It’s time to get Wiggly… in space!!! Blast off with Wiggly Loaf on an outer space adventure. Meet 3ROTH3R the ship’s computer who will guide you. Although your rocket ship is a state-of-the-art piece of equipment, a bunch of Gear Gremlins are causing all kinds of trouble. With your help Wiggly Loaf must fix several fuse boxes to keep life support from failing. But that’s not all. First you must turn off the laser security system, which could be dangerous.
Don’t forget to watch out for UFOs that abduct your friends and crew members. This space travel stuff is challenging. Save your ship, rescue your mates, and have a great time upgrading to different equipment and characters to help your mission succeed.
It’s a beautiful summer day and it’s time to mow the lawn…
For each patch of grass that Mow Mow cuts, Mow Mow gets 3 seconds to collect gold coins. Without grass the coins kill him and Mow Mow dies. It is your mission to get Mow Mow through all the obstacles while mowing enough grass to survive. Use strategy to power up with grass, and blast on through the challenge! Wacky platform game with lots of strange arcade surprises.
When Mow Mow is mowing grass you will see Mow Mow’s heart grow strong. Once that little heart goes away you must avoid coins and other obstacles until you mow another patch of grass. Once you have strengthened Mow Mow’s heart, collect the coins and blast through obstacles. You must be fast to constantly get to another patch of grass to keep Mow Mow’s heart strong!
Each level has a different physics based dilemma to challenge Mow Mow. The challenges are slightly different each time you play.
Goal: Collect the most coins, unlock new lawn tools, hire yard help, and post your top score on leader boards.
To play Mow Mow: hold phone horizontal, use left thumb to swipe left/right direction, and tap right thumb when you want Mow Mow to hop. Mow the lawn and then collect coins. Over and over.
Tips and Tricks: Grass gives Mow Mow 3 seconds of “Heart Power”.
You need Heart Power to:
Collect gold coins.
Mow over the falling lawn darts.
Jump into the rain cloud turning it into a sunny day.
Tag the kite and swing set.
You do not need Heart Power to tag the cans of Gas. Gas makes you go faster.
The back story of Mow Mow
Mow Mow may be Wiggly Loaf’s lovable lawnmower, but remember kids, he’s still a lawnmower. Lawnmowers are loud and obnoxious. Lawnmowers are dangerous. Imagine a deadly spinning blade combined with a tank of explosive gasoline, and you have yourself a lawnmower. Regardless of all this, Wiggly Loaf loves Mow Mow and provides him plenty of Mow Mow’s favorite food. What is Mow Mow’s favorite food you wonder? Grass of course!!! Mow Mow also enjoys a large can of gasoline now and then. It gives him a giant boost.
If you are wondering who (or what) Wiggly Loaf is, well, we need to go back a bit to the beginning. The best way to get to know Wiggly Loaf is to go see him yourself. Wiggly Loaf has a game of his own. Mow Mow is a spin-off of that game. Wiggly Loaf is where the story begins. Click the Wiggly Loaf link above and check it out! Thanks for playing and reviewing indie games!!!
My friend Nicola Isgrow draws these really cute hedgehogs and posts them on social media for her friends to see. I love those prickly little critters. I thought they’d make a cute game, so I asked Nicky if I could make a game using her art, and she said, “Yes.”
I like this game a lot for several reasons. Nicola’s hedgehogs are adorable. Her art captures something that Nicola is a natural at. Being a friend. Love is at the core of everything Nicky does. When I saw her illustration of the sun catching a falling balloon racer on my facebook timeline I was struck by how many times Nicola has caught me, no matter how prickly I was at the time. The precarious nature of balloons and hedgehogs hit home. Life is always on the balance of a very thin line. It is the people that would be there for you if you ever needed them that help you to be strong. Nicola’s art animated in my mind right then, and I set out to ask permission if I could use her art. Nicola was kind enough to let me make this game.
Hedgehog Balloon Race is the most hyper casual of any game I have made in the past. I have found it a difficult task to make a simple action that is also challenging and engaging. To balloon race you only need to swipe from left to right as you avoid the other balloon racers. While the game play is simple, the different strategies you have to use to get past all the other hedgehogs is not. Your hedgehog must avoid branches and deal with all those birds that can push you around and crash you into other hogs. At least the gold coins give you the power to knock them all out of your way.
We have been testing this game for weeks and ironing out many details until this little game is nothing less than nifty. I logged over 350 hours designing this game in 22 days. What did several weeks of 16 hour days bring? Lots of way cool surprises! Fun stuff like balloons with unique super powers for you to unlock, owls who will take you for a lift, and adorable fans to cheer you on. It’s a gigantic dose of cuteness and fun addictive game play – all for free! Just download and play.
Hedgehog Balloon Race is on Google Play for Android because Nicky has an Android phone and I wanted her to have the game first. I love you Nicola Isgrow. Thanks for being my friend for all these years. Today we published the iOS version so the iPhone folks can balloon race too. Very excited.
After a year of subscribing to Buildbox, here is a run down of my up front expenses for being a solo indie game developer.
Private Mail Box – get this first, before you get a dot com. $120/year.
Dot Com – use your private mail box for the public contact info when you register a dot com. It is a good idea to not put your home address on domain registrations, so get a local PMB address. Domain registration is about $12/year.
Game Engine Software – I am an artist, not a coder so I use Buildbox subscription software to help me design my games. There are free options out there, but Pro version is $500/year.
Apple App Store Developer Account – $100/year
Google Play Developer Account – $80/year
To self publish on Steam – $100/per game!
Making game art, and promotional videos require software. Photoshop is $10/month, Video editing software…???$$$
To publish Buildbox games on Apple App Store you need an iPhone and a Mac desktop or laptop with XCode to generate your final build for publishing. That’s about $3000!!!
To publish Buildbox games on Google Play you need an Android phone to test games on, and you must master Android Studio to generate your final build for publishing. If you want to publish for both iOS and Andoid, you would need both types of phones and gear to test games on. This adds up fast – $$$$$!!!!!!!
Don’t forget your computer gear, internet access to run cloud software, wireless routers… we take a lot of this for granted, but the bills come every month!
TIME – you will need 40-80 hours to make a very basic game from scratch. Your first year will be spent searching and watching YouTube game dev tutorial videos as you learn the new software.
So now I understand why game developers all seem so stressed out. I created 10 little mobile games my first year. I made $100 on the ads in that year. I invested over $1000 to do it.
I see the loss as the price for my education. Now I must take what I have learned my first year, and include a better business plan into my game design. I believe the games should at least pay for themselves.
So there you go. You can now easily see why a solid business plan is essential to succeed in the saturated mobile game market. Be kind to your local indie game developer. They are trying to balance a lot, all at once.
NEOBLAST – Shoot the Discs! – Are you the next Master Neoblaster?
You are controlling a Neoblast Drone and it’s your job to blast all the incoming invaders. Be sure to catch a burst of Indestructible Super Power when ever you can reach a pink fuse. Avoid the pink pointy bits on the end, they hurt.
Bright and colorful game play. Imagine sparking neon lights and fireworks exploding in outer space. Easy one thumb control. Drag to move left or right. Tap to shoot. Fast, frustrating and addicting!
Easy rules: Shoot the discs!
Goal: Get a score over 200 to become a Master Neoblaster and post your high score on the leader board for the entire universe to see!
Challenge your friends to see who can push the other off the board, and learn once and for all which one of you is the true Master Neoblaster!!! All must bow to the Master!
NEOBLAST ~ A Game by J.E.Moores
Drag to move left or right
Tap to shoot
You must shoot discs 2 times
Get a Super Power when you touch a fuse
Avoid the pink pointy bits
Scores above 200 open up leader boards
ABOUT THOSE SUPER POWERS: The fuse gets its power from the pointy bits on each end, so if you shoot the pointy bits away, the fuse fades away with it. It is best to avoid the pointy bits for the benefit of reaching the fuse and getting the Super Power. The Super Power will make the Neoblast Drone temporarily glow and become indestructible for 1 – 3 seconds, which is a better way to get rid of those pointy bits.
I’d like to thank Buildbox for including me (and Wiggly Loaf’s butt) in your latest video intro. I’m the Brady kid, top middle of the grid at 00:23. That’s me! I’m at my computer updating the Wiggly Loaf video game using the game engine I adore, Buildbox.
Being a subscriber to Buildbox has allowed me to make so many fun games. I have self published 10+ games for iOS and Google Play my very first year. Each time I complete a game I have learned so much I get excited to apply it to the next project. I am loving the process, but I also need to focus more on the business side of things to gain ROI, because all the developer fees, yearly software fees, and web hosting fees, are getting more expensive than I ever thought.
Glad to hear Buildbox Free is coming out soon. It’s smart to let folk try before they buy. That way they can feel confident the software design is easy for them to use. Making games isn’t for everyone. So a free version of Buildbox allows anyone curious about game design to find out how involved it all really gets. All I know from just starting out is that making games eats up more time and money than you’d think.
Wiggly Loaf and a Snowman have a wild and crazy snowball battle. Mobile game for 1 or 2 players ~ 2 can play on one phone! Download the Wiggly Loaf Snowball Battle free at Apple App Store or for Android at Google Play. There’s also a mini game where you must feed The Beast or winter will never end.
Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it. Dressing up, fun spooky images, the leaves all turn beautiful colors, and lots and lots of candy! The Broom Hopping game is a celebration of classic Halloween paper cut out art. Remember your teacher giving you orange and black paper, and you had to cut out silhouettes of Jack-O-Lanterns, bats, and cats, and glue them all together into high contrast Halloween cards and decorations? You don’t? Well, that’s okay. You can play my new game anyway.
Mark Harvey and I are the band, Rain Station, and we recorded a bunch of Halloween songs. Our song, Broom Hopping inspired this game. We imagined a black cat hopping from broom stick to broom stick as witches fly to a Halloween party. I had animated a bunch of these songs for JackOLantern.ORG – but I thought Broom Hopping had to be a game, not just a cartoon.
So here it is. Broom Hopping is a classic Halloween video game perfect for all ages. Game play is simple. You just tap left or right and do your best to help the kitty hop from broom stick to broom stick. You can even hop on the bats to keep you going. If you need a little extra juice, the Jack-O-Lanterns give you a power up so you can survive the owls and spiders. Play against your friends to see who can hop the most broom sticks. If you love cats or Halloween, (or cats and Halloween), this game is for you.
Far far away in the middle of Nowhere Maine sits one of the world’s oldest summer camps for girls. Years before this spot was a girls camp, it was a farm. The farm had a family plot graveyard. The campers can walk to the graveyard and visit Harriett Sawyer if they dare. She is there to greet the bravest. Harriett’s grave has a porcelain photo mounted in place on the front of her stone. It’s the only grave marker like it in the whole graveyard. She must have been very special and her death very tragic for the family to be so grieved to have this done in her honor.
It is said that Harriett feared rabbits. It is camp tradition that any time we pass the graveyard the kids chant, “Bunny, bunny, bunny, bunny, bunny, bunny, rabbit,” until they have safely passed. They say it’s the only way Harriett’s spirit will not follow them back to camp. Because of her gravestone photo and her mysterious tragic death at a young age, Harriett is the official camp ghost.
In 1971 the Blue Team wrote a song for Harriett titled, Born in 1823, and Mr. Mike recorded it during Song Meet using a cassette tape recorder. The recording went down in history because just when the girls sing the lyric, “…or hear her eerie helpless cry…” the recording has strange distortion. An almost vocal high pitched squeal. It’s only a few seconds long before the tape returns to normal. The audio anomaly freaked out everyone when they received the tape in the mail in the winter. Everyone who was present at Song Meet knew there was no scream when the girls performed the song, but only the recording of the Harriett song had that strange scream in it. She had been there – and had let us know it!
This spooky old recording is included in the new game I made called, Harriett Sawyer 1823. In addition, there are several different Halloween songs and spooky audio hauntscapes you can listen to while you play the game depending on whatever mood you’re in.
I’d like to thank the musical talents of Mark Harvey, Mitchell Vaillant, Rain Station, and the Blue and the Gray Girls for making it all happen. ~ Happy Halloween everyone!
Game play is simple. Move the skull to avoid the ghosts. If you can’t avoid the ghosts, click the Jack O’ Lantern at bottom of screen and you can hunt ghosts for 5 whole seconds. Harriett thanks you for visiting her grave. She really does. Come back when you can stay a bit longer.