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Cricket Words by Think Tap Work

11-18-2011, 01:07 AM
#1
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Posts: 94
Cricket Words by Think Tap Work


UPDATE: Cricket words has been released.

New thread is here: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=114085

This "upcoming" thread is now closed.


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Hello,

We're a small indie developer that just put out our first iOS game, Cricket Words. It's our combination of the dart game "cricket" and word building games like Boggle, Scrabble, and Words with Friends. Unlike some of those other games, our game is designed to make it hard to cheat.

The game is free with an option to remove ads. We use Game Center so you can easily connect with friends.

Cricket Words will be launching this upcoming Tuesday, November 22nd. Once it launches it will be available at this URL:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cricket-words/id468205701?ls=1&mt=8

In the meantime, we have a few promo codes for people that want to get an advance peek:

P7AJF3LK69HL
RATAE4FAJ3MN
NK76EK9PEAE6
EHH3FTLERH4Y
R667RJPYXL7L

We'd love it if you'd take a minute to check it out. We think you'll enjoy it. If you want to start a game with us you can add us (jeremy.provost and eyepatchy) or you can use the auto-match feature to find an opponent.

Thanks,

Think Tap Work
http://thinktapwork.com
http://blog.thinktapwork.com
http://twitter.com/thinktapwork

Last edited by Red1; 12-13-2011 at 12:58 AM.
11-18-2011, 01:45 AM
#2
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 500
EHH3FTLERH4Y taken

Thank you!

Playing: Infinity Blade II, Angry Birds
Favorites: Puzzle Agent, Paladog, Game Dev Story, Lara Croft
Beta Tested: Fara, Monster Trainer, Homerun Battle 2

11-21-2011, 08:10 AM
#3
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 94
We'd love to hear any feedback people might have.
11-22-2011, 08:39 PM
#4
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Location: UK
Posts: 1,030
Just downloaded this. I have started a couple of games and taken my go and just awaiting my opponents to go.

Seems ok so far. Think I have understood how it plays out etc from the descriptions.
The only thing I don't like is that the colours/layout etc is too much like Game Centre.

I have this installled on my iPad and not on my iPhone but because the notifications from the app come through Game Centre and not directly from the app I get the notifications on both devices. Nothing major just bugs me a bit.

Game Centre, Openfeint, Crystal, Gameloft Live and PSN ID: Smallville2106
11-23-2011, 11:45 AM
#5
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Posts: 94
I really appreciate you taking the time to play and send this feedback.

The look and feel definitely have some room to evolve, to say the least. And we're totally open to that.

I understand the issue with notifications. Unfortunately, because we're using Game Center's turn-based gaming there's nothing we can do. They don't give developers any control over those notifications (except for the actual message that is displayed).

Thanks again and feel free to send any other suggestions/criticism.
11-24-2011, 06:55 PM
#6
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 1,030
Hey

Been playing this a bit more and now understand the rules and how to play properly now. Really enjoying it.

However, I have noticed that games just randomly disappear from my list. At first I thought it was people just quitting etc as I was playing against random people. So started only playing against my Mum, Wife and friend and games periodically disappear from my list and don't come back. Quite annoying, especially when I'm winning.

Also, I am in the middle of a game with my Mum, when she takes her go it comes through as an invitation to play and still says it is her turn. I have to quit the app, close it in the fast app bar and then restart it for it to register that it is my go.

Game Centre, Openfeint, Crystal, Gameloft Live and PSN ID: Smallville2106

Last edited by pavarotti2007; 11-24-2011 at 07:28 PM.
11-25-2011, 02:00 PM
#7
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Unfortunately, this is an issue with Apple's implementation. It's completely outside our control. Sort of an in-depth developer-y topic but we wrote about it here:

http://blog.thinktapwork.com/post/13...ive-vs-invited
11-25-2011, 02:01 PM
#8
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I should note that those games will come back around to you once it's your turn again. They aren't gone forever.
11-28-2011, 08:46 AM
#9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jeremy.provost View Post
I should note that those games will come back around to you once it's your turn again. They aren't gone forever.
The odd one never comes back unfortunately.
Can't you work round it? Doesn't seem to happen in other games.

Game Centre, Openfeint, Crystal, Gameloft Live and PSN ID: Smallville2106
11-28-2011, 09:55 AM
#10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pavarotti2007 View Post
The odd one never comes back unfortunately.
Can't you work round it? Doesn't seem to happen in other games.
Could you give me some examples of other games? Are they using Game Center's new iOS 5 turn-based gaming?

We have been in touch with Apple and they have not provided any type of workaround at the moment. I know that a number of other developers have filed the same bug so hopefully it will get their attention soon.