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Special version of Invertical released!

This special edition of Invertical brings a bit of colour into our hero Simon’s world.

With the majority of the bonus levels as well as the Invert World to explore there’s enough gameplay to keep you entertained for at least an hour or so, all for free.

If you enjoy the game, why not try out the full version? If there’s demand then I may even bring some of the colour into the full paid version!

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Trick or Treat released on iOS

Trick or Treat has been released on iPad and iPhone, just in time for Halloween.

Get your spook on when trying to make your through this free puzzle platform game. You won’t be able to get all of the goodies in the land of the Treat without venturing into the scary Trick world, which is full of monsters and other dangers.

Can you find the route to each item and the portal home?

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Trick or Treat now out on Ubuntu

I am pleased to announce that the Halloween puzzle-platform game “Trick or Treat” is the first Oxygen Addict game to be released on Linux! 

pcIt can be run on recent Ubuntu distributions and includes all of the new levels in the recent Android and Windows Phone 8 updates. Controls are all keyboard driven with the same controls as Invertical, so arrow keys with space and ctrl for jump and switch.

Installation may be a bit fiddly so if you’ve any feedback, let me know! I am also open to suggestions on where to distribute this spooktastic little game.

Trick or Treat updated on Android and Windows Phone 8

Explore more of spooky worlds and collect more goodies in this great new update for Trick or Treat.

With 6 new levels, all focused on puzzle platform gameplay, and improved controls along with a host of other improvements, Trick or Treat is a great way to get you in the mood for a spooktastically wonderful Halloween.

Available for free on Android and Windows Phone 8.

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Avatar Runner updated to be more challenging

Avatar Runner is a game designed to let you unwind and enjoy a relaxing game whilst also providing a bit of a challenge as well. Unfortunately if you got a trial of the game or bought the full version and were looking for more of an intense sweaty palms game then you’d be disappointed.

Along with a few minor changes, Avatar Runner has been beefed up. Many levels have had slight speed tweaks but the most noticeable change will be the spawn rate. Get more of a buzz when playing and see if your skills are up to making it through the insane difficulty levels without blowing your combo!

Get it today on Xbox Live Indie Games!

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Aye or Naw?

159I live in Scotland, currently part of the United Kingdom. Next week the electorate of Scotland will take to the polls to vote on a very important matter. There is a referendum for Scottish Independence. There’s been many great points, some terrible ones and straight out lies from both sides – so how can we come to a decision?

Aye or Naw? will take you through the debate and help you reach a decision.

You can play it now on GameJolt!

http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/aye-or-naw/34352/

Avatar Runner… oh well

Avatar Runner was the game that I was hoping would be pretty fun to play, obviously not setting the world alight but fun to play and also actually get enough sales to meet the minimum level of revenue for Microsoft to actually pay you. It would have been wonderful to at least make back some of my game dev costs. Alas it hasn’t quite panned out.

I’ve been mulling over whether I can salvage it and of course reflecting on some of the main issues that people may be having. As part of that I took myself back into my mindset for coming up with the game.

You’ve had a long and stressful day at work with an infuriating demand. After being stuck in traffic on your way home and burning your dinner you just want to relax and play a game. Been there before? I have. The only problem is on days like that I more often than not die a lot or fail to spot the part of a puzzle to progress. I just want to relax, brain off and do something chilled. This is why I made Avatar Runner.

The core gameplay is of course based on HexStackIt, which is a reasonably twitch based game. With Avatar Runner I wanted to create something a bit more chilled. Something with mellow and relaxing gameplay that you can whistle to (well if, unlike me, you can actually whistle) and play without sweaty palms or rage quitting. Something that even with a hangover you won’t get beat. It does the job quite well in my opinion. Okay, it isn’t a pretty game but when I just want to slump on the sofa and play a game that doesn’t require focus, it is great. I enjoy it and it mellows me out a little. I also enjoy playing the intense difficulty runs that are bloody hard, especially with the songs Sports Shop and Dirty Blonde (i.e. songs not by me >_<).

Unfortunately by creating a game that intentionally allows everyone to get through a run pretty much intact, it has given a very poor impression for people expecting something with a bit more intensity from their gaming. There’s plenty runs in there if pace is your thing, but that first run is easy.

In total there are 30 runs with 7 available at the beginning. It makes sense that if you’re unlocking runs then the more intense and difficult ones should be the ones that you need to play a few times to unlock. Also they should go from easy to hard. It would be odd finding a random ordering of difficulties!  This however has meant that on your first couple of plays, you will be playing easy levels. These are kind of boring. Well mellow is what I’d rather think of them as but if you’re expecting something exciting and intense… these first levels are boring.

In hindsight I should have kept the initial runs down, just providing a small selection of runs to give players a taste for the difficulties and also meaning that the many players who’ll want the hard or insane difficulty runs have one to play straight away! Perhaps more people playing the trial would have bough the game if they were readily exposed to the more challenging gameplay.

Going forward my code is going to make this a tough one to fix as I can’t touch the order of the runs. The plan now is to make the first runs more challenging and engaging by increasing the spawn rate between items, making you react that little bit quicker. The player is already running a speed that would make Usain Bolt jealous so I won’t be touching the speed!

There’s one more big issue with Avatar Runner that needs addressing. When you skip the instructions and don’t read the game description, it isn’t entirely obvious that you’re meant to build a combo. I’ll be brash and honest… if the gameplay video commentators were playing someone else’s game, I’d be having a giggle at them. Alas it is my game that they are (in my biased opinion) giving unfair abuse so I kind of need to do something about it. I can’t quiz the player to test that they read the instructions and it is an incredibly simple game so a tutorial is pointless. I feel dirty but in the next release I am adding pop up messages to guide the player when they are being dumb.

Ah well. One day I might meet the minimum revenue to get my monies from Microsoft. Doubt it though.

I know I probably should be more professional but in truth I bet that just like my games, this ramble / moan / self-harm of word vomit will get no hits.

X-Orbtek now available on iOS!

x-orbtekposter2X-Orbtek, the retro styled pick up and play title where you must dodge enemies and collect orbs, is now available on iPhone and iPad.

Costing absolutely nothing, the first Oxygen Addict iOS release includes all the great X-Orbtek arcade style gameplay in the palm of your hand. Can you unlock all of the themes or get on the global high score table?

X-Orbtek is now available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, PC and in a browser. Check out more here.

Get Mashapocolypse on Xbox Live Indie Games!

Mash the buttons on the controller in a sprint to the finish in this simple local multiplayer game.

Press the indicated button as quickly as possible, switching when appropriate and be quick to switch button. You can play along to either the in game loops or your own music library.

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Avatar Runner released!

I am delighted to announce that the Xbox Live Indie Games title Avatar Runner is now available to buy!

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Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach or sprint through a nightmare world in Avatar Runner. With a unique scoring system, collecting items builds up your combo. These points are only earned when you bank so if you make a mistake – all your combo is lost. Run to your own music library with a custom run and compete against friends through tournaments.

It costs just $1 or 69p or whatever the lowest cost is in your local currency.