April 01, 2015


What is the Best Solitaire Game?

from A Shareware Life

What do you think is the best solitaire game?

"Best", of course, can have many definitions.  It is not really the same question as "What is your favorite solitaire game?".  You may think a game is the best solitaire game without it being your favorite (you may prefer to play something else more often).

Best could mean most interesting, or most stimulating to your brain, or most strategic to play, or just some overall feeling that this game is the best one made.

So, what do you think is the best solitaire game?

 

 




Juicy Bazooka

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Juicy Bazooka Some thieves go after electronics or jewelry. But this band of robbers has instead absconded with one poor fellow's groceries! Help reclaim his food with an ammo belt full of watermelons and a fruit-firing bazooka! Aim and fire at the crooks in this shooting-based puzzle game, and defeat them all to move on. Sometimes you'll have a straight shot, but more often than not, you'll have to bounce shots off walls, carefully manipulate boxes, and even utilize TNT to take them all down! Tagged as: browser, flash, free, game, physics, puzzle, rating-g, shooter, vzlotskii




GBGames Will Forever Be Known As GBGames.ly

from GBGames

Today’s market is incredibly competitive. With so many platforms and environments, there are multiple alternatives for customers to choose from.

It’s no longer possible to stand out by blogging about the struggle to be an indie game developer. With social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and blogging platforms such as WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, and Medium, with millions of authors using them, how is any one indie supposed to reach an audience of players to let them know how difficult it has been to tweak a piece of their homemade game engine to produce a sound effect when an animation plays for the last week?

A good, catchy, and modern business name is how.

My current business name, GBGames, is boring. It doesn’t give off the vibe of a popular Internet company at all. Who would want to read about how my particle effects engine is almost done or that I can now do a neat fade-to-black effect when transitioning between levels I haven’t made yet for my game project?

I wouldn’t blame anyone for ignoring a poorly-named company’s blog.

And so it is with great pleasure that I announce GBGames.ly.

GBGamesly

Adding that -ly means that GBGames.ly will ride a trending wave of startups and businesses, allowing me to rise above the other indie game developers writing about how hard it is to come up with a good game idea.

GBGames is tired and worn. GBGames.ly is hip and modern.

It’s an exciting time, and I am happy for you to join me as I transition into this newer, more contemporary GBGames.ly.

I’ll update the logos on the rest of my website when I get some time. I’ve been really busy here trying to get double-clicking to work in my game engine, although I think that I might start over with a new engine because I learned a lot while writing this code, and I know I can do it a lot more efficiently.

GBGames Will Forever Be Known As GBGames.ly is a post from: GBGames - Thoughts on Indie Game Development




Weekday Escape N°69

from Jay Is Games

Weekday Escape N°69 Games featured this week: Fruit Kitchens No.19: Lime Green; Find the Escape-Men 144: Laundromat; Room 5: Music Room — Three escape games for you this April 1st: One from FunkyLand, one from No1Game, and one from Ichima. They're pretty good. Give them a try. Go ahead. I won't stop you. Escape games are good for you. Tagged as: blog, browser, escape, free, funkyland, game, ichima, no1game, pointandclick, puzzle, weekday-escape




Episode 382: Late But Not Too Late

from Casual Gamer Chick

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, this episode was recorded on Monday, but despite the lateness, it’s full of rich news items, including some very disturbing trends in videogames, as well as a question by a listener that got mental juices flowing. This week’s Gaming Flashback is Professor Pac-Man.

The news items include:

  • Headteachers in UK threaten to report parents who let their children play 18-rated games
  • Star Citizen‘s Vanguard “concept” fighter costs a cool $250
  • PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches on Steam without key features
  • Zelda delay could ruin Nintendo’s 2015
  • New Jersey game store “swatting” takes an uglier turn

This week’s Question of the Week: “What do you think is the future of older games?”

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this episode was recorded on Monday, but despite the lateness, it’s full of rich news items, including some very disturbing trends in videogames, as well as a question by a listener that got mental juices flowing. This week’s Gaming Flashback is Professor Pac-Man. The news items include: Headteachers in UK threaten to report parents who let their children play 18-rated games Star Citizen‘s Vanguard “concept” fighter costs a cool $250 PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches on Steam without key features Zelda delay could ruin Nintendo’s 2015 New Jersey game store “swatting” takes an uglier turn This week’s Question of the Week: “What do you think is the future of older games?”



March 31, 2015


R-LO

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — R-LO Short but smart, this escape game from no1game focuses on logic as you must find the solutions to various puzzles scattered throughout the room... but will you recognize a hint for what it is when you actually see it? Tagged as: browser, escape, flash, free, game, no1game, playthis, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g




7 Interesting Klondike Type Solitaire Games

from A Shareware Life

Everybody knows the solitaire game called Klondike (just called Solitaire in Windows).

Klondike

But Klondike has many variations, many of which are better games to play than Klondike itself.   I have a complete list of these games, but here are a few of the most interesting ones.

 

1) Double Klondike

Double Klondike is just the game Klondike with 2 decks.  It plays the same but with more cards - and more opportunities to play cards.

Doubleklondike

How to Play Double Klondike

 

2) Gold Rush

Gold Rush is the same as Klondike, except you only get 3 times through the deck (2 redeals).  The first time through, it deals 3 cards at a time from the stock to the waste, the 2nd time it deals two cards at a time, and the last time it deals one card at a time.  This is a great compromise between the usual one card deal and three card deal settings in Klondike.  It also happens to be one of my favorite games, but then I invented it.

Goldrush

How to Play Gold Rush Solitaire

 

3) Batsford

Batsford is another 2 deck game like Double Klondike.  It adds an extra element of a reserve pile where 3 Kings can be stored.  It's a challenging but interesting game.

Batsford

How to Play Batsford Solitaire

 

4) King Albert

King Albert is a different kind of Klondike game - it is an open game (all cards face up), which is more usual among FreeCell type games.  It's also a very difficult game, but worth learning.

Kingalbert

How to Play King Albert Solitaire

 

5) Northwest Territory

Northwest Territory is like Klondike but adds a large reserve pile in which every card is available for play.   This makes a lot more cards available for play than is usual in Klondike type games.  This is also another of my inventions.

Northwestterritory

How to Play Northwest Territory Solitaire

 

6)  Carlton

Carlton is another open game, this time with 2 decks.  It is also challenging but the 2 decks give lots of opportunities for plays.  This is one of the better 2 deck Klondike games.

Carlton

How to Play Carlton Solitaire

 

7) Hypotenuse

Finally, Hypotenuse is another 2 deck game.  This time, instead of a stock and waste pile, you have only a stock that deals one card to each tableau piles.  This is another challenging game.

 

Hypotenuse

 

If you are a Klondike fan, I'm sure you'll find some games of interesting among these seven games.

 

PREVIOUSLY: The 4 Solitaire Games You Should Win Before You Die




The Gun Game Redux

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — The Gun Game Redux This game pares the shooter game formula down to its absolute basics. You've got a gun, there are targets, and it's time to put two and two together. Challenge types include Defense, Offense, and Efficiency, which put your target shooting skills to the test. Tagged as: action, browser, flash, flashchaz, free, game, marshgames, rating-g, reflex, shooter



March 30, 2015


Money Movers 2

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Money Movers 2 The brothers are back at it, but this time instead of busting OUT of prison, they're busting in to rescue dear old dad! Help them work together to dodge lasers, turrets, guards and more in this puzzle platformer that ups the complexity of the original. Tagged as: browser, flash, free, game, meowbeast, platform, playthis, puzzle, rating-g




3 Rules for Lasting as an Indie Game Developer for 20 Years

from A Shareware Life

It seems there are as many (or more) people wanting to become indie game developers now as there were 10 years ago.  However, they all now seem to be different people.  Almost all the people who were indie game developers 10 years ago seem to be gone.

I've been in this business for nearly 20 years now.  My game Pretty Good Solitaire was first released in 1995.  So this is my advice to people who want not only to be indie game developers, but who also want to last a long time doing it.

 

Rule 1)  Outsource As Much as Possible

If you want to be an indie, you will be small.  You will be one person or a very small team.  Either way, there is only so much you will be able to do.  It will be crucial to outsource as many things as you can.  Outsource, outsource, outsource.  It is better to pay someone else to do things than to use your valuable time doing it.  You can even outsource some of your development.  Outsource your ecommerce.  And for heaven's sake, don't try to do your taxes yourself.

Of course, when first starting out, you may have to do everything because you won't have the money to outsource it.  But as money comes in, you can start sending tasks out to others.

 

Rule 2) But Don't Outsource the Important Stuff

But with that said, don't outsource the most important things - which would be the design of your games, and contact with your customers.  Do not outsource your email support or any other contacts with your customers - always do that yourself.  It's the biggest advantage that a small company has - the one to one dealing with your customers.  Make sure you are doing it, because knowing what your customers are thinking is the most important thing to know.

 

Rule 3) Don't Get Funded

Seriously, don't get funded!  The worst thing that can happen to an indie game company is to have external funding.  You will never survive.  You need to grow from revenues from your games - anything else is disaster.  So many times I've seen indie game companies suddenly get money or get bought out - once that happens, it's over for them.  No way they will last even a few years, let alone 20.

It is quite possible to last 20 years as an indie game company - even though everything changes in that time (20 years ago, we were called shareware game companies).  Of course, you need at least one great game, a game that doesn't go out of style and isn't a fad, but that's another topic.

 

 

 

 

 

 



March 29, 2015


Impossible Rush

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS, Android — Impossible Rush Love playing challenging yet simple games on your iOS or Android device? Akkad's game of fast-paced arcade action has you covered. To play, all you need to do is tap the screen to make the square rotate to the right, and try to catch coloured balls on the matching side. It's harder than it sounds, and beating your own high score is almost as fun as beating the ones your friends set! Tagged as: action, akkad, android, arcade, free, game, highdifficulty, ios, ipad, iphone, ipodtouch, mobile, playthis, rating-g, simpleidea




FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS, Android — FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper The iconic Final Fantasy series goes free-to-play as you travel inside of magical paintings to recruit great heroes and recreate classic battles from throughout the series to restore record being wiped clean by a mysterious force in this strategic fighting RPG for iOS and Android. Tagged as: android, denagames, fantasy, free, game, ios, ipad, iphone, ipodtouch, microtransactions, mobile, rating-y, rpg, squareenix, strategy, turnbased




PuppetShow: The Price of Immortality

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Mac, Windows — PuppetShow: The Price of Immortality Let's head down to the town of Immortale, famous for its lifelike puppets and killing nosy reporters. Wait, what? There's certainly something very wrong with this steampunk-inspired, doll-torturing bizarro place, and the truth is even more twisted than you could have thought. The Price of Immortality is as enjoyable as it is creepy, and its unique atmosphere is sure to draw you right in. Tagged as: adventure, affiliate, casual, demo, download, ersgstudios, game, hiddenobject, mac, pointandclick, puppetshow, puzzle, rating-o, windows




The Three Bamboo Princesses

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — The Three Bamboo Princesses Ever wondered where the stars of Choko-Chai's cat-centric escape games come from? Wonder no more in this seriously adorable game where you'll need to have them work together to escape from a locked room! Tagged as: browser, chokochai, escape, flash, free, game, playthis, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g




Gatamari Escape 24

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Gatamari Escape 24 You're a professional room escaper who just received a new challenge by mail. A helicopter air-lifts you to a remote island where the room is waiting, but getting in may prove to be as difficult as getting out! Such is the setup for Gatamari Escape 24... by Gatamari, who else? Tagged as: browser, escape, flash, free, game, gatamari, japanese, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g




Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, Retail — Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number More levels, more story, more atrocities, Hotline Miami 2 expands on the original game with a variety of new characters to play as, many with their own abilities and restrictions, but though its neon-soaked aesthetic and appealingly discordant soundtrack remain, a clunky story and more restrictive gameplay deviate from the source in odd ways. Tagged as: action, affiliate, arcade, console, devolverdigitial, download, game, greenmangaming, highdifficulty, indie, linux, mac, ps3, ps4, rating-r, steam, windows



March 28, 2015


Cities: Skylines

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux — Cities: Skylines Build the city of your dreams in this simulation game. Decide on zoning, taxes, education and more as you strive to keep your residents happy and healthy. Coal power or wind? How high can you let the crime rate get before spending hard earned cash on another police station? All this and more is up to you as head of an ever expanding city. Tagged as: affiliate, citybuilding, colossalorder, download, game, greenmangaming, linux, mac, rating-y, sandbox, simulation, steam, windows




Lakeview Cabin Collection

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Mac, Windows — Lakeview Cabin Collection The first installment into the expanded world of Roope Tamminen's macabre mayhem sandbox horror adventure has arrived! A group of teens are at a lakeside camp trying to get everything ready for it to open, but there's just one small murderous problem, and a whole host of things to interact with in a dynamic environment full of surprises. Tagged as: action, adventure, download, episodic, game, horror, indie, itchio, mac, puzzle, rating-r, rtamminen, sandbox, windows




Pocket Mine 2

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS, Android — Pocket Mine 2 The frantic action mining sensation is back... and bursting at the seams with plenty of all-new features! Untold riches, gleaming crystals and ancient artifacts are yours to discover! Tagged as: action, android, collectiblecard, game, ios, ipad, iphone, kindlefire, microtransactions, mining, mobile, rating-g, roofdoggames, tablet, upgrades




You Have 8 Bricks

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — You Have 8 Bricks You have eight bricks. That's it, that's all. Just eight. And with these eight bricks at least one must make the daring climb up and out to the surface and to the world that awaits you there in this fast-paced challenging platformer. Tagged as: action, avoidance, browser, flash, free, game, highdifficulty, platform, rarykos, rating-y, simpleidea




Greenie 2

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Greenie 2 Greenie 2 is no-frills, retro-ish puzzle platforming as you help our hero shift blocks and avoid enemies. Just make sure you collect all three stars in each level to open the door! Tagged as: browser, flash, free, game, letmethink, pixelart, platform, puzzle, rating-g, retro



March 27, 2015


Mr Jump

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS — Mr Jump Mr Jump is the latest in the popular trend of brutally difficult action games for iOS, and even a single misstep or mistimed jump will force you to restart the level. But with different, fiendishly designed stages to unlock and even new mechanics as well as reasonable and very few in-app purchases, Mr Jump is a fun, challenging, solid addition to the genre. Tagged as: 1buttonsarl, action, game, highdifficulty, ios, ipad, iphone, ipodtouch, microtransactions, mobile, platform, rating-g, simpleidea




Frozen Islands

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Frozen Islands The frost giants invaded while you were out, capturing your companions and freezing all the islands solid! Raise and train an army to take them down as you march across the islands, rescuing your friends and using their unique unit abilities to help along the way in this simple but fun combination of action and light strategy. Tagged as: action, browser, deqafstudio, flash, free, game, playthis, rating-y, strategy




Friday CatBlogging: Ace

from A Shareware Life

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This is our 15 year old cat Ace, the star of the Ace Card Set.

 




Monkey GO Happy Ninjas

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Monkey GO Happy Ninjas What would make you happier than anything right now? If you're a monkey in the latest Monkey GO Happy point-and-click puzzle game from Pencilkids, the answer, of course, is finding 70 mini-monkeys clad in ninja gear hiding around a temple of sorts and the surrounding area! Tagged as: browser, flash, free, game, monkeygohappy, pencilkids, playthis, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g



March 26, 2015


Is It Winnable?

from A Shareware Life

A question I get often in email is whether a particular game number of a particular game in Pretty Good Solitaire is winnable.  For example, someone will ask if FreeCell #617 is winnable, or is Spider #1001 winnable?

Here is where you can go to get an answer.

The best place to go is to our Goodsol Solitaire Forum.  There are people there who will try to solve any game that is asked, and they usually will succeed.  If it can be solved, someone there will solve it.

Unfortunately, to post on the forum requires signing up for an account and then I have to approve it (necessary because of forum spambots and spammers).  If you don't want to wait for this, there are a couple of other alternatives:

The Goodsol Solitaire Facebook Group - if you have a Facebook account, you can ask if the game is winnable in our Facebook group.  Again, you'll probably get an answer.

Or The Goodsol Solitaire Google+ Community - if you have a Google+ account, ask on our Google+ community.

Between these three resources, you should find someone who will solve the game (or, in some case, tell you it might be unsolvable).

 

 

 

 




Catastrophe Escape

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS, Android, Flash — Catastrophe Escape There's a tornado coming straight for you, but you're stranded with a broken car in front of a deserted gas station. Pine Studios serves up an atmospheric but not always logical escape game with some... unique puzzle solutions. Tagged as: android, browser, escape, flash, free, game, ios, ipad, iphone, ipodtouch, justpinegames, mobile, pinestudio, playthis, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g




The Top 10 Must-Know Clash of Clans Tips

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS, Android — The Top 10 Must-Know Clash of Clans Tips Find the best 10 Must-Know Clash of Clans Tips, they will help you start/play the best way. They will learn you how to progress quickly and efficiently. Tagged as: android, blog, clash of clans, game, guide, hints, ios, ipad, iphone, ipodtouch, mobile, supercell, tips, walkthrough



March 25, 2015


Podcast

from GameDevBlog

I was in a round-table podcast with Tanya Short of Moon Hunters and Alix Stolzer of Legend of Dungeon. Check it out! http://game-wisdom.com/podcast/game-wisdom-developer-round-table-episode-2




Yukon Type Games

from A Shareware Life

We have a new section to our Guide to Solitaire Games:

Yukon

The Complete Guide to Yukon Type Games in Pretty Good Solitaire

It lists all the variations of the excellent game Yukon, including Russian Solitaire and Australian Patience.




Titan Attacks mobile – launched in the Humble Bundle!

from Grey Alien Games

We are proud to announce that our Android port of Titan Attacks has debuted in the Humble PC & Android Bundle 12!

As of writing the bundle is at 62,580 sales and $328,000. We’re hoping it’ll reach at least $500K by the end of the bundle in 6 days’ time.

The port was actually finished in August 2014, but because we agreed to debut in a Humble PC/Android bundle, we haven’t put the game on Google Play yet. We just missed our chance to get in the PC/Android bundle 11 in Sept 2014, which resulted in a 7 month wait until this one came around.

Developer Diary

The last developer diary I did for the port was in December 2013. Back then I had just finished porting the 5th and final world, Titan, including all the enemies.


(Titan)

However, there was still a *lot* to do to make it shippable. Here’s the full list of stuff I did since then:

- Parachute added after some critical hits.


(Parachutes)

- Boss looping sounds added.
- Animation offset command for moon and titan boss eyes.
- Made Animation scale command work (for player bullets as they appear).
- Tank now fires 9 different powers of bullets.
- Made supergun work. It’s cool.
- Made player and enemy bullets use correct radius if they are exploding e.g. for rockets and mines.
- Loaded in player tank graphic, glow, turret and shadow from xml file.
- Player flashes white during immune period at start of level
- Screen strobes red when player is hit
- 4x Add Ons coded and added to shop. Two bullets, an exploding rocket and a laser.


(firepower!)

- Added explosion effect to enemy bombs and mines.
- Made it easier to pick up parachutes including when your tank has add ons.
- Tank invulnerability shield added
- Smartbomb coded and added to shop


(smartbomb)

- Saucer added
- Optimised iOS loading and memory use by only loading in images, anims, objects, levels for the current world.
- Make shop menu fit on screen in landscape mode
- Made teleporting enemies fade properly
- Added support for Offset Delta and Scale Delta animation commands.
- Powerups added (dropped by saucers)
- Made the HUD taller in portrait mode for longer devices and positioned the game screen accordingly.
- Made the game screen scale on landscape mode differently for phone/tablet.
- Added Smart Bomb button and positioned.
- Added in graphics for One Thumb slider mode and positioned/scaled appropriately for all devices.
- Added in graphics for Two Thumb slider mode and positioned appropriately for all devices.
- Added in proper shield bar graphics.
- Made sure that area behind HUD and controls are solid black so that aliens, smartbombs and bullets don’t draw there.
- Added HUD line in portrait mode and HUD gradient in landscape mode.
- Added new in-game Menu button.
- Added in cash, score and X (for multipler) label graphics and positioned in portrait and landscape mode.


(one thumb mode and new HUD)

- Added flashing red shield graphics for when shield is 0
- Added in basic background sides for landscape mode
- Fixed bug from original game where if multiple alien lasers hit tank at same time you would be instantly destroyed.
- Fixed bug from original game where Galaxian slaves (on Mars) were sometimes missing due to starting off screen.
- Finished About screen UI
- Finished Title screen UI in portrait and landscape (but not animated title image)
- Finished Loading screen UI including loading bar
- Finished in-game menu UI
- Finished options screen UI including sliders for sound/music and control method toggles.
- Made game save and restore sound/music volumes.
- Shop screen done in portrait and landscape. Everything works now including animated tank+blueprint in landscape mode.


(shop screen)

- Added Choose Control screen to appear on first play.
- Added authentic particle emitters for: enemy/boss ricochet, enemy/boss explosion including slave and chained emitters, turret smoke ‘n’ sparks
- Got it running on Android phone!
- Added shop music
- Saucer explosion + floating score.
- Made all relevant particles glow using additive blending.
- Challenge mode added.
- Added authentic particle emitters for player bullets and addons.
- Added player death explosion.
- Added authentic enemy critical hit particle emitter.
- Added authentic enemy bullet particle emitters including rocket trail.
- Added authentic alien laser emitter and centipede pod emitter.
- Added teleport emitter and created sound for it as original game had none.
- Added authentic emitters for parachute death and collection.
- Added authentic emitters for powerup pickup.


(particle effects)

- Missed powerups now have a different sound and a different emitter.
- Texture atlases are done!
- Added lerp to one thumb mode and sped up lerp in two thumb mode.
- Made it so you can slide anywhere on the screen in one thumb mode to move but bomb buttons still require a tap (and they have a smaller hitbox)
- Boosted radius of saucers so they are easier to hit.
- Added draw batching for glowing sprites to speed up rendering on phones.
- Layered all glowing sprites and emitter particles correctly.
- Optimised particle creation so the game should run faster on older phones.
- Make game support trimmed texture atlases to save memory on phones with small heap.
- Using original font for the floating scores and $ values.
- Fixed player bullets so that they disappear when off screen and not just before.
- Fixed enemy size so that firing when off screen calculation is more accurate.
- Added meteors.
- Prevented Quit from being used during the player death anim.
- Added enemy bullet shadow.
- Made sure background sides are drawn on top of all particles.
- Stopped smart bombs from showing at extreme edge of very wide screens.
- Added animated backgrounds to every level.
- Made a hard limit of 1000 particles and made sure it doesn’t crash.
- Animated title screen done!
- Added HSB color transition to smoke particles.
- Boosted Two Thumb Mode move button hitbox Y. So if your finger slips off it still works.
- Added flashing High Score to title screen.
- Music now changes every level.
- Made smartbomb sound louder.
- Converted all sounds and music to .ogg format.
- Android back button now works like Escape key on all screens and does a nice close of title screen.
- Boosted fire button hitbox to the side whenever possible (not in portrait on phones.)
- Moved controls up from bottom of screen a bit in portrait mode on >4:3 Android devices to avoid clashing with on-screen buttons that some androids have. Also same for landscape mode but only for two thumb controls on tablets as there’s no room to do this for one thumb controls or on phones.
- Added more steps to loadinging bar for sounds.
- Added sound triggers to stop multiple versions of common sounds playing in same frame.
- Tablet controls will now only be used on devices 8″ and larger. e.g. iPad size.
- Moved Slider control for Two Thumb mode in a bit from the side so that left can always be reached easily.
- Made player bullets disappear a bit sooner off screen so that firing feels faster to player.
- Made Moon boss a bit easier by allowing it to go higher up the screen.
- Made red text fade from yellow to red as per original game.
- Added an icon.
- SHIPPED!


(Titan boss)

Hopefully you can get some sense of the work involved in finishing a game from that list. Don’t forget that I’d already done a ton of work before that final push. Also there was a lot of testing and tweaking the mobile controls during those final stages.

I’m very pleased with the result, and so is Puppy Games. It’s an authentic port in every detail and I also made sure that it runs on slower Android devices without much memory. As a result we haven’t had any major launch issues and have received some nice positive feedback too. YAY!




Lethal RPG: War Begins

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows, Flash — Lethal RPG: War Begins The kingdom is in peril, and undead armies are rising all across the land! You are Lethal, the king's champion, and you and your band of trusty adventurers must put a stop to the skeleton legions! This browser-based RPG is a miniaturized prelude to the full Lethal RPG: War PC/mobile game, but it's still stuffed to the gills with enemies to fight, pets to collect, bosses to take down, and sidequests to venture on. Venture through the forest, desert, and mountains to take on lizardmen, bandits, evil mushroom-wielding sorcerers, and more! Tagged as: android, browser, demo, desura, download, eyespyda, flash, free, game, indie, ios, ipad, iphone, mobile, rating-y, rpg, tablet, upgrades, windows




Weekday Escape N°68

from Jay Is Games

Weekday Escape N°68 Games featured this week: Escape from the Room Surrounded by Bookshelves 3; Girls Room No.5: Powder Brush; Dark Dungeon Escape — Three games to help you escape your weekday boredom? Yes, please. And thus we present: Hottategoya's beautiful aesthetics and sparse furnishings provide the perfect setting for logical puzzles in a quick escape. FunkyLand continues the frilly and pink series with more of the usual, including just enough pizzaz and creativity to overcome the stereotyping. For something a little more dank and dour, yet no less lovely as far as gaming experience goes, Flash 512's latest brings an adventuresome feel to the typical escape-the-room scenario. Tagged as: blog, browser, escape, flash512, free, funkyland, game, hottategoya, pointandclick, puzzle, weekday-escape



March 24, 2015


Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS, Windows — Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas Now available on PC, Oceanhorn is the story of a young boy who sets out to avenge his father against a legendary monster from the depths of a drowned world. Though it might be a bit TOO casual and Zelda-like for some, this action-adventure is an absolute stunner, and a cheerful, vibrant game for any age and skill level. Tagged as: action, adventure, cornfoxandbros, download, fantasy, game, indie, ios, ipad, iphone, ipodtouch, mobile, rating-y, rpg, steam, windows




To Be or Not To Be

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux — To Be or Not To Be Ryan North, Kate Beaton, Anthony Clark and more combine talents to make one behemoth of a Choose Your Own Adventure gamebook with a seriously comedic style for iOS and Android as well as Mac, PC, and Linux. In the iconic tale of Hamlet, do you follow the rules... or do you play as someone else entirely and travel through time, thwart terrorists, advance ghost marine biology, and more? Tagged as: adventure, android, comedy, download, game, ifiction, indie, ios, ipad, iphone, ipodtouch, kbeaton, linux, mac, mobile, narrative, rating-o, rnorth, steam, tinmangames, visualnovel, windows




Clash of Clans: How to Begin

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS, Android — Clash of Clans: How to Begin A quick guide for Beginners on Clash of Clans and a guide to remind the Basics of the game to Elder players. Learn the main targets of your units and how to deploy them. Tagged as: android, blog, clash of clans, game, guide, hints, ios, mobile, strategy, strategy-guide, supercell, tips, walkthrough




The 4 Solitaire Games You Should Win Before You Die

from A Shareware Life

There are a few solitaire games in Pretty Good Solitaire that are very difficult to win.  For many of them, winning just involves luck of just getting the right cards.  But there are a few very hard games that involve skill rather than just luck.  These are games worth playing even though most of the time you will never win them.

 

 

1) Seven Devils

The game Seven Devils is so named because of a reserve pile of 7 cards.  These 7 cards can only be played to the foundation piles (the piles where you build cards up from Aces to Kings).

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The situation is not helped by the fact that you can move only one card at a time in the 7 pile tableau.  A very hard game, but similar to the popular game Klondike.  The key to winning is to get those 7 devils out.

 

2) Interchange

 

Interchange is an even more interesting game of the Forty Thieves type.

Interchange

It features a tableau of alternating face up and face down cards.  Because there are so many cards buried in the tableau, it can be difficult to get at them all and the game is very hard to win.  But there are some strategies to improve your chances.

 

3) German Patience

 

German Patience is an unusual game where all building is on the 8 tableau/foundation piles.

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All building is up regardless of suit and only one card can be moved at a time.  The goal is to get all of the cards into 8 13-card sequences.  The game is very challenging as you get more cards into play, you have less space to move them around.

 

4) Diavolo

 

The devilish game Diavolo is a variation of the excellent game Rouge et Noir.

Diavolo

Diavolo has 2 types of foundation piles - the left 4 piles are built from Aces up to Kings just like in most solitaire games (except they build by color instead of suit).  The other 4 piles, on the other hand, are built as 13-card sequences down in alternate color in the tableau, then moved up to the foundation piles in 13-card units.  Therefore you are building two different things at the same time.  You have no redeals and the odds are against you.  Still, you can help yourself by making the right moves (and learning the easier Rouge et Noir first is recommended).

 

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If you can manage to win these four very hard solitaire games at least one each, you can call yourself a solitaire expert.

 

PREVIOUSLY: The 7 Solitaire Games You Should Learn How to Play

NEXT: 7 Interesting Klondike Type Solitaire Games

 




Spring Hotel

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Spring Hotel This hotel doesn't have a bathroom, but is that really so bad when it's filled with all the cozy aesthetics and tricky puzzles of someone like TomaTea? Marrying whimsy with logic, Spring Hotel makes for an engaging and clever escape game that's great any time of the year. Tagged as: browser, escape, flash, free, game, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g, tomatea



March 23, 2015


Asgard Attack

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Asgard Attack Yikes! Goblins are amassing an army and attacking Asgard. The war has begun, but good thing for teleport that can zap your troops right to the front lines, for just a smattering of gold. Shame they got the Yetis on their side and every other evil creature under the sun in this action-packed defense game. Tagged as: action, annieandmark, browser, defense, fantasy, flash, free, game, rating-y, realtime, strategy, upgrades




20 Years Ago

from A Shareware Life

It was about 20 years ago at this time that I started working on a game - the game I wrote before Pretty Good Solitaire.  At that time, Spring 1995, the internet was barely even noticed, Netscape had only just started, when you went online you mainly went on AOL, Prodigy, or CompuServe.

Windows 3.1 was the dominant operating system, although there were a lot of people around who still used DOS.  I started writing a game for Windows 3.1 that would be done in a couple of months.

A lot would change that year.  The World Wide Web suddenly became popular in the spring and summer, web sites were the new thing.  Windows 95 was still months away.  Internet access was by modem, either 2400 bits per second or 9600, if you had an expensive modem.

I didn't know it, but it turned out I was starting to write a game at almost exactly the right time.  

 




Sword & Spoon

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Sword & Spoon So you can run a war, and you can run a kitchen, but this strategy/resource management title wants to know if you can do BOTH at the same time! You have a finite space in your castle with which to build units to defend it, but you also need to build potato farms to feed the men. Protect your castle... and try to keep everyone fed. Tagged as: browser, defense, flash, free, game, goodygameworks, rating-g, retro, strategy, upgrades




Episode 381: Nudity Next Time

from Casual Gamer Chick

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This week’s episode is full of pop culture references, again, as Inspector Gadget, Matthew Broderick, My Little Pony and The Garry Shandling Show all get some airtime. In addition, Paul discusses his frustration with The Sims Freeplay, and Jonah threatens that in the next episode, he’ll be naked and Paul will wear a silly hat.

The news includes:

  • Free Windows 10 for pirates
  • Kojima breaks silence over departure rumours
  • Atari to indie dev: Stop ripping off your own work on Tempest 2000
  • Xbox For Sale – the rumours just won’t quit
  • Nintendo’s next-generation console is codenamed ‘NX’

All that and a Listener Feedback.

This week’s episode is full of pop culture references, again, as Inspector Gadget, Matthew Broderick, My Little Pony and The Garry Shandling Show all get some airtime. In addition, Paul discusses his frustration with The Sims Freeplay, and Jonah threatens that in the next episode, he’ll be naked and Paul will wear a silly hat. The news includes: Free Windows 10 for pirates Kojima breaks silence over departure rumours Atari to indie dev: Stop ripping off your own work on Tempest 2000 Xbox For Sale – the rumours just won’t quit Nintendo’s next-generation console is codenamed ‘NX’ All that and a Listener Feedback.



March 21, 2015


Town of Salem

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Mac, Windows, Flash — Town of Salem This multiplayer update of the classic "Mafia/Werewolf" party game has you playing as a cute pilgrim with a specific set of abilities and goals. Each night a new batch of your neighbors are murdered, and each day you've got to find the person responsible and put them on trial. Just be sure to not get bumped off yourself! Tagged as: blankmediagames, browser, download, flash, free, game, indie, mac, multiplayer, puzzle, rating-y, steam, strategy, windows




Hana's Room 1

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Hana's Room 1 Got a few minutes? Load up this short and sweet escape game from Vitamin Hana. Though it won't take you long, the emphasis on clever, logical puzzles and cracking codes makes it a satisfying treat for any day. Tagged as: browser, escape, flash, free, game, playthis, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g, vitaminhana




Transmorpher 3

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Transmorpher 3 You're an alien tasked with traversing a temple full of traps and robots. Transform into alternate forms, such as a wall-climbing blue ball or a chubby orange block-destroyer, to survive the temple and make your way to safety. Tagged as: action, browser, flash, flashrush, free, game, platform, puzzle, rating-g



March 20, 2015


Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Windows — Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise Newlyweds Emily and Patrick never expected their honeymoon to be highjacked by a cruise full of their friends and family... will they be able to relax, help their favourite people, and have some hard discussions? Another gorgeous, fun, and engaging time management game in the beloved Delicious series. Tagged as: affiliate, bigfishgames, casual, deliciousseries, download, game, gamehouse, rating-g, timemanagement, windows




Alpha Omega

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS — Alpha Omega Love word puzzles and don't want a lot of pomp and flash? This sleek puzzle game combines word scrambles with crosswords for a whopping 360 levels of relaxing, simple but engaging gameplay on your iOS. Tagged as: board, borderleap, game, ios, ipad, iphone, ipodtouch, microtransactions, mobile, puzzle, rating-g, simpleidea, word




Find the Escape-Men Part 143: First Pitch

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Javascript/HTML5 — Find the Escape-Men Part 143: First Pitch It's just your average day at a baseball game until the pitcher goes missing! Track down all ten little green men and solve a few sneaky puzzles to bring him back in this short and silly title from no1game. Tagged as: browser, escape, free, game, html5, no1game, playthis, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g




Friday CatBlogging: Pumpkin

from A Shareware Life

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juxtapose

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — juxtapose Trapped on two different sides of a mirrored world, travelers struggle to find a way back together, or any of the other thirteen different endings in this strange and surreal experimental puzzle game by zillix. Tagged as: browser, experimental, flash, free, game, puzzle, rating-y, surreal, zillix