Winners from Google Play Indie Games Festival

Game designers, you might get some ideas for games and techniques here: Google Play Indie Games Festival.

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It’s interesting that most things you think about turn into games. Not two months ago, I was thinking about orbits and gravity after reading a sci-fi book. The book was Seven Eves by Neal Stephenson. One of the apps winners was a puzzle game about orbits.

I will definitely be trying the Orbit game.

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New Indie Corner on Google Play

A new version of the Indie Corner is coming out on Google Play. This section of the Play store features games from small, independent developers. The latest batch of games looks like it has some good ones in it.

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Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/collection/promotion_3001ed4_indie_corner?hl=en

I’d like to call your attention to Rocket Rascal, a new game from The Animal Farm Creations. It’s a fun game with a unique look and feel. Take a look here: Rocket Rascal on Google Play.

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The Superbook: an Interesting Idea

I don’t know if you’ve seen the Superbook announcement yet. It looks really interesting.

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The Superbook is from Andromium. Basically, it looks like you use it to turn your Android phone or tablet into a laptop. For $99, you end up with what feels like an Android laptop.

“The Superbook os a plug-and-play device that turns your smartphone into a complete laptop. Just connect your smartphone to any Superbook, and get the same computing experience no matter where you go — never sync or upgrade your laptop again.”

You can get more details about this new product on the Superbook Kickstarter page. As you see on their Kickstarter page, they are off to a good start.

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Double Star in Indie Corner on Google Play

My Double Star game is in the new Indie Corner section of games on Google Play. The Indie Corner is a new section where they feature games from small, independent game developers.

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Take a look: Indie Corner.

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Alien Commander to Appear in Rocket Rascal

The Alien Commander character in Double Star is making a guest appearance in the upcoming Rocket Rascal game from Brian Sowers at Animal Farm Creations. Rocket Rascal is expected to be out in early July. It is an action/arcade style game that features characters from other games.

Here’s what the Alien Commander looks like in Rocket Rascal.

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The Alien Commander of Double Star, as it appears on the Defeat screen in Double Star,  looks like this.

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There is a lot of information about the new game on the Rocket Rascal Tumblr page, so check it out. Here’s a link to one of the game play videos there.

 

 

 

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Improved Double Star

If you are having trouble finishing the really difficult levels (5, 9, 11), the new version of Double Star should help. Changes:
(1) your ship starts out with 10% more energy and stronger shields;
(2) your ship starts out with 12 photon torpedoes;
(3) the time to complete a mission is longer;
(4) a problem with the enemy tractor beams was fixed.

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Get version 1.1.1 from the Google Play Store. See https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wglxy.starship

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More on the Thirty Second Hook

With so many games out there, you have to hook players right away. Double Star has a setting that let’s you choose between short and long training. My hope was that the short training would get players into the real game faster. Any thoughts? Did it work for you?

More on the “thirty second hook” here: The Thirty Second Hook and Double Star.

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