32 new levels They Need To Be Fed

Been a while since I updated the blog!

Recently They Need To Be Fed has been updated with 4 new worlds (that’s 32 new levels!). The update is free and available on iOS and Android. Also, the game is one of the new titles for the Xperia PLAY by Sony Ericsson. That means you can play the game with buttons which is cool and slightly better than the touch screen.

They Need To Be Fed on a giant Xperia PLAY at GamesCom (photo from YoYo Games News).

A few screenshots of the new worlds:

You’ll have to play the game to figure out what each new world does. :)

New features include:

  • 32 new levels
  • over 100 new diamonds to collect
  • 11 new achievements
  • Now a universal app (iOS)

Let me know what you think of the new worlds!

HTML5

Don’t have the game yet? Want to try it out for free? You can now with the new HTML5 version! Check it out.

Speaking at Casual Connect Seattle

Next week Casual Connect is being held in Seattle, and I’ve been invited to talk about They Need To Be Fed! 😀

What is Casual Connect?

It’s basically a big event with lots of talks from people in the games industry and opportunity for networking. Especially companies that make mobile and/or social network games are present. In their own words:

“Casual Connect brings together the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the casual gaming field to further the casual games industry with the best of networking and learning.”

What is the talk called?

“Creating addictive gameplay in They Need To Be Fed”

What is the talk about?

I will be talking about how I designed They Need To Be Fed, what kind of decisions I made (good, and bad ones) and what I learned from the process.

When?

July 21st (Thursday), 12:30 – 13:15

Where?

Triple Door.

Special surprise

After my talk I will showcase a new title by Q-Games, where I work since this year. Hopefully it will excite people!

If you are going to the event or happen to live in Seattle come and check it out! Otherwise, please wait for a new blog update or any other news sites that may cover the event.

Books

250 Indie Games You Must Play

A book by Mike Rose, editor for the IndieGames.com blog. I received my copy about a week ago and can really recommend it. Basically, each page shows another game with a little description, a screenshot and short url to play the game. It’s great to have so many great games together in 1 book, for inspiration, for just flipping through and for finding something new (and almost always interesting) to play.

I feel honored to say that 3 of my games have been included! Get the book to find out which 3 😉

Here’s what they need to do next: Take all the 250 screenshots in the book and put them together into 1 poster. I would totally buy that!

Get it at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/250-Indie-Games-Must-Play/dp/143987574X

Game Maker 8 Cook Book

Written by Uriel Griffin (who ports my games to Mac), this book is set to come out real soon (in June).

From the website:

Written in a cookbook style, this book offers solutions using a recipe based approach. Each recipe contains step-by-step instructions followed by an analysis of what was done in each task and other useful information. The cookbook approach means you can dive into whatever recipes you want in no particular order.

The cover features a scene from They Need To Be Fed (mobile version).

I haven’t seen the book yet so I’ll reserve my judgment, but hopefully this turns out to be a good new book specific for beginners using Game Maker 8.

Pre-order here: https://www.packtpub.com/game-maker-8-cookbook/book

PLAYism for Japan

「PLAYism for Japan」とは?

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PLAYismで、「They Need To Be Fed」の日本語版(PC)が発売中!パッケージに「サモロスト1」っていうクリック操作で不思議な世界を探索するゲームも入ってる。興味あったら、是非!

URL: http://www.playism.jp/project/detail.php?game=8

PLAYism is a new website for selling and funding development of small, innovative, creative titles. Currently they are running the “PLAYism for Japan” campaign, where people can buy indie game packs for a small fee and support victims of the earth quake at the same time!

The link above leads to a package including an exclusive Japanese version of They Need To Be Fed and point and click adventure Samorost. If you’re interested feel free to take a look (and you can study some Japanese as well!)

Karoshi releases on Mac App Store

The very first Karoshi game has been released on the Mac App Store today, for free!

(There are actually 6 Karoshi games now!).

Karoshi – Mac App Store (Apple website)

For anyone who has a Mac and would like to experience more Karoshi, or would like to see how the series started, I recommend it! It’s still one of the best in the series, only passed by the direct sequel Karoshi 2.0.

The other Karoshi titles are planned for release as well, though I can’t promise they will be free. If people enjoy this one, hopefully they’ll be happy to support us with a dollar here and there to enjoy the sequels.

Looking forward to the reviews. Will people think it’s a fun game? Will they mention how terrible the graphics are? :)

As always, curious to hear your ideas on all this.