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Offline bobjob

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« Posted 2011-12-10 13:23:24 »

Started a simple word search app to get myself familar with the Android market place.

Even though its still in beta version you can play a complete game on the hardest level.
Planning on adding a timed game mode.

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Youtube demonstration

Happy to hear any ideas of how to improve the game.






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Offline philfrei
« Reply #1 - Posted 2011-12-11 07:14:59 »

Neat! I look forward to following along and learning from your experience.
I don't have Android yet, but should probably download the emulator, at the least.

When I was designing "Hexara" the original version used letters and words instead of symbol strings. It would be a lot more intuitive, an easier-to-understand puzzle if I went back to this. But the problem with words is that there is an expectation they will follow some sort of theme. That semantic element makes designing the puzzles more difficult.

How ARE you putting together the word lists?
Are you automating the puzzle creation process at all?

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2011-12-11 08:00:12 »

I don't have Android yet, but should probably download the emulator, at the least.
I was thinking I would do this aswell, but I purchased an Asus Slider. Money well spent. Its really great for development to actually have an android device. The emulators are so slow and really discouraging. I also find that once I have invested money in something I am more likely to stick to it. Either I waste money on movies or a new tech device to develop on Smiley. I was always hoping to get into android dev, but getting the android device is what pushed me over the edge.

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When I was designing "Hexara" the original version used letters and words instead of symbol strings. It would be a lot more intuitive, an easier-to-understand puzzle if I went back to this. But the problem with words is that there is an expectation they will follow some sort of theme. That semantic element makes designing the puzzles more difficult.
I tested 'Hexara' this game would be perfect for android.

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How ARE you putting together the word lists?
Are you automating the puzzle creation process at all?
Yeah i take in a list of words from a text file. This game is only a free test game, but I will be releasing an amped up version to purchase with more word lists and extra game modes.
The game automatically fills words into the table then fills characters in the remaining empty spots.

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Offline philfrei
« Reply #3 - Posted 2011-12-11 09:05:40 »

re: "ASUS Slider"

Nice unit! Looks like a good choice.

The best laptop I ever had was an ASUS, actually.

Yes, I've had my eye on trying to keep the design of the game within shooting distance of a port to a "Pad" size format. When I get further along (a month or two, fingers crossed), we'll see what the current tech is to use as a jumping in point for Android. Maybe java-to-android conversion will be further along by then.

The automation for puzzle generation sounds cool. Good luck with your project!

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2011-12-14 19:54:35 »

Released the final version of this app. Going to start workng on something new.

Note to anyone thats interested. Word searches are in very little demand  Cry

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