Construct2 GameJam Game Announcement!

Hey guys, as I mentioned in my last post on the Unity Hackathon, I’m making a game for the Construct2 GameJam on Newgrounds. I can officially announce some information of the game!

So here it is!

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The game sets you the task of defending a city from a fireworks display, sabotaged to act as homing missiles to kill all the citizens below. The game uses touch control to detonate the fireworks before they hit the ground, and power ups to help you as the amount of fireworks pile up to an enormous amount!

Good news is that most of the game is already finished and working. Bad news is that at the moment, I have no music, sound effects are generated from DrPetter’s SFXR and the only artwork I have are temporary stuff I’ve drawn, and I’m not a great artist.  What I’d like is artwork and animation, as well as music to make the game look as great as possible. Fortunately, I have a whole month to get it sorted, but not without someone or some people willing to contribute to this game.

Since it is more of a hobbyist project, I cannot offer payment, but the game will be released on Newgrounds.com, a large and popular community for art, animation and music, and will also be on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, meaning you can have a digitally released title on both PC and phone on your portfolio!

I’ve currently put out posts on both the Scirra Forums and Newground’s Collabinator, but if you or anyone you know is interested, let me know in the comments here, message me on the Facebook Page or Twitter

Windows 8 Unity Hackathon!

As of writing I’ve just arrived home from the London. Microsoft’s Lee Scott and Simon Michael organised a two day (15 hour) hackathon, where we have the goal of making a simple and fun game in Unity for Windows 8, all part of the Windows Games Ambassador Scheme.

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All this took place at Modern Jago, one of the Microsoft establishments for app developers to work on titles and get advice for their work. The layout of the place, as well as the design is very artistic and clever, and they have a lot of tech to play around with, including a 9 panel screened Xbox 360!

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After an overview on what all the ambassadors have been up to and what games they’ve made, we also got shown what things Unity have that will make it possible for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 development.

Then it was on with the hackathon, we got into pairs and started building! I worked with fellow games ambassador Ben Beagley for our game.

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Game Of Life Updated!

Hey guys, I decided to make a quick update to my Game of Life game! It’s currently on the Windows 8 store, thanks to MonoGame for the easy porting process, and I’m currently working on a Windows version for none Windows 8 users.

As you can tell, I’ve simplified the interface, and the Windows 8 version also includes touch controls for drawing and buttons. The keyboard commands still work (Z, X, C and Space) as well as mouse controls.

I’ve also made it possible to change the orientation and resolution, and therefore, change the size of the grid as well. In the regular Windows version I’ll probably change this feature so you can resize the Window, since you aren’t forced into fullscreen.

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Check out the Windows 8 store version here!

 

Show us your Game Changer

As a Windows Games Ambassador, I think it’s write for me to tell you this!

Show us that you’re a game changer and collect points every step of the way to redeem rewards like a brand new Windows 8 RT Slate. Create the next app phenomenon by building your original and unique Windows Store and/or Windows Phone App.

Get recognised and rewarded for building your original apps. Further, get bonus rewards for migrating your Windows Phone app to Windows Store and vice versa or incorporating one or more Windows Azure Services.

Follow these 4 Simple Steps to Start Earning Points for your Awesome Apps:

1. Register yourself on the UK App Builder Reward Programme website.

2. Build & publish your original & unique app.

3. Claim points by telling us about the app you’ve published and we’ll award points to you accordingly.

4. Referrer your Windows Game Ambassador (which is me)

5. Redeem your points for a range of fantastic prizes and gadgets.

Introducing Our First Ever One Day Special

On Tuesday 19 March 2013, we will be announcing a special one day deal for the Rewards Programme. To make sure you can take advantage of this special one day deal, publish your apps and ensure you claim your points before Thursday 14 March 2013 (less than 2 weeks away) so you will have your all of your eligible points in your account to use. You do not want to miss this one day special! Look out for the announcement for the One Day Special on Tuesday 19 March.

Don’t forget about our Bonus Rewards

The bonus rewards are limited deals where you must fulfil the stated criteria. Once you have fulfilled the criteria, you will be notified by our team and delivery of your bonus reward will be arranged. The bonus reward is exactly that and it will not affect the balance of your points therefore, you will still be able to use your points to claim for your reward(s) of your choice. Nokia have generously sponsored the first set of bonus rewards. You have to be quick to take advantage of this special bonus reward.

Bonus Reward 1: Receive a Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 Handset if you are one of the first 20 App Builders who accumulate 100 points from Windows Phone Apps published.

Bonus Reward 2: Receive a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 Developer Handset if you are one of the first 10 App Builders who accumulate 200 points for publishing Windows Phone apps.