Archive for May, 2010
Straight Aces (and Straight Aces Free) are now available in the iPhone App Store! Straight Aces is a poker-themed puzzle/combination game where you attempt to form high-value poker hands as quickly as possible while fighting the clock. I’ve been working on this game for a while now with fellow developers Aaron Calta and Zack Wallig, so I’m excited that it’s finally out there for people to enjoy. More games following the familiar casino theme can be found at the Royal Court Games website.
Air Master 3D v1.7 is available on the App Store now, with the following changes:
- iPad support
- 3GS/3rd-gen touch optimizations
- Auto-detect device orientation
Creating the native iPad version was fairly straightforward, mostly involving changes in the Apple UI guidelines (app must launch in the correct orientation, and menus must auto-rotate). I was a bit disappointed with the 3D performance of the iPad, though – triangle throughput is good, but pixel fill rate doesn’t scale up to the higher resolution. Particle effects (the clouds) and dependent texture reads (the explosion distortion effect) are especially slow in the iPad version. On the bright side, optimizing the game to run decently on the iPad has made it run silky-smooth on the 3GS!