Week of February 19th, 2018
My favorite game of all time is Super Mario World for Super Nintendo. It's a game I grew up playing and still at 28 years old, can't put it down. This game set the bar for videos games to come and is again one of the reasons I love making my own games. It's been my all time dream to make a platformer like Super Mario World. So this week, I did a lot of research on mobile platform games. How do they work, how complicated are they, how do the controls work on a touch screen? In the process I found four really fun games that all did this very well, each in their own way. I apologize that none of these games are available for free, but trust me, each one was worth what I spent, plus more. They all provide hours, weeks and months worth of fun and if you are a huge fan of the retro games (like I am) you won't be disappointed.
Week of February 12th, 2018
This time of year is always a busy time for my website business, so I like to find quick pick up games to play during my short breaks throughout the day. By doing this it offers a quick relief without distracting me too much during my day. A game you can pick up for a few minutes and then put down is a must have for anyone and this week I have played and reviewed four games that will give you exactly that. Short spurts of entertainment that you can pick up as fast and you'll be able to set it down when it's your turn to order that meatball hero you've been drooling over for the past 15 minutes. Oh wait maybe that's just me? Can you tell I'm hungry?
Week of February 5th, 2018
This week I bring you one of the best games I've ever played on my iPhone: Alto's Adventure. This game is a piece of art from top to bottom and if you haven't played it yet, you need to download it today. As a developer, I strive to reach this level of awesomeness with any of my games and its game play is the exact reason I taught myself to program when I was 9 years old. So I can learn how to make a game like this.
Additionally, I bring you one of the most frustrating games I've ever played, but another piece of art: Getting Over It. This game touched me on an emotional level this week as I found myself struggling to get over this damn mountain (both figuratively and literally). If you've recently been hurt by someone, you may find this game quiet satisfying, like I did.
Week of January 29th, 2018
I've received some great feedback on my first run at a newsletter and weekly gaming blog. I am collecting all of your notes and continously trying to make this a great resource for both gamers and developers, so I just want to thank everyone who has reached out so far. This week I will be installing a leaderboard on the website, to show the highest rated games of 2018 - as they are being reviewed. Additionally, I will be making modifications to my rubrik system to allow for more specific ratings. As I am rating these games I feel like some categories aren't specific enough. This will help separate games from all having the same rating. Unfortunately, I will not disclose the specifics of this yet, but it offer a much more accurate rating score.
Week of January 22nd, 2018
This week is the first week that I start my weekly commitment of playing and rating 4 games. This is an exercise that is important to building my career because it allows me to keep up to date on the latest games on the App Store. Additionally it gives me the opportunity to break down these games structurally and analyze what was done right and what could be improved. The first few weeks I plan on reviewing games that I have already downloaded and have been playing this past year. These games aren't exactly hot on the market, but they are some of my all time favorites, so please check out my reviews and give these games a download. You won't be sorry!