The following piece is a guest blog entry. The views expressed in it are not necessarily those of Runway Games and are entirely those of the author.
Retro-styled games seem to be a really hot gaming trend at the moment. There has been numerous indie successes catering to the nostalgia craze. The best games have been masters at combining the best things from the old days with modern mechanics. CrossCode looks to be one of those games.
CrossCode is a single-player Action-RPG about a player stuck in an MMO of the distant future. Now before you think traditional fantasy with sword and sorcery, this game is all about one thing: throwing VRPs – or simply “balls” as everyone seems to call it. Not only are these balls your trusty tool to master several dungeons full of puzzles, they are also your weapons. Together with close-range attacks and special skills, they help you to fend off hordes of enemies.
If you have been following along our Facebook (which you should), then you will have read about some vague updates coming to Solar Roller. It’s about time we reveal just what those changes are, don’t ya think?
Skins, skins, and skins! Play the updated version, and you’ll instantly notice a huge difference. Not only have we applied new skins to the platforms, but some of the planets got a new and improved look as well. We’ve even applied some particle systems to this updated version, giving some plants a unique atmosphere.
We’ve even added an entirely new planet, ready to be conquered at a moment’s notice. With this new planet, it poses new challenges. We are introducing three new platforms, each ready to rock your world. The red will make things a little hotter, the green might make you want to stay a little while longer, and the blue? Well, I hope you’re ready to try your patience because it might just have a mind of its own. Continue reading This Will Change the Way You Play→
February 20th is Love Your Pet Day, and at Runway Games, we love our pets. Who doesn’t love their fury (or scaly) family members?
In honor of love your pet day, Runway Games is doing a contest giveaway for a Red Sea Exodus t-shirt and other customized items. We will be selected the ugliest pet, and the cutest pet. To enter, send us a photo of your pet and all its glory. You may either contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You have until the 19th! Get snapping!
One of the cool things about making games is you get to make ’em about things you find interesting. Space, cowboys, robotic men – even rainbow unicorns with laser beam eyes. That’s why people love making games so much. Who doesn’t wanna make a game about something they find fascinating? We like space, for instance. One of our games, Solar Roller, is all “spacey” and cool. Why? Because space is friggin’ neat!
As if to prove how neat it is, last night, a giant space mountain (comet) flew by our heads. What’s more about this giant space mountain? That giant space mountain had its own giant space moon. So keep your eyes to the sky and maybe you’ll see some of space’s fanatical wonders for yourself in the future. If not? Turn on Solar Roller to experience them anyway. Or just play it when there isn’t anything particularly interesting whizzing by our planet.
For more on the comet and its satellite, check out this article.
Have you seen our t-shirts yet? So do we! We gave our designer an idea, and he turned it into reality. Who doesn’t want a removable Moses beard, after all. As promised, we will be sending free shirts to our Beta testers for Red Sea Exodus.
Were you a Beta tester and want a chance to get EXCLUSIVE access to our next game? Would you like to see our development process? Take a picture wearing one of our shirts and post it to us on social media to enter for a chance to get access to our test-flight applications. We upload our games during development for in-house testing before it’s ever released. Watch the game grow and flourish and become an essential part of its creation process.
The life of an independent developer is a constant learning experience. One of those many “aha” moments happened rather recently when we were researching how to expand our reach.
Most everyone in our office uses an iOS device. That being said, it means that our knowledge of Android is a little sparse. With Apple, whenever you want to look up and app or download one, you go to the app store. I want to emphasize THE app store. One. One app store. Any app you want to download for your Apple device is right there.
This is not how Android works.
Unlike Apple, Android offers a variety of stores. There is the common Google market, but not everyone uses it or can use it and not all apps are offered there. Automatically, this means not all users have access to your app. Additionally, by offering multiple stores, it has allowed certain ones to cater to a particular type or content, already creating a target audience for you. Continue reading I Bet You Didn’t Know This About Android App Marketing→
Looks like Nintendo has taken a new spin on their marketing and is taking full advantages of the freedom YouTube can grant. Since when did they get this funny? Regardless, it made me a believer in amiibo…just not romance.
Basically, this ill-fated romance definitely demonstrates amiibo and their uses, and I will quite frankly say I didn’t really buy into their point of existence before. The video does a good job of showing the social aspect of the mini-figurines and how you can easily import your character with your personal stats, which hey – is kind of nice. How many times did you go play a game at your friends’ and wished you had all the gear you had on your system unlocked? Plus it cuts down on all that “login” time that you get when you’re doing coop on your Xbox or Playstation, thus making it a rather genius idea.
Check out this Nintendo humor! Maybe you’ll be a believer in the amiibo after.