New Game App: Gemmed!

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by jwarrent, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. jwarrent macrumors newbie

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    Hi all, let me briefly introduce ourselves. We're a small band of three attempting to put some decent iPhone games together. I broke down and bought my first Mac when I realized (along with a lot of other people) how amazing a platform the iPhone is to make apps for. We're all independent developers who really love making games, and figured we'd toss caution to the wind and dive into this beautiful insanity. :)

    Our first title is a little match-3 variant with some fun twists, smooth gameplay, and 50 levels of monsters and power-ups. Here's a little video showing the game in action:
    YouTube Link

    Links to the full and lite versions are in my signature.

    Please check it out, check out the Lite version, let us know what you think! We're really excited about this one, and we are hard at work on lots of new features for it, more depth, greater variety, etc.
     
  2. Pgohlke macrumors 6502

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    Awsome game

    I just tried out the lite version and I must say it's fun. This game is a great spin on bejewled so if you like games like that you should try it out.
     
  3. icedmocha macrumors regular

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    This looks like a fun game. I may try the lite version if I can find it in the ap store. You may want to post a link in your op, and if possible in the youtube description.
     
  4. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

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    He did...its posted in his signature as he stated :rolleyes:

    Just watched the video and it has some terrific sound and graphic effects. Looks like you guys are well on your way. I do not play games much but my wife likes bejewelled so I will put her on the lite version.

    Good Job Guys
     
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Some people have the signatures turned off -- much faster to scroll through the posts that way!
     
  6. KRAPPS macrumors 6502

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    thanks for the info ... will give the lite version a ride ... good luck to you all, love rooting the small developer/developer groups
     
  7. jwarrent thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the feedback and support guys! We really appreciate it. Getting noticed is a heck of a challenge without a nice hype machine behind us. :) If anyone gave the Lite (or Full!) version a shot and liked it, we'd really appreciate a positive review.

    Also, here are a few promo codes for the full version- feel free to leave any feedback on what you think! We're quite open to what people would like to see or change, etc.

    WYMMELJYJ9TM
    9XPJJN7T3HHW
    9K7XPYFPJWKW
    KEPHLFTJF7Y6
    JNNKKLW6E3MF

    Oh, and here are the links via iTunes in case anyone needs them:
    Gemmed!
    Gemmed! Lite

    Thanks again!
     
  8. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

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    Have used the first...WYMMELJYJ9TM
    Will have the wife test it out and give feedback on iTunes.

    Thank You very Much!!!
     
  9. Bessamy macrumors member

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    I was too late. :(

    All the codes have been used up.
     
  10. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

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    Wow! Not one of the other 3 were thankful or even courteous in posting that they used it. What a bunch of greedy jerks :mad:

    Thanks again guys for those that are ungrateful...you are doing a great job and its appreciated!!!
     
  11. Bessamy macrumors member

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    At least 25% were grateful. Thanks for posting which code you used.

    So what do you think of this game? It looks too cute for words.
     
  12. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

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    I personally do not play these games but my wife loves it. I hear her snicker every now and then when the monsters do something new. The monsters are entertaining in addition to playing the regular puzzle. These guys did a really super job and took a bejewelled type game to a whole new level.

    She is playing it on a Classic iPhone and has not had any crashes, bugs or errors. Well worth the investment if you like these type of games.

    Highly recommend this app based on my wife's enjoyment while playing.
     
  13. jwarrent thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bessamy,

    I have a few codes left, if you can shoot me an email, I'll toss one your way.
    contact at wastedpixel.com

    ...but you have to leave a *cough* good *cough* review then... ;)
     
  14. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    Just sent you email, hoping hoping for a code. This looks like a fun game. I'll be glad to provide a review, once I've played it a while and learn it.
     
  15. Bessamy macrumors member

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    Thanks Jesse, email is sent.

    Smiles,

    -Bessamy
     
  16. jwarrent thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Our first review appeared in iTune App Reviews: http://www.ituneappreviews.com/category/games

    It's a great review!

    Many people think, it's yet another match-3 clone, but once they get to play it, they realize that it's much more involved - and it's about the monsters not the gems! :)

    For those of you who already got a chance to play it - our first update is ready! we are still testing it out though, and I will give more details about the update once we submit it to Apple, which is very soon!

    Thanks for the support!
     
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  18. jwarrent thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your interest! Unfortunately we ran out of promo codes as of this morning :/

    You can still get Gemmed Lite to try it out, and to see if you'll like it.

    Anyone who got a chance to play it, if you like the game could you please leave reviews on the appstore? Thanks!
     
  19. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

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    Review submitted on iTunes!

    One of the first Apps I have ever seen that is maintaining a 5 star rating:D
    Sure there are only 21 iTunes responses, but that also means that users are not deleting the game off their iPhones or if they are it is also positive.

    Pretty Impressive!
     
  20. jwarrent thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just saw your review on iTunes. It's great! Thank you very much! Hope your wife is still enjoying playing it :)
     
  21. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    I revised my review on iTunes a few minutes ago. When I wrote it to begin with, I didn't really understand how much fun and how interesting this game really is. Fun and funny too. This is the best game addition I've made in a long time. Thanks for the promo code that encouraged me to give it whirl. I don't know if I would have otherwise.

    For those who haven't yet tried it, I recommend getting the lite version so you can see what it's like.
     
  22. Roadking macrumors 6502

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    couldn't get the apps on the us store. Itunes said it wasn't available
     
  23. imacdaddy macrumors 6502a

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    Very well executed!

    I got hooked on the Lite version and thanks for providing enough levels for me to enjoy it and to get a good feel of what to expect on a full game...not like other Lite versions (very limited levels).

    I'm buying the full version now! ;)
     
  24. jwarrent thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the great feedback!

    Our first update is submitted and approved by Apple. It doesn't show up on the AppStore yet. I think it will be there in a few hours - hopefully!

    We also decided to have a sale until Sunday, Feb 1st. The regular price of $2.99 will be dropped to $0.99 for a limited time. We notice many people just ignore it thinking it's just another match 3 game - so we are hoping more people will try it at the reduced price.

    Let me give you the details of the new update:

    Gemmed! 1.1 Release Notes:
    • New Brown monster! He has the ability to completely scramble the board in a unique way. Activating his power-up will cycle through a few iterations before he settles on a layout he likes.
    • New Dark Green monster! He's an explosive monster. Swapping his power-up with a gem will cause all gems of that color to become explosive! Then huge chunks of the board can be taken out by a single swap!
    • Wild Rain Power-up! Gathering enough points in a single level creates this power-up. Once activated, clouds of wild rain gems will appear randomly around the board, leaving plenty of gems to munch on for all monsters!
    • Surprise! This power-up comes in a gift box for a very important reason. We never know what's in it! Activate the Surprise power-up and see what comes out!
    • Their High Scores now allow you to scroll through the top 50! Scroll anywhere on the screen to see how people around the world are doing, and compare them to your latest scores.
    • The Pause menu has changed slightly. Music stops playing (Donburns99's suggestion ) and you can now Replay from here in case you think you can get a better time or score in that level. Be careful however! You have limited numbers of Replays available!
    • Exits on the left and right side can be a real challenge! We've made them a little easier in the early levels by preventing them from appearing towards the lower edge of the screen.
    • If you're a new player to Gemmed, the default name should now be what you named your device instead of the ever so elaborate "Me" name. Existing players can simply start a new game and delete the name they have in place to see your device's name.
    • Larger gem matches of 4, 5, or more will be worth more points!
    • Lots of various bug fixes and tweaks!

    What do we have in mind for the future of Gemmed!
    • More monsters! We have a lot of new monsters planned, each with their own unique power-up. Some will be special and need to be unlocked!
    • Crazy obstacles that will require new strategy and action to defeat! Pass these obstacles for huge points!
    • Trophies! You've worked hard to free those monsters, you deserve a trophy for some of those very special achievements!
    • Monster attributes! These little guys will have more tricks up their sleeves. They want to help you help them help you get them free!
    • More levels! 50 levels of monster fun just isn't enough. Who knows how far we'll go!
    • Special game modes! New ways are coming to interact with these little monsters.
    • Daily and weekly scores, so you can compete against the world more actively.
    • More monster character. Right now, they're a little shy, but you're going to learn to love them!

    We love the feedback - so keep it coming! :)
     
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