Simplicity In Games

Last night I downloaded a game on the App Store, Phases: Infinite Zero. The game consists of you moving a bouncing ball left to right through a challenging course of traps and small puzzles. Ultimately, you want to get as far as you can, and beat the score of your friends. What is unique about this game though is that it doesn't contain any special art at all. What do I mean by that? Phases: Infinite Zero uses a simplistic style that anyone can emulate. The game is made out of simple shapes and colors. This includes circles, squares, and the occasional oddly shaped polygon. Trey Smith, the creator of the game, founder of Game Academy and Kayabit Games, uses PowerPoint for the creation of most of his games. I can easily tell that this is one of the games in which he used PowerPoint. The game that Trey probably…

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In App Purchases: Why I Have No Problem With Them

We live in a different gaming industry compared to what we had  many, many years ago. Back in the day, there was no such thing as "downloadable content," there were expansion packs that you bought at the store. There also was nothing that you could buy to supplement your gameplay experience, but there were cheat codes. Nowadays, extra content and supplements are usually found in the form of in app purchases in games. Many developers, notably Zygna, noticed the power of IAP's early on with their Facebook and mobile games, and many other developers have followed suit and have added them in their games. While they typically are a huge success for developers, many gamers find them insulting and have thoughts against the in app purchases. Personally, I have no problems with them. However, I am not everyone. As one person, I do not represent the entire gaming community. I…

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Kickstarter Report: Codename Cygnus – Interactive Radio Drama Comes to Your iPhone

Jonathon Myers, a well respected game and narrative designer in the Boston area has recently launched a Kickstarter for Codename Cygnus, an interactive radio drama for your iPhone. After hearing Jonathon tease the project for months on end at various local game developer meetups, it's great to see the Kickstarter to help push them right to the finish line for the project and help them create something unique and wonderful. In Codename Cygnus, you "play as a secret agent in an interactive fictional world inspired by old time radio dramas." Using voice recognition to interact and engage, you interact with this interesting story. The game is 100% story driven and is surely to be a fun experience. The game features some well known voice actors, such as: Logan Cunningham - Narrator from Bastion, Sarah Elmaleh - Skulls of the Shogun & Gone Home, Chris Ciulla - Fallout: New Vegas, and many…

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