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4th March, 2013
I was a little disappointed to find there was no AGameAWeek Gold waiting for me, this morning.
I wondered... How often will it actually appear?
Have I actually produced enough games to keep it going EVERY DAY?
I wrote a little script to find out.
There are graphs inside
4th March, 2013
AGameAWeek is meant to happen on Tuesdays.
I've stated numerous times that SpikeDislike2 will be released on March 5th, which is also a Tuesday.
.. But Apple.. .. Apple don't give you times..!
On Apple's hugely chaotic iTunesConnect site, you can happily pop a Release Date into the mechanism, but there's no way to state a Release Time.
Given that AGameAWeek happens on a Tuesday Morning, GMT, I can't then expect US folk to have to inexplicably wait an extra 6 hours, just because their timezone's slightly off mine.
So, to be extra 100% sure that it's available, I instead set it to Monday March 4th.
You can probably guess what that means.
If you're in a compatible timezone, you may very well be able to go and grab it, RIGHT NOW.
And if it's not yet available, it definitely should be by the time I post tomorrow's AGameAWeek post!
Official Launch Day : March 5th, 2013!
SpikeDislike2'sDay!! (Yes, I did just nick a 20-year-old Sega thing!)
3rd March, 2013
I've been considering doing this for a while, but never bothered to come up with any sort of Database Scanner to find old posts. I'm lazy like that!
Luckily, a new iOS App has come along to save me the trouble.
The wonderful "TimeHop" is available (for free), and allows you to upload your Twitter Archive, as well as include your Facebook timeline.. What it then does is scan the archives for things that have happened on this day, and present you with a nice look back at all your old gubbins.
Since I've spent the past 7 years tweeting about my weekly projects, it's been throwing up a lot of nostalgia.
Some of it's good, some of it's baffling, and .. curiously.. some of it seems to be exactly the same.
For example, I've spent the past couple of weeks reading two year old tweets about the complexities of getting SpikeDislike into the AppStore, while simultaneously battling those exact same complexities getting SpikeDislike2 into the AppStore! Weird!!
Anyway, it brings back old stuff, and so I've decided to use it's wonderful feature to bring old stuff back, here, too!
And.. curiously timely today's is, too!!
2nd March, 2013
Before today, there's been that niggling doubt.
If SpikeDislike2 didn't get Apple Approval, the whole thing would have to be rescheduled.
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This morning, SpikeDislike2 received it's Apple Approval!
SpikeDislike2 is READY TO GO
Tuesday March 5th 2013 is officially SpikeDislike2'sday!
1st March, 2013
It's our latest regular feature! Hurray!
Each month, I'll spend about five minutes doodling some stupid pixellated artwork, then scale it up to insane proportions, and slap it on the internet for all to see.
If you like the chunky, heavily pixellated, oversized desktop images, you might like to use these as your system/devices wallpaper.
Oh, what fun.
This month, an obvious choice!
SpikeDislike2 is just a few days away, so here's a lovely big wallpaper for your system of choice.
27th February, 2013
What did I do, today?
Well, first I made Blockman Slots, then I wondered what to do next..
.. and wondered..
.. and wondered..
Then I figured, since I wasn't actually doing anything, I might as well load up "Sprite Something" on the iPad, and waste a couple of hours drawing a whole batch of random sprites.
So, here's a whole batch of random sprites!!
Look out for these, and more, in future AGameAWeek games!
27th February, 2013
Good Grief, it's been a long long time since a little video clip caused utter chaos in my Twitter feed!
I feel that last night's occurrence needs a little explaining, because people are WAY more hyped about it than they probably should be!!
WARNING : The "Gameplay" is merely an animation. JNKPlat Slots is 100% Random!
26th February, 2013
Last night I had a random idea, and drew up a silly board game.
Since then, the idea has annoyingly festered, and so this morning, I'm doing a complete relaunch of yesterday's silly idea, complete with all new advanced rules!
SpikeDislike2 will be released on March 5th, 2013
Head inside for more details.
26th February, 2013
Happy Blockman Day!
It's been 4 years since the last Blockman Gets game was released, so it's about time we had another!
Blockman Gets Hungry strips out the boulders, takes out the power-pellets, and instead uses fruit for various functions.
There's four different fruit to eat.
See if you can figure them all out!!
DownloadYou can Download Blockman Gets Hungry here for Windows, Android, or just play it in your browser.
How to PlayBlockman is HUNGRY! He likes to eat. He doesn't like to NOT eat!
Keep moving around the maze, nibbling away at the pills that are strewn around the arena.
The round is over if you find yourself in a spot where you can't eat any more.
If you've eaten enough, you'll move onto the next level.
If you've not eaten enough, you lose a life, and need to start the level all over again
ControlsYou may use any of the following control schemes to play Blockman Gets Hungry.
1. Cursor keys
3. "DPad" : An onscreen D-Pad
4. "Goto" : Tap/Click inside the Maze area to move roughly in that direction.
5. "Swipe" : Swipe-pad, works like the D-Pad, but is swipe-based instead.
6. "Path" : Draw a path in the maze, then let go, to have Blockman run around, following the path.
7. iCade : If you have an iCade compatible controller connected to your device, you can activate iCade mode
If you pause the game, you can switch between DPad and Swipe, and Goto and Path.
You can also change Blockman's move speed in the pause menu, incase he's moving too fast, or you don't like how he keeps stalling.
Blimey, that's a lot of control schemes!!
iOS Edition?An iOS Edition is in the works.
It'll be marginally bigger, will include GameCenter additions, and will have one of those price tag thingies.
AGAW Scoring : 9 weeks, 9 games, all is good. .. and next week is SpikeDislike2!!
26th February, 2013
25th February, 2013
A random oddball thought, resulted in this.
Drawn entirely using SpriteSomething on an iPad. .. Yes, I actually sat here and draw all those numbers! ... Bored? You bet!!
The rules are simple.
You start in square one, and make your way as far through the board as you can.
If you hit a Spike, it's game over!
If you make it to the goal, you're a Pro at random chance!!
A single orange player counter has lovingly been provided.. If you'd like some multiplayer action, you're just going to have to improvise!
Dice not included.
25th February, 2013
I've updated the uploaded Jayenkai Monkey Framework to the latest version that I'm using.
The DownloadDownloads have been removed due to..
A) Lack of people using it.
B) Lack of ME even using it.
C) It's quite old, now, and getting older every day!
The Old VersionAll of this stuff is still included
The New AdditionsIt's been a whirlwind of a month, and I've not really kept track of everything I've added and tweaked, but the biggest addition is GameCenter integration.
As long as you're using Monkey v67e or above, the GameCenter stuff will log the player in, and update their highscores and badges automagically. Simply tweak the LeaderBoard and Badge variables up near the top, and all should be happy.
As always, feel free to rejig wherever necessary!
(And if you're compiling for anything other than iOS, it will simply ignore all the GameCenter stuff. You can even do what I'm doing, and compile for Android using v66, and it happily ignores all the new stuff.)
If you do decide to use my framework, let me know
24th February, 2013
We're about a week away from the intended March 5th Release Date, (assuming I can get everything sorted soon!) so I figured it's probably about time that I post about my plans for SpikeDislike2.
Obviously, if SpikeDislike2 is going to be on sale in the AppStore, players are going to need an incentive to buy it, but if I'm also going to release a Windows/Android/Browser edition, for free, what extras would the iOS folk be paying for?
Well, here's where the plan comes in.
On Release Day, there'll be two editions.
The iOS Version, and the Free version.
The free edition will be smaller.
It's currently set to 5 Game modes, whereas the full iOS one contains 9. There's also less Badges to earn in the Free edition.
If you want the full experience, you're going to have to pay for it!!
.. and have a compatible iOS device!
After this, I'm going to start posting some nice little sales targets.
If I hit a target, I'll unlock an extra game mode in the freebie edition, and re-upload everything with the extra features. You'll then be able to grab the new version on your Android, or download the Windows one for free, and have something extra to play with.
We'll call this method of unlocking "Spam your mates"-ware.
The more you help me sell, the more free stuff you get!
And if it works well enough, I might start doing it to more games in the future. Heck, if I'm going to spend this much time on each game, I may as well dish out the bonus features all around!
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SpikeDislike2 - March 5th (hopefully!)
22nd February, 2013
For the past couple of years, my birthday has been "SpikeDislike Freebie Day".
This year, that's not going to happen
The final version of SpikeDislike2 is REALLY close, but not quite close enough. SpikeDislike will be made free for a few days when SpikeDislike2 is released, in a couple of weeks time.
Meanwhile, though, my first iOS Monkey game has managed to blunder it's way through Apple's review team, and is all nice and active on the AppStore, just in time for my Birthday!!!
C3ntipong : AppStore (Note from the future : APPLE DELETE THINGS)
Feb 23rd 2013 : Jay's 33rd Birthday, and C3ntipong iOS's release date!
C3ntipong is free, and for all intents and purposes, will probably stay free.
The game isn't "amazing", and personally I get bored with it after a couple of rounds, but it's fun and it's playable, and it hopefully plays nicely on your iPhing.
Being an iOS game, it also has GameCenter integration, so you can earn achievements and compare highscores. Thank Monkey for that!!
Cracking stuff, and a nice birthday treat.
Additionally, NeonPlat is also FREE in the AppStore, so be sure to grab that one, too..
Happy Birthday to me!
Happy C3ntipong to you!!
21st February, 2013
AGameAWeek 2013 is in full swing! There's no stopping us now! Not unless they discover another tumour!!!!
Here's what's on the current todo list.
Platdude's Arcade Collection
A whole new retro collection, made with iCade in mind.
The best collection of random gameplay mechanics you'll love to hate!
Blockman Gets Hungry
Blockman is back for a whole new adventure! What will he be eating, this time?!
Avoid the spikes, and then some! The sequel kicks everything up a notch, and brings a whole new disliking experience to your fingertip!
Key, Bo and Ard Makes Three
Guide our intrepid adventurers through a multitude of puzzle landscapes, as they continue on their quest to get to the checkered tiles!
At least two of those will be released before the end of March!
Are you excited?
Are you hyped?
Is this better than anything you saw on last night's PS4 announcement?
Kicking arse, because that's what gaming should be about.
Note : AGameAWeek games do NOT feature ingame "share" buttons.
19th February, 2013
Hmm.. I seem to be remaking things, a lot, lately.. Either the Doc's sucked out all of my imagination, or I'm enjoying this Monkey language a bit too much!!
Aw, who cares, it's another classic AGameAWeek game, remade for Browsers and Android!!
The game is entirely mouse (or touch!) controlled.
You start the game trying to tap in the security code for the bank vault, which someone's handily written above the keypad.
Once you're in, grab three bags of random unknown values (you won't find out until the end!!) and then run for your life.
Game Over doesn't occur until right at the end, and will either be because you got shot, or because you killed the last copper and got away.
You can Download The Heist (Again!) here, for Windows, Android or it's playable in the browser, so you don't even have to download the thing. Woot!
If any of the minigames is too baffling, let me know!
AGAW Scoring : 8 weeks, 8 games.. Things are apparently going well, so far!!
18th February, 2013
Last night I finished off the C3ntipong stuff, and got the release edition compiled, tested, double-checked, and uploaded to Apple.
That's it! It's gone.. It's off.
There's no turning back, now!
In about a week's time, C3ntipong may very well pop up on the AppStore, assuming it gets approved!
A relatively painless procedure... well, except for all of yesterday's palaver, anyway!
17th February, 2013
You're probably wondering, by now, with all this wonderful "Monkey" stuff that I've been banging on about for the past month, where the heck my iOS offerings are.
Well, while it's true that Monkey does indeed make the coding a heck of a lot easier, there's still another matter to attend to.
The dreaded "iTunes Connect" area! ARGH!!!!
You've probably read enough of my rants to know that iDev isn't easy.
There are licenses to deal with. "Provision" codes, Certificates, all manner of stupid fiddly things that all need to be "Just right" before XCode will let you do anything useful.
Then there's a whole separate batch of alternative certificates and codes, when you finally want to create an uploadable edition of your app.
It's absolutely MENTAL, the amount of crap you have to deal with, just to get your project up and running.
Today, I've decided that C3ntipong should be my first Monkey->iOS game, and took the time to prepare its iTunes page.
well, I say that.. I actually decided on this yesterday, but then realised I'd need screenshots and great big icons and shit, so kinda put it off until today.
Today, I did it all..Read More
15th February, 2013
I don't know..
I was playing around in PaintShopPro, and stumbled upon a nice little silly effect for backgrounds.
This image has no purpose whatsoever, but it quite nice, so.. um.. yeah, that!!
Click for 2048x2047..!?