Traffic just hit 400,000 downloads on February 5! Window Phone 8 has definitely helped boost downloads, I’m getting close to 800 a day again after dropping quite a bit.
Super Picross hasn’t had nearly as many downloads but it seems to get almost as many ad impressions. The Daily Puzzle feature is great for getting people using the app regularly. It’s a lot of fun playing the submitted levels too.
Ads aren’t paying very well anymore so 2012 wasn’t quite as successful as 2011. However my apps still have a good place in the windows phone market which is growing everyday. It’s also my 29th birthday and I’m quite happy 🙂
Klotski is now in the Windows store! link
It uses the same engine as Traffic Jam so porting it over wasn’t difficult. It doesn’t have fancy new graphics but it is still very fun! Please check it out!
After some struggles getting the app certified, Traffic Jam is now in the WIndows 8 marketplace! link
It is a port of my Windows Phone game Traffic. I hired a graphic artist and updated the graphics of both versions as you can see:
I have my klotski game Slideout almost ported over as well.
It’s been great to get reviews for Super Picross from people who are enjoying the daily puzzles! The list of puzzles is getting quite large, to the point where I need to make an update to organize them better. It’s on my list of things to do, as well as some ports to windows 8.
With that in mind, I am taking 2 weeks off work to go to Tanzania! Thankfully there are enough daily puzzle submissions that I can set them in advance and not worry about it.
My 3rd game Super Picross just got released to the WP7 marketplace!
If you’ve never played Picross/Griddlers before it can be as addictive as sudoku and in my opinion much more awesome. I’m a big fan of logic games and I wasn’t satisfied with the current Picross games in the market so I made my own.
The big challenge with Picross games is that the phone screen isn’t big enough for large puzzles so to keep it all touch controlled there has to be a zoom feature. I modeled the zoom feature off Pixelogic for iPhone, dynamically resizing the grid to focus on a 5×5 section. I think it works pretty well but it might take some getting used to.
There’s only 24 levels in the original release but I’m hoping the daily puzzles will make up for it. There’s a level creator and submission system so each day I’ll be adding a new puzzle. I’m getting bored with playing my own levels so I want to try some of yours :).
Please send me your comments/feedback
I added 60 more levels to Traffic and fixed some bugs. The game should be available in a lot more countries now once their marketplaces open. There was an annoying bug where the application settings were getting cleared, and this caused the review prompt to appear multiple times for some people. I removed the crash reporting by email since Microsoft shares crash reports to developers now. I also updated the advertisement control to use the latest SDK.