A rant about Apple’s App Store policy & A new Mr Nibbles Forever Update

A rant about Apple’s App Store policy & A new Mr Nibbles Forever Update

A few weeks ago I got a friendly reminder from Apple that my Developer license was about to expire. What I hadn’t realized however was that should it expire my games would no longer be available to download on the store.

I can sort of understand this policy for paid apps, should you app earn anything, where does Apple send the money to? But for totally free apps such as Mr Nibbles or Ectoplasm why do this? Its frustrating that I have to pay £80 per year just to keep my free games alive.

To add insult to injury, shortly after receiving the demand for cash from Apple I receive this lovely email:

So not only do I have to pay Apple for the privilege of keeping my free apps on their incredible store I also have to continually update them even tho there is nothing wrong with them. Sigh. I have no idea if I can sill even build my old games for iOS any more. Mr Nibbles was built using Haxe which has no doubt moved on significantly in the intervening years.

In other news I decided to release a new version of Mr Nibbles Forever this month too. I was kind of forced to do so as the highscores in the game relied upon Parse.com for its database and with that shutting down this month I thought that I would do an update to fix it.

While I was there I also decided to simplify things and bring them more inline with the PC version. With that in mind I ripped out all the IAPs and advertising and put a price of $0.99 on it instead. To be honest its probably what I should have done for the start it would have saved me a bunch of time and headaches if I had done so.

Well thats is for now, not too much to report on. I have been busy preparing for the next few months, researching, shopping and organizing. Hopefully ill have some exciting news to report on in that direction soon!

Camping Australia 2017 – The Plan

Camping Australia 2017 – The Plan

2017 is going to be a great year. From Mid-march im planning on taking some time off to explore more of Australia. It will be the first significant trip I have taken since my epic 9-month Americas adventure in 2013. We are planning 4-5 months for this one which is shorter but still epic and hopefully sufficient to see and do all the things we want to.

The above map shows the planned route. We are going to leave from Perth and take a few weeks to head north, stopping at some of the best beaches in Australia. We then we take the Gibs River Road across to Kunnanara and finally up to Darwn in the Northern Territory.

We will then continue east to see the Great Barrier Reef on the east coast. We may or may not go north from here up the north eastern peninsula of Australia. After the east coast we intend to make our way back through the centre of the country. We intend to go to Lake Eyre in South Australia (largest lake in Australia when it fills) then back into NT to Alice Springs and then Uluru before finally arriving back at Perth where we started some 5 months later.

To do all of that we have bought a really cool folding camper trailer:

And to pull it a second hand Nissan Nivara:

We plan on doing a bunch of walking, exploring and seeing the natural wonders the country has to offer. To capture the memories from a different perspective I invested in a DJI Mavic Pro which is compact and lightweight and perfect for this sort of trip.

I took it for a spin over xmas and put together this video:

Its far from perfect but my first attempt at video editing. I learnt alot and have a much better idea of what sort of footage to capture while on the trip.

So thats the plan hopefully it all goes well and we dont have any major disasters. I am really looking forward to seeing more of the beautiful country.

5 Games now on the Windows Store

5 Games now on the Windows Store

Over the Christmas period Microsoft were running a promotion to developers; “Publish your apps to the Windows store before the 23rd of December and we will give you some Microsoft store credit”. Well as I had already spent a whole bunch of time learning how to publish natives desktop apps to the Windows Store during the development of Glancer I thought sure, why not capitalize on that.

So as of last week the following games from my back catalog are available on the Windows Store:

Mr Nibbles

Mr Nibbles, the hamster, was a dreamer. One day while longingly looking out the window of his cage he had a dream. He dreamt of emancipating himself from his lifelong prison. He dreamt not just of escaping his cage but leaving the confines of earth itself to enter space! Mr Nibbles dreamt that he will be the first hamster ever to enter orbit.

Follow Mr Nibbles on his quest. Along the way you must help him solve devious puzzles and pass through dangerous spider infested traps.

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Blast wave – Lost at Sea

BlastWave: Lost At Sea is an isometric, challenging puzzle / action game.

Your task as a benevolent god is to guide the survivors of a shipwreck to the rescue zone.

Do so so you have the awesome power of nature on your side!

Using the mouse you suck and blast your way through 16 challenging levels.

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Icy Slicy

Several silly critters and thier things have gotten frozen in the ice and they need your help to cut them out.

Using your mouse slice off chunks of ice in this exciting physics based game!

Controls:

+ Hold the left mouse, then move and release to make a slice

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Monkey Mines

This game is a remake of the classic Minesweeper but with a few twists.
Firstly the board is isometic making for a trickier experience than the classic version.
Secondly the game employs realistic liquid like ripples adding to the excitement.

Controls:

+ Doubble click to uncover square
+ Single click to place flag
+ Click again to place qmark
+ Click again to remove qmark

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Mr Nibbles Forever

Everyone’s favourite hamsternaut is back! Escape the cage, avoid spiders, collect nibbles and rocket to the moon!

Help Mr Nibbles break out of his cage-prison and roam across the dangerous spider-infested backyard landscape before hopping in his handy rocket ship and blasting into space. Each stage contains unique graphics, backgrounds and sounds.

Collect nibbles in game to spend on the mighty wheel in the hopes of winning spiffy new outfits. Each outfit lovingly handcrafted by our hamster tailors comes with unique sounds and effects. Who knew collecting could be so much fun!

Using just the incredible power of tilt and tap you must guide our furry hero on his epic quest to become the first hamster in space. Tap to jump, tilt to roll, collect nibbles, avoid spiders and complete the challenges. Controls so simple even a 3-year old can master them in seconds (trust me on this).

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