Author Archives: Stephane

Trace Defense Is Now Available For WP7+WP8

November 15th, 2012 | Posted by Stephane in Game Design - (0 Comments)

Just in case you’ve gotten bored of the other 100,000+ apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace, here’s one more to keep you entertained. Our latest game is called Trace Defense, and in it you need to defend your turret by… wait for it… tracing! So let your fingers go wild as you attempt to keep the evil creeps at bay, go check it out right here!

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Four Months, Count ‘Em

September 19th, 2012 | Posted by Stephane in Serious Business - (0 Comments)

Buckle up, gentlemen, it’s business time. NullCandy has now been on the Windows Phone 7 marketplace for four (4) whole months! I’d write more, but let’s face it, we’re all here for the pretty pictures and download graphs and things, so check ’em out.

BiMonthlyDownloads

Okay, so the download rates have been slowing down a bit, but that’s to be expected. We attribute the slowdown to the fact that we’ve mainly been working on (1) a whole new game and (2) porting some of our previous games to iPhone so we can tell our moms about them.… Continue reading

Creating Conway’s Game of Life With XNA

September 15th, 2012 | Posted by Stephane in Programming - (0 Comments)

For all you up-and-coming XNA developers out there, I wrote an article on how to create Conway’s Game of Life with our beloved framework over on GameDevTuts+. Watch the demo video below, read about it on its Wikipedia page, and then go check out the tutorial and build it yourself; you can make it from scratch in about an hour, and all the source code is provided for you!

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Updates For Follow The Curve And Cave Worm Released

September 10th, 2012 | Posted by Stephane in Game Design - (0 Comments)

Work continues to trudge along here at NullCandy as we concentrate on new titles, but there’s always time to add some updates to our older games. This past week, we pushed update 1.3 for Follow The Curve and update 1.2.1 for Cave Worm.

FollowTheCurveNewGameOver

CaveWormNewGameOver

As you can see in the screenshots above, both of these updates add a rating button to the game over screens of the two games. This is partly in the hope that we get more ratings for our games, which have so far been positive, to help our games climb the charts.… Continue reading

Trace Defense Sneak Peek

September 5th, 2012 | Posted by Stephane in Game Design - (0 Comments)

It’s quiet in here…too quiet, you might say. Worry not, we’ve been hard at work on various projects, so let’s rectify that silence with a quick peek at one of our games that’s approaching release.

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Our upcoming game is called Trace Defense and it will soon be coming to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. As you can see in the screenshot above, there are enemies closing in, and your turret is the last line of defense. But there’s a twist to this generic defense/shooter scenario… you don’t have any control over the turret, it simply targets enemies as they get too close.… Continue reading

Colour Bit Depth In Windows Phone Apps

August 7th, 2012 | Posted by Stephane in Programming - (0 Comments)

Smartphones have come a long way in recent years, what with their mind-blowing 3D graphics and all. And yet, you still need to be careful when using gradients in simple 2D games, because if you don’t change your colour bit depth settings, things could get ugly.

ColourComparison1

When creating Windows Phone applications, the default setting is to run everything at a 16-bit colour depth, which can cause the horrible atrocities you see above. 16-bit colour means a total of 65 536 available colours, and while that’s not usually a problem, when you start having very shallow gradients like the ones above, the individual colour segments start to get wider and cause a problem known as banding.… Continue reading

If you’re developing for Windows Phone 7, you’ve probably heard (or even made use) of Microsoft’s incredibly useful Windows Phone Task Launchers (and if you haven’t, well sit down and listen up, Sparky, you won’t want to miss this). These launchers allow you to easily run various useful tasks like these:

  • Taking your users to your game’s review and rating page on the Marketplace
  • Launching the default browser and opening your app’s website
  • Sharing a message about your game on various social networks

And when I say ‘easily’ I mean literally in two lines of code, which is awesome, but it’s a little misleading because there’s a problem…

Crash And Burn

The naive, copied-straight-from-msdn method of coding would probably lead you to making a “Rate Me!” button that looks something like this:

// Rating Button and Task
Button ratingButton = new Button("Rate Me!");
MarketplaceReviewTask ratingTask = new MarketplaceReviewTask();

ratingButton.OnClick += (sender, args) => ratingTask.Show();

Odds are, you can crash the majority of apps and games on the Marketplace by double-tapping such a button.… Continue reading

As Windows Phone 7 developers that are currently working on porting games to the iEcosystem, nothing has been troubling us more than Apple’s hardware sorely lacking physical buttons. I can understand that their modus operandi is to keep things clean, minimalistic and aesthetically pleasing, because¬†believe me, I appreciate this. But as iOS grows in complexity and functionality, the single Home button can no longer cut it. They have kept the hardware simple, at the expense of having their software become exceedingly convoluted.… Continue reading

The Second Month Of Existence

July 19th, 2012 | Posted by Stephane in Serious Business - (0 Comments)

Is it really July 19th already? Seems like productivity might have taken a hit, but it’s been a splendid summer so far here in Montr√©al, and you gotta live a little. So, another month, another milestone, this time with more graphs, more data, and more extrapolation! First up, let’s take a look at the overall download numbers, which now spans four games thanks to our newest child, Cave Worm.

Overall Downloads, Month 2

Let’s start with the obvious: there’s a noticeable download spike right at the turn of the month (daily downloads are in green), due to two factors.… Continue reading

Cave Worm’s Update 1.1 Is Now Live

July 16th, 2012 | Posted by Stephane in Game Design - (0 Comments)

I’m happy to report that Cave Worm‘s first update has escaped into the wild! Version 1.1 adds global high scores, so you can duke it out with your rivals from all over the world. There are daily and all-time score tables too, so go hone your skills and show us what you can do!

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