Game Archive: iOS App

I’m back! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted on my site, but I finally pulled myself away from work and decided to… do more work! So, I built an iOS App for tracking your video game collection called Game Archive!

The Story:
What made me want to build this was because of a problem I had… I have too many video games on my bucket list (hundreds of video games…), and I didn’t have a great way to keeping track of them all. It started out as a small list of games on my phone using the Notes app. Soon that got too messy to manage, so I turned it into a fancy spreadsheet with nifty colors. After some time messing with that, I finally realized “Maybe someone made an app for tracking my games”. To my surprise, there were a small handful of apps made for tracking your video game collection! SWEET, now let’s find the best one and get my video game list managed, or so I thought…

After downloading and playing around with about 6-7 similar apps. I found that most of them were pretty terrible… bad UI, confusing UX, unstable, etc… but a couple had potential. So I picked the “best” one and starting using it. After using the “best” app for awhile, I found things about it that bugged me. The app would crash every now and then, and I kept thinking of ways to make the app better, but kept saying “I’ll just deal with this for now”. Eventually, I couldn’t take it any longer… I HAD to fix these issues. So I told myself “If I can build a working prototype over this weekend… then I’m going to make this happen!”. After a couple sleepless nights of a weekend Hack-a-ton, I was able to build the first prototype! Game Archive was born!

I was fairly happy with the prototype… but it lacked lots of features and needed lots of polish. So I spent the next month coding in my spare-time, playing around with the app, seeing where improvements could be made. I even had a few friends test it out and give me some helpful feedback. After many revisions and tweaks… I’m finally proud to present version 1.0 of Game Archive!

Currently it’s iOS only, but I may port it to Android someday… If you are a video game collector like me, and are wanting a quick and easy way to manage your game library, check it out and let me know what you think! Screenshots posted below.

About The App:
Game Archive makes tracking your video game collection simple!

If you’re a gamer then you probably have tons of amazing video games across various platforms, but have no easy way to keep track of which ones you’ve played or want to play. Game Archive hopes to fix that problem!

To make it simple, Game Archive has 3 lists you manage.

Backlog: Games you own and want to play, or are currently playing.
Archive: Games you’ve completed or are done with for now.
Wishlist: Games you want, but don’t haveā€¦ yet.

Notable Features:

  • Quick system for adding Games
  • Rate games you’ve played and mark your favorites.
  • Quickly view “How long to beat?” info
  • Easily pull up Reviews and YouTube videos
  • Nice Dark UI makes it easy on the eyes
  • Import and Export your games as a CSV file

The app is 100% FREE. There is a Tip Jar, but I mostly made this app for my love of gaming! Enjoy!

Game data provided by GiantBomb