Tag Archives: Apple

Chin Up – XPac

We’re just about finished with the expansion of Chin Up and it’s EXCITING!  It will support iPad3’s retina display as well.

More announcements coming soon.  All in all, a very productive week…Thank goodness it’s Friday.

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Friday, Friday!

Something about Friday–everyone’s in a great mood, most of all this little lady:

The DHG team is cooking up some BIG things for DVU, Chin Up, and Bummed Out.  We’re excited!  Here’s a sneak peek:

Sacrebleu!!!

Happy Friday everyone!

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Chin Up Finds a New Home!

We’ve teamed up with Touch Village, a saavy mobile publisher in Canada, for our baby– Chin Up!

We couldn’t be more thrilled!  In preparation for the relaunch, Mr. Chin will be visiting some very exotic sites around the world.  Stay tuned!

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Chin Up – European Tour?

Mr. Chin has been itching to explore the heights of Europe…

HINT HINT

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Dragons VS Unicorns – Single Player Mode Announced!

Dragons VS Unicorns.

Our flagship title.  Our shining star.  Our baby.

Today, our bad ass PR Reps @ Clever Communications released the announcement of DVU Single Player Mode.  Without repeating too much of the article, I’ll note some main features of the game:

Objective:

Protect the nests and allow bunnies to incubate the eggs to hatch as many Unicornlings as the level waves allow.  If you’re lucky, a Golden Egg will appear, hatching a equally Golden Unicornling for an extra surprise.

Heroes:

  • Cutiepie Unicorn – Joyful master of all things cute.  Can cast up to 5 different abilities ranging from offensive spells to defensive enhancements.
  • Happy Bunny – A lover, not a fighter.  Cheerfully hops over to Unicorn’s nests to incubate the eggs to hatch Unicornlings.
  • Cuddly Hedgehog – Player’s Ball.  Draw a  path to set the hedgehog on a boomerang spree across the field, chopping down all villains in its path.

Villains:

  • Evil Dragon.  Nasty king of all things awesome.  Commands its minions to do its bidding.
  • Kamikaze Bat – The colony leader.  Flocks the skies with bombs.  Better add some air to your hedgehog ball to take ’em out…
  • Pepperjack Turtle – He does not like Fraggle Rock.  High defense calls for two hits from the hedgehog ball.
  • Flava Turtle – Follows Pepperjack wherever he goes.
  • Hermit Crabs – Digger of lies.  Look to the ground to see where the crabs may (or may not) scurry out.
  • Eels – Spawned from a feisty magical toad, can coil upon other minions, sacrificing themselves for the greater evil.

Action Shot:

Can you see the Golden Egg?  When those happen to pop up, you definitely want to save them from being crushed.

Here’s another:

Here’s the action shot explained:

Development is moving along smashingly.  Stay tuned for more DVU updates.

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Re: Download Bots in the App Store

My goodness.  Say goodbye to the good ol’ days when your game can lean on different metrics for a positive spin–

1) Ratings

2) Reviews

3) Download #’s

4) Revenue

What am I talking about?

With the flurry of articles regarding the bot farms that employ users with iOS devices and itunes accounts to download an app, it’s only a matter of time before Apple doesn’t something completely arbitrary to reverse this activity.  This is basically an evolved, B2B form of Gold farming; made ever so prevalent by this gentlemen it’ll be a race for rich developers to cover up their tracks.  Unfortunately for small, poor developers like us who would never be able to afford even the $5k cost to attain farmed download #’s, I fear we will get the butt end of this fiasco.

The Apple Way

I suspect Apple will react in the following way:

1) Put out a formal warning Done!

2) Devise a ratio that balances Downloads to Ratings/Reviews, only showing the stats when the numbers are balanced

3) Apply this ratio to balance Ratings/Reviews to Downloads (otherwise bot farms will turn into review/rating farms)

4) Kill the App Store as we know it today

Industry Reactions

If my suspicions prove true, this already fast paced industry will react overnight.

1) Deny any involvement in bot farms

2) Try to make an example out of a smaller developer who may have used Bot Farms

3) Find another way to exploit the App Store using millions of dollars

4) Continue copying games

Evil!  Bad!  /slaps wrist

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Bummed Out – Sneak Peek!

A sneak peek into the latest and greatest from DHG’s kick ass art team.

Unfortunately, Youtube didn’t like the music we put behind the video… 😦

Will upload a clean version soon.

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