Friday, 5 August 2011

Tetris clone on Android: Day 2

Hi guys! I've been working on the design of my Tetris clone game and some minor adjustments like adding hold and drop function. The design is a bit rough. I even forgot to have my power nap :D. I was having fun doing this. I would also like to share to you about vibrations on Android. It would be nice if the user can feel they clicked on something by adding a what they call "Haptic Feedback". So I added a vibrate function and add it in my game engine.

This is how to initialize a Vibration on Android:

Vibrator vibrator =(Vibrator)getSystemService(Context.VIBRATOR_SERVICE);

To make your Android device vibrate, you need to call the vibrate() method with a parameter of type float which is the time needed for it to vibrate.


I still need to refine the input system cause it seems a little bit off when using.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

My Tetris clone on Android

Hi guys! Today, I'm back to developing Android applications and my first step is making a tetris clone. I based it  on my XNA implementation of tetris a year ago. The code that I followed is made by Javier Lopez's tutorial on making a tetris clone in C++ (Credits to him I learned a lot when I was still studying :D). He has a very good and clean code (Clean enough for C++ implementation) which made it easy to implement on various platforms including Android (Windows, XBOX, iPhone, name it!). I've gone through many tutorials on making a Tetris clone but this ones the best I could see (I bought a book before about game development which has a chapter focusing on developing a tetris clone, It sucks! It's so language specific and complex).

My Tetris clone in a Emulator
I based my work on my dirty game engine. I'm still continuing to develop this app and I will base my future game (Similar yet very different to tetris) on this. I'm glad to be back on developing Android applications! :D

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Wallpapers Part 2

Hi everyone,

I will post new android wallpapers I just made recently. Hope you like it. You can also download all of the wallpapers here.

Monday, 1 August 2011

My feelings Wallpaper

Hi guys! Today, me and girlfriend celebrated our years of love and happiness together :D (I can't count the number of months with my fingers and toes already). I'd like to share to you images that I created in Adobe Photoshop about some of my feelings that I experience every time I receive money. I made this out of wanting to manifest abundance in my life. Check these out:

I would like to make more wallpapers about feelings. I made them as simple as possible, emphasizing the text in the center.

You can download the 4 of these wallpapers here.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Make your Android device into a killer game console with "Inotia 3: Children of Carnia"

Few days ago, I was a bit busy working on a certain project and at the same time, I glued my eyes on a game I got interest to. This game was titled: "Inotia 3: Children of Carnia". I was a bit curious because I saw the pictures about it which has great graphics (comparable to a GameBoy Advance or sort) so I tested it out. It really have great graphics, very stunning indeed :D. The game was RPG (with all those hack and slash thingy). The story revolves around a boy named Lucio (the main character of the game) and his (probably) past life as Laciel (much like the hero in the game's world). In the game, you start out by preparing for Lucio's "Adulthood Ceremony", you do some chores for other people (like most RPG nowadays). Lucio's adventure started when he stumbled upon a dying orc which then gave him a gauntlets which happens to be powerful. The gauntlets led him to a series of adventures and perils, meeting friends and enemies that are also looking for it. Everything happened to him was fate after all, knowing that he was the chosen one (he disagrees this at the very beginning even if powerful spirits tell him he was).

In the game, you get to choose from different classes with different strengths and abilities. You get to fight along with other characters or hire mercenaries in the game which you could also use. Enjoy the game with hundreds of game maps, items and quests. The best part of the game is the graphics. I could actually compare this game with other games found in various consoles. Try using the Arch Mage class and feel the power with the intensity of the graphics hitting to enemies at its wake. I got my eyes glued on this game for straight 5 days.

My only problem with the game is that it constantly hangs up (Showing the game is indeed very heavy). I am forced to skip cut scenes and sounds to make it a bit playable but still it hangs up (I even tried to make the graphics option lower). To slower Android devices like mine, don't even bother playing at all, you'll get frustrated.

Download Inotia 3: Children of Carnia here.

Have fun!! :D

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Chikka for Android

Chikka: STILL the best way to send FREE TEXT MESSAGES to the philippines.

What's with the big "STILL"? because it is now available on your Android Device! :D Imagine all you can text with this app. Chikka has made a lot of improvements on their services: like their desktop version, facebook app, iPhone, and Android. There are many ways to send text messages on the web, but Chikka is proven and tested. Used by a lot of Filipinos to send free text messages via the internet. Users can chat or send text messages to everyone using the internet. That's good news to everyone. So why waste your cellphone load if there is a way to send free text messages?

Too good to be true? well, not much. There are some flaws to this app (Though I don't get these flaws usually). Some say that they cannot receive the messages (sometimes late) while others cannot view their buddy list. But all these does not keep you from sending free text messages so no worries.

For new users, all you need is to register in Chikka. It's easy to register, you only need to provide your mobile number and your email address. Now, you can send free text messages without wasting your cellphone load, even when you're abroad! (outside the Philippines of course :D)

Download this app in the market here.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Mango: Manga Readers, Rejoice!

Are you also a Manga Fanatic like me? Been reading Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece lately? Do you want reading manga not on your browser? Now here it is: Mango - a manga reader with slick design, fast download, over 8,000 titles and updating, and other features like offline reading, bookmarking, and the best part, its free!

Mango is a free manga reader app on Android (they also have blackberry). This app is the best manga reader available on Android. You could search for your favorite manga title. Read it with ease with its pinch to zoom function, gesture controls, jump-to-page, and a lot more! I don't even experience a bit of sluggishness (unlike Adobe Reader) because it's real fast! Every manga reader should have this app.

More of the talking: Download this app here.

You'll love it more when you try it.