Welcome to our Christmas Blog post. Let me start by wishing you all a Merry Christmas, The big day is only a couple of days away now. Already the decorations are up and there is a small pile of presents growing under the tree. Writing this blog post is one of the last things to do before I stop work for a few days, and spend some well deserved time with the family watching Christmas films and all the other associated festive activities 😀
As 2017 looms on the horizon, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank a few of those who have helped make 2016 such an exciting year for us. Firstly, everyone of you who has downloaded our software, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Next is the guys at The Game Creators, Thanks for AGK and being so quick to fix bugs in it; And lastly I’d like to thank our tireless team of beta testers, The guys who get to spot all (hopefully) of the problems so they can be fixed (hopefully) before being released. You are all amazing, and without you none of this would have been possible!
We have recently updated out ever-popular night light app, ‘Best Night Light’. As well as a couple of bug fixes the new version introduced a couple of new features. You can now select the colour of the night light, and we have added a screen lock function to prevent accidentally turning the light off when holding your device. You can now also mute and unmute the button sounds from the menu.
Best Night Light has now been downloaded over 55,000 times, and a lot of the bug fixes and new features added this version were the result of feedback left by people who use the app on a regular basis.
We’re also happy to announce that Best Night Light is now also available to download from Amazon. There is a link below 🙂
As many of you are no doubt aware, our website is not the only place to stay up to date with all the goings on here at the Warriors of the Cucumber. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and we even have a YouTube channel. It’d be really great if you could show your support by liking/following us and you guarantee that you won’t miss out on all the latest news and other goodies..
Feel free to click on any of the icons below to be taken directly to the relevant profile 🙂 And thank you for supporting us 😀
‘Newsflash’ is one of the handy little features built into our game template. When a Newsflash enabled app or game is run it connects to the internet (if available) and checks to see if there is a Newsflash, if so it downloads it and displays it. The download itself is tiny, only about 250 bytes, so even those on metered connections can rest easy.
Newsflash allows us to pass on a message specifically to users of that app or game. If you we’re brought to this post by a screen like this then you have already seen it in action. We plan on using it in conjunction with Social media to announce news, competitions, updates and the like.
The last, but possibly most exciting thing this blog post is this screen shot from our forthcoming release, ‘Snakerunner’.
The last few weeks have been spent tweaking the basic UI elements and getting a rough layout in place. As you can see, by connecting to Facebook with Snakerunner you will be able to see your buddy’s scores and share game progress and achievements.
For those who don’t have Facebook, or simply don’t want to log in there is the Skip button, although obviously the more social aspects of the game won’t be available.
There will be more news about Snakerunner as it happens, as well as the occasional #screenshotsaturday post, so remember to like/follow us 😉
And that brings us to the end of the blog.
I’ll be back in the new year with another exciting instalment of news and interesting stuff, but until then…
We hope that you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
In a few short hours, the latest version of Best Night Light will be available for download from the Google Play Store, there’s a link at the bottom of this post for those too impatient to wait for it to auto-update in the morning. This update includes the obligatory bug fixes, including a doozy of a bug which caused the ‘infinite’ night light duration to be considerably less than infinite.
There are also some great new features which have been added (Most of which have been suggested to us by people who use Best Night Light). You can now turn the button sounds on and off from the menu. There is also a great new screen lock, so no more accidentally turning the light off when your trying to read. And finally you can now choose any one of seven different colours for the night light, not only that but the app now remembers your settings from the last time you used it!
We hope you all enjoy the new update as much as you have the previous ones, and if you wanted to know more (or just wanted to update quicker) here is a link to the store page.
The night of the Supermoon is upon us, it’s the closest the Moon has been to the Earth for nearly 70 years, a mere 221,524 miles away. All around the world people are enjoying the lunar spectacle, even here in the UK, where unfortunately the British weather has somewhat spoiled the sights by being cloudy and miserable. My Girlfriend is a keen astronomer and we were hoping to get the telescope out, but even without it we did get to see some fairly epic views of the moon, albeit through breaks in the cloud.
Anyway, I’m back inside in the warm now with a steaming cup of tea to warm my fingers before we carry on with what’s been happening here at the Warriors of the Cucumber. 🙂
Colour Name Quiz Advance
First of all I would like to thank everyone who has downloaded CNQA, According to the Store analytics it’s been downloaded worldwide, from The US, through the UK, Somalia, and India! I’d also like to thank our indispensable team of Beta testers who have been playing CNQA non stop for the last month trying to iron out all the bugs.
After some feedback from users, we have pushed out an update for CNQA. This update addresses a couple of bugs which seem to have slipped through the beta testing process as well as introducing a new stats screen to allow you to review your answers from the last game.
If you’ve not yet played it, you should head over to the Google Play Store and download it
Amazon App Store
We are currently getting ready to bring our range of apps and games to the Amazon App Store. We’re working on creating Amazon App Store ready files for uploading (Although this has unfortunately been delayed as we wait for a bug fix in the software we use.) and getting the store pages ready.
We hope to have all this done before December, bug fix allowing. More news on this as it happens.
What with the release of the Sony & Samsung VR Headset, and of course the Oculus Rift it seems that Virtual Reality is getting one step closer to becoming a household everyday thing. Although I imagine it’ll be a long time yet before we see anything close to James Halliday’s OASIS from Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.
Google Cardboard is a low-cost VR headset solution designed to work with Android phones, and we are hoping to lay hands on one soon with the view of exploring the potential for developing immersive VR/AR games. Exciting times indeed.
We’ve written a ‘Cardboard’ on the Christmas list, and fingers crossed that the man in the red suit thinks we’ve been good this year.
And that brings us to the end of another news update. I’m going to sneak outside again and hope that the clouds have broken a little. As always, stay tuned for more news and updates as they happen.
Until next time.
This morning the latest update to Colour Name Quiz Advance went live on the Google Play Store.
The update contains a couple of bug fixes which managed to slip through into production, as well as adding the ‘Last Game Stats’ page in the stats and trophies menu.
The new stats page allows you to review your answers from the last game, so you can see which ones you got wrong and what the correct answer was. This feature was suggested by Ortu at the TGC Forum.
If you haven’t already downloaded CNQA, then what are you waiting for? Press the button below to download it now!
After what feels like an eternity of bug fixing, testing and finding; it seems that we have finally finished our little game, and here is the fruits of our labour for you to share and enjoy!
Colour Name Quiz Advance is a fun and addictive little game which challenges your knowledge of colours and their names. There are two game modes, Against the Clock! in which every second counts, and Electrocution! where wrong answers cost you valuable health; and three levels of difficulty.
It’s available now, for free from the Google Play Store! Click the button below to download it now!
Well, it seems I’m starting this post off with some bad news. Due to some ‘technical issues’ (I’m really not sure how such an established company can make such a pig’s ear of a flagship product launch but oh well), we are apparently not getting a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as a test device, as they have been recalled (at a loss of some $17 billion, and sounding a death knell to the Note brand as a whole). There remains some indecision as to what to get instead. We have been using a Note 3 as a test device for some time, the stylus and the ability to write onto the screen made it an ideal tool for testing software.
And now for something really exciting…
There were a couple of last minute bugs which were found which has delayed this by a couple of days, but they are all fixed and it’s only going to be a few days now until our first game, Colour Name Quiz Advance, is released on the Google Play store.
We also now have a Google+ page, so for those of you who don’t have Facebook or Twitter but still want to keep up to date with the goings on here at the WotC, then follow us 🙂 Just click the Google+ banner above to be taken to our page.
And that brings me to the end of this post, more news as it happens, stay tuned 🙂
The updated version of PRT is now live on the Google Play Store.
There are no new features as such, mainly updates to the template files and bug fixes
PRT is a tool for converting pixel values into percentage values and back again.
You can download PRT for free from the Google Play Store by pressing the button below.
As the summer draws to a close, and the darker evenings start creeping in on us, Autumns brings with it a time of change. None more so here at the WotC. In light (no pun intended) of BNL’s success, and with our first game nearing completion (more news on this later in the post) thoughts have been turning to the future. Already there is a shiny new 8 core desktop PC waiting to be assembled to take on the role of main development PC, and there is talk of expanding our stable of test devices to include an iPhone 7+ and a Galaxy Note 7! We are also hoping to get a Mac and an iOS developer licence so we can finally start releasing on iPhones 😀
Best QR has been updated! As well as the usual DMGT improvements/bug fixes, we have added a very handy new ‘Share’ button when you encode/decode a QR. This allows you to send your image/text to any other app on your device which can make use of it! It makes it a lot easier to upload QR’s to cloud drives, or to use the decoded text in a word processor
The updated version of Percentage Resoltion Tool is currently undergoing the final stages of Beta testing. There are no new features, it’s purely bug fixes and template improvements
For those who didn’t know, PRT is tool which can convert pixel values to percentages and back, it’s very handy for AGK coders who work in the percentage system
BQR and PRT are both available to download, for free, from the Google Play Store
As I mentioned earlier in the post, we are only days away from fixing all the bugs in the beta test version of Colour Name Quiz Advance.
CNQA is our first game to be published. It’s a fairly straight forward quiz game with two types of question, two game modes and three levels of difficulty. There is also an abundance of trophies to collect and share with your facebook buddies
There will be more news on this as it happens
And that is the end of this post. All the latest news concerning upcoming and existing titles will be posted here, so keep checking back. Also please don’t forget to Like our page on Facebook!
A new version of Best QR was published at the store this afternoon. Most of the updates were internal stuff like updating to latest versions of libraries or template modules; but this update does bring with it the exciting new ‘Share’ function. After you have encoded/decoded a QR, there is now the option to share the image or text via any app on your device which can use the relevant media.
Best QR is a great app if you want to use QR codes, It can encode and decode them, as well as offering intelligent action buttons depending on the content of the QR.
Best QR is available, as always, free from the Google Play Store. Click the link below to download it.
The new update to Best Night Light went live on the Google Play Store today. It includes an update to the User Interface to make it a little more intuitive to use, there is also the addition of some new Lava Lamp modes as well as some general bug fixes and behind the scenes stuff.
Best Night Light is still our most popular app by far, having been downloaded almost 20,000 times now. It’s a great way to add some gentle atmospheric lighting to your personal space. It features 3 modes, a Night light which shines a gentle white light from your phone screen. You can set this to a timer if you like so it exits after a set amount of time; a Mood light which gently fades between a random series of colours; and a Lava lamp which fills your screen with colourful swirls and whirls to help you relax.
We’ve also given the Google Play Store page a bit of a refresh by completely redoing the screen shots, making them look a lot better (If you ask me, lol 🙂 )
To download Best Night Light, just click on the button below…