App description: Driving a crane and operating a crane is so much fun. Improve your spatial skills and solve puzzles in this crane simulator, which is enjoyed by over 13 million people, young and old.

A realistic physics simulation gives you full control over the crane: rotate, elevate, bend, extend and grapple. Use your crane to solve a diverse set of challenges. This crane simulator lets you use mobile cranes, dump trucks, forklifts, skid loaders and even a sky crane helicopter.

The Little Crane That Could features 6 free levels and 21 premium levels (1 in-app-purchase unlocks all levels.)

NOTICE TO LEVEL DESIGNERS:
If you get a grey screen after loading a user level, please do the following: Open settings app, select iCloud tab, log off, log into iCloud again. After iOS7 the iCloud terms were changed, and you may have to accept those again.

UPDATE FROM DEVELOPER:
You can follow me @BramStolk on Twitter. Please consider providing feedback on the game, good or bad. I need to know what you are thinking. There is a button in the HELP screen that takes you to the feedback page in itunes. Also, there is a FAQ now at http://stolk.org/tlctc/faq.html

NOTICE TO PROFESSIONAL OPERATORS:
If you open the settings of your device, and go to 'Little Crane' tab, you can reverse the controls to mimic real-life cranes where pulling the lever is boom up, and pushing is boom down.

'The Little Crane That Could' is a game by Abraham Stolk, and it uses the OpenDE physics engine.

Open Dynamics Engine is:
Copyright (c) 2001-2007, Russell L. Smith.
All rights reserved.

HUD graphic design by Matthew Beckman, music by playonloop.com
01-31-2011, 09:42 AM
#2
Just downloaded this for iPad and played it for a bit. I love the music and the visuals are clean and effective (although the main menu could probably do with a bit of sprucing up, but the in-van controls are pretty decent). The music's also pretty good.

The arm controls are really intuitive, but I had a bit of trouble driving, finding the forward-reverse pedal a bit awkward. Could you perhaps have two pedals?

I also found all of the challenges to be very tough, and I really struggled with them. Even the first one was pretty unforgiving. It might be better to ease the player into the game more gently, especially when there's so many controls to figure out. Perhaps you could take out the standing pilons from level 1, as maneuvering the truck already fairly hard.

Still, a very nice piece of work. I'll probably come back to this some time to have another go

02-06-2011, 01:14 AM
#3
This game is seriously awesome! Very well done.
I would definitely enjoy some more levels if you could crank some out
02-11-2011, 09:40 PM
#4
Update submitted for review

An update was submitted to Apple for review.
When accepted, version 1.1 will feature:

Added Sounds for engine, truck and crane.
Added new level 'babel'
Added new level 'factory'
Added new level 'nevada desert'
Added new level 'hearth'
Added sandbox free play
Added victory/failure screens
Added game time display
Tuned see-saw level.
Fixed steering hinge instabilities.
Optimized collision testing.
Added toggle for menu music.
02-17-2011, 08:52 PM
#5
1.1 live

version 1.1 went live, after 1.0 hit more than 1M downloads.

Improvements:
Added Sounds for engine, truck and crane.
Added new level 'babel'
Added new level 'factory'
Added new level 'nevada desert'
Added new level 'hearth'
Added sandbox free play
Added victory/failure screens
Added game time display
Tuned see-saw level.
Fixed steering hinge instabilities.
Optimized collision testing.
Added toggle for menu music.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-little-crane-that-could/id408257810?mt=8#
03-04-2011, 12:33 PM
#6
Quote:
Originally Posted by bram View Post
version 1.1 went live, after 1.0 hit more than 1M downloads.
In the pipeline for 1.2 are:
  • Big improvement in frames-per-second for smoother gameplay.
  • Added level "tower crane".
  • Optimized OpenGL ES2 drawing.
  • Faster fragment shader by elimination branching.
  • Fixed stutter when first moving levers.
  • Fixed crash when quickly changing the level after you fail one.
  • Disabled OpenDE asserts for faster physics computations.
03-09-2011, 09:32 PM
#7
Version 1.2 now available

Version 1.2 now available, with many improvements, faster framerates, and a new level "towercrane".

Get it at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-little-crane-that-could/id408257810?mt=8&ls=1

03-31-2011, 04:50 PM
#8
Version 1.3

Version 1.3 is now available, in which you can now drive a dump truck as well!

Added new premium level 'strip mine'.
Added new vehicle: dump truck, to be used in the new level.
Reduced tendency to cartwheel.
Added Japanese localization.
Added Dutch localization.
Level 'train station' now free.
Level 'bridge builder' now free.


04-01-2011, 03:15 AM
#9
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: lost ground
Posts: 9
looks quite like what i do in Maya...need more texture polishment.

praying for the suffering Japanese...
04-21-2011, 12:28 AM
#10
1.4 coming up

Working on already the 4th update of 'the little crane that could'.
This update will feature another new vehicle: the skid loader.



Bram

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