My 10-Star Review of Monument Valley

IMG_5266Seriously? People are giving Monument Valley one-star reviews because they are charging $2 (TWO dollars) for adding new levels?

Ok. So I’ve calmed down (a bit.) Let me start by saying that I first downloaded Monument Valley after it won an Apple Design Award at WWDC 2014. I had heard about it and it was featured on the App Store for weeks before (Zzzz!) However once I downloaded the app, I have to admit I was astounded. It will literally and figuratively change your perspective on how games should be created (pun intended.) Play the game or watch the 30 second video preview on the App Store.

It is a beautiful well thought out set of mysteries. You guide the little mistress heroin, Ida, of the game through as series of puzzles while soothing music plays in the background. There are no instructions needed and you simply tap the screen to navigate through the levels. There are only 10 levels in the original game, but it is full of “surprise and delight” – which Apple loves to see.

Most developers, heck, most artists only dream of creating such a wonderful work as this? Pull your head out of your a$$. Software costs money to develop, so you should be glad that you only have to pay less that a Starbucks latte! The one-star reviews merely serve to point out what is wrong with Apple’s insistence on a rating system. The App Store is broken as many app developers will tell you. The marketing bullies with deep pockets and have taken over. There is no App Store for the rest of us and that’s a shame. You can join the discussion on the More Than Just Code podcast. We’ve covered this issue for months. I’m sure this will be in the discussions in next weeks episode.

Hand your iPad to an 8 year old kid and watch the magic happen! “You non-contibuting zero” – Louis CK.

This is my review. If only I could give these guys a 10 star review!

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Download the app here.

iT Guy Technologies has created a new exciting iOS game, Geese Squad

October 11, 2012 in Games

[prMac.com] Toronto, Canada – iT-Guy Technologies, creators of Bianselon, has created a new exciting iOS game (with a strongly Canadian twist) to rival the best currently on your Apple mobile device. Geese Squad puts you in the role of the lead goose in a flock flying south for the winter. You must lead your flock in their classic “V” formation through obstacles and other diversions.

The object of the game is to pick up geese to add to your flock and get as many of them as you can as far as you can.

The game’s variety comes from the different objects you encounter on your flight. Various “treats” include blueberries, maple sure cookies and goose eggs – all in keeping with the Canadian theme – that change the pick-up radius (so you can collect more geese more easily) and game speed.

Obstacles and threats include wacky golfers, brats with slingshots, planes and eagles.

You can also collect coins (Canadian “loonies” and “toonies” – appropriately) by flying into them and gaining points commensurate with their value.

Tilting your device left and right steers the flock. Tilting down and up speeds and slows the pace of the flock accordingly.

Geese Squad also utilizes Apple’s Game Center, so that users can view the world wide Leaderboards and Achievements. Players who enable Game Center can also challenge their friends to beat their scores.

“It’s a great game for kids or adults,” explains Tim Mitra, President of iT-Guy Technologies. “It frames an addictive physics-based design,” he adds.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 31.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Geese Squad 1.01 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

iT Guy Technologies is a multi-service technology provider. Primarily focused on developing apps for the iPhone and iPad, they also design and host web sites and provide web services. As well, their offerings include: network design and installation, training and service support. Copyright (C) 2012 iT-Guy Technologies. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

New Game: BianSeLon coming soon…

Our iOS Game based on Xavie’s Chameleon idea is coming soon. We are just putting the finishing touches on and waiting for the translators to finish up. The Game will be on the iPhone for a couple of bucks (or less). So stay tuned.

The name is based on Chameleon. It loosely based on the Chinese name:

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In Chinese it is pronounced as biàn sè lóng

Game Center Scores not showing up

I just spent a few hours trying to figure out why the scores in Game Center were not showing up. Thankfully someone suggested that it is a caching problem within Game Center. Logging in as a different user or and/or using OS 4.3 in the Simulator solved the problem. Hopefully you don’t spend too much time trying to figure this out.