NonoBlock

NonoBlock
When I first discovered the logic puzzle games known as Nonograms. I became very intrigued by them and spent countless hours playing them on my phone and laptop. Eventually, I started running out of puzzles to solve… So, instead of hunting for more, I decided to take a stab at building my own Nonogram style game that could generate an unlimited amount of puzzles for me to solve. A few days later, I built my first prototype, and NonoBlock was born. (Click here to check out the prototype!) It was still very rough around the edges and wasn’t the prettiest game ever, but it was enjoyable and I had some fun trying to solve the randomly generated puzzles it created. Till I got bored again…

I wanted to take things a step further. Instead of solving 2D puzzles, I wanted to solve 3D puzzles! Digging around the web I found a few 3D Nonogram style games, but wasn’t happy with how they were approached. They didn’t feel the same as the simple 2D Nonogram games I enjoyed. Then it finally hit me… Layers! Why not keep the puzzles 2D, but make the overall goal a 3D object. So, instead of solving a single layer 2D puzzle, you were solving a multi layer 3D puzzle!

About a week or so later, I had a new working prototype with 3D puzzles. It was fun, and kept the old 2D feel of most Nonogram games. Over the next few weeks, I started to polish out the gameplay. Did a bit of researching other Nonogram games to see what gameplay worked or didn’t really work. Eventually, I had a pretty solid game put together. My only problem… it wasn’t very pretty… So I called up my good friend Cameron, and he gladly gave NonoBlock a much needed makeover. After lots of testing, polishing, more testing and more polishing… We finally had a product ready for public release! Which brings me to the final product. NonoBlock!

NonoBlock is a logic puzzle game designed in the spirit of nonogram puzzles, but in a 3D environment. Instead of solving one layered puzzles, the player is presented with multiple layers to decipher. The reward is presented when the last layer is peeled away, and the completed voxel art is shown.

It has tons of 3D puzzles to solve, as well as an “Endless Mode”, for when you don’t ever want to stop playing. You can also build your own puzzles, then send them to friends, or upload them to the Community portal for everyone to see.

Download it for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, or Linux at NonoBlock.com!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy NonoBlock!

Crayz Crabz… The second game!?

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Just for fun, Eric and I have created a new version of “Crayz Crabz”. This time we have added an entire dimension to our game, making it playable in a 3 Dimensional space!! We are planning on expanding the game over time by adding new levels and new wacky gameplay. Follow us on Twitter for future updates! You can play it in your web browser, or play it on your Android device! (iOS coming soon)

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Burn The Lot!

The time has finally come! For the last couple years I have been working on a new game with Cameron Calder and Propaganda3. It’s a 3rd-Person shooter for iOS and Android called Burn The Lot!

You play an intergalactic “Carny Cop”, and your mission is to stop evil carnivals from hypnotizing people and looting planets of all their resources. Travel from planet to planet while collecting bounties and bringing peace back to the natives inhabitants. Check out BurnTheLot.com for more info, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates!

I am the lead developer and one of the game designers for this game. In it I designed much of the gameplay as well as built many custom code frameworks including a custom “Planetary Gravity” Framework, a custom Enemy A.I. Framework, and a custom GUI/HUD Framework, and pretty much everything else code based. The project was extremely fun, and I learned a ton from it. I hope to continue challenging myself with games like this as well as any other kind of game I can think of.

If you own an Android or iOS device, check it out using one of the links below, and don’t forget to leave a review! Would love to hear all your feedback. Enjoy!

Download on Android
Download on iOS

Android App: Draw(er)

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UPDATE:
Draw(er) ranked 3rd best Artistic app for Android on BestAppEver.com in 2011. More Info


Draw(er) is a drawing and sketching app for Android devices. The various tools in Draw(er) give you a new perspective on drawing. So your basic lines, turn into works of art!

The app originally started out as a way for me to learn Java, and the Android SDK, but it has evolved into a semi-port of Ricardo Cabello‘s HTML5 drawing app, Harmony. It’s not exactly a true port, but it shows off the basics and it was a fun learning experience. I hope to keep updating it, and eventually add more to it. Follow me on Twitter for any future updates.

Get Draw(er) for Android
Also available on the Amazon Appstore

Desktop QR Code Reader

What are QR Codes?:
A QR code is a lot like a barcode you see on most products. QR codes are a great way to share information like websites and contact info. They can be scanned using your camera equipped device and a proper QR code processing app (For Android, I use the Barcode Scanner App, and on iPhone I use QR Reader for iPhone.) Once the code is scanned and processed, it takes you directly to the URL on your device, or shows you whatever else was encoded in the QR code. I love the ease ability of QR codes, just a quick scan, and the content is on your device. For Example, there is a great plug-in for Google Chrome called QR-Code Tag (For Firefox there’s Mobile Barcode) which lets you generate a QR code for the site you are currently viewing. This is super handy if your reading an article, and need to take it on the go. So, what about reading a QR code from your phone to your desktop computer? Well, surprisingly that wasn’t as easy. I spent some time digging around the internet, and could not find a good cross-platform application for reading QR codes onto your desktop computer. The only thing I found that was somewhat close, was an AS3 library. At that time, the only thing using the library was embedded on a web page… which isn’t the most ideal solution if your wanting to just scan something quickly. So, I took the initiative to implement the library into an Adobe AIR app that can be run on basically any system. I call it QRreader. Download it HERE

Note: I have moved all the info and download links for QRreader to https://dansl.net/qrreader