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
04-21-2011, 01:51 AM
#11
I'm looking forward to the next update. I love this game!
05-03-2011, 09:07 PM
#12
Bought this game as soon as id played it for 30 seconds on my friends iPod I'm completely addicted and love your work!!
one idea I had for a new vehicle was a fork lift truck. Rear turning wheels for tight cornering, raise, lower and tilt controls. Levels could include pallets with barrels on. Player has to place the pallet with barrels intact on a top shelf. I hope u work forever on this game you legend

05-04-2011, 04:46 PM
#13
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Originally Posted by Fragglep0p View Post
Bought this game as soon as id played it for 30 seconds on my friends iPod I'm completely addicted and love your work!!
one idea I had for a new vehicle was a fork lift truck. Rear turning wheels for tight cornering, raise, lower and tilt controls. Levels could include pallets with barrels on. Player has to place the pallet with barrels intact on a top shelf. I hope u work forever on this game you legend
Thanks!
I think the fork lift truck is a good idea, and will probably use it in the next update.
05-05-2011, 11:30 AM
#14
Thanks. already looking forward to the next update. And future work
05-05-2011, 07:11 PM
#15
Dude this is AWESOME!
Just let me get my payment this month and I'm buying it

I'd only recommend more "regular" levels in the beginning. Don't get me wrong, I loved the wacky ones, but I would mind getting more levels that require you to move things from place to place.

Can't wait to try it on the iPad
Cheers!
05-05-2011, 09:03 PM
#16
Love the game but add a level

They should add a tow truck level. I don't care whats in the level except for a flat bed tow truck with all the working controls of a flat bed tow truck including the bed being able to slide out. If they added that kind of level it would make the game even more perfect! Thanks if you guys add that kind of level!
05-11-2011, 10:25 PM
#17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fragglep0p View Post
Bought this game as soon as id played it for 30 seconds on my friends iPod I'm completely addicted and love your work!!
one idea I had for a new vehicle was a fork lift truck. Rear turning wheels for tight cornering, raise, lower and tilt controls. Levels could include pallets with barrels on. Player has to place the pallet with barrels intact on a top shelf. I hope u work forever on this game you legend
The fork lift truck is working, and it is awesome to drive!
It has the rear steering, front wheel drive, with tilt and elevate.
I also made pallets and drums, which leaves just the level design.

05-14-2011, 09:14 PM
#18
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Originally Posted by bram View Post
The fork lift truck is working, and it is awesome to drive!
It has the rear steering, front wheel drive, with tilt and elevate.
I also made pallets and drums, which leaves just the level design.

OMG that looks amazing!! I cannot wait to test drive it =]

I was wondering, how easy do you think it would be to have some sort of vehicle selection on the sand box mode? or even multiple vehicles at the same time, so being able to select a vehicle on the fly?
It would be nice to practice outside of the main levels, with the different vehicles.

Cannot wait for this =]]
05-14-2011, 09:29 PM
#19
Hi.

My little godson lives with me atm and he is mad about this game.
05-14-2011, 10:15 PM
#20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fragglep0p View Post
OMG that looks amazing!! I cannot wait to test drive it =]

I was wondering, how easy do you think it would be to have some sort of vehicle selection on the sand box mode? or even multiple vehicles at the same time, so being able to select a vehicle on the fly?
It would be nice to practice outside of the main levels, with the different vehicles.

Cannot wait for this =]]
Well... it would not be complicated to design and implement this.
The hard part is to make it perform fast enough.

An iPad2 can easily simulate all vehicles together, but an iPhone3GS does not have the processing power to do this.

I am already disabling the rigid body simulation of the flat bed as soon as the skid loader is active, but that rigid body simulation is automatically enabled again when you bump vehicles together. If I create a park of 10 vehicles, and the user wakes up all simulations by touching the other vehicles, the 3GS will come to a stand still, sound will stutter, gameplay will become a slideshow, etc.

Also, inactive vehicles rigid body simulation will go inactive, yet, collision detection stays on for those vehicles.

If I make a level with all the vehicles, I think I need to make it an ipad2-only level, and not show it on iphones, ipad1 and ipods. I will give it some more thought, and if I add vehicle switching I think I could use shake-to-switch controls with the accelerometer I guess. v1.5 will have 2 vehicles max though.

Bram

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