Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Car Jack Streets

I've been playing GTA: Chinatown Wars on my DS for the last week and have been really enjoying it. It's the perfect game to play for a few minutes here and there. In fact, it seems like the perfect game to play on your iPhone...

Well, touchArcade has a review of a GTA-like game for the iPhone called Car Jack Streets. It was developed by Tag Games which includes some folk who worked on the original top-down GTA series back when the developers were known as DMA Design!

Because I'm in the middle of GTA on the DS I haven't bought the game yet - but the screen shots and video look neat - and it only costs $4.99 (that's $5.99 for us Aussies) which is cheaper than a pizza.

It's amazing, but the iPhone really is changing the way games are being made, distributed and priced. Indie gamers are finding their voice and a market.

I'll be grabbing a copy once I finish GTA. In the meantime, if you've got it and played it, let me know what you think.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Preparing For Launch!

The revamped Facebook version of Brainiversity will be launching later this week.

The current version never had an "official" launch - it just appeared on Facebook and acquired the many players through word of mouth. It was a great experience in getting up to speed with Facebook development and we've applied a lot of what we've learnt to the new version.

So over the last 6 weeks we've been busy revamping the game to make it look sexier with a bunch of cool new features. We've also made the game feel like a complete package rather than a bunch of separate Flash games - bringing it more in line with the upcoming "Brainiversity 2" download version.

Of course it doesn't just end with the relaunch, we'll be rolling out a bunch of new games and features on a regular basis going forward. I think you'll like the new stuff we have in store :-)


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

GTA: Chinatown Wars

I've been playing GTA: Chinatown Wars on my Nintendo DS and having a ball.

First up, let me say that just because this is on a Nintendo platform doesn't mean the series has been toned down. No way.

The F-bomb is dropped within the first few minutes, someone you think is being set up as a lasting character and potential love interest is killed off in a shockingly brutal and senseless manner, and you're quickly put to work buying and selling cocaine and other hard drugs.

It's no worse than the typical HBO crime show, but it does catch you unaware because you're experiencing it on the DS.

And like all GTA games, this one has its tongue firmly in its cheek. From humorous banter between the main character and the people he meets, to the scenarios and products around Liberty City, there is stuff here to make you smile.

It will be interesting to see how the game sells. I have a feeling it will be a constant seller, the must have game for "gamer dads" too busy to play GTA on the PS3 or X360, but hankering to experience the fun these games offer.

That's what it is for me.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Music Made Simple

If you're lusting after a Tenori0-on, the cool electronic musical instrument created by Toshio Iwai and Yu Nishibori and sold by Yamaha, then you'll find this a lot of fun...

It's the Tone Matrix, courtesy of Andre Michelle.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then it's best you go and experience it now and let it's magic unfold as you play with it.

To get you started copy the code below and Right-Click Paste it on to the Tone Matrix.


What are you waiting for, click here to go play with it now!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Brainiversity 2

Brainiversity 2 is nearing completion and is looking really cool!

As well as a bunch of new features and games we've totally revamped the interface while keeping the classic clean look of the original.

Here's a first glimpse of the main menu screen:

The big emphasis this time around is on social play. Here's the new look leaderboard:

I have the highest point score amongst my friends because I play it all the time to test out new features... so I have an unfair advantage :-)

I'll post some screen shots of the new games as we get closer to launch.


Sunday, April 12, 2009


This is a cool interactive "video clip" for Spanish musician/artist Virginia Maestr.

And to celebrate Easter, here's a seasonally themed video. Enjoy and Happy Easter!


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Brainiversity Update

Getting closer to launching the new look Brainiversity on Facebook. The updated version features slick new graphics, new games and some other neat stuff. Adobe/Flash's official API couldn't have come at a better time!

One of the interesting things we're doing is using the huge amount of gameplay data from the current Facebook version to tweak the new release. Analyzing the data is something we'll be factoring in as we produce regular Facebook updates.

Hopefully I will be able to post some screen shots soon.