Weekend update…

Wow, what a weekend for development. I released my first game as Nekoyoubi and my first Android app to boot!

Reed’s Mine

I finished up the initial release of Reed’s Mine and deployed it to the Android Market. It was listed for approximately eight hours before I realized a bug with ladders and caves that could confuse and frustrate people and pulled it.

I’ve since re-released it (v0.2) after fixing the bug and making a few enhancements. It is currently built for Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above, but I will be attempting to let it ride for Android 2.1 (Eclair) this weekend.

Even though I am not using any Froyo specific features, I chose to limit to that version in an attempt to only offer the app to newer (faster) phones in case the Unity Android build was rough. I think things will be fine after some texture optimization this upcoming weekend though.

Apologies for the Unity icon for the app icon on the phone. This is a noted bug that is being resolved by Unity. I think I know a work-around, but I’ve been focusing on the actual game itself more than its publishing thus far.

This upcoming weekend should have some cool changes implemented in Reed’s Mine. For one, I plan to add random dwarves in the mine levels’ generation. They will let you trade some of your resources mined for various items to assist in mining (no spoilers, sorry). Also, I will try to work achievements into the next release, but that may have to come in the next version.

I will attempt to create a build of Reed’s Mine for those of you without Androids as well (probably a web build), but I’m not giving it priority over the features of the real game. Don’t be mad, I just have to make sure I give the people what I sell them. 😉

Click here to check out Reed’s Mine on the Android Market.

Obviously, if you get Reed’s Mine please leave a rating and/or comment, as this is what I hope will get the word out there about it. Also, if you enjoy it, please tell your friends. Thanks much in advance!

Oh, and since I released it, I found that there is actually a real Reed’s Mine! How cool is that?! I promise you that this game has nothing to do with that mine and is, in fact, named after one of our members for his extensive Minecraft mining expeditions.

Check out what another of our members (Blake) made right after the release (and how cool is that?!)…

Weekend update…

Unity Android

I can finally build for Android! Woo! I purchased a license to Unity Android on Thursday, and have been hard at work on my first Andy game ever since. I will probably be writing a stupid amount of games for Android because it’s so damned fun. As of right now though, I don’t even have a sandbox project. I’ve really just been working on Reed’s Mine (my first Android game).

Android development is obviously different than PC, but for the most part, things will build and deploy the same (gawd love Unity). As such, I’m still learning a lot of DOs and DON’Ts to Android development. I will attempt to make it a point to share these as often as I can. 😉

Reed’s Mine

I spent all of this weekend working on Reed’s Mine. Let me explain a little of what it is and what it will be.

Reed’s Mine is an Android-based casual mining game. It’s also my first Android project, but that doesn’t mean it has to suck. One thing that I don’t seem to see enough in mobile games is evolution of the game itself, so I plan to make that a common occurrence. You may only buy it once, but there’s no reason I can think of that I shouldn’t update it to do more than bug fix. I will probably be releasing the initial game earlier than “flawless”, but I plan to improve and expand content and game-play for as long as the game’s idea is stuff fun.

Walk, dig, gather resources, and explore an infinite underground with zero-consequence. There are no enemies (yet; not sure about this one), no traps (same), no death (mostly sure we don’t want this, but we’ll see about enemies). What there are are resources. Lots of them. There’s currently coal, iron, copper, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds – with many more already planned.

These resources do nothing special currently, but will at least offer achievements by the initial release. Soon after, they will be able to be exchanged for items or other resources to random dwarves that you will encounter along your journey. After the dwarf content update, I plan to add a simple crafting system that will allow you to upgrade your tools and create various items from your resources.

Joshua Morse has been helping me out on the audio side of things. IMO, he’s already done more impressive work on the project than I have… and I’m writing the damned thing! He’s an amazing artist, and if you don’t know who he is, you need to go check him out at jmflava.com right this instant!

Anyway, I could go on and on about Reed’s Mine, but I want to make sure I can get everything together for the initial release, so I’m trying not get too far ahead of myself.

I wroted Junkboy a cakes…

Almost immediately after my cake to Notch was squandered, I learn of a Junkboy birthday that is occurring. I told him that I would have wroted him a cakes too, but that I assumed once again, it would be ignored. He actually responded that “[he] always notices when people wroteter [him] cake.”

So as soon as I got home I started scrambling for ideas. Man, you guys should have heard some of the stuff K came up with… let’s just say, it was right up Junkboy’s alley with lots of explosions, and very little pants.

Then I get this Escapist article drop into my lap about Sweden’s McDonald’s cashing in on the general gaming theme of Sweden (thanks, Mojang!) by creating a large game of pong for passersby to make fools of themselves with.

Hoping that Junkboy in all his comedic pantslessness would have at least given this a smirk, I thought it was a perfect jumping off point.

Anyway, more of the joke becomes apparent if you watch the video in the article. Junkboy even wins a prize if he beats himself for 30 seconds. Awesome, how fun that is to say, yeah?

Josh Whelchel threw me the audio for the cake. It’s awesome, yeah? He’s a very talented guy. He’s actually currently working on the music for the next Mojang game, Scrolls.

Check out Junkboy’s Cake! (http://bit.ly/hbdjunkboy)