Author Archives: Bill Lahti

About Bill Lahti

Bill Lahti is a software engineer building mobile applications and knowledge management solutions. Two of his interests are writing for this blog and building Android apps, with strategy games being an area of particular interest.

Some Thoughts About App Review Websites

App review sites … Waste of time, so says this author:  “Mobile game review sites are a waste of time”. However, the last comment says to try Nate and Howard on Twitter.

I thought it was interesting reading, but I wonder how much things have changed in the four years since it was written. Continue reading

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Wing Leader Game – Early Access

The Wing Leader game is now on Google Play. Wing Leader is a family-friendly racing game, in which bees race to the hive, collecting nectar from flowers along the way. Your goal is not just to win races, but to be the fastest bee in the world … the Wing Leader. To try the Early Access release of the game, go here: Wing Leader on Google Play.

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Wing Leader Featured on Gamer’s Edge

As I mentioned in my last post, I am working on a new game. It’s called Wing Leader. It is a family-friendly racing game. Bees race to the hive, collecting nectar along the way.

Recently, the game was featured on the Gamer’s Edge website. The article there tells the story of how Wing Leader was developed. See “Having an App-etite for Creation: At the Heart of a Game.” While you are there, enjoy some of the other content creator articles being featured this month on Gamer’s Edge. Continue reading

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New Game Under Development: Wing Leader

I have been working on a new game recently. It’s a race game for Android. Not cars … bees.

The game is called “Wing Leader”. Your bee races against another bee. It’s a race to see who can get to the hive fastest.
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Actually, there is more to a race than just moving fast. You have to pick up nectar along the way. The hive expects nectar so honey can be made. So while you are speeding along, you stop at flowers to pick up nectar. The winner of the race is the bee with the best finish time, after adding in penalty time in case you show up without the required ten units of nectar.
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Here’s a screenshot to show you how scoring works. Notice that your bee could win even though it had a slower finish time. That’s because the pink bee came in without a full load of nectar.

Wing Leader is a bit different than other racing games because of the penalty time.

And then there are leaderboards …
On the screen, you are racing against an AI bee, but really you are competing against all the other bees in the world. Your goal is to be the fastest bee in the world.

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Article About Why You Should Play Games

I found an interesting article on the NPR website: Why You Should Play Video Games.

Horizon: Zero Dawn sounds like the kind of game a friend of mine was talking about making: exploring, seeing interesting things, solving puzzles, fighting battles, and with enough story to tie it all together. Continue reading

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Top 40 Android Developer Blogs

Feedspot, a useful website if you are trying to keep up with news and content on multiple web sites, just recently came out with its list of the Top 40 Android Developer Blogs. I am pleased to see that this website, blahti.wordpress.com, has been included in the top 40.

I started this blog back in 2010 so I’d have a place where I could write about what I was learning about Android. It’s been a lot of fun and the end result is a long list of tutorials and articles. See the Android Tutorials and the Android Tutorials By Topic pages for links to those pages.

And be sure to check out the other developer blogs on the Top 40. Continue reading

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Interesting Gacha

Interesting note on Gamasutra about “gacha” Continue reading

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