Blur Overdrive now out on iOS and Android

Just a quick blog to report two great new made with Marmalade games for both iOS and Android are now available from Marmalade Play. The first of these games is a new top end racer called Blur Overdrive. You can download for Android on Google Play and iOS on iTunes.

Blur Overdrive

Experience Blur Overdrive, the stunningly chaotic powered- up racing game
The first game is Blur Overdrive, which is a top notch driving game. Having worked on creating around 6 racing titles for Electronic Arts in a past life I know how difficult it is to get it right and how easy it can go wrong. I’m happy to say that Blur Overdrive does a fantastic job at getting it right. Here’s more info:

Here’s a little video to whet your appetite:

Immerse yourself in the intense racing experience of Blur Overdrive. With eight insane power-ups this isn’t just racing, this is POWERED UP racing! The race track is your battle ground and you must shunt the other drivers to snatch the chequered flag and progress through the game. Buckle up and ride the beautiful chaos that is Blur Overdrive.

PLAY DIRTY
Collect and deploy eight pyrotechnic power-ups to aid your performance and damage rival vehicles. Barge, shock and shield your way to the finish line or use your nitro power-up to leave your opponents behind.

RACE HOW YOU WANT, WHERE YOU WANT
Blur has 9 different types of races to be won from a Showcase Battle to an Eliminator. Battle through the various races to reach new stages of competition and unleash your torque.

BUILD YOUR RACING EMPIRE
With your race winnings, browse the Showroom to purchase the car to conquer the next racetrack.

Features:

  • 4 RACING CLASSES AND 10+ SPECIAL EVENTS
  • 8 AWESOME POWER UPS – MINES, SHIELD, SHUNT, NITRO, SHOCK, BARGE, REPAIR & BOLTS
  • REALISTIC AND REWARDING HANDLING MODE ACROSS THE 4 CLASSES
  • 25 CARS TO OWN, DRIVE AND RACE
  • 250 CUSTOMISATIONS TO BEEF UP YOUR CAR


Murder Detective 2: Corruption Available – Made with AppEasy

Murder Detective 2: Corruption Made with AppEasy

I’m pleased to announce that our team at Pockeeters has finished a brand new AppEasy powered game for Australian based developer Tournay Software. The game is called Murder Detective 2: Corruption and was developed with AppEasy. In fact, some of the features of the game helped shape many of the features of AppEasy that you see in the latest release.

AppEasy is a cross platform game and app development system that enables easy development using XOML mark-up and Lua.

The game is currently available on iTunes for iOS and Google Play for Android

The games features include:
* A thrilling murder mystery storyline.
* Mini games and puzzles.
* Hidden objects.
* Interact with characters.
* Cinematic cutscenes that enhance gameplay.
* Inventory interaction.
* Plenty of locations.
* A must for any murder mystery fan.

The Android version of the game will be available very soon.

Murder Detective 2 is the first fully fledged Pocketeers produced commercial game utilising many of the latest features of AppEasy and shows just how powerful and flexible AppEasy has become.

Very soon we will post a small post mortem that examines how and what we did to create the game using AppEasy


Chain Word – For Playbook & BB10

New made with Marmalade and IwGame Engine game now available for PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 OS devices. In the developers own words:

“Well, after only 3 weeks work my latest game – Chain Word – has been approved for sale on the BlackBerry app store.

It was written using IwGame 0.4 for Marmalade, and I’ve been very impressed with the API. Today I have added support for Scoreloop leaderboards, and will be adding Challenges soon (not uploaded yet though). I may also produce a free version with adverts / IAP.

A simple word game – how long a chain can you make?

- Start with a 3 or 4 letter word
- Add, Remove, Change or Swap letters to make a new word
- Repeat!

Link to AppWorld Page

If anyone wants to know how I achieved anything, please let me know and I will post the relevant codes. I also have this crazy thought running round the back of my head about open-sourcing the thing, but I’ve modified the IwGame engine slightly so I’m not sure how that would work…”

Congratulations to SyGem Limited on an excellent product well done.

Space Duck Hunting – Made with IwGame

We are very pleased to announce that “One Man Army” have just released their latest game “Space Duck Hunting” for Android using our very own IwGame Engine.

Here’s a little info about the game:

Game with great combination of action & logic. Kill space ducks, earn bucks, and buy specific combinations of temporary gun modes to smash ducks special formation.
You will have to spend your bucks wisely, buy the appropriate improvements, depending on the situation, otherwise you will not beat the ducks.
Face the dodgy ducks and watch out for their special attack formations, shields and mines which they use. You think ducks aren’t that clever and they’re easy to hunt? Wrong. Once you get all of them you can be really proud of yourself as it’s no small feat. Test your skills on over a dozen various levels, beat amazing records and wreak terror in the duck world. You will get a super effective steering system and an array of accesories for your weapons.
Remember, the ducks will try and outsmart you in a thousand ways, keep your eyes in the back of your head at all times, in every gameboard!
Features:
- Hours of great fun
- 16 levels to accomplish
- Great challenge
- 15 achievements to accomplish
- 5 shooting gun modes
- 12 different ducks
- great Boss on the end
- 3 different map types

You can download Space Duck Hunting from Google Play for FREE, so go grab a copy now!

The game will also be available soon on iOS

AppEasy 1.4 available – New Lua API, Web View, Ad Support, Video Cam Streaming

AppEasy Version 1.4 is Now Available

AppEasy the cross platform mobile game and app development system for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows that is aimed at all levels of experience releases latest update

AppEasy version 1.4 is now available for download from here.

Please upgrade to the latest version. Note that before updating, close down your current version of AppEasy, rename c:\AppEasy to c:\AppEasy2, install and run AppEasy 1.4 then copy any changes / certificates from c:\AppEasy2 to c:\AppEasy. Note that if you install the update before renaming c:\AppEasy then simply exit the AppEasy project manager, rename the folder and run AppEasy again.

Lua API has had a major overhaul

We felt that the Lua API was not going in the right direction and was starting to look messy so we rewrote it. Functions have now been split up into libraries to make the API more organised and easier to use. Heres a full list of the libraries we have planned:

  • actions – Deals with XOML actions
  • actor – Deals with actors
  • brush – Deals with brushes (coming soon)
  • camera – Deals with virtual scene cameras (coming soon)
  • facebook – Deals with facebook interaction (coming soon)
  • font – Deals with fonts (coming soon)
  • sys – Deals with general system interaction
  • http – Deals with HTTP communications (coming soon)
  • image – Deals with images (coming soon)
  • input – Deals with device input
  • market – Deals with in-app purchasing (coming soon)
  • media – Deals with audio and video playback
  • physics – Deals with physics (coming soon)
  • program – Deals with XOML programs
  • resource – Deals with generic resources
  • scene – Deals with scenes
  • shape – Deals with shapes (coming soon)
  • template – Deals with templates
  • timeline – Deals with timelines
  • variable – Deals with XOML variables

Over time new functions and even new libraries will appear

New Lua functionality has been added such as querying collision contacts, creating scenes, appending XOML arrays, controlling device vibration, disabling device power saving etc..

Web View

The Web View now works on iOS and Android. You can create web views of any size modal or none modal and either navigate them to a URL or write html / javascript content to them from actions, commands and scripts.

Video Cam Streaming

A new resource type called VideoCam has been added which enables streaming of the devices video camera to an Image, which can in turn be displayed via actors.

New Actor Properties

Actors have been given some new properties, including:

  • IgnoreCamera – Forces actor to ignore camera transform
  • Orphan – Allows child actors to sort via normal actor layers
  • UserData – A simple integer that can be used to store user data such as an index into a script table

Brush UV coordinates

Brushes got a new property called UV, which allows you to set the UV coordinates of the brush directly instead of using SrcRect. Currently only works with image brushes.

Ad Support Added

We decided to add support for HTML ads to AppEasy as they offer a wide range of features compared to basic text or banner ads. For example using HTML ads you have access to the following types of ads:

  • Animating banner and text ads of any size
  • Video ads
  • Interstitial ads
  • Interactive ads
  • Forms based ads
  • Offer walls

We have added information about ad integration to section 20 of the XOML User Guide. We have also added information showing how to get set up and integrated with Leadbolt. We will include additional integrations on the next release.

Complete list of changed in 1.4 include:

Changes to AppEasy Project Manager

  • If project is saved with no location then the location is set to the folder where the project is saved
  • You can now set the size of the XML pools used by AppEasy. Format is (max-tags,max-attributes). Note that these are preallocated data pools so they will eat into your applications memory, so you may need to increase the amount of memory available to your app. Each tag consumes 104 bytes and each attribute consumes 60 bytes plus additional space for parsed strings

Changes to AppEasy Core Engine

  • Lua API has been replaced with a more intuitive Lua API
  • If you now try to add a resource that already exists in the scope it is loaded then a warning will be displayed and the resource will be overwritten
  • WebView now supports new Html attribute which can be used to pass html to the web view to be displayed
  • WebView now works in screen coordinates and not virtual canvas coordinates
  • Actors now have new UserData property that can be use to store a single integer, can be used to store index into script table / array for additional data
  • Actors now have new IgnoreCamera property that allows them to ignore the scenes camera transform
  • All examples now have schema set
  • All examples have been updated to use new Lua API
  • Actors have new property called Orphan. When set to true, actor is taken out of the usual sprite parent / child hierarchy and moves into the normal layer system. This enables child sprites to sort using layers, however actor to actor clipping may be affected
  • New scene.create() method added to allow creation of scenes from lua
  • New actor.getStartContacts() and actor.getEndContacts() functions added to give access to actors that a particular actor has started or ended collisions with
  • New VideoCam resource added that allows you to stream the devices video cam to an image
  • New ChangeVideoCam action added
  • New Lua functions added to change video cam media.changeVideoCam(), can be used to stop and start feed
  • New Lua variable.add() function added to add a value to a XOML variable
  • New Lua variable.append() function added that enables you to append additional elements onto the end of a XOML array
  • New Lua functions sys.vibrate() and sys.stopVibrate() added to control vibration
  • New Lua function sys.changePowerSaving() added to prevent back-light from switching off
  • New Lua function input.touchInfo() which returns information about touches
  • Image brush now supports setting of UV coordinates directly
  • Ads are now integrated via the web view (see section 20 of XOML User Guide)
  • BUG FIX: Some Lua functions were displaying incorrect errors and warnings
  • BUG FIX: Web view now works on iOS and Android (does not work on Windows)
  • BUG FIX: AspectLock fixed
  • BUG FIX: None batched sprites now render correctly at edges
  • BUG FIX: Some examples were broken
  • BUG FIX: Deleting particle actor that was child of another actor crashed when removing particle actor
  • BUG FIX: Particle actor placed inside parent actor didn’t scale by parents opacity when UseParentOpacity set
  • BUG FIX: Empty Param2 in FromTenplate action / commands crash
  • BUG FIX: Fixed changing orientation resizing
  • BUG FIX: Touch panning glitch fixed

Example Changes

  • Added New VideoCam example
  • Added new AdvancedCollision example
  • Added new DynamicWebView example

AppEasy 1.3 Now Available

AppEasy Version 1.3 is Now Available

AppEasy the cross platform mobile game and app development system for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows that is aimed at all levels of experience releases latest update

AppEasy version 1.3 is now available for download from here.

Please upgrade to the latest version. Note that before updating, close down your current version of AppEasy, rename c:\AppEasy to c:\AppEasy2, install and run AppEasy 1.3 then copy any changes / certificates from c:\AppEasy2 to c:\AppEasy.

iOS App Store Signing

You can now sign your apps for distribution using a valid distribution certificate and distribution profile. If you have an app ready for App store submission then please let us know how you get on.

Windows Platform Added

You will notice that the AppEasy project manager has got a few new options, including a new deployment platform (Windows). You can now deploy a native Windows application which you can commercialise or use for demo purposes. There is also an option for Apple Mac but that is not currently enabled. We are looking to offer Mac support by 1.5.

AppEasy Wizard

We have added a new feature called the Easy Wizard. This wizard is an app that provides a step by step process for new iOS developers. It walks the developer through 9 steps including creating a developer account, creating a signing certificate request (on Windows), getting certificates, adding test devices, getting provisioning profiles and more, all steps are explained with additional available help built into the program. We will be adding steps for app store submissions and an Android version of the wizard for 1.5.

Inline Scripting

Its now possible to execute raw script from actions and commands. The script can be included within the action / command parameter or provided from a XOML variable, allowing dynamic scripting. This also saves having to call script functions when not needed, embedding logic into templates etc..

Rendering Engine Upgrade

We have upgraded the rendering engine to use floating point, so you should notice an improvement in rendering quality.

Complete list of changed in 1.3 include:

Changes to AppEasy Project Manager

  • iOS App Store signing now implemented, you can now sign your apps and submit them to the Apple App Store
  • Deployment to Windows platform added. You can now build commercial PC apps and games using AppEasy
  • Advanced options have been moved up to the top of the options panel
  • Simulator screen size moved up to top of the options panel
  • New debug info selector which can be used to change how much debug info is shown in builds (does not affect simulator test as this always shows max debug info)
  • New Windows deployment options section added
  • Support for more video cards added to the simulator
  • Apple Wizard tool added
  • BUG FIX: Fixed screen size label misplacement
  • BUG FIX: Deployment of app with space in location filename fails
  • BUG FIX: Drop down screen size settings now applied immediately
  • BUG FIX: Can no longer deploy an Android / iOS app store app without the proper key store / provisioning profile information

Changes to AppEasy Core Engine

  • Rendering engine has been upgraded from fixed point to floating point
  • Raw script can now be executed inline using the new “Inline” action and “inline” command. P2 specifies scene in which to run the script (omit to run in global script space)
  • Actors that have Draggable set to true will also set Hittest to true unless you override it
  • Lua Change Program now has new restart, next, priority and goto commands. Also takes optional 3rd parameter which is used as name of command to goto
  • New getDistanceBetween() Lua function added which returns the distance between two parent actors (does not take into account transforms)
  • New getAngleBetween() Lua function added which returns the angle (in degrees) between two parent actors (does not take into account transforms)
  • New Lua getFreeMem() function added to get total free memory available
  • New Lua functions ScreenToScene() and SceneToScreen() which convert between screen and scene coordinates
  • If a script function does not exist in the scenes script space then the system will attempt to call the same named function in the global script space. This allows you to call global functions in the global script space from any scenes script engine.
  • Lua getVariable(), getProgram(), getActor() and getResource() now look to the script engines container scene if the scene is not supplied. If no scene is available (the script is declared globally) then the global script space will be used. if no valid scene is found for getActor() then an error will occur as actors can only exist inside a scene.
  • All files are now Preload and Blocking by default
  • BUG FIX: Template parameter case issue fixed
  • BUG FIX: Nop command now returns immediately
  • BUG FIX: Lua crash when garbage collector kicks in crash fixed
  • BUG FIX: Crash when not assigning brush a type. Defaults to Image with a warning
  • BUG FIX: When actor is created via Lua createActor() and parent is an actor then depth of child is set to 0
  • BUG FIX: WebView was not positioned correctly when scene origin was set to something other than centre

Example Changes

  • Added Complex UI example

AppEasy Beta Begins – The new Easy way to Create Mobile Apps and Games

AppEasy Logo

We have some wonderful news. Today we finally began closed beta testing of our up and coming Marmalade / IwGame powered cross platform app development system AppEasy. AppEasy allows you to develop games and apps using mark-up language similar to HTML but designed specifically for high performance native games and apps. You can also use the optimised Lua API to enhance apps and games developed using AppEasy. You can find out more about AppEasy by visiting our “work in progress” web site at http://www.appeasymobile.com/. AppEasy puts mobile app and game development into the hands of everyone.

We have decided to double the number of users that can join our beta test program. If you would like to join then please register your interest at http://appeasymobile.com/register-interest

New IwGame App – Dart ScoreKeeper

Marmar Apps have just released their new made with IwGame app Dart ScoreKeeper for the Android on Google Play. Here’s some info about this cool new app:

Have you ever played a game of darts and thought: is there no easy way to keep score of the game on a mobile device like a phone or tablet?
Well, now there is! With unmatched easyness you can now track your scores on your phone or tablet and even post your game results on Facebook!

With Dart Scorekeeper(tm) you can keep your scores while playing the ‘real-life’ game.

Dart Scorekeeper currently supports the following:

The most easy scoring entry system ever! Just point your finger on the board and it will zoom in so you can place your darts.

  • Supports up to 4 players.
  • Post your game results on Facebook to share with others!
  • Single Game Mode.
  • Match Mode:
  • Best of 3 or 5 legs per set.
    Best of 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 or 13 sets.

  • x01 games (301, 501, 801, 1001):
  • Double In option.
    Double out option.

  • Cricket game:
  • Play from 20 – 10 or from 20 – 15.

Also coming to iPhone and iPad soon.

IwGame Engine v0.33 Released – Unified Android and iOS in-app purchasing

New here? What’s IwGame? IwGame is an open source free to use cross platform game engine for iPhone, iPad, Android, Bada, Playbook, Symbian, Windows Mobile, LG-TV, Windows and Mac, built on top of the Marmalade SDK. You can find out more and download the SDK from our IwGame Engine page.

I can tell you one thing, testing in-app purchasing from scratch is NOT an easy task, in fact its a pain in the a** to be quite honest. However, like anything that’s cool its worth doing. Its been a while coming but we finally put together a unified API for in-app purchasing on the Android and iOS platforms. To see the end product in action check out Puzzle Friends on Android (the new name for the free version of cOnnecticOns (I must have been off my head when I invented the name cOnnecticOns :) ). The iOS version is currently with the great Apple reviewers in the sky.

Ok, here is the list of changes for 0.33:

  • In-app purchasing added for Android and iOS (IwGameMarket)
  • Scenes can now be augmented after they have been created (like partial classes)
  • Scenes can now be layered visually
  • New SetAllTimelines action added to XOML that will set the timeline of all scenes
  • SetVariable action now allows you to specify the scene in which the variable lives
  • Resources can now be tagged with a tag name
  • New RemoveResource and RemoveResources actions that allow removal of resources from global resource manager
  • New CallActions action added that enables execution of other actions lists
  • Actor now has ScaleX and ScaleY bindings
  • Relative actor depth is now 0 for linked actors
  • UDID removed from IwGameAds for iOS
  • Scenes now have a ClipStatic property that will force the clipping area of a scene to stay in place on screen instead of moving with the scenes camera
  • BUG FIX: Scene NotifyResuming now called properly
  • BUG FIX: CIwGameAnimInstance::setAnimation() no longer crashes if NULL is passed
  • BUG FIX: IwGameAdsView sprites are now updated correctly

The most interesting addition this update is the well hidden IN-APP PURCHASING for iOS and Android. With the aid of copy and paste lets take a look at the changes in more detail:

IwGameMarket – Unified In App Purchasing API for iOS And Android

Its an incredibly tough job to get noticed in the app stores these days with approaching half a million apps available in the larger stores (insane competition), its an even tougher job persuading Joe public to part with their money for your app. Many developers are turning to developing freemium titles as a means to increase visibility (app users are much more likely to download a free app) and earn money by offering the app in a limited form then allowing users to purchase additional content and game features. As of IwGame v0.33, basic in-app purchasing is now available for iOS and Android using a wrapper around Marmalade’s EDK in-app purchase extensions called IIwGameMarket.

IIwGameMarket is a not a concrete class however so you cannot just create one and use it. Instead it provides a basic interface for creating the platform specific market class as well as access to common functionality. At the moment the following marker classes are available:

CIwGameMarketiOS – Uses iOS in-app purchasing
CIwGameMarketAndroid – Uses Android market billing
CIwGameMarketTest – This version is a test class that you can use to simulate purchases / errors etc in the simulator.

IwGameMarket is designed to allow you to initialise and set-up and use in-app purchasing in a platform agnostic fashion, allowing you to query / purchase content very easily.

IwGameMarket works using a product list system, where you create and add CIwGameMarketProduct products to the IwGameMarket. Each CIwGameMarketProduct represents a single consumable / none consumable product that can be purchased.

Setting up the IwGameMarket is very simple, you simply call IIwGameMarket::Create() which initialises the correct market for the platform that your game or app is running on then set-up a few handlers, depending upon which messages you want to handle. Below shows a quick example:

IiwGameMarket::Create("Your android public key");
IIwGameMarket::getMarket()->setReceiptAvailableHandler(PurchaseComplete, NULL);
IIwGameMarket::getMarket()->setErrorHandler(PurchaseError, NULL);
IIwGameMarket::getMarket()->setRefundHandler(Refunded, NULL);	// Android only

Note that if you are releasing for iOS only then you do not need to supply your Android Market public key, simply pass no parameters to Create().

In this example, we have told IwGameMarket that we want to be notified when a purchase receipt is available, when an error occurs or when a transaction refund has happened.

When done with the market don’t forget to clean it up using:

IIwGameMarket::Destroy();

Now that the market is set-up we need to add products, below shows a quick example:

// Which OS are we running
int os = s3eDeviceGetInt(S3E_DEVICE_OS);

// Create product 1
CIwGameMarketProduct* product = new CIwGameMarketProduct();
product->Consumable = true;
product->ID = 1;
product->Name = "10 Coins";
if (os == S3E_OS_ID_IPHONE)
	product->ExternalID = "com.companyname.gamename.coinsx10";
else
	product->ExternalID = "coinsx10";
product->Purchased = false;
IIwGameMarket::getMarket()->addProduct(product);

// Create product 2
product = new CIwGameMarketProduct();
product->Consumable = true;
product->ID = 2;
product->Name = "50 Coins";
if (os == S3E_OS_ID_IPHONE)
	product->ExternalID = "com.companyname.gamename.coinsx50";
else
	product->ExternalID = "coinsx50";
product->Purchased = false;
IIwGameMarket::getMarket()->addProduct(product);

In this example, we create 2 products, our first represents 10 in-game coins, whilst the second represents 50 in-game coins. The ExternalID property is the product ID as defined in the in-app purchase section of your app in iTunes Connect for iOS or the product id of the in-app purchase in the in-app purchase section of your Android Market product control panel for Android. ID can be anything you like but will need to be unique.

Now that the system and product set-up are out the way, lets take a look at how to purchase a product. Firstly you need to call PurchaseProduct() passing in the ID defined in the CIwGameMarketProduct that you added earlier:

if (IiwGameMarket::getMarket()->PurchaseProduct(product_id))
{
}

You then need to add code to the callbacks that we added in our set-up:

int32 MarketScene::PurchaseComplete(void* caller, void* data)
{
	int type = IIwGameMarket::getMarket()->getLastPurchaseID();
	if (type == 1)	// 10 coins
	{
		GAME->AddCoins(10);
	}
	else
	if (type == 2)	// 50 coins
	{
		GAME->AddCoins(50);
	}

	return 1;
}

int32 MarketScene::PurchaseError(void* caller, void* data)
{
	// Display an error to the user

	return 1;
}

int32 MarketScene::Refunded(void* caller, void* data)
{
	// Only available on th Andriod platform
	CIwGameString id = IW_GAME_MARKET_ANDROID->getRefundedID();

	// Player was refunded so take back the items(s)

	return 1;
}

Augmenting Scenes

Another cool new feature in v0.33 is the ability to augment a previously created scene and add extra stuff to it after the fact. You can for example have a basic common scene that provides the basic background of the scene. This gets loaded by many other scenes and serves as its basic background. After its been loaded you can declare the scene a 2nd time and add additional elements which will then be integrated into the original scene.

Layered Scenes

Scenes can now be depth sorted (visually only). This is incredibly useful as previously scenes would always be drawn in the order in which they were added to the game class. There is no limit to the layer number of a scene.

Tagged Resources

Resources can now be given a tag name, allowing you to identify groups of resources. New actions have also been added that allow the removal of specific resources or groups of tagged resources from the global resource manager. We added this new features because we found that sometimes it is very useful to have resources in the global resource manager so they can be shared across scenes, but later needed a way to remove those resources when done with them.

Calling Actions Lists

Its now possible to call an actions list from an action. This is great if you want to define lots of different action sets then pick and choose which ones you want to use.

And that’s it for this update, please enjoy.