Retro Yeti Escape Game for iPhone and iPod Touch

I’ve just finished developing Yeti Escape for Vivid Reflection, my iOS development company. Yeti Escape is a new Christmas-themed retro game for iOS. The story: Present-hungry yetis have escaped from the North Pole and threaten to ruin Christmas. Pixel Santa must save the day by throwing spare presents at them. Can he still make his deliveries on-time? The game is available now on the App Store and I’ve made a short 2 minute video demoing the retro gameplay and awesome 8-bit sound effects and music so please check it out.

Yeti Escape Demo – 8-bit Retro Arcade Game from Vivid Reflection on Vimeo.

The Yeti Escape game is made in Cocos2D and has Game Center leader board support so you can challenge your friends too. It’s a fun variation on the classic 8-bit arcade shooter. You play by tapping the screen to fire presents from your sleigh, aiming to hit the yetis. Once they consume a present they disappear back to their slumber in the North Pole. If they escape, they eat everyone’s presents and it’s game over. In some ways it plays a bit like a modern-themed twist on the arcade classic Missile Command. As Pixel Santa is moving through the game world, you have time and aim the shot just right to hit the moving yeti. There are a number of different yetis all of differing strengths and speeds which try to escape at different times and if you’re not expecting it you’ll find yourself shrieking as some “super powerful bad-ass” sumo yeti escapes with your last life.

Please let me know what you think about the game in the comments. What’s your best bit about 8-bit retro games?

If you’d like to keep up-to-date on the apps and games I develop, follow @VReflection on Twitter or like Vivid Reflection’s Facebook page. The game has just gone live and Yeti Escape can be downloaded on the App Store now.

‘Cut the Rope’ HTML5 JavaScript Preloader

Screenshot of Cut the Rope HTML5 Javascript web appDevelopers from the popular iPhone game Cut the Rope and a crack team of HTML5 gurus from PixelLab, have developed an awesome JavaScript version that runs inside most modern web browsers using JavaScript and a number of powerful HTML5 features such as canvas and media APIs. You can find out how they did it from the behind-the-scenes video they’ve posted.

One of the interesting snippets from the dev blog is that the group behind the creation of the app have released an open-source preloader for JavaScript apps called PxLoader. It supports some extremely useful features such as being able to load in your canvas images in groups, use progress bars, get callbacks when various groups have loaded and supports a plug-in architecture so you can load in sounds too. It’s released under a fairly liberal MIT license and the PxLoader source is available on GitHub.

Image loading in Groups

A good example is using it in an HTML5 game to load menu sprites before actual game sprites since you would want the menu to display and load first. PxLoader can also provide progress updates to many listeners and will scope the updates and statistics to only the set of “tags” a listener is interested in, a tag being the text name of that group.

You can play with a working example of the group image loading on the PxLoader homepage (Sample 3).

Pub Darts now with Facebook Support

Richard Warrender's photo in Pub DartsHey, just to let you know Pub Darts 1.2 is now up in the App Store.

The biggest feature this new version supports is Facebook integration. Yes thats right… you can now log in and pull a “friend’s” profile picture straight onto the dartboard ready to let off some steam. Mmm, now if only you could download and try it out for free… wait you can because I made it free for a short while!
Here’s the link for Pub Darts.

So what else is in this free update?
Well I’ll tell you. This is what some people have been begging me for…

  • Ability to refresh dartboard
    (You can now remove the tiny dart holes)
  • Dart sound effects
    (Satisfying thuds as a dart hits the board – woop!)
  • Bug fixes related to using camera and albums
    (Needed fixing particularly for large images)

Just in case you can’t find it, to access Facebook navigate to…
Settings > Boss Image > Camera > Grab From Facebook

Let me know what you’d like to see in the next update. Either in the comments or an email. Of course, you could always leave a really positive review if you enjoy it 😀

Pub Darts now with Instructions!

Pub Darts iconWhen I first launched Pub Darts last March, I got many great positive messages from people who love throwing darts at their boss’s picture! I also got much negative feedback from people who found the throwing mechanism difficult or not as intuitive as I thought it was. Therefore adding instructions to version 1.1 was very important to avoiding those 1 star reviews!

However due to work commitments it has had to sit on the back-burner but with the recent release of the iPhone 4, I couldn’t help but update Pub Darts with gorgeous high resolution artwork. I also managed to add in some instructions, make a new icon, fix a few bugs, allow games to save themselves when you quit and completely redo the shadows to be more ‘iPhone-like’. This free update can be grabbed immediately from your iPhone by updating in the App Store application.

More updates are coming soon. Feel free to suggest some features you’d like to see. If you’ve yet to experience Pub Darts on your iPhone, grab it for free now.

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