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.

For more information about the game, visit the Wing Leader blog.

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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.

For more information about the Wing Leader game, see the developer blog on Tumblr: Wing Leader on Tumblr.

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New Game Under Development: Wing Leader

I have been working on a new game this year. 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.

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.

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 …

Best Bee In The World

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.

Leaderboards in Wing Leader show who has the fastest times on each of the four courses. What you will want to do is put in a good time on all four courses.

In this way, Wing Leader is a bit like some of the Olympic skiing events where there is a combined score of two or more different events to determine the winner. In Wing Leader, the overall title “Wing Leader” is for the bee with best average score across all four courses.

Each time you play, you see where you stand on each of the courses and for the overall title of “Wing Leader”.

More Information

Links for  more information:

If you would like to try the early access version of the game, it’s already on Google Play.


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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 enough story to tie it all together.

I love the line: “All that matters is the enjoyment of the doing”. That’s something for all game designers to aspire to.

I hope you enjoy the article.


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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,, 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.


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Interesting Gacha

Interesting note on Gamasutra about “gacha”:

See  Gamasutra note on Gacha.


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Game Design Information from Amy Jo Kim

I found what looks like a good source for game information. It’s from Amy Jo Kim. See

There are many good talks by Amy Jo Kim on Youtube.  A few of my favorites follow. There are quite a few references to gamification, but what I really have enjoyed is learning about building compelling experiences and community.

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