I first apologise for the long break from blogging. Yes, the last quarter has been busy as an evangelist at Nokia. Recently out of my love for Flash, I re-skinned one of my old keypad games and published it to the Ovi Store. It’s currently available for Free – limited period.
Word Hunt is a keypad version of my own popular game, Happy Sun. Happy Sun made enormous amounts of downloads on the Ovi Store. The game is basically jumbling letters to make meaningful words. You can also request for clues.
Well, I have been doing a lot of small code UI components that are heavily reused. One such component that I made today was a game score ticker. Remember seeing scrolling numbers in lottery or jackpot genre games, where the numbers keeps flipping until a target number? If you have been playing games, you would have noticed similar elements being used score displays on HUDs in games.
I recently created a similar cmoponent which I intent to use in a future game. But since this can be used useful to others I thought I should share the code behind it. I am not making it a perfect component that is completely customizable. But its very easy to change its features. The slider above allows you to check the functioning of this component, but is no way tagged to the slider component (Illustration purpose only).
1. Simple to skin and extend – its just a movieclip that you can explore and edit.
2. There is also a feature where you can make it blink. Blinking is quite an important glitter effect as it can capture the player’s attention. It can be used when user crosses a milestone or a high score.
3. Designed for 4 digit numbers but easy to extend.
Usage is pretty simple –
simply use (MovieClipName).showValue(numberToShow: String, milestone :int);
// First parameter is the number to which the score ticker scrolls to (0 – 9999). Second parameter is the milestone(0-9999).
You can use this component available as a MovieClip in this FLA(Download). You are free to modify / re-use / distribute it. But I ll be glad if you simply drop in a comment here.
Most of you would be knowing about the latest vocabulary game on the Ovi store – Happy Sun. I last week got my hands on the brand new Nokia E7, the business phone. Here is a photo of Happy Sun running on both Nokia N8 and E7.
My latest Flash Lite game HAPPY SUN is out on the Ovi store. Its available for all touch phones including the S60 5th edition and Nokia S^3 phones. You can download it for free from the Ovi store. Here are some screenshots of the game … Its a very exciting word game and created after working closely with Mellisdesigns.
Forum Nokia is arranging two webinars shortly on Game development.
Events are on Dec 8th and Dec 13th. Find the registration procedures at http://www.forum.nokia.com/News_and_events/.
Information as follows –
|Developing Games for the Nokia N8
If you are a Game developer and would like to learn more about the Nokia Games offering then session is for you. In this session developers will learn about developing their application on Nokia platforms such as S40 and Symbian while understanding which technology should be used for getting the application developed.
Optimize OpenGL ES 2.0 Apps for Symbian
This session is geared toward developers who already have their mobile game or application running with OpenGL ES 2.0 API on an existing platform and want to port it to the latest Nokia Symbian devices, such as the Nokia N8. After this session, developers will understand how the graphics hardware works within the new Symbian platform and will be able to fine tune their applications to get them up and running flawlessly.
Breakdesign who have had a successful run of producing Flash games on the Ovi store, have now released 10pm.
Needless to say, this game is also Barking Seed enabled, meaning you can submit scores to the online community; play for your nation and other cool features. I had a talk with Stefan Wessels, the co-founder of Breakdesign, who said – ” The game is different when played between 10pm in the night and 6am in the morning.”
Sounds exciting, as I havent played time- polymorphic games before.
Myself and a designer have been collaborating on a few Flash lite titles which are ready for launch on the Ovi Store. We call ourselves Chompgames. You can follow Chompgames or alternatively follow us in facebook through our fan page.
Deep Days would be the first title to be launched under Chompgames and is in the Q/A phase in Nokia’s Ovi store. Deep Days is a simple and entertaining game, where the user can glide to glory. Soon to come is the Deep Days’ wallpaper for your phone. Stay connected !