Interview: Paul O’Connor from Appy Entertaiment

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Paul O’Connor, Brand Director at Appy Entertaiment, took some time to speak with us about their upcoming Updates for Trucks and Skulls, FaceFighter, the upcoming RPG game and games for the Android Market.

Hello Paul how are you today?

Groovy!

can you tell us who you are and which developer you work for?

I’m Paul O’Connor, one of the founding partners of Appy Entertainment. My title is “Brand Director” which means I get to answer the mail and maintain our Twitter and Facebook presence, but Appy is a small shop and we all wear a lot of hats. Prior to Appy my expertise was in game design and I still get to do a little bit of that for Appy.

How many games have appy developed for iPhone?

Our original titles for iOS are Trucks & Skulls, FaceFighter, Zombie Pizza, Tune Runner, Candy Rush, All-In-1 Zombiebox, and Appy Newz. Between free and paid versions, and separate iPad versions of some games, we actually have fourteen different apps on the iOS App Store right now.

we also have a Mac OS version of Trucks & Skulls.

Are there any games coming to Android platform?

At present now we have both free and paid versions of FaceFighter on Android (and the paid version will be on sale for .99 over the Memorial Day weekend, thanks to promotion from our friends at the new SmartApps Deal of the Day website). We’ve had some compatibility challenges with FaceFighter on Android, but earlier this month released a big update that appears to have solved many of them. We do still recommend players first download the free version of FaceFighter on Android to check for compatibility with their device.

No additional Android apps are in development but we are in discussions with partners about how we can better support Android in the future. We remain excited about the potential of this market.

What’s been the biggest challenge for Appy?

Discoverability in a crowded market. Appy has been fortunate in that all of our original titles have been featured by Apple at some point (and Trucks & Skulls was both iPad and iPhone Game of the Week for Apple in November), but it is still a challenge reaching players to let them know about our games. We’ve had better success than many — we’re over 8 million downloads right now — but the market is still crowded with hundreds of terrific and inexpensive games all vying for player attention.

What’s next for Appy Entertaiment? Do you have other games lined up?

Our next releases are major updates for Trucks & Skulls and FaceFighter on iOS. The Trucks update should go into submission with Apple in the next week or so, and we’ll be ready to talk about it more at that time. FaceFighter shouldn’t be too far behind Trucks. Both updates feature substantial new content, and the Trucks update will flip that version number over to “2.0″ thanks to the new options it will afford players.

The Trucks update, especially, is game-changing — like moving from the deadball era of baseball to the steroid era overnight. Expect a shake-up on our GameCenter leaderboards.

Can you tell us more about the upcoming RPG game? What kind of missions and challenges await players?

It’s not yet officially announced. Contracts were signed earlier this month, and yesterday was actually the official “kick off” date, but as our engineer is out of the country on vacation right now, we haven’t quite got the wheels moving just yet.

We do have a title, and a design document, and the beginnings of the visual design. Not much more to say at this point, aside from noting the game will be free-to-play with microtransactions, and will have the characteristic Appy take on the subject.

We’re excited to tackle an RPG as we think it plays to our strengths in creating original characters and worlds. Several of us are RPG geeks here at Appy, too — we play D&D a couple times a month, and I’ve been involved in the paper & pencil side of the business, off-and-on, since writing and editing Grimtooth’s Traps for Flying Buffalo over thirty years ago (!).

What’s your favourite game – or the game you’ve enjoyed playing the most?

That’s kind of like picking between your kids É I probably logged the most “seat time” testing Tune Runner, and still have affection for that game. Zombie Pizza and Candy Rush both caught me up pretty good, too. I like to slap my partners around with FaceFighter every now and then. But if I had to pick one game it would be Trucks & Skulls, thanks to the depth of content (over 200 levels now, and more coming every week).

To finalize our interview we like to Thank you for taking the time with us, we are also excited and can’t wait to play an RPG game by Appy Entertaiment.

Thank you for your interest and support of Appy! We regard the affection and dedication of our fans as our most important resource. We welcome feedback from all Appy players on our Twitter feed, at our Faceback page, or via direct email: info(at)appyentertainment.com.

Contact Paul O’Connor at:

email: paul(at)appyentertainment.com

blog: http://goldenboat.wordpress.com/

profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/paulryanoconnor

web: http://www.appyentertainment.com/

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Free Android Game of The Day

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The best space rabbit sim you’ll play this year!

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Rocket Bunnies is an action-puzzle game of slingshotting from planet to planet. Time your exits in order to boost past enemy spiders, mines, electric portals and more! The best space rabbit sim you’ll play this year!

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Check out the comments on the market, they didn’t even have to bribe them!!!

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XDA Mobile Application! Free! OMG!

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The world famous XDA forums formatted for your Android phone! With this app you can browse the forums, read, post, send private messages, and more.

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Note: Some screenshots were taken from the XDA Premium app.

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+ Custom XDA color scheme (changeable to default through Settings)
+ Choose whether to land on first post, last post, or first unread post within a given thread
+ Bug fixes

Please note: XDA Premium works best over WiFi or high speed cellular data. It will be very slow over EDGE. The first load might take the longest even if you’re on WiFi.

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Trapster(R) is a Free app that alerts you as you approach speed traps, red light and speed cameras, police check points, accidents, and other roadway hazards. Join the World’s largest drivers social network today! Drivers helping drivers with more than 10.5 million users!

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* Rate traps submitted by other users. The system learns the credibility of users over time based on how many other users agree with the traps they report.
* World’s most complete and up to date speed trap and camera database with over 3.5 MILLION traps reported.
* Virtual Radar (R) dynamic alert area narrows and elongates based on your speed and direction of travel.
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* Alerts can be in English, French, German, Spanish and lots of fun sound themes.
*Press the Home Key to run Trapster in the background

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Review: Netflix App for Android

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Get Netflix on your Android phone. Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.

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• It’s part of your Netflix unlimited membership. Not a Netflix member? Start your FREE trial today.
• Watch as often as you want.
• Resume watching where you left off on your TV or computer.
• Browse movies and manage your instant Queue right from your phone.

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Currently Netflix playback is supported on the following phones:

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Netflix for Android phones is finally here and it’s free so say goodbye to Crackle and Hulu. if you’re new to Netflix, you can get a free trial when you subscribe for the first time.

Note: Netflix is also available for iPhone and iPad.

Overall Score: 4.5

Pros:

Searching for a movie it’s fast and easy

Easy to navigate and play your queue movies or TV Shows

Movies look awesome

Cons:

Many phones or tablets are not compatible with this app

All movies or TV shows are not yet available for streaming

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The best access to your music collection on your Android device.

Songbird for Android is an elegant music player for your mobile devices. Browsing your music collection is easy, and playback controls are always accessible. The unique ‘now playing’ drawer offers quick access to album art and additional details, including Facebook and Flickr integrations.

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Key Features:

* Clean and clear interface with unique ‘now playing’ drawer
* Matching widget with album art
* Lock-screen widget
* Flickr photo-stream of artist images
* Facebook ‘Like’ integration
* Playlist creation and editing
* Set track as ringtone
* Headset support (wired and Bluetooth)
* Bluetooth car audio support
* Audioscrobbler support
* Full-featured search
* Super-simple music browse + playback control

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This app is one of my favorite music players, there are many music players on the market but this one is my favorite.

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Cordy is a little robot with a big job – to power up his world! Help him run, jump, push, pull, lift, throw, and swing in this beautiful 3D puzzle platform game. Download now, and get ready to harness the power of pure fun!

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Cordy includes 12 FREE levels! You can buy more content for real money with In-App Billing. This feature can be turned off in the game’s Settings.

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Known Issues
- Some devices, such as the HTC DESIRE, can have bugs preventing them from downloading or installing large apps, such as Cordy. Please see the FAQ on cordythegame.com for possible work-arounds.
- DROID 2 doesn’t show on-screen controls. Please use the keyboard instead. Move left = “A”, Move right = “D”, Jump = “SPACE”, and Action = “/”.
- ANDROID 2.3 (Gingerbread) occasionally crashes some phones, e.g., NEXUS S. Please upgrade to Android 2.3.3.
- SAMSUNG GALAXY S and FASCINATE phones with ANDROID 2.1 (Eclair) occasionally crash. Please upgrade to Android 2.2 (Froyo).

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- Xperia PLAY optimized

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