As I wake up to another New Year’s Eve I find myself reflecting on the events of 2017. For me personally it has been a very busy but also rewarding year. My son started grade 1 my wife started a new job and I decided to focus full time on making games. As a result of this I was able to complete even more high quality updates to the majority of my games.
As a result millions of new players enjoyed my games, and on average my game ratings went up. I now have thousands of new followers providing me valuable feedback through 3583 Byte’s Facebook & Twitter accounts which provides a great feedback mechanism to my work.
So once I again before rushing to next year’s goals I want to take the time and review all the amazing things that we did in 2017.
Train Sim had the busiest year out of all my games with 8 updates featuring many of the most requested features. This year I really focused on addressing many of the comments sent to me via Social Media & Reviews to ensure that I responded to as many requests as I could. Here are some highlights:
- Updated Ports of Call Scene with New Train Yard
- New Rain Effect & Windshield Wipers added to all Trains
- New Break Sparks on all Trains & Cars
- Longer Trains
- New User Interface
- New Achievement System
- New Train Decoupling/Coupling & Improved Track Switching
- New Custom Environments (build your own train levels)
- 5 New Trains including:
- Santa Fe EMC E1
- Class 66 train
- LB&SCR E2 Class Tank Engine
- EMD GP9
- New Train Cars including Double Stack & Grain Cars
- New Airport Level
- New Train Drivers
There were also lots of small bug fixes & improvements I can’t remember but one thing is for sure that Train Sim had the busiest year ever with major improvements in all areas thanks to your feedback.
One of my major goals for 2017 was to improve the overall experience of Flight Sim. In 2017 I did a major overhaul of all the environments, improving their quality & realism. I also improved many of the features such as maps, missions and fixing bugs. I think I can do more in 2018 but this years updates got me a long way to a game I think can be enjoyed by many players.
Dinosaur Sim still features very high ratings and popularity with almost 1 million players who enjoyed it so far. This year I also focused on addressing some of the feedback I received through social media and reviews. The updates this year brought players a new Flying Quetzalcoatlus, New Winter & Jungle Levels as well as a much requested Hunger & Thirst Indicator.
3 Jewels had only 1 major requests from players which was more levels. This year I doubled the amount of challenge levels to 200! I think we can all agree that it could use another 100 in 2018 🙂
Kids Train Sim
Kids Train Sim received a complete overhaul to match its features with its parent Train Sim. This was a large undertaking with took over a month but I think we can agree that the result was positive. Here are some of the new features added to Kids Train Sim this year:
- New City Level
- Improved Interface
- Improved Passengers
- Train Coupling & Decoupling
- Custom Environment (Build your own Train Environments)
Kids Car Racers received a new Alternate Reality Level where you can race your cars in your living room (or wherever you are)
Aquarium Sim received an update that allows users to build their own Aquariums
This year I laughed 2 new games. A new Match 3 Game which is a sequel to 3 Jewels with 300 new challenge levels.
Jigsaw Puzzle X which allows players to complete Jigsaw Puzzles with up to 500 pieces. Great for those long flights.
As always I encourage you to try these games and give me some constructive feedback. I nice rating is also very much appreciated as it is very difficult to launch a new game in 2017 🙂
On top of all this work that is visible by players allot goes into managing a Game Development Company, such as:
- Working with 3D Artists & Practicum Students
- Replying to emails & social media posts,
- Brainstorming ideas,
- Testing updates
- Porting games to different platforms such as iOS & Windows Store
- Doing backups
- Testing new screenshots and icons
- And lots more
For every update you see lots of work goes into getting the game into a place where it could be enjoyed by millions of users.
In conclusion it has been a great 2017! Thank you for playing our games and all your reviews. I apreciate it. I look forward to an awesome 2018! Most Importantly:
Happy New Year!
Dinosaur Sim update is now live for Android. This update has a much requested feature, energy bars for hunger, thirst & fatigue. iOS version coming soon.
I am excited to announce that the new version of Dinosaur Sim is now live on the Google Play Store. This update includes a new Winter Scene for players to explore as well as a new feature that allows players to share their high scores with other players via the Google Play Leaderboard system. See you in the Jurrasic!
Its been a busy month, lots of updates and work in progress.
First I added 2 new Dinosaurs to Dinosaur Sim. Pachycephhlosaurus and Argentinosaurus are now playable Dinosaurs. I still have at least 2 more dinosaurs to add in the near future including the requested Pteranodon. Although I already have an animated pteranodon I need to first add a larger playable world (so you can fly further) and implement flying (which is not easy)
After that I did some much needed updates to 3 Jewels. This was a major overhaul to the game-play system. Originally 3 Jewels only had 1 mode of play I call endless mode. This meant that you could play for hours until you run out of valid moves, which was mainly up to luck. Now on top of the existing endless mode, 3 Jewels also has over 50 challenge levels that allow you to compete with a limited number of moves. This update also came with new game-play features such as Jewel Bombs, Blocks and Slide to Move.
Also during all these updates I have also been working on a new version of Train Sim. This new version will feature a new Indian Scene which has been requested by many Indian fans of the game. Work is moving along well although I still have a few weeks remaining to ensure high quality and a nice finish.
Finally I am celebrating 1 millionth download of Flight Sim. This is one of my favorite games and I am so very happy that over 1 million players got to enjoy the value that Flight Sim provides. Most other games ask you to pay for each airplane but Flight Sim gives you 18 free airplanes with no in game purchases. (Like all my games)
Its been a busy few weeks. First I updated Train Sim with 2 (yes 2) new Trains; Class 91 & Bombardier Talent. If that was not enough I also added a new Train Selector and fixed a bunch of bugs.
I have to say Train Sim came a long way in just over 2 years, I can only imagine where it will be in 2 more.
If that was not enough I also posted an Update to Dinosaur Sim. Although Dinosaur Sim is a fairly recent addition to my game lineup, it has proven to be very popular. So this week I added 2 new Dinosaurs (Styracosaurs & Kentrosaurus) to Dinosaur Sim. I am happy to say that this update is also already available on Android & iOS with Amazon coming soon.
I am also working on a Windows 10 version of Dinosaur Sim, I may be able to submit it next week.
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- The newest version of Train Sim got ported to iOS & Amazon Stores
- The newest version of Flight Sim got published to iOS & Amazon Stores
- Paint the World has been submitted to Amazon and is awaiting release.
- Dinosaur Sim also got submitted to iOS and is awaiting release.
I still have to build the new version of Train Sim for Windows Store & Windows Phone.
Need More Coffee!
After months of work I am happy to release Dinosaur Sim for Android.
Dinosaur Sim allows you to play as one of the 12 popular Dinosaurs. Fight your way to the top of the food chain or play as a peaceful herbivore in a realistic 3D environment. Each Dinosaur is beatify animated and has realistic sounds. Dinosaur Sim is action packed but also has educational modes in a perfect mix to keep you playing and learning for hours
Dinosaur Sim also contains 3 additional game modes including;
– Dino Safari mode, learn about each of the Dinosaurs in the game,
– Dino Paint mode, colour your favourite Dinosaurs
– Dino Museum mode, learn about fossils and Dinosaur Bones
– 12 Realistic Playable Dinosaurs
– 4 Game Modes
– Realistic 3D Graphics & Animations
– No In Game Purchases