A Holiday Idea

December 24th, 2010

Ok this might be a stupid idea, but I think it’s worth a try.

If you’re an indie developer who can barely pay the bills every month, post a link to your game or app in the comments section of this reddit post. You are also encouraged to share your story as well.

I’ll pick five apps I like from the list and purchase them. My budget is $10 (I only have $26 in the bank – no kidding, I can prove it). So, please do the same:

Redditors (developers or not), please pick five apps you like from the comments section and purchase them.

This is more about helping people than to be entertained. So if you think the app is crap, instead of asking for a refund, I invite you to leave sound, constructive feedback to devs here. Who knows, sometimes the app store contain true gems that go unnoticed because not everyone has the skills or resources to promote their work.

And happy holidays!

“Joe Rescuer” is now available at the App Store!

May 21st, 2010

You can get it from the App Store.

It’s $1.99.

Hopefully, it will take off.  Yours truly (being a student living on his own with a student salary) has a room rent and a stomach to take care of ;-)

UIRequiredDeviceCapabilities, d’oh!

May 13th, 2010

Today I’ve received a rejection letter from Apple, stating that the way UIRequiredDeviceCapabilities is configured makes it impossible to install my app in any device.

You see, I never touched that setting in info.plist through the development process.  It’s the one that comes with Cocos2D template.

The first thing I did was to fire up one of my previous projects, Chilly Zombies.  That project simply does not include such setting, that is, UIRequiredDeviceCapabilities is not even there.

As I learned later, this setting missing just means that your app doesn’t require anything specific from the device.  Since this is Joe Rescuer’s case, I just deleted UIRequiredDeviceCapabilities from the project, recompiled and resubmitted to the App Store.  I guess I’m back at the end of the submission queue.

So, how does UIRequiredDeviceCapabilities work? Essentially, you would either create the setting as either an array or a dictionary object.

If it’s an array, you would include items that are required by your app (i.e., “wifi”,  “microphone”, etc).

If it’s a dictionary, then you would include boolean values:  if your app needs “wifi”, add it and set it to “YES” (or check the box).  If it doesn’t need it, do not add it.  If you leave it there and set it to “NO” (or with the box unchecked), you are stating that the device must not have the capability.  So, if you set a “wifi” value as “NO”, you are declaring that the device must not have wifi.  This is what happened to me in this case.  The included UIRequiredDeviceCapabilities had every feature on the list, most of them set to “NO” (unchecked).  This essentially said that my app couldn’t be installed in any device on Earth!  Not on an iPhone 3G, not on an iPhone 3GS or an iPod Touch.

Anyway, as I mentioned before, simply removing the file took care of the problem (because my app doesn’t care whether there’s a mic or wifi on the device).  Your needs may be different, so you’d better make sure by reading the corresponding Apple’s Application Programming Guide section.

Joe Rescuer submitted to the App Store

May 12th, 2010

I hope to hear from them soon.  I submitted the app last Friday (May 7).

This is my first major project in Objective-C (one of the iPhone’s official languages, for good or bad).  I had a lot of fun developing it.  I put a lot of effort in designing the levels.  The art, well, I’m no graphics artist, but I did my best.

Joe Rescuer is a combination of Puzzle + Arcade.  It resembles one of those lunar lander games, with a twist:  You must plan ahead your trip, and once the plan has been laid out, hope for the best.

You see, there’s these things called powerpacks.  There’s one powerpack for every action you can make in the game (“Go Left”, “Go Right”, “Go Up”, “Fire”… you get the idea).  So you have to add powerpacks to the ship queue.  Once the ship is launched, this queue cannot be modified.  You can launch the next powerpack in the queue at any time (and that’s all the control you’ll have during the trip).  If your flight plan is right, you’ll get to your destination safely.  If not, then it’s back to start and make any necessary adjustments to the queue.

It’s fun!! I would have finished the levels sooner, if it wasn’t because I kept playing the levels “ahem, for testing purposes” ;-)   I hope you’ll find them enjoyable too.

Welcome to my site!

May 12th, 2010

These past weeks have been pretty hectic.  I’ve been dead-busy at school and work, and I don’t know how I did it, but I made up some (little) time to dedicate to the website.

So here it is.  With blog, forums and all.  I hope you find it useful.