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« on: November 12, 2008, 11:51:14 AM »

 Gentleman

Wait!  Don't run away yet!  It's not what it looks like!


Alright, so here's what I've been up to the past 4 months.  An iPhone game I call Smiles.

Here's the part that might scare you, but don't run yet!  It is a matching game, BUT It's a gamers matching game.  I know that's like saying vegetables taste like Candy, but urge you to at least take a look.

http://www.smiles-game.com/

Watch the video.  If the corporate training video vibe throws you off, don't fret!  There's only another 2 and a half minutes to go.  Then you're free to mock me as a sell out, but *only* after watching the whole thing.


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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2008, 03:31:39 PM »

SELL OU- oh wait.

*watches video*

SELL OUT!


I'm surprised to say that this actually  looks like a matching game I'd play, it seems to have quite a bit going for it. Pity I don't have an iPhone, maybe I'll twist one of my friends arms* into getting it so I can play the game**.

* Figuratively then if that fails literally speaking.

** Of course I only know one person with an iPhone so he's going to have a very sore arm.
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2008, 03:39:53 PM »

Very purdy.  Smiley Too bad I don't have an iPhone.   Undecided

How much does it cost? It doesn't even let you check the price on Linux...
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2008, 05:51:54 PM »

It is a matching game, BUT It's a gamers matching game.
What do you mean by that?
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2008, 06:14:41 PM »

How much does it cost?

Just looked..  it's $6 here in Australia, which presumably means that it's $5 in the US, which (believe it or not) is a higher-than-average price for an iPhone game at the moment.. though the big-name licensed-IP iPhone games (Spore, Force Unleashed, Monkey Ball, etc) are still charging far more than that.
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2008, 12:52:05 AM »

this is beautiful. what's the music in the video?
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2008, 03:24:06 AM »

You big fat whore, Mike! Wink

Looks very pretty and it's nice to bundle lots in the same package and make use of the tilt-sensor.
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2008, 01:37:02 PM »

this is beautiful. what's the music in the video?

It's not any song in particular, just something I threw together for the video.  The original is a little long and simple, so I could cut it down wherever I needed it.  You can listen to/grab it here.


You big fat whore, Mike! Wink

Oh noes!  You found me out!  AGH!  Wink


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Looks very pretty and it's nice to bundle lots in the same package and make use of the tilt-sensor.

Yeah.  I figured at least if I was going to sell/whore out, I'd go all out with it.  But now that that's out of my system, I can start doing cool stuff... right?  Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2008, 10:21:49 PM »

You're right, I'm a whore.  I just found this in one of my junk folders.

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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2008, 01:59:28 PM »

You're right, I'm a whore.  I just found this in one of my junk folders.



After watching the mesmerizing video on the site, I downloaded Smiles yesterday. I have to say that this is one of the best match 3 games I've played in a while. I'm loving Zen mode in particular. My only plea is that I wish I could have multiple undos when I'm too stupid to plan ahead.
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2008, 09:06:52 AM »

I'm glad you like it.  Grin

Multiple undos probably wont make it in (since it would change the balance), but ya never know with sequels and spin offs.  Wink

What you DO know about them is Graham will call you a whore for each. Grin
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2008, 06:19:20 PM »

I don't have an iPhone unfortunately, but I really like this spin on the match-3 game.

The promo site/video was pretty cheesy though Grin
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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2008, 11:45:11 AM »

Yep. :D
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2009, 06:41:36 PM »

It is a matching game, BUT It's a gamers matching game.
What do you mean by that?
Still somewhat curious. What does that mean anywho?
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2009, 06:58:30 PM »

Hi Mike,

I was just wondering how you get started with developing games for the iphone? is there a particular devkit/tools that you use, or just a generic apple sdk?
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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2009, 12:14:59 AM »

Now also a finalist in IGF Mobile.

http://www.igfmobile.com/02finalists.html

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Still somewhat curious. What does that mean anywho?
Even though not required to play, there "twitch play" elements to the game.  In other words, if you're quick enough, tiles will stay afloat longer allowing you to chain together falling distance (an important technique for longevity).  But it's done in such a way that it's not required, broadening the appeal of the game.

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I was just wondering how you get started with developing games for the iphone? is there a particular devkit/tools that you use, or just a generic apple sdk?
Apple SDK and my own libraries.

https://developer.apple.com/iphone/

The game was mostly developed on Windows with OpenGL and SDL via an API/Library I wrote to fake several aspects of the iPhone.  Most of the same code runs on both platforms.  I still have (and use) a Mac for making iPhone builds.
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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2009, 08:31:21 AM »

looks cool POV. nice graphics.

You're going to GDC now that you're in the IGF I guess?
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« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2009, 03:28:15 PM »

Yep. I'll be in San Fran in March.
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