iPad To Bryan Duke, Good job on Air Hockey

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  1. dudehuge

    dudehuge Well-Known Member

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    Bryan! Good job on Air Hockey, but my real question is. . .

    How many units have you sold? Damn your app has been on the top 10 list for a long time now. I really hope you'll answer or just give us an estimate. I just want to know out of curiosity.
     
  2. tosui

    tosui Well-Known Member

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    I agree - This is imho the best air hockey game around, and my most-used app: it's perfect for an engaging 2-minute play! Well done, Bryan!

    @dudehuge, I personally don't really care about numbers, but I'm happy to see a good app at a fair price achieve such success!
     
  3. dudehuge

    dudehuge Well-Known Member

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    Hehe. I'm just curious and I like numbers, I'm a Math major for heaven's sake :p

    But yeah his app is well done.
     
  4. MattB

    MattB Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I compared his game to two other air hockey game, and his was, without a doubt, the most fun. It's the right size, pace, and challenge. All important when translating air hockey to a small screen.

    I played against a doctor a couple of days ago, and he beat me, twice. I blame his medical degree and bigger brain power. :(
     
  5. Acceleroto

    Acceleroto Well-Known Member

    #5 Acceleroto, Sep 11, 2008
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    Thanks!

    Thanks everybody. I really enjoyed making the game & I'm still enjoying making it better with each release. The customer response has been wonderful & I really appreciate all the kind words.

    It hit the #1 paid game spot (#2 overall) on August 31 & has been in the top 5 since. Sorry though - I don't plan on releasing actual numbers sold. I'm very pleased with the sales though. :D

    Development of my next couple apps has been on hold while I dig into the lag issues some people are having with the 2-player mode. It's my #1 concern right now with the game (but other things are in the works too). Most people who have that problem have lots of apps installed on their devices. Apple's claimed that a bug has been fixed in 2.1 that previously slowed down devices with lots of apps installed. Oddly, if you have the problem (while running 2.0.2) & you plug in the device to your computer, the lag goes away. Try chasing that one down (*sigh*)!

    My tests with iPod touch 2.1 show a huge improvement in the 2-player mode. I'm hoping the iPhone 2.1 update will have the same results. Besides that fix, what do you guys want to see in the game?

    Development for other games will march on soon. My team's expanding...I'm working with a new Code Ninja/Design Wizard that will play a huge part in upcoming releases. I have some fun ideas that I hope will be hits too. I plan on continuing to price my apps as cheap as I can, but I can't promise that they'll all be $0.99.

    Favor request...Can I get some 2-player feedback from people once they've installed the iPhone OS 2.1?

    Have fun!
     
  6. dudehuge

    dudehuge Well-Known Member

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    #6 dudehuge, Sep 12, 2008
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    HAHA ok :p

    Can you give us a hint on your next game? You don't have to explain everything just give us a clue on what genre it is, does it have multiplayer, and so on. ;P
     
  7. Acceleroto

    Acceleroto Well-Known Member

    How about this: nope. ;) I wish I could share some info, but I don't plan on spreading detailed rumors/hype until things are more firm. Once I have a game within a couple weeks of release, I'll start sharing. I will say that I want my games to be fun, easy to learn, fun to play for as little as a few minutes, and engaging/challenging enough so that you'll want to keep coming back to them for more.

    I guess here's one hint: accelerometer controls.

    Less than a day to iPhone 2.1... let me know how things run!
     
  8. dudehuge

    dudehuge Well-Known Member

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    :( Oh well here's another one. . .

    They updated the SDK to support iPhoneOS 2.1, do you have to download the whole thing again (1.4 GB) or is there an update button on Xcode that I'm missing?
     
  9. crunc

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    #9 crunc, Sep 12, 2008
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    I'll add to the choir. In fact, I just got through writing up a list of some 99 cent games that are more fun than Cro-Mag Rally at $2.99 (in the comments on the article about that Pangea sale), and your games was one of the ones I listed. :) No one is going to call your Air Hockey the best game ever, but it is exactly what it says it is and is a great, fun way to kill a few minutes. It's also great to see a 99 cent game achieve such sales success.

    I have been playing it with the 2.1 firmware on my iPod Touch, but haven't played it 2 player yet.

    EDIT: One improvement I'd like is a way to set the offset of your paddle. I.e. I'd like it slightly forward of my finger (not entirely in front of, but just jutting out a bit) so I can see it better, but since not everyone would like it, it should be an option.
     
  10. Acceleroto

    Acceleroto Well-Known Member

    I just got done testing Air Hockey under the new iPhone 2.1 OS & the 2-player mode looks completely fixed. If anyone out there was having problems with 2-player mode, please install the new iPhone OS & let me know if it makes things better for you. I'd love to mark that bug as "fixed" and "Apple's."

    Once I get some positive feedback from users that the bug is fixed, I'll post a new note here to spread the word...

    I'll put that on the official Air Hockey to-do list. There's only so much you can offset the mallets though. You still have to be able to bring the mallets all the way to the back edge of the table.
     
  11. Acceleroto

    Acceleroto Well-Known Member

    Looks like you have to re-download the whole SDK. You can, of course, update your iPhone through iTunes...but that doesn't get your SDK up to speed.
     
  12. krisusa123

    krisusa123 New Member

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    I noticed your game just updated today, but it is unavailable. I am also an app developer and running into problems with my release date updating when I do an update. I assume you're changing the date in the submission tool to adjust your sorting on device?

    Do you have a similar problem sorting to the top when you do an update?
     
  13. Acceleroto

    Acceleroto Well-Known Member

    Apple erroneously deleted our sales contract today while attempting to chang our seller name from "Bryan Duke" to "Acceleroto." I'm barking up every tree I can find to get Air Hockey back on the store. Expect to see Air Hockey WAY down on the ratings tomorrow...no sales = no ratings.

    Not happy.
     
  14. dudehuge

    dudehuge Well-Known Member

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    Damn! Well goodluck dude, hopefully you'll sort it out.
     
  15. Acceleroto

    Acceleroto Well-Known Member

    It looks like the new update (version 1.1.3) just appeared back on the store. I was able to download it from my phone just a minute ago. "Acceleroto" is now listed as the seller, but it doesn't look like they're quite done changing things. In some places it's still listed as the #9 app and in some places you can't find mention of it any more. I recommend grabbing the update NOW:
    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=286106725&mt=8

    In other news, I have version 1.1.4 ready to send to Apple. It adds an "INSANE!" 1-player difficulty & a few other things.
     
  16. Little White Bear Studios

    Little White Bear Studios Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that sucks. You had become a Top 10 fixture. I hope Apple does right by you, and puts you on the "New" or "What's Hot" list to give you some instant visibility to make up for the mistake.
     
  17. Acceleroto

    Acceleroto Well-Known Member

    I hope so too. Air Hockey actually got added to the "What's Hot" list this morning before the "issue." It *was* almost everywhere you looked...I really hope it makes it back on the What's Hot list...front page of the App Store is a great place to be! Although, not being in the top 10 (even top 50) will really cut into sales for a while. The What's Hot list doesn't show up on people's devices.

    What a long day...
     
  18. Little White Bear Studios

    Little White Bear Studios Well-Known Member

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    Actually, it does. Right next to "New" when you press the Featured button.
     
  19. Little White Bear Studios

    Little White Bear Studios Well-Known Member

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    I know what you mean. My game was sitting at #12-20 for a good two weeks, and at the top of the "New" list at the same time. Good times, indeed!
     
  20. diSANt

    diSANt New Member

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    I'm an italian customer yes this app is very cool.I use to play in multi only this app and tap tap.I see a improvement on two players after 2.1 firmware.I haven't the feel of perfection but it's graet: more fluidity and less lag.
    I also want to see a pop up after the match that beyond the selection of the difficulty ican select the modality of the game (1 player - 2 player) and of course i want to listen to my music without the tick tack of the hockey so an option to off the sound.


    Excuse me for the bad english.
     

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