Posts Tagged ‘mobile’


LocoRoco Yari

Way back in the mists of time (okay, somewhere around 2008-ish), I worked on a port of the popular Sony PSP game LocoRoco with Marco Mazzoli. Yes, that Mr. Mazzoli of the excellent iPhone/iPod/iPad game, Spirit. That one I keep on mentioning. You did buy it, right?

The port was for the Sony Ericsson Yari – a phone with motion sensing tech, so fairly ideal for the gameplay that LocoRoco delivered. My task on the project was a general reduction of art assets, reworking the bitmap graphics for the phone’s smaller display and reducing polygons for all the levels and scenery. Marco did an excellent job in producing an accurate recreation of the PSP gameplay but the destination hardware wouldn’t have been able to cope with the original game assets so everything needed scaling back somewhat. The levels basically lost 50% of their polygon count.

Not possessing a Yari myself has made it a little difficult for me to see the finished game in action so I’ve always had to rely on the kindness of strangers. By ‘strangers’ I mean Marco and by ‘kindness’ I mean a link on Youtube of the gameplay, uploaded by a random Yari-owner (thank you, Aivlys2010). Enjoy!


Spirit v1.1 update

Spirit for iPhoneA little while back I posted about Spirit, a new game for the iPhone and iPod Touch created by Marco Mazzoli and you all rushed out (well, tapped your way to the Appstore) and bought it. Right? You did, right? It’s still only $0.99/£0.59p, a bargain for such a great game. Of course you did – you’d need to be some kind of freakishly drab ne’er-do-well, tighter than a duck’s chuff whose mere existence is a blight on all creation not to have snapped such a slick and entertaining game up at that price.

And now you have even fewer reasons to hold off purchasing this top title as just the other week Marco released version v1.1 of Spirit, introducing the much anticipated OpenFeint integration, adding a new ‘Extreme’ difficulty mode, tweaking gameplay and smoothing out some kinks under the hood.

The OpenFeint feature adds online leaderboards meaning, if you’re like me, you can now quantify how horrifically bad at the game you truly are. If however you’re vaguely competent, you’ll enjoy measuring up against all your friends (you did get your friends to buy the game too, right?) and rubbing their faces in your sheer excellence.

The Extreme difficulty mode kicks off right from 1-1 with a full board of busy enemies who appear to have been hitting the Red Bull all night. Everything is quicker and more aggressive and again, if you’re like me, your ass will get handed to you in very short order. But, if you like a challenge and want to prove your legendary gaming prowess, getting to the top of the Extreme leaderboard would certainly go some way towards doing so.

The update is of course free so everyone smart enough to have snapped the game up already can enjoy these new features simply by visiting the Appstore again. Everyone else, buy the game. Now!


Spirit for iPhone and iPod Touch

A few days ago a friend of mine, Marco Mazzoli, released his first iPhone/iPod Touch game called ‘Spirit‘.

It really is a great game, one which I thoroughly recommend and I’m not just saying that because Marco will find out where I live, and beat me to death with a sock full of batteries while I sleep if I don’t… is a friend but because it looks great, it’s very slick and the gameplay is incredibly more-ish.

Previously, you’d have to go along to the iTune Store page and stare vacantly at the screenshots presented there, trying to imagine what those lovely images would look like if only they moved… as if by magic! Well, not any more as Marco has put together a video of the gameplay and made it available on YouTube.

Now, in theory, I should be able to embed it on this post…


So, as you can see, an excellent game and definitely one you should rush off and purchase right now! Especially since it’s still available for the low, low price of  $0.99 / £0.59!


Greetings from the hand

Long time, no post! Yeah, things have been a little ‘distracting’ lately and I’ve found myself with little I wanted to warble on about. Still, better late than never, eh? And I’ve found some to mention (or at least something to try out).

You see, I’ve recently gotten hold of one of those iPod Touch doofers and while tootling around the app store, came across a WordPress app that allows you to edit/create entries. I could probably do it via the built-in web browser (though the interface might be a bind to wade through), but I thought I’d give this a bash instead.

All in all, it’s pretty easy to use. The usual fat-fingers problem with the on-screen keyboard but I’m getting a fair pace out of it. Daft thing – I’m sat right in from of my desktop PC while tapping this out but, like I said, I wanted to give this a try.

So that’s that for my first ‘mobile’ update. Who knows, maybe I’ll do more like this – maybe even while out and about… like on the loo or something!