Slider [iOS, Android]

Three seconds until the shell blows your hull. Six enemies on the Grid, some protected by shields, one charged with energy and about to blow up.

Two seconds. An item that increases the score multiplier appears. If the Pulse reaches the charged enemy the chain reaction will clear the grid, but you won’t survive this time. Quick, think!

One second. You set your path, a bit convoluted, but it will do, and your ship leaps forward, just a few milliseconds away from death. It slides through the Grid, through your enemies, through the powerup. Your score increases and you break your record.

More entities appear, one shoots a homing missile. Three seconds until it blows your hull…

Available for iOS and Android (free & paid versions)

Reducing required permissions in Android games (Unity3D)

Two days ago we released Slider for Android devices. First thing you do as soon as your game is available is downloading and installing it, and that’s when we found the following message.

Access to photos/media/files permission

Well, not exactly this one. Our game also asked for WiFi State but we didn’t capture that one.

Ok, WiFi State is not that disturbing. Online leaderboards and Chartboost, the service we use for showing ads, require Internet. Not WiFi, though, 3G is enough. But “This app has access to photos, media or files” is a certainly disturbing warning. With recent events involving photo leaks like The Fappening, users are increasingly more aware of privacy related security. Indeed, when we announced the game in Reddit some users complained about these permissions:

“Looks nice! Why does it need access to my media files and wifi information?”
“Not trying untill dis answered”

Phew!

Slider certainly doesn’t need to access your photos, media or files in any way! What was happening? Well, here’s the answer: Google’s permissions groups! In relation to Photos/Media/Files, Google says:

An app can use files or data stored on your device.
Photos/Media/Files access may include the ability to:

  • Read the contents of your USB storage (example: SD card)
  • Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
  • Format external storage
  • Mount or unmount external storage

So, that’s it. We commented these two uses-permission lines in the Chartboost Android Manifest (according to their documentation they are just optional, not required)

<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE” />
<uses-permission android:name=”android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE” />

and also set ‘Write Access” to “Internal Only” in Unity3D’s PlayerSettings. No need to store anything anywhere, anyways.

And that’s it. This is what you get when you try to install Slider now: SLIDER, no permissions required

Way better!

Does your game or app require too many permissions? Take care, it certainly scares users away if they are not required for a good reason!

Oddy Smog, Oddy Smog EVERYWHERE

What a huge week for Oddy Smog’s Misadventure. The game that was our second title, back in 2010, has been released for Android and has received a big update in the App Store.

Oddy deserved to be played in new devices. When we created it back in 2010 we only had access to an iPhone 3GS. In a few months the iPhone 4 made its appearance with its retina display, forcing Oddy to be played in 2x mode since then. Something similar happened with iPads. Oddy has been available just for 3GS, in old 480×320 mode… until today.

We learned a few tricks while developing Rain, Sand, Stars and Rejuice! Both titles were universal since day one. At some point we decided to apply the same ideas to Oddy (and hopefully to Sound Juggler in a near future). Now it’s not only Universal for iOS devices, but also available for Android in Google Play.

What’s new?

  • Nicer HD graphics.
  • New, simpler, one-touch controls. Classic control is still available.
  • Tweaked gameplay. The Smog raises faster the higher you climb. Prisoner appearance rate is constant now.
  • Geolocalized leaderboards! Compare your score against people from your own city, region, country or the whole world!

Are you a happy iOS device owner? Get it here.

Or are you an intrepid Android explorer? Oddy is also there, waiting for you.

Rejuice! [Android]

It’s raining fruits on this sunny day! Keep them balanced on the board or squish groups of fruits. But don’t drop them or this wonderful day in the field will soon come to an end!

  • Keep fruits balanced on the board by tilting your device. The longer you keep them balanced, the higher the score!
  • Group three or more fruits of the same kind to squish them and prevent their numbers from building up! The more you squish, the higher the score.
  • Share your highscores in geolocalized leaderboards! Will you become the best in your city, region, or country? Sure you will!

Available on Google Play