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Bird and Cow

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Bird and Cow indie mobile game by J.E.Moores is available now on Google Play and iOS App Store.

Mama Filly Lou Bird is trying to hop up the tree to hatch her eggs, but all those silly cows keep getting in the way! Each egg you hatch gives you 5 seconds to tip cows out of the way. Hop up, hatch egg, tip cow. It’s that easy. Hatch enough small eggs and you win a big egg. Trade big eggs for colorful bird upgrades.

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Mow Mow

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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.

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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!!!

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How much does it cost to self publish mobile games?

After a year of subscribing to Buildbox, here is a run down of my up front expenses for being a solo indie game developer.

  1. Private Mail Box – get this first, before you get a dot com. $120/year.
  2. 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.
  3. Hosting – you need to host your game’s web site which should include game info, contact email & PMB address, and a privacy policy you can directly link to. Web hosting is about $100/year.
  4. 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.
  5. Apple App Store Developer Account – $100/year
  6. Google Play Developer Account – $80/year
  7. To self publish on Steam – $100/per game!
  8. Making game art, and promotional videos require software. Photoshop is $10/month, Video editing software…???$$$
  9. To publish Buildbox games on Apple App Store you need an iPhone and a Mac desktop or laptop with XCode to generate your final build for publishing. That’s about $3000!!!
  10. To publish Buildbox games on Google Play you need an Android phone to test games on, and you must master Android Studio to generate your final build for publishing. If you want to publish for both iOS and Andoid, you would need both types of phones and gear to test games on. This adds up fast – $$$$$!!!!!!!
  11. 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!
  12. 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.

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J.E.Moores Game Machine

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Neoblast

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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

RULES:

  • 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.

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That’s me in the latest Buildbox video

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.

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Broom Hopping

Broom Hopping

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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.

Broom Hopping

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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.

Broom Hopping

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.

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Gods, Witches, and Demons

Bosch Detail: Lilith

Garden of Delights
A game inspired by Hieronymus Bosch

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When you cavort with the likes of Gods, Witches, and Demons, you can get a little worn out. I’m tired. I need a break. I have completed another video game and I’m a wreck. I can see why most games are made by an entire team. To keep everything straight in my mind I need to work 18 hour days for about 4 weeks and then I have a game. If I take too long a break I lose track of so many little loose ends. There’s a lot going on when you are creating an entire universe. The Gods must be weary!

Now is time for me to relax. I wish I had enough energy to celebrate, but the celebration of completing such a huge task shall have to wait. I will sleep for 24 hours and see if I can get this mind to rest. I can still hear all the little repeated sprite sounds inside my head. I am haunted by the minions of Bosch’s Hell.

Bosch Detail: Harp Player

 

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I take a long bath to take my mind off things. It’s like my brain is stuck in work mode. Even though I’m done, I tend to go over every detail and can’t stop the thoughts from coming. This is why I don’t take many breaks, because they are not breaks if I’m obsessing on work. I would be better off getting back to the job at hand and getting it over with. Nothing but completion will give me rest, and not even then. I must wind down first. Must wind down!

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After working 400 hours without much of a break, it takes a couple days to come out of the trance. Rest, good food. The second the game is published and live on iOS and Android my body crashes. All the weight I put on myself hits me all at once. I don’t even feel it until I’m done, then bang, it hits me. Like a ton of bricks.

Bosch Detail - Duck of Doom

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When you were a kid, did you ever get sick during school break? Once the body knows it can relax, sometimes it crashes. It takes a big break because you didn’t realize how tired you were, how stressed you were. Now that the responsibility is over, your body knows it has to grab this chance at rest before you get started on the next impossible task.

Thinking and learning are tiring. When we are learning the most, we are growing the most, but it also has its stress factor. The more we push ourselves the better we have to treat our body. Give it rest, healthy food, water. Learning how to make video games has been an amazing journey, but I’m learning so much I get really tired. I spend hours reading forums and watching youtube tutorials so I can figure out certain game mechanics along the way. Each time I have an idea of what I want a game to do, I have to figure out a way for it to do it.

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I’ve been making games on a theme of magic. Egyptian Gods, Hindu Gods, Witches, Monsters, Demons… I love the fantastical imagery of ancient art. I love the images humans created before movies and TV. When demons and monsters came from nightmares and imagination. I find that old stuff so spooky. It’s like they had first hand knowledge from seeing a demon themselves. The older the art is, the more convincing it seems to me.

No matter how far back you go in time every culture has Gods, Witches, Ghosts, Demons, Elves, Fairies, and other Magical Little People. How can such universal characters not have some truth to them? They must be real. There could be no other explanation for these types to be represented by every culture on earth. By consensus alone, they all must be real. After all, isn’t truth as defined by consensus what the Common Core Curriculum teaches our kids these days? Ahhh there goes my over worked brain again. I really do need a rest.

Hey, even I don’t know what the point of this blog entry is. I made a game inspired by Hieronymus Bosch Garden of Delights. It’s awesome. I hope you like it too. I’m really tired so I’m gonna take a nap now. While I rest, please enjoy one of the games I’ve made. I have honestly put my all into making every one of them. These games beat me silly… but in a good way. Please leave me a game review to help me gain momentum. Tell a friend. I’m all alone in here. Thank you. Check it out:

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Garden of Delights Video Game

Hieronymus Bosch Video Game

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My favorite artist of all time has got to be Hieronymus Bosch. He painted some of the freakiest stuff I’ve ever seen. I could stare at the Garden of Earthly Delights for ever and ever and never see all the details. There is always something insane going on in that painting that I have never noticed before.

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What amuses me the most is that this painting was completed around 1505 for the church. The triptych has Eden on left, Hell on right, and The Garden of Earthly Delights in the center. I believe the allegory is that you go to heaven or hell depending on what you do when you are in the center. But Hieronymus, why did you make all that crazy sinnin’ look so good? I don’t even know what most of them are doing, but I want to join in. In fact, The Garden of Earthly Delights looks so inviting I consider it my personal bucket list. I hope to do everything depicted in the Garden of Delights before my time is through. Won’t you join me?

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In the Garden of Delights game you start out a lovely pair of citizens of The Garden, riding in a bubble pod doing your best to protect your pastoral existence from all the winged demons, beasts, imps, and evil minions who are infiltrating paradise. Shoot them with sweet ripe berries to end their wickedness so you can get back to your own debauchery.

If you can find Laughing Lilith, she will give you a burst of supreme alchemical Bosch power. Use it wisely. When you kill enough demons and collect enough forbidden fruit you can unlock all three panels of the triptych and unlock the special bonus characters that have all new super powers. You’re welcome.

This is another from my History Through Art series of indie video games. Download Garden of Delights for Android or iOS.

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