble popping concept similar to Bejeweled. The goal of the game is that as the mother critter you try to free your babies who are locked up in a maze of bubbles. The basic game play is extremely simple to understand and get into, with each level getting slightly more challenging, and each campaign introducing new game-features. The game has well placed in-app purchases, which can improve your gameplay but are not required to continue playing.
It has beautiful game graphics and matching animations - but most of all, its addictive, a game that is hard to put down, once you picked it up.

Flockwork for iPad

Over the last few months we've been hard at work on a new iPad game: Flockwork!

The story is as follows:

The sheep dog was just resting his eyes for a moment… but when he opened them, the sheep were gone!!

In Flockwork, your job is to get the sheep back to safety. Use your finger to guide them through 80 stages of puzzles while avoiding obstacles and collecting stars on the way.

Flockwork features over 80 puzzling levels, a ton of Game Center achievements, and it will also support the new iPad retina display. If you're a fan of games like Cut the Rope and Where's My Water, trust me... you're going to love it!

Check out the trailer above, and sign up to our mailing list to get a heads up when Flockwork is live on the App Store. Also, if you're interested in beta testing Flockwork, you can sign up here.

Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments! :)

Game Nostalgia: Shufflepuck Cafe

If you remember the games available on your classic Macintosh II, you might remember the Broderbund game Shufflepuck Cafe.
While being a quite simple game with a few animated effects + very simple sound effects, what made this black and white [pixel] air-hockey game memorable to me was its story + atmosphere.

It seems like you stumble into a dim bar in the rain on an alien planet - and see a bunch of eccentric bar-aliens eyeing you up.
Just by using these two images simple effects and a background music, you knew. I dont remember a intro or a text that explained it. As Cult Of Mac remembers: "You were thrust into rough and tumble space bar, clearly the outsider, forced to prove yourself in a true game of wits and agility: computer air hockey."

So while air hockey is one thing, air hockey in an underground alien space bar is another. The atmosphere made it, and the theme reminds me of the feeling that you get watching the scene in the alien bar in American Astronaut (of the space western genre).
The atmosphere is consistent into the game once you have chosen your opponent. As individual as the characters in the bar look is their game-play : Each opponent had their own style of playing, and it always spiked with a bit of cartoon-humor manifested in animated win/lose reactions or sounds:

Skip Feeney- was the easiest opponent to beat and a Woody Allen lookalike.

Lexan the crocodile - is impossible to beat in the beginning, but with a hickup and a sway he gets more and more drunk as the game advances, and with that much easier to beat.

Eneg - the pig dressed as a general is the master, and the hardest to beat, as he has no real weaknesses: fast reactions and hard shots.

Neural the gohst is very hard to play, he will copy your every move. If you do easy shots, so does he, if you do hard ones, he will too.

Bejin the witch is cool, cause she has the power to use magic to move the puck all of the sudden without touching it.

And so on. An example for a early casual game with very basic, simple features, and how it is made memorable + fun to play through its theme + athmosphere.

Discovering drawing men with mustaches with Lillian

For the new update for our kids’ app Monster Chorus, Lillian had to create an illustration of the farm in the song “Old McDonald”.

This was the first version that we did of the facial hair of the farmer. As here in China one doesn’t meet men with striking mustaches on an every day basis, we did a little research.
We found the differences between classical Hungarian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Austrian mustaches, as well as the stock-photo version of old-man-with-mustache, and a few unique cuts and styles.

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After studying several pictures of men with mustaches intensely, we revised our version of the facial hair of old McDonald to come up with these two versions:

Which of the mustaches do you like best?
Want to see which one made it into game? Check out Monster Chorus for iPad on the App Store! The new update will be available for iPhone too.