• 0 Playing RnB and Hip Hop Quiz Trivia Game

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 09/22/2021

    If you are sharp eyed you probably spotted Patti LaBelle on the left in the smaller picture of this post. Sadly, on the right is Labelle member Sarah Dash who passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021. R.I.P. Labelle is Nona Hendryx, Patti LaBelle, and Sarah Dash. This photo is from their great 2008 album Back to Now with production contributions from Lenny Kravitz, Gamble & Huff, and Wyclef Jean. What a wonderful musical legacy these three soaring songbirds have blessed us with. Back in the day they scored big time with the super hit "Lady Marmalade" in 1974. It's not important how many Labelle related gems there are in our RnB and Hip Hop Quiz trivia app for iPhone, iPad, and Android but you'll find nearly 600 questions (iOS version) to keep things interesting. Rather than me listing all of the ways you'll enjoy this app, here's a 4 minute video of me playing the game. From each genre: R&B and Hip Hop, I'm presented with three questions at random for a total of six questions. Two single answer questions Two multiple answer questions Two true or false questions  See how I do! Grab the free app now. Everything is included. Watch the video,  discover more, then musically cover with your mobile device RnB and Hip Hop Quiz.

  • 0 Sizing Up Thanksgiving Match 3 Game App Screens iOS

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 09/15/2021

    iPhone 13 has just been released. As a follow-up to the disclosure about Android screen sizes in Sizing Up Thanksgiving Match 3 Game App Screens, here's a quick look at the same mobile app on iPhone. Although it is easier to design screens for iPhone and iPad because there are many less variants than Android, the iOS screen design process is still tricky. Here is the same Level 7 of the game, first displayed on an iPhone 12 Pro Max. Now, the same Level 7 on an iPhone 8 Plus:   The subtle difference between these two is where the 'Home' button in the upper left corner is rendered by development software. To support every iPhone from iPhone 6S to iPhone 12 (and now the new iPhone 13 as of this writing), screen elements have to adjust as precisely as possible so you'll see a pleasing layout that is easy to use. This technique is implemented in the screen design process by the developer using various tools. We rarely get notes from our app users anymore about games or informational applications not displaying correctly on their mobile screens. Our past two posts have explained what's behind the contemporary screen design process for iOS and Android.  Thanksgiving Match 3 Game app version 2.0 for iPhone has now been submitted to Apple for review. Look for it soon (Update September 15, 2021: now approved and live in the App Store), and also see the new Android version right now!

  • 0 Sizing Up Thanksgiving Match 3 Game App Screens

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 09/09/2021

    What kind of mobile phone do you have? From a game developers point of view, if your phone is iOS, we celebrate. Why? iPhone and iPad models add up to a few dozen variants so designing a visual layout to accommodate these devices is straight forward. Unfortunately (for app developers) there are thousands of Android device models with design features that challenge our screen layouts! As an example some of our mobile apps have nearly 14,000 Android devices in their list of supported units! Every manufacturer takes liberties with the Android operating system to make changes. Samsung in the past has made more changes than others. Here are some examples using our Thanksgiving Match 3 Game, just updated for Android. An older version is in the App Store for iOS, but the new version of Thanksgiving Match 3 is coming for iPhone - iPad soon. Except for the Fire tablet, all examples you see are rendered through emulators while we actually play the game live in real time. We use in the examples the same game level 9 (there are 20 levels) featuring an 8 column by 5 row design for level 9. See how there are subtle differences across the devices? One comment about Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G phone (their most expensive) challenges this game layout. Yes it works on their foldable phone (screen shot with the game on it not shown) but the phone is so wide rather than tall that we'd have to make a minor adjustment to just the home screen (and not the game) to optimize the look. Now, see the differences between the LG and Google phones... Here are two more, Huawei P40 Pro and Amazon Fire 7 (9th generation) tablet.   Note again it's the same exact screen design but rendered differently across all of these devices! It has gotten easier over the past couple of years to build app projects that will look good despite what phone or tablet you have. We asked you about your phone or tablet. Here are a few of ours that we own and use the most: Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Motorola Droid Turbo 2 Two Fire tablets (3rd generation and 9th generation) iPhone X iPad Air 1 We have to use a lot of devices to test-test-test the apps we develop. The highlighted ones above we use everyday. The Droid Turbo 2 is always in my pocket! Wifi is wonderful for all of these phones - tablets. iPhone X and Droid Turbo 2 do have active cellular service. There are a few more not listed that we use only for testing and for nothing else. These Fire tablets are the only devices we purchased brand new. All other devices were bagged pre-owned used! As for the game used in the examples, you'll want Thanksgiving Match 3 Game version 2.0 submitted to both Google Play and the Amazon App Store as of this writing. Hopefully they will go live within days. Grab the original iPhone version too right now. Version 2 for iPhone is coming soon. Have a wonderful fall season!

  • 0 Backpack Bounce Match 3 Game App Video Tips

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 09/02/2021

    We've added two new improvements worth noting to Backpack Bounce Match 3 game for iPhone and Android mobile devices. Bounce through the 29 second video below to learn more!   

  • 0 Snakes and Ladders Mobile Board Game App

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 08/11/2021

    According to the Times of India, "The board game, today called Snakes and Ladders, originated in ancient India, where it was known as Mokshapat or Moksha Patamu." Ancient is an understatement! The Times of India adds "According to some historians, the game was invented by Saint Gyandev in the 13th century A.D." "Originally, the game was used as a part of moral instruction to children." "The square in which ladders start were each supposed to stand for a virtue, and those housing the head of a snake were supposed to stand for an evil." You can learn more about the game backstory elsewhere. Luckily, we aren't interested in teaching you morals here! As board games go, Snakes and Ladders is a classic. One of our summer of 2021 projects was to create our first mobile board game. This is it. Here's a sneak peak at the finished mobile game in the video below. Some more tweaking is in store including increasing the size of each square. Game play is person vs. person, or person vs. device (artificial intelligence). In the slightly sped up 45 second example video below all four players roll the dice themselves by touching the 'Roll Dice' button in their color (bottom of screen). Our Snakes and Ladders game is currently in Portrait view. We may experiment in making it landscape instead so the game board can be bigger and wider. Take a look and expect a fall 2021 release for iPhone, iPad, and Android. An enjoyable game is coming for all ages.  

  • 0 Word Game Runners Digital Marathon Video

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 07/21/2021

    Word games have always captured the attention of a universal audience. They are popular for entertainment while building language skills. Expanding the mind is not necessarily the focus of runners. There's the athletic challenge along with the drama of competition in a race. We have elements of both words and running in the action based mobile game app Spelling Runners for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Can you be the first to complete all 400+ levels? In the 60 second video below, we show you levels 30 - 34. The action sequences are sped up to keep the video short. Spelling Runners is designed for fun. The game words are common everyday English words. This is a excellent app for English learners. Spelling Bee skill builder? Not here! Spelling Runners is a fun mobile game app to put some speedy action back into word play. The plot. It's green runner (the hero) vs. red runner the challenger. Slide your finger on the screen to move green runner to the correct letter in each word. Red runner uses artificial intelligence to pursue the letters. Let your fingers do the walking, or running in the Spelling Runners stadium. Good luck! Have fun. Watch the video, then Learn more about Spelling Runners Game.  

  • 0 Zodiac Signs Jigsaw Puzzle People Game App

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 07/07/2021

    You are unique. You are lucky, unlucky, cautious, productive, successful, stressed, demanding, fortunate, and enjoyable. Predictions about you using the 12 signs of the Zodiac. We don't dive into forecasts, but we focus on jigsaw puzzle fun. We use caricature game puzzle people to represent Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn in Zodiac Signs Jigsaw Puzzle mobile app. Sky based zodiac signs represented by animals are also used as additional puzzle pieces to give you lots of variety in this jigsaw puzzle game. Forget about hundreds of pieces per sign. The easy, medium, and hard levels have just enough puzzle pieces to keep the game short, sweet, and to the point. This means your iPhone, iPad, or Android sessions can be finished quickly when you may have limited time. 150 levels keep things rolling along. We are at the center of our personal universe, so learn more about this unique game centered around you: Zodiac Signs Jigsaw Puzzle app for iPhone, iPad, and Android.  

  • 0 Backpack Bounce Match 3 Game Bonanza

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 06/24/2021

    Year round our five match 3 games are very popular. We continue to update them based on your feedback. Backpack Bounce Match 3 is getting a nice makeover. Here's the original Backpack Bounce game: Here's the new expanded Backpack Bounce game: Bonus bombs are now in the game, along with another special backpack that can't be matched. Don't worry. This extra backpack does a super-score powerup if it is close to one of the bombs in a match round. There are now multiple levels in the game to keep things lively, interesting and fun. Update September 5, 2021: Both iOS and Android versions are now updated in the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon App Store. Version 1 for iPhone, version 3.1 for Android. Learn more about Backpack Bounce Match 3 game app.

  • 0 RnB and Hip Hop Quiz for iOS

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 05/27/2021

    Here's a quick 14 second teaser video featuring RnB and Hip Hop Quiz Game app for iOS which will replace R&B Music Quiz Soul for iPhone and iPad. You're getting an exclusive, insider's look sneak peak right here! Finally, iOS gets the Hip Hop Quiz too. Discover why we combined the R&B Quiz and the Hip Hop Quiz into two separate sections of the same app. For more see Hip Hop and R&B Plant Flags in One Mobile Quiz App. We continued to tweak the new iOS version of the game which is essentially finished. Once the iPhone version is released, we'll update the Android version next. What's new? lots: Questions with images True or False questions Questions with multiple answers Turn time limits on or off Reset your progress in the game Select from multiple avatars New game music you can turn off Sound effects you can turn off Fun trophies The Android timeline for developing this game: RnB Music Quiz Soul was released in 2015 Hip Hop Quiz was released in 2016 RnB Music Quiz Soul for iPhone was released in 2019     RnB and Hip Hop Quiz for Android was released in 2020.   Learn more about RnB and Hip Hop Quiz and look for the iPhone - iPad version very soon. Update September 6, 2021 - Released on the App Store.

  • 0 People Powered African American Jigsaw Puzzles

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 05/13/2021

    What is an African American jigsaw puzzle? Many interpretations are possible. The game could be about a person, place, or social movement. In our case, the mobile puzzles are a reflection of the everyday working person of color that expands beyond just African American to anyone globally. Here are four of the puzzles you'll find in the game. Trust us, the jigsaw cuts are all there in People Power Jigsaw Puzzle for iOS and Android. Take a look at these scenes. See even more that will grab your attention in the People Power Jigsaw Puzzle app full description.  

  • 0 Zodiac Signs Horoscope Astrology Mobile Game

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 03/23/2021

    Have you missed our Zodiac Signs Horoscope Astrology Mobile Jigsaw Puzzle Game app? One year ago we dropped this game into the app stores. The gameplay focuses on the Zodiac symbols. We left the Astrology element to those who use the sun, moon, planets, and stars to predict the future. All 12 signs of the Zodiac in this game use three sets of images to shine a light on either people, the symbols, or celestial constellations. There are 50 core levels divided into easy, medium, or hard. That's 150 total levels to keep you playing for as long as you like. Zodiac Signs Jigsaw Puzzle is a vertical mobile game making it easy to play on your iPhone, iPad, Android, or tablet wherever you are. Download the free app and leave a review. Learn more by watching the 3 minute 30 second video below.    

  • 0 Are Word Or Name Mobile Games Boring?

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 03/05/2021

    Mobile Games with words or names don't have to be a bore!   Do these kind of games put you in a daze, or...   Is it interesting action you want in a mobile game where words are at the center of the gameplay? If fast movement on the screen counts, here are a couple games we developed that might fit your bill.   Watch the video and see how Spelling Runners race game keeps things moving with a swipe of your finger. Then, Black History People Game drops names down the screen you must capture using the correct letters on your mobile keyboard.   Based on the video, which of these two mobile word games do you like?

  • 0 People Power Jigsaw Puzzle App Pop?

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 02/12/2021

    Almost one year ago, we introduced the free People Power Jigsaw Puzzle mobile game for iPhone, iPad, and Android. You might be asking yourself, why is this post called "People Power Jigsaw Puzzle App Pop?" In this case, "pop" is used to mean 'come or go suddenly.' That's exactly what happened to the jigsaw game in one of the major app stores. First let me say I'm honored to have this app in The App Store for iOS, and in the Amazon App Store for Android. I firmly believe in the visual message this game sends to you, so celebrating diverse people, their pursuits, their jobs, and their hobbies means a lot. We can't compromise our values, so the fact that Google Play removed the app is fine with us. Not everyone is going to love what you create or what you do. In the 5 minute plus video below, I play People Power Jigsaw Puzzle App on an iPad. Check it out! Also explore Zodiac Signs Jigsaw Puzzle App. Zodiac Signs is in Google Play, Amazon, and The App Store.  

  • 0 Spelling Runners Game App Wins

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 01/26/2021

    Have you tried our free Spelling Runners Game app for iPhone, iPad, or Android? Here's a quick 30 second video revealing the quick moves the Spelling Runners make.   To discover even more about the game, follow this link to watch the Spelling Runners Tutorial video

  • 0 Spelling Runners Game App Wins A Cyber Sprint

    • Games
    • by Hugh Smith
    • 01/01/2021

    Would you create an electronic product for consumers knowing that you could not trust the reliability of your creation? We wouldn't, and we don't, however bug ridden technology has been shoveled into the hands of eager consumers forever. The game Cyperpunk 2077 is just one example of a video game title that should have never been released because of multiple problems inside of the app known to the creators. I never won the project coding races while creating source code as a college student. Accuracy without bugs was always more important to me than speed. Today, when I scan through public reviews about our apps, even when people don't like a title, some will say "at least it runs great on my phone." So what do we do in-house to implement excellent quality control? Here's an example using our new app: Spelling Runners game for iPhone, iPad, and Android has just been released . The game uses cyber athletes who compete in an arena arcade completing words by running over letters with their feet. We test games on real devices before submitting them to the app stores using these solid tools plus several more not listed: Motorola Phone Samsung Phone Samsung Tablet Amazon Fire Tablet iPhone iPad So Spelling Runners for Android has to work perfectly on those four Android devices before we release the game. You'd be surprised about the subtle differences across Android hardware as each manufacture changes Android in a variety of ways. Even with an iPhone and iPad, elements have to be just right so that an app performs correctly on either device. Nothing is ever perfect, so there is always room for future tweaks to make an app even better. Once everything works, you are the final judge about gameplay and aesthetics! That said, for a cool mobile arcade game that is fun for the young and old, check out Spelling Runners from Quikthinking and enjoy! Happy New Year! Please watch the 2 minute 29 second video:      

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