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Everything posted by mentuat

  1. smart re-use of your hockey game, looks good! The inclusion of Finland completely ruins the realism though 😉
  2. For previous games like this I've taken a few different approaches: if the game is based on a competition where the number of national teams are fixed and displaying all of the flags as individual options/buttons doesn't feel too unwieldy then I've taken the 'customisation' route as you described (all teams, all colours, no clashes). In this situation, users who do not have their specific country represented do not feel aggrieved because their team wasn't in the actual competition it's based on. For games where you already have a user specific image asset (eg. Facebook profile image) I've used that instead of choosing a country as a visual representation (but still have opponents displayed as a national flag). This allows you to skip the flag selection screen and get straight into gameplay. For games where there would not naturally be a limit to the number of countries to choose from I've let the user choose their flag but from a limited selection that represents the predicted audience, eg. in a sports game I display flags from countries that (a) would form the core audience based on data from previous games and (b) Are known for being good at that particular sport. Obviously there are going to be some people not happy their country is missing but I didn't really want many pages of flags before gameplay! One of the good things about having user selected countries is that it allows you to have country based leaderboards (where scores are totalled up for each location), this is useful on several fronts: the leaderbaord is a fixed length, avoiding potentially thousands of entrees which can be discouraging to players it really taps into that patriotic fervour to beat your opponent as it aligns with how we approach national sports in real life has a nice 'team' based approach to gameplay where you are essentially playing alongside your countrymen rather than just yourself for the highscore In general, personally I think it's worth adding user choice countries and team colours where possible as it does make the game take on a more personal flavour, particularly if you feel your own performance can improve your team's standing on a leaderboard
  3. Predictably now that Facebook are letting anyone upload content to the 'Instant Games' platform - it's being flooded with stolen HTML5 games The copyright form needs a URL leading to the specific content but the games open in an overlay so there is no direct link to them (beyond inspecting the element), nor is there a way to effectively search by 'developer' or game title within Facebook Was wondering if anyone had found a way to report and remove games within this platform yet?
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    Stolen 'instant games' on Facebook

    cheers, yeah - that appears to be the same page I used - hard to tell as different links seem to lead to the same pages on FB for reasons I'm sure make sense to them... On the plus side, I've been impressed with the instant games tools and documentation + the upload/test process is pretty painless
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    Stolen 'instant games' on Facebook

    aha good tip thanks! Yes - once you've played it on desktop or mobile you get a little icon as a shortcut on your home page (or whatever you call it on Facebook) and that links direct to the game with it's own URL. I've requested to join the 'Instant Game Developer Community' group on FB but I am still 'pending' apparently I've got to admit I am finding Facebook very unintuitive to navigate - I don't know how everyone and their Auntie is able to use it so much
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    Boomerang Chang, now in HTML5

    fantastic - love this game!
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    This is how scirra is treating its costumers

    Oof! No one came out of that discussion looking pretty!
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    V8 Racing for Sponsorship

    feel free to add a link to the game, the screenshot looks promising but not very interactive
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    Salvage - A little turn-based bullet-hell shooter

    great little game! Loved the idea and even the music is fantastic!
  10. looks promising, but another vote for normal steering from me - I've had a few attempts but just can't twist my brain into working with the current directional controls!
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    Cardinal Run

    fun game! - and the visual effects really add to the simple game-play maybe you could transition the background over time eg. colour change to give the player some sense of progression?
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    Roto Blaster

    loved it!
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    [Panda 2] Airplane 3D

    I found it hard to judge my position in relation to the boxes but looks great and runs smoothly! Not sure if it's just me - but I would have found it easier if the up and down controls were reversed - maybe if you ever turn it into a full game you could include an option to flip them.
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    MarketJS copying games again

    To quote the MarketJS guy from a previous thread concerning their flagrant copying of other developers games: some previous examples of games they have copied and are still actively selling: Original game Let Me Grow MarketJS copy Baby Whale Rescue Original game Pilot Heroes MarketJS copy Pilot Training Original Game: Mini Race Rush MarketJS copy Monster Truck Below is a few screenshots from their new game Tiny World Golf compared to a game made over 2 years ago Mini Putt Hey MarketJS, here's a thought - STOP MAKING CHEAP-ASS COPIES OF OTHER DEVELOPERS GAMES!
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    [Phaser] Nature Basketball

    very pretty and fun to play - the level of detail and effects were lovely! My only criticism would be that I felt unfairly hindered from aiming when the ball's start position is close to the right side of the screen
  16. these are great!
  17. Why not contact the author/s of the games directly and ask if they are willing to supply a version to run offline?
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    Greetings from Famobi

    You are not a publisher - you are a thief Looking at the various aliases that 'zapbooster' uses on the app store I've found several of my games you have stolen and uploaded - along with many others I can see from other devs here you are the problem, not Famobi - stop stealing content and uploading them to the app stores
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    Algerian Solitaire

    really beautiful game, easy to pick-up and addictive - ended up playing quite a few games in a row! You guys are making some fantastic stuff!
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    Much of what you ask would be something to sort out with the people licensing the game Agreements are negotiable, so as long as you're up-front with your requests and make sure the contract stipulates everything clearly then I'm sure you'll be able to agree to a license that works out for both sides (eg. publisher has exclusive rights to web and app stores, you have rights to console, pc download etc.) Be wary of the term 'sub-licensing', this can mean different things to different people - so if it pops up in an agreement make sure it is defined clearly and you're happy with the implications
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    Dungeon Slog - roguelite action rpg

    love it!
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    Sold my first game!

    congratulations - it's fun game!
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    MarketJS copying games again

    I don't mean to criticize your handling of this but you'll find people might respond more positively if you just admitted fault and removed the games in question rather than use the same pseudo corporate PR response as last time. The games mentioned in the thread last year are still live and for sale on your site so why should anyone believe you this time? For clarity, here they are again: Original game Let Me Grow MarketJS copy Baby Whale Rescue Original game Pilot Heroes MarketJS copy Pilot Training Original Game: Mini Race Rush MarketJS copy Monster Truck Original Game Mini Putt MarketJS copy Tiny World Golf Would it be possible to remove these from your site immediately and not sold in the future? I've had to explain to clients why there are are odd looking copies of my games around and I've lost sales to publishers who already have your clones of my games in their catalogue Another thing - there's a couple of forum users have been very busy trying to push this thread off the front page by bumping old posts. I also noticed that the last time they posted was at exactly the same time as the previous MarketJS thread about copying games... Please could you ask them to give it a rest as it screws up the forum for other users!
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    MarketJS copying games again

    actually I'm with BobF on this - there's nothing that any developer can realistically do about this kind of behavior apart from highlight it to other devs/publishers and hope word gets around If it was direct theft of code/assets I would have issued a DMCA takedown notice
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    MarketJS copying games again

    I got in touch with them last year about an earlier copied game but they never removed it so I'm just going to call them out here whenever I see them doing it again.