Slideout v1.0 released!

If you enjoyed Traffic you should try my other app Slideout. It’s a similar concept but the blocks move in both directions and the puzzles have a lot more variation. It’s a lot more challenging so be prepared to think.

I actually decided to scrap my old app Sliders Klotski and release it again as a free app. It’s hard to get anywhere in the market as a paid app and I think part of the problem was the poor name and logo. I apologize to the 14 people who bought it.

In contrast Traffic is doing well. The stats are just coming in now and it’s averaging a few hundred downloads each day. Thank you to everyone who downloaded it and wrote reviews, it’s very encouraging for me. I’m going to work on some updates soon so don’t remove it yet!

I also have plans for a third app which I’m going to start on this weekend. Please subscribe to this blog to keep up to date with any new updates or releases!

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Traffic v1.0 Released!

Yes, I decided to make a rush hour game for windows phone 7. It’s really a simplification of my last klotski game, I just had to lock each block to be either horizontal or vertical and allow for the opening on the right side of the puzzle. I also split my solution into multiple phone projects sharing the same model which meant cleaning up a lot of the code. A lot of the rest of the work was drawing the nice car graphics (all original drawings by me).

Here’s a sample screenshot:

I released this game for free with ads, I expect this might be the best option for windows phone games right now. If this does well I might re-release klotski as a free application too.

The puzzles were actually much easier to create for this game, I modified the open source program gtlevel so it would output levels in the format I wanted.

I also made a couple improvements to the engine (shared between traffic and klotski):

– For traffic I added the minimum moves for each level as a target for those with OCD. I did allow some room for error (15%) so one bad move won’t ruin your game. An almost perfect solve will earn a star for the level.

– Moving the same piece twice in a row doesn’t cost an additional move. If you push other pieces with the selected piece that will still cost moves.

– I improved the dialog when you finish a level to allow you to restart (for those trying to improve their record).

Please review my app and let me know what you think! If this does well enough I will release more levels.

Sliders Klotski v1.0 Released!

Update: Sliders Klotski has been released as a free game called Slideout, see my later post.

 

This is my first attempt at a mobile game, let me know what you think! I focused on making the gameplay work well so the design is fairly simple. I may fix it up a bit in future releases.

Here’s one of the sample screenshots:

Please let me know what you would like to see improved! I’m also looking for new levels if you have any suggestions.