Sunday, September 28, 2008

New Facebook Brainiversity game: "Shopping List"

A new version of the Shopping List game has been added to the Facebook version of Brainiversity. Click here to play it now.

You will need to sign up for a free Facebook account to play.

This is a variant on the PC version which required you to memorize then recall a list of items. In this version you memorize a series of shopping lists and recall the items from a multiple choice list.

The original required you to spend a lot of time committing the list to memory then recall the entire list, but for Facebook I wanted something that moved along a lot faster. I think this new version does that well.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Brainiversity web site update

We've updated the Brainiversity web site.  Gone is my poor attempt at coding html and in its place is a neat little site that is easier to navigate and much easier on the eyes!

And speaking of Brainiversity...  a new memory game, Shopping List, will be hitting the Facebook version  sometime soon.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear

Congratulations are in order for Duncan and Marko of 3 Three Blokes - their latest casual game has just reached number one on iWin this week.

It was made in conjunction with iWin and combines the fun of hidden object games with match 3 puzzle solving.

Great work guys!

Friday, September 19, 2008

2 New Brainiversity Games

I've added two new games to the Facebook Brainiversity app.

They are Big Tipper and Number Sort - one math and one analysis game. These are potentially two of the new games from Brainiversity 2 - it all depends on what the players think. Those with the most plays, wins!

Number Sort in all it's graphical glory!

The scoring for these new games also needs tuning, but this is the beauty of Facebook; I analyse player data and can adjust the game accordingly over the next few weeks.

Next up for Facebook Brainiversity is a front end overhaul - I'll be grouping the games into each of their categories: Math, Analysis, Memory and Language - which should make it easier to find your favorite types of games.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Yo! Gabba Gabba

Yo! Gabba Gabba is a trippy pre-school kid's show that my daughter watches - it's kind of like Sesame Street crossed with the Teletubbies.

Hosted by DJ Lance Rock, it has cool toy-like characters designed/inspired by Kidrobot.  This makes sense as the show is produced by W!LDBRAIN who also own Kidrobot.

The show was created by Christian Jacobs (former child actor and performer in The Aquabats)  and Scott Schultz and has a real sense of fun about it.  With it's indie vibe and hip-hop music the show is a lot more palatable to watch as an adult.  Check it out if you have kids.  Or if you like cool toys and funky animation.

Here's a clip from the show.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pete Mullins!

My old friend Pete Mullins has a blog called "Up the Nose Tube to Monkey Trash". 

Pete is a comic artist, game graphic artist and visual effects guy - and his stuff is great.

I've worked with Pete on various things over the years - we first did a comic strip together in a weekly national magazine back in the early nineties and we've done some games together including my first casual game Word Shake.

You can  check out the Jace Riegel comic we wrote together and Pete drew for Dark Horse on his site.  Be warned though, some of his art contains nudity!

Monday, September 08, 2008

The Indie Games Theme Song

The Pretentious Indie Gamer Scene (PIGScene) have posted a song that sums up the indie game scene as viewed by, well, pretentious indie gamers :-)

They express themselves best in their own words:
"The PIGScene goes beyond the mainstream. We report on real indie games that real indie artists are creating. Note the word “artist” as opposed to “developer.” I’m talking about Jenova Chen before fl0w, or Nifflas before he realized he could make a lot of money making games where you’re basically testing a platform engine.

Don’t dig it? Whatever, we don’t care."

The Indie Game Theme Song

Friday, September 05, 2008

Brainiversity Facebook Update

Facebook Brainiversity has been updated this weekend.

The Facebook version features a lot of the fun activities from the download/retail version as well as a high score leaderboard and a friend challenge function.

If you haven't played it yet then get on over to Facebook and give it a go!