iPad ELFrun ($0.99): A Christmas iPhone/iPod Game

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    #1 matthias6S, Dec 3, 2008
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    PARENTAL ADVISORY: This game keeps your children entertained while you can make your final Christmas preparations.

    ;-)

    Our first iPhone/iPod game has been released and is available in the AppStores worldwide. The game features exciting gameplay for the whole family, a fully rendered intro and extro video, nice 3D graphics, an adorable (and animated) main character, sound effects and a catching music theme. And it's all about Christmas! We'd appreciate if the TouchArcade community would help us in promoting our first piece of work and we hope that you enjoy playing it as much as we did making it.

    Here are the most important links first:

    AppStore Link


    ELFrun homepage with online highscore

    And here are some shots for a very first idea:

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    The game was created within approx. eight weeks by one artist and me as the programmer (spare time) on the creative/engineering side plus one legal/marketing expert and a producer on the business side.

    Constructive comments are welcome, purchases on the AppStore greatly appreciated ;-)

    Best,
    Matt
     
  2. Tennisking1o1

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    Game looks like it could be pretty fun, but my wallet isn't liking the app store lately, and I think I need to give it a break until christmas. The first screenshot of the elf's face looks really nice to me, I really like that "style" I guess
     
  3. saw the trailer

    i think you mean "imagine" instead of "image"
     
  4. snow_mani

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    A few questions

    Hi Matt,

    I checked out the iTunes description and YouTube video. It looks like a fun original game.

    I have a few questions:

    1) Is the sensitivity of the tilt controls adjustable?

    2) Are there different levels of difficulty?

    3) Is there a save option and or will the game remember your progress if play is interupted?

    4) Can you listen to your own ipod music while playing?

    Thanks,
    snow_mani
     
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    #5 matthias6S, Dec 4, 2008
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    OMFG. You're so right. After eight weeks of work you don't see such details. So posting here already paid of, noone else recognized that before. For the time being, we've added a little note to the YouTube video and will upload a new version tomorrow.

    Not yet, but that's a good point for a version 1.1.

    There are 24 levels and they're getting more and more difficult.

    It remembers the last level you finished successfully and continues playing with the next one if the game was interrupted.

    No. You wouldn't want to anyway because the music is so amazing. ;-)
    (Also noted for 1.1)

    Best,
    Matt
     
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    #6 snow_mani, Dec 4, 2008
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    Music in YouTube video super annoying!

    To be honest, I found the music in the YouTube video to be very annoying. No way would I want to listen to that while playing! Letting people choose the music they listen to while playing should be easy and a must if I am going to purchase. Good to see that you are going to consider that change in 1.1.
     
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    Even so, you don't have to. There's an option to disable music and/or sfx in the menu. And now I need to console our musician, bbl. ;-)

    Best,
    Matt
     
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    One artist huh - pay him extra because his work is fantastic.
     
  9. Rocketman919

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    looks pretty fun. Bonus points for not coming in here and saying " hey guys look at this new app i found on the app store. It looks pretty awesome and its fun, you should buy it." An honest dev always gets a plus in my book
     
  10. matthias6S

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    It is! You need to try it! ;-)

    SCNR.
    Matt
     
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    We’ve just submitted a new version of ELFrun. It contains several rendered cut-scenes, multi-user support, volume control for sound and music, bugfixes and much more. Since it’s version 1.5 for us, we will drop the price to $0.99 for 1.5 days.

    Best,
    Matt
     
  13. Tennisking1o1

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    Great, I may have to pick this up now =)
     
  14. salsamd

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    #14 salsamd, Dec 15, 2008
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    US App store still says $2.99. Purchase button poised...:D
     
  15. snow_mani

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    Good news

    Good news on the update. Glad to hear that I will be able to turn off the sound and music. I assume that this means I will be able to listen to my own ipod music when playing?

    PS - I hope that you managed to console the musician. Please assure him/her that the music isn't that bad it's just that I much prefer to listen to my own selection of music.
     
  16. matthias6S

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    #16 matthias6S, Dec 16, 2008
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    There's one catch. We're using videos and the iPod mutes the music each time you start playing videos. The iPhone SDK does not provide any way to resume playing, so you need to do this manually by double-clicking the home button.

    Regarding the price, our team admin is already asleep. If 1.5 is already active (didn't look yet), then the price will dropped in 8 hours or so when the people are awake again ;-)

    Best,
    Matt
     
  17. salsamd

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    Time to wake the gang up! Christmas is approaching without price drop.;)
     
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    And it's still version 1.0 in the stores. Sorry but we're waiting for the AppStore people to accept version 1.5!

    Best,
    Matt
     
  19. salsamd

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    $0.99 Now!

    for 1.5 days here.:D
     
  20. snoderlye

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    So what do you think? Is this a must buy Christmas time game? The game looks really cute!
     

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