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The android game I wrote last month is available for download (see bottom of this post).

Gameplay

It's a variant on an augmented reality match three game. Physically walk around to change which square is highlighted with a light grey background. Click that square to place the next tile there. The next tile is shown at the bottom of the screen. Match three of the same type in a row, and they vanish forming a new type. Then try to match three of *those*. When you reach hearts, match three hearts of any colour and they vanish entirely (but give lots of score).

For instance, three fish next to each other in a line make an octopus, three octopuses make a whale, three whales make a blue heart, three hearts of any colour vanish entirely. And similarly for the three other starter animals.

Only vertical and horizontal. But if you make a line of four, or two crossing lines of three, they all vanish. They only give one new tile, but you get more points.

It would be trivial to play if you could just click on a square, but it's surprisingly addictive when you play it walking about.

Be careful not to walk into the middle of roads! It's surprisingly easy to make that mistake when you're concentrating on your location in the game.

The screen wraps round, so you can always keep walking in one direction rather than walk in the opposite direction. It's best to start by figuring out which compass direction corresponds to which direction on the grid :)

Tips: When you complete an octopus, think about where you're going to put the fish to make the next octopus next to the first one.

Details

If you open the .apk file on an android device, it should ask if you want to install it. You can only do so if you agree to install apps which come from me not the play store. I think that should work but I don't know for sure.

It is very early stages. It seems to work on one or two devices, but I haven't tested it more extensively than that. It will hopefully be ok, but I don't know for sure. I would appreciate knowing everyone who tried it, just whether it ran ok or not, and if the game itself seemed to work.

It still has some UI from the open source OpenSudoku game I based the code on. Don't pay any attention to the menus or help.

File:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/md5sjt25xe3eean/emojilution-debug.apk

(Let me know if the link doesn't work. You should *not* need a dropbox account to use it, but you may have to scroll to the bottom of the screen to continue to download without one.)

Feedback

I would appreciate knowing everyone who tried it, just whether it installed ok or not, and if the game itself seemed to work.

Lots of things are known to be unfinished, so don't waste energy enumerating what's missing in menus etc. Do let me know anything that seems to prevent me playing the game. Do ask if it doesn't run or it's not obvious what to do. Comments on what's fun and what isn't are very much appreciated!

Thank you!

Date: 2017-07-19 12:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] erratio
I very much want to try this! Gonna comment here as a method of reminding myself to actually do the thing

Date: 2017-07-20 02:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cesy
Ooh, this sounds like fun! I don't think I can test it, as my work phone has restrictions on installing non-store stuff and I presume it needs internet while out and about so won't work on a wifi-only tablet?

Date: 2017-07-20 03:28 pm (UTC)
cesy: "Cesy" - An old-fashioned quill and ink (Default)
From: [personal profile] cesy
Ooh, I can do that, then!

Date: 2017-07-21 06:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cesy
It loads on my ancient tablet and shows me a grid, but I don't see any highlighted cell and it's not obvious what to do. I see score and next tile. Moving around doesn't seem to change anything, at least inside my house.

Date: 2017-07-21 06:41 pm (UTC)
cesy: "Cesy" - An old-fashioned quill and ink (Default)
From: [personal profile] cesy
Would screenshots help debug or does that make sense?