When it comes to leveraging the best framework for mobile game development, it seems that there are plenty of options to choose from. Typically, if the realisation of a great idea needs to be accelerated to market to ensure a good return on investment, you want to minimise reinventing the wheel and spend most of the development time on the specifics that differentiate your game from the herd.
If you find yourself stuck trying to replicate something that you’ve seen in another application or game, there’s a high chance that someone else has already hit that road block, solved it and is now offering their solution freely. Don’t be afraid so sacrifice control of the architecture to achieve a quality game.
Which brings me to my brief article on the open source Android game development library: AndEngine.
For the last few weeks I’ve been working on adding the all important home screen widget to the Unofficial Triple J Now Playing Android app. Things are going quite well but there are a few lessons I’ve learned during my journey of Android discovery that some of you existing users may not like.
Version 1.3 of the unofficial TripleJ now playing app was released last week and I’ve had a pretty good response from the comments and ratings so far;
Great! Thanks for the android love! Works great, kinda annoying how some presenters don’t update tho! – Simone
Peeved at Update – can’t believe JJJ made you change your design despite them still not showing any regard for android users!! App is Great!, does exactly what it says it does… still a bit peeved that jjj still aren’t releasing any Android apps!! – Matthew
Great I thought ABC wasn’t allowed to endorse a product. This is what they are doing by only releasing Apple apps. Thanks for creating this for Android users – Kylie
Well it took longer than I expected but Triple J have contacted me requesting that I remove all images and logos in the Triple J Now playing Android app in anticipation of the release of their own Android app.
So, after almost 10,000 installs I’m going to have to remove all of the things that make the app nice to look at. The next release will be in the next few days and I’ll attempt to keep it as visually appealing while complying with the requests from the Triple J developers.
Contact me if you have any suggestions!
The unofficial Triple J Now Playing Android app has gone nuts with over 2.5k installs in just over 2 weeks! I suspect that Triple J has something to do with that given that they’re consistently advertising their iPhone app, resulting in Android fans hitting the market to see if there is something for them. Works for me though, just look at those stats!
So Triple J, if you’re reading this, the people are calling for an official Triple J Android app loud and clear!