How the Charming ‘Hidden Folks’ Art and Gameplay Was Made
Hidden Folks [$ 2.99] is a lovely game that really feels made for touchscreens, and after adding more content to the game yesterday, its developers also posted a fun article on how the game’s art and gameplay was created. Apparently, every part of the game is hand-drawn and then scanned into sprite sheets. The developers used a pretty mediocre scanner for the project, and when they got a new one, they realized the art looked very different and had to go back to the low-budget scanner they initially had. The post goes on to talk about how the developers go about putting together each scene, organically growing each sub-area gradually while at the same time adding scripts to certain visuals to make them interactive.
During this phase, the developers try to make sure sub-areas are distinct enough to pop out and spread out enough to make the whole map engaging. The article goes on to talk about how the art is put together and animated?accompanied by plenty of visual. The blog post goes into even more detail, and it’s definitely worth reading if you like Hidden Folks or just like game and art design.
Apple Quietly Made the Account Settings Page on Your iPhone a Tiny Bit More Useful
Every once in a while, Apple will push out a minor update that fixes some random little problem with its operating systems. This time around, it?s the Apple ID page in 10.3, which finally has a more cohesive settings page with access to everything from two-factor authentication to serial numbers on your other devices.
This ECCO Gold Box Was Made For The Indecisive Shoe-Wearer
ECCO has been around since the ?60s but the timeless, comfortable styles of their men?s and women?s shoes are what?s on display today. Amazon?s Gold Box has ECCO men?s dress shoes, loafers, and sneakers, and women?s heels, sneakers and flats, for as low as $ 55. Trust me, these things will last, but this 24-hour sale?
‘Orphan Black: The Game’ Has Made Its Way to the App Store
Great news for fans of the terrific Orphan Black TV show; Orphan Black: The Game [$ 4.99] has just quietly made its way to the App Store. Orphan Black: The Game is a turn-based adventure puzzle game that deals with the same issues the TV show does, namely the adventures and misadventures of a group of female clones at the center of a global conspiracy. If you haven’t watched the show, it’s a dramatic series, with plenty of comedic moments, that raises questions around who owns the human body and explores the nature vs nurture debate?do your genes or your upbringing make you who you are.
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Orphan Black: The Game looks a bit like the GO games in terms of its camera and puzzles. More importantly, you get to play as all the clones from the show?including Tony and the crowd-favorite Krystal?as you try to make it through 10 worlds with over 80 levels. I do hope the game isn’t too puzzle-heavy because there’s much more to Orphan Black than just puzzles. The game is out now and costs $ 4.99.
GDC 2017 – ‘Train Bandit’ Is a Quick Reaction Game Made on Train Jam
Train Jam was an awesome time (Look forward to a full write-up on that later.) and resulted in a whole bunch of games, but indie developer Rusty Moyer had already wrapped up his game and had it ready to show off at GDC. It’s a quick reaction game where you’ve got to tap both sides of a screen to hop between box cars and keep bandits off a train. Check it out:
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Rusty is going to polish up Train Bandit a bit more and plans on releasing it in April.
Reliabitaly Can Tell You If That Olive Oil Was Actually “Made in Italy”
Some products try to use phrases and tags like ?Made in Italy? as a selling point, even if it?s not entirely true. This app can tell you if that olive oil, cheese, or clothing item was actually made in Italy.
‘Oceanhorn 2’ Being Made in Unreal Engine 4, Gorgeous New Screens Released
In August of last year, Cornfox & Bros. dropped a bombshell when they announced Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, a sequel to their 2013 smash-hit action adventure RPG Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas [$ 5.99]. The biggest surprise was that the sequel would be breaking from the top-down isometric perspective of the original and going for a full behind-the-back third-person view. It also would feature a completely new protagonist than that of the original Oceanhorn. We’ve been anxious to hear any news on Oceanhorn 2 since that announcement, and today Cornfox is giving us exactly what we want with a big update on their blog and in our forums about where the game is currently at. One of the big new reveals is that Oceanhorn 2 is being built in Unreal Engine 4 and it looks absolutely stunning, as you can see in these new screen shots.
The blog post details the difficulties Cornfox and company had porting Oceanhorn to all the various platforms other than iOS due to them using their own in-house engine. Building the game in Unreal Engine 4 allows them a lot more flexibility, and it also has allowed them to more quickly add content and features to the game. That said, the teams says that they still “have a long road ahead of us to finish this game and I hope Oceanhorn fans can wait patiently.” They also hint at some other major features for the game that they’ll be revealing in the coming months, and while they’ve not confirmed exactly which platforms Oceanhorn 2 will ultimately release on, they state emphatically that “Oceanhorn 2 will definitely come out on iOS.” Great news! We’ll be keeping our eyes open for even more updates on Oceanhorn 2, and in the meantime you can discuss this one and keep up to date yourself in our forums.
UPDATE: Cornfox & Bros. has reached out to let me know that FDG Entertainment isn’t involved this time around for Oceanhorn 2. The article text has been changed to reflect that and we apologize for the error.
The Government Just Suspended A Move That Would Have Made Mortgages More Affordable
Fewer people are buying homes, and that may have something to do with redefining the American Dream, but it?s also because, for many people, housing is just not affordable. To address this, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a program that would?ve made FHA-backed mortgages more affordable for?