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Your favorite developer

12-15-2009, 12:10 PM
#1
Joined: Oct 2009
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Your favorite developer

There are numerous threads about favorite apps anywhere. What I'm wondering, what is your favorite developer? And why?

Developers I like (random order):
• Illusion Labs - they make great games for iPhone and iPod touch plus they are very friendly. If I need to show of my iPhone, I launch Labyrinth, people are always impressed.

• Backflip Studios - it all began with their awesome Paper Toss game, it's still awesome to throw paper at a trash can once in a while. Ragdoll Blaster and Harbor Havoc 3D are great too! Do I need to say more?

• Gameloft - nothing to say. Well, can't wait to play NOVA.

• Smule - play musical instruments ON YOUR PHONE! Wow!

• True Axis - new to the scene, but kicking ass with the amazing Jet Car Stunts!

• The Iconfactory - if you don't know these guys, search for them NOW! Awesome guys who make lovely and amazingly designed games.

• Bolt Creative - probably everyone with an iPhone or iPod touch knows these guys. I will never remove Pocket God from my iPhone.


Developers I dislike (random order):
• ngmoco - I liked them at first, but they are only out for your $. Really, ads in paid apps and stuff, come on. I'm disappointed.

• Electronic Arts - great games (if you have a third generation iPhone or iPod touch), but slowly when it comes to updating them, also, no support.

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Last edited by iMario; 12-15-2009 at 12:15 PM.
12-15-2009, 12:51 PM
#2
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: London, UK
Posts: 3,741
I like:

Illusion Labs for the innovation they bring to the iPhone gaming market, and the fact they communicate with the gamers and listen to our ideas.

The Iconfactory, much for the same reason you listed, awesome artwork, Ramp Champ in particular is stunning to look at.

ttursas, for making a bunch of my favourite games on the iPhone (iDrop Dead, Perfect Balance).

Mountain Sheep, for all the insight they've given us in regards to the game development process, Timo constantly makes interesting posts and will happily show us a load of awesome concept art... even if you don't like Minigore it's interesting to see this stuff.

Justin Smith, for pwning your faces with Enviro-Bear.

All the smaller dev teams who hang around the forum and really contribute to the community as a whole, I spend way too long in the Developer Discussion forum simply because it's fascinating.

Not too keen on:

Gameloft, for making games I've played before, not using the iPhone's real strengths other than a bit of jagged poly-pushing.

Bolt Creative, for making a ton of money out of a generic flash game... that barely even counts as a game. Now Tamagotchis... they were cool. Plus their in-app purchases are designed soley to steal kids' pocket money.

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12-15-2009, 01:10 PM
#3
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 2,476
Tiger Mobile-For giving us spider. Pretty deep for an iphone game...truly a work of art.

Illusion Labs- For believing in their products, and not catering to the every whim of the self entitled masses. Their games are worth what they charge.

MadFinger- The artwork on their titles is nothing short of outstanding. In Samurai, various aspects of the sword fighting gameplay are ridiculously accurate to life. Bloody Xmas just makes me piss my pants laughing.

Activision-treyarch-ideaworks- For bring COD zombies, which continues to awe me everytime I play it. Perfect execution of their first Iphone offering.

ID software- Being rather skeptical at first, I am now a firm believer in ID, and their commitment to the community. Doom rocked my socks. A near perfect port of the original. I'm Anxiously awaiting doom 2, and final doom levels.

JoshCM- While I found Ravensword to be rather limited, it astounds me that it is the effort of such a small dev team. While Ravensword in it's current form is nowhere near my favorite game, it is a game I'm terribly intrigued by. I'm very excited to see what josh, and Russ come up with next for the ravensword universe. Hopefully a deeper experience, yet retaining the emphasis on exploration.

I have many other devs that I would like to put up here, but I haven't seen them on the scene recently and with one game to their credit, can't justify the decision.

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12-15-2009, 01:42 PM
#4
Joined: Apr 2009
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Gamevil ~ producing one of the best RPGs Zenonia
Com2US ~ producing one of the best RPGs Inotia 2, and musical rhythm game World of Tunes
MikaMobile ~ very good side-scrolling action game OMG Pirates
SquareEnix ~ Song Summoner and Hills & Rivers Remain
And whichever developer who developed Beatrider, the best musical game.
12-15-2009, 02:41 PM
#5
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 675
Gameloft - Because they make great games with great graphics for the iphone/ipod touch.
Josh and Russ (developers of Ravensword) - they made such a great game and they hear people suggestions and they both are nice guys.
12-15-2009, 03:05 PM
#6
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My favorite developers are the dudes who made that random number generating tip calculator with boobs or whatever it was. What a perfect characterture of what a vast portion of the App Store has become.
12-15-2009, 03:26 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Hodapp View Post
My favorite developers are the dudes who made that random number generating tip calculator with boobs or whatever it was. What a perfect characterture of what a vast portion of the App Store has become.
I'm almost ashamed that I know exactly which app you're talking about:

http://appshopper.com/games/boobs-random-numbers

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12-15-2009, 03:36 PM
#8
Quote:
Originally Posted by MidianGTX View Post
I'm almost ashamed that I know exactly which app you're talking about:

http://appshopper.com/games/boobs-random-numbers
That's perfectly normal
12-15-2009, 03:38 PM
#9
Joined: Apr 2009
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Like:
- Gameloft
- 2XL
-Activision

Dislike:
- ngmoco
- Khalid Saikh
- DS Effects

Hakuna Matata
12-15-2009, 05:26 PM
#10
-Polarbit (Raging Thunder, Wave Blazer, CBNK3D, Krazy Karts)
-Gameloft (Shrek Kart, TV Show King, UNO, Blades of Fury, Asphalt 4, Asphalt 5, Ferrari GT, HoS, Let's Golf, Terminator, Midnight Bowling, NFL 2010, Real Soccer 2009, Real Tennis 2009, RoLE, Siberian Strike)
-EA (Monopoly Here and Now, NFSU, Spore Origins, Sims 3, Simcity, Tetris, Zombies & Me, Yahtzee)
-Igloo Games (Dizzy Bee/Dizzy Bee 2)
-Glu (Space Monkey)
-Ezone (Scarecrow, Crazy Pumpkin)
-THQ (de Blob)
-Taito (Cooking Mama)
-SEGA (SMB/SMB2)
-Pangea (Cro-Mag Rally)
-Konami (MGST)
-Freeverse (Moto Chaser, Plank)
-Sandlot Games (Snail Mail)
-Illusion Labs (Sway)
-Vivendi (VV1)