FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines just got released!

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I would like to inform you that today is July 22, 2014. Yes, it’s finally Crazy Machines time!

I know a lot of you were waiting eagerly for this moment. I know it from your personal e-mails, the twitter replies, the facebook comments and all the fuzz that you created. The excitement is the same for me too. I really can’t wait to see your crazy flights (and crashes) on everyplay. To see how you will like the game, what scores you will achieve 30 minutes after release, etc. It is going to be awesome!

So, you can right now download the game for free from your device’s app store. But I made it even easier for you. No matter what device you have, you can follow the link below, and you will be redirected to the appropriate store page:

http://applk.co/fh

So open the above link on your Android phone and you will be redirected directly to the Google Play download page, open it on your iPhone and AppStore will come up. Same for BlackBerry 10 devices. You can even open it on your desktop browser and it will show you a qr-code to scan. How is that for convenient? 

Still here? What are you waiting for?

Well, since you are still here I would like to thank some people that helped in making this game a reality.

Erik Oros - For providing very helpful feedback on the gamepad support
Theodoros Theodoridis - For the insight comments on UX
Vasso Venetopoulou - For german translations
Ioanna Gkotinakou - For french translations

Beta Testers
Vassilios Karakoidas
George Koutsikos
George Vasilakos
John Spanos
Achileas Anagnwstopoulos
Pantelis Giazitsis
George Tsaousidis
Nikos Liapis
Alex Christou

James Richardson, Jen Allen, Matteo Vismara, all the people that supported the epocu campaign, and basically everybody over at BlackBerry that supported this game so much. 

I am probably forgetting half of you people here, but show sympathy, my brain is melting! :D

Well that is it. Your really shouldn’t be here now. You should be unlocking the vehicles in Crazy Machines. GO! Continue reading

Trying out this new service epocu.com

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After a redditor’s suggestion I found out about this new service called epocu.com, that helps with marketing your game through a new interesting idea. It is something like kickstarter but swapout money with social reach.

So what you basically do is create a project page and then set a goal number of supporters and a target date. A supporter is someone that will agree to have a post made (that he sets) on his social network on the target date. However that is only going to happen if the project achieves the goal number of supporters, otherwise nothing happens.

This way you can have a boost in your social reach on the day you release your game. I find it a very smart idea.

Bellow you can find my project page on epocu.com and a post I did on Reddit. If you like be a supporter!

Be a supporter on Epocu.com

Upvote on Reddit

Have fun!

 

New Herbie adventure coming on July 22

FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines hits stores July 22

This was one crazy week for me. After so much hard work on the game, and finally submitting to three app stores on June 28, Apple managed to delay the release by almost one month. The game got rejected by Apple a few times, due to IAPs not working (as they said). As you understand a big race started to figure out what was the real problem as IAPs in my games work since 2011. It’s the same code. But anyway, I don’t want to bug you with details you don’t care about. The real news are that I now have approval for release on iOS, Android and BlackBerry.

The game will be released the coming Tuesday, July 22. So mark the date and have your App Store, Google Play or BlackBerry World ready for download. It is going to be crowded! 

Meanwhile, I invite you to share the news with your friends and spread the word. Your help will be of extreme value, Herbie will love you, colors will be brighter, food will taste better, life will have meaning. Trust me. :)

Here are some links you might find interesting for sharing:

FlyCraft website
YouTube Trailer

And if you are press, you will find this media pack handy:

Media Pack
 
Until then, mark the date: July 22nd, 2014

Smart App Shopper shutting down on July 17

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Those of you following around my BlackBerry apps will probably know of my Smart App Shopper app. It was launched about a year ago, in the hope to provide a price watching service similar to those available for iOS.

Unfortunately, can’t say that the project was a success. With only 30,000 users and 1,000 active users per day, it is not much. It is probably the fact that BlackBerry doesn’t really allow you to change your price to free and back to paid again. I guess that is the main driving force of these kinds of apps.

But anyway, I was keeping it running for those that were still using it. However, after the saddening news of the Amazon Store integration in BB10 and the diminish of the actual BlackBerry World, I realized there is no real reason behind attending the web service and keeping the thing rolling. It’s a dead end.

So please take notice that Smart App Shopper will be pulled from BlackBerry World on July 17. After that you will not be able to download it, and those that have it installed will not be able to use it.

Thank you all for the support all this time!

FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines Teaser [VIDEO]

So the new game is “FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines”. It is a FlyCraft spin off where you get to fly some premade vehicles that were inspired by players creations.

Below you can see the small teaser I prepared just to get you started:

The game will be released some time next week on BlackBerry, iOS and Android. If you want to be notified about the release, please go ahead and sign up to the mailing list.

See you!

Second FlyCraft mini-game coming…

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Summer is peaking here in Greece, the heat is becoming unbearable, but game developement is still strong. I have been secretly plotting another come back for Herbie and Mollie since the release of Flappy Herbie (or FlyCraft Herbie on some platforms).

Unfortunately, with all the work I had lately, it took a little longer than I expected, but do not despair. The game is already in the hands of a very small group of elite beta testers, and the release is close.

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Flappy Herbie Saga: Trolls of the Forest

Flappy Herbie: Trolls of the Forest iconFlappy Bird did it. The most simple game ever build at the top of every AppStore. How frustrating can that be to big game development companies that put hundreds of thousands of dollars into developing and marketing their games? It is so funny to follow this industry. You can never predict the future.

I was feeling so psyched about it! I needed to mock it, understand it, troll it, test it, everything at the same time. So my creative juices started boiling again, and I decided that I had to make a game that will express all that. Everything in it should be trolling some part of the situation. The game itself, the gamers, the appstores, the clone haters. So starting from the game name you can begin to understand what is going on. “Flappy Herbie Saga: Trolls of the Forest”. I used to name my games with short names. Not anymore. The game is also SO hard that it provides Zen relaxation services to the gamer for free. Even though I was tempted to make it a paid service at some point just to meta-troll it. When you feel frustrated by the game you can read beatiful Zen calming quotes, while listening to nice relaxing music. I am not going to dive into all satire points in the game as I will ruin it, but you will get the point for sure.

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Happy birthday Herbie!

It is amazing how fast time can fly… is was exactly one year ago when FlyCraft was released on BlackBerry World. Herbie is turning one year old today! So much has happened in the past twelve months that sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that it was just one year ago today that Herbie did it’s debut flight.

And how we got to that day? The long month before the release. From the introduction to the October Challenge crowd, to some halfway progress report, to the actual revealing of our hero ladybug Herbie and finally the victorious release post. It was unforgettable times, that could only be topped by what happened after the release. It was crazy, the game was a success we never anticipated. FlyCraft managed to be “Game of the year” and then be everywhere in BlackBerry, from forums, to news, to conferences, to TV. It was a rollercoaster! Thank you everybody for this!

Late in January 2013, Thanasis Lightbridge withdrew from the project to focus his powers on his third and dark side music project that he recently revealed to the public. Despite this big loss development continued on the game, by bringing it to Z10 (and later to the square screen of the Q10 and Q5), bringing in replays, and an online system to publish and browse flight replays from all over world, and the organization of a championship with great prizes.

So what is on the timeline from now on you ask? Well, after the Herbie birthday cake we are cutting tomorrow with close friends, I am very excited to announce that FlyCraft will be coming to iPhone and iPad! Yes, thats right. Your voices are finally heard. I don’t want to hear another complaint about!

Right now the game can already run on the device, but needs some more work to polish it and make sure everything works as expected on fruit devices. If you are interested in the progress, or you want to be one of the few lucky beta testers, please be free to signup here:

http://flycraftgame.com/signup

I will start to send non public info on the progress and you will get to be one of the firsts to be notified its out.

So let see what this new year will bring! Happy birthday Herbie!

p.s. As a way to share the celebration with you, the price of FlyCraft was dropped to just $0.99… forever! Get it here. ;)

 

The numbers: The BlackBerry World and S4BB

A “scandal” hit the news recently that caused a lot of discussion and even BlackBerry itself was forced to publicly respond. I am not talking about anything else than the S4BB story about the 47000+ it has published in the BlackBerry World store.

Since I have recently created an infrastructure that monitors the BlackBerry World for my SmartAppShopper app, I am in the position to have good insight of what is going on in the store. So how many apps does S4BB precisely have on the store? Are all apps for BlackBerry 10? What is the average rating of those apps? What is the distance in number of apps from the second most “productive” vendor? Brace!

It turns out that S4BB is one of the oldest vendor in BlackBerry world. Its ID is just 102. So there must be many apps from S4BB that are from the pre BlackBerry 10 era. Lets see how that looks. Continue reading