Category Archives: Programming

Of Traffic-Lights and Frozen Fish…

I haven’t posted for a couple of months so there are two more games from me in this post.

Unfortunately I didn’t manage (yet!) to get my November game on Google Play due to unforseen problems with IAP as I was going to make it free with an unlockable for 95 of the 100 levels. But it seems that in app stuff on vanilla Android hates me so I ended up just releasing the OUYA version that works as intended. If anyone is interested in the mobile phone/tablet version please let me know and I will just finish it off as a pay up front game like all my others. 🙂

I called it Stoplight Puzzle rather than Traffic-Light Puzzle in the end so as not to confuse my American cousins, but the names are pretty much interchangeable. You have to use your three swapping blocks on each level to change all the grid to either green, amber, or red to win.

YOU CAN FIND THE GAME HERE… and there is even a button on the page to set your OUYA to automatically download the game, which is nice.

OneGameAMonth in December offered up three optional theme words rather than just one – Frozen, Secret & Kitten, so I was determined to use all three. At first I was thinking Pengo with cats but I soon shelved that idea and decided to make yet another puzzle game. This one is inspired and borrows a little bit of a lot of different puzzle games, but hopefully feels fresh and new as a result of not taking too much from any one source. 🙂

Frozen Fish - screenshot

You must defrost and feed fish-biscuits to your invisible kitten called Secret. Five connected fish are enough for a nice mouthful and Secret will eat them and remove them from play. Some blocks are just ice, or frozen fish – you have to have a complete row of these and then they will all crack open either disappearing in the case of just ice blocks, or revealing the contents in the case of blocks that contain frozen fish.

It’s quite easy to get yourself in a real mess if you don’t plan carefully and think, but hopefully it’s a very fresh and fun puzzle game – I hope people will give it a chance. 🙂

GRAB THE GAME FROM GOOGLE PLAY

Solar Trex

I’m very verrrrrrrrrrry slow posting this but my March game for OneGameAMonth is up on Google Play. It’s a riff on my previous game Transversion EX, but done in a very “arcade” style with different controls because of the whole “touch screen” thing.

New features to this are boost where you can speed up your ship, and mines which just hang about waiting to be crashed into – which will happen because your craft is flying without any brakes so you have to keep your toes even more than in the original.

Twenty new stages and some lovely stylings & touches mean it’s probably the game I’m proudest of this year, so far. I hope you will take a chance with your 99p and take a look.

Please let me know what you think.

Solar Trex on Google Play

Solar Trex on Amazon App Store

Jumping Jack FLASH

It’s a gas gas gas…

You can play the FLASH version of the game here.

This is the same code as the android version, but with key controls rather than touch. If you like it please buy the Android version and take the game with you in your pocket.

Zoop-A-Mario Bros.

Oops. I uploaded this last month but forgot to put a news post. It’s only had 10 downloads but interest in remakes and silly little games doesn’t seem to be as high as it once was? If I’m wrong about that be sure to put me straight.

You can get it here.

zoop-a-mario-2

It’s a mash up between Zoop by Viacom and some Mario type stuff. In the original Zoop (which was supposed to be the next Tetris but never really took off) you can fire up and down also but I’ve simplified things by making it just left and right, but making the lanes a few lines wider.

I hope you enjoy it, at least for a few minutes.

We Love Laser Released

Hi there, this is my GAMMA IV entry, which I am releasing now as unfortunately it was not selected to be shown at the GDC.

There were well over 100 entries this year which is amazing and I’m sure if nothing else there are now sooo many cool new one-switch games for people to enjoy which is a fantastic result in itself.

I describe this game as a kind of Hungry Hippos Meets Pang In Space With Lasers, but I think the final title is a little more snappy.

You can download the game from the new “Non Remakes” section of the site, going to “Downloads” at the top of the site or simply following this link.

I hope you enjoy the game – if you do, or even if you don’t, be sure to let me know.