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Oh Hi! Octopi! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on September 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SOUR OCTOPUS
Oh Hi! Octopi! is an arcade game with an interesting arcade-style premise that may be an acquired taste.
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The Portable Podcast, Episode 154

Posted by Carter Dotson on September 11th, 2012

Why hello there, octopus.

On This Episode:

  • Carter talks to kode80’s Ben Hopkins about the new game Oh Hi! Octopi!, its influences, and whether people are truly understanding how the game is meant to be played. As well, discussion of his new iCade simulation tool Simul80 is discussed.
  • No Can Win’s Jared Bailey comes on to discuss how Hawaii has influenced the new game Infinite Surf.
  • Episode Cast:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Ben Hopkins, kode80
  • Guest: Jared Bailey, No Can Win
  • Music:

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    Apps Mentioned in this Episode:


    Link: Simul80 - Use OSX Controllers to Play iOS Games

    Posted by Rob LeFebvre on September 7th, 2012
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SOUR OCTOPUS :: Read Review »

    The developer behind 1-bit Ninja, Ben Hopkins, has released a new game, called Oh Hi! Octopi. To celebrate, he's also released an OS X app called Simul80 that emulates a bluetooth keyboard, allowing you to use your OS X Mac's keyboard to play his new game, or any iCade compatible game. Check it out in the video below.

    The Blocks Cometh Is Now Universal With New Characters and iCade Support

    Posted by Carter Dotson on August 2nd, 2012
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FRUSTRATION COMETH :: Read Review »

    Halfbot's The Blocks Cometh has been given one big final update making it universal, adding iCade support, and 5 new characters from all across the world of iOS gaming.

    Yes, iPad support has finally come to this game. The game also supports the Retina Display, so while there may not be added definition to those pixels, they will look crisp without the scaling interpolation that iOS usually adds to non-Retina games. The iCade support even makes the game feel exactly like the old-school arcade game it was destined to be. Don't worry, iCade Mobile users, as there's support for that too.

    Velocispider's eponymous araknasaur is a playable character, climbing blocks with the ability to shoot ones directly above it, though blocks to the side can't be shot! 1-bit Ninja's ninja makes an appearance, though it can thankfully move both left and right. Even the editors of Touch Arcade make appearances in the game, because when the sky is falling, there's no one you want on your side more than a bunch of app bloggers!

    GLSL Studio Brings OpenGL ES 2.0 Coding Anywhere

    Posted by Carter Dotson on January 6th, 2012
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    kode80, LLC, developer of 1-bit Ninja, has unveiled their latest app, a programming environment for programming graphics in OpenGL ES 2.0, called GLSL Studio. OpenGL graphics can be created in this app, supporting vertex and graphic shaders. GLSL Studio provides plenty of handy tools for OpenGL developers - syntax highlighting in a native code editor, shader input management, vertex data generation, with uniform binding and runtime options also available. Images can be imported from the Camera Roll for use with textures in the app, with up to 8 textures able to be managed at once. As well, there's live camera streaming for camera-enabled devices, with the ability to create camera filters with OpenGL code, and to add these images as part of the managed textures. The app is universal and supports 3rd-generation devices and later, so OpenGL coders can code from anywhere, at any time. Projects can be exported from the app, either attached to an email or exported through iTunes File Sharing, and are usable in any program that supports OpenGL ES 2.0, including iOS apps.

    Top 3 App Deals for 10/11/11

    Posted by Rob LeFebvre on October 11th, 2011

    Hey, look! Even more deals. We’ve taken the time to scour the lists of price drops for you today, so you don’t have to. You can always peruse the Latest iPhone and iPad App Price Drops page, but if not, here’s what we have for you today:

    1-Bit Ninja - Was $1.99, now $0.99
    From our review: "With four worlds (five levels each) and unlimited replay value, 1-bit Ninja is a worthwhile purchase for old schoolers, new schoolers, and anyone else looking for a challenging retro platformer."


    Nuts! - Was $0.99, now FREE
    From our review: "Nuts! combines the best elements of the classics, wraps it up in a top-notch design, and will keep casual gamers coming back for more."


    Tap-Translate - Was $9.99, now FREE
    This app claims to allow users to translate words and phrases from within Safari itself. Worth a free download, right?


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    The Portable Podcast, Episode 91

    Posted by Carter Dotson on June 28th, 2011

    You know, we call it pixel art, but isn't all art displayed on a digital display pixel art?

    On This Episode:

  • Carter speaks to Ben Hopkins of Kode80 about his new retro-inspired platformer, 1-Bit Ninja. They discuss the inspirations behind the game, and the 3D aspects of the game.
  • Carter speaks to Ian Marsh of NimbleBit about his company's new freemium game, Tiny Tower. They discuss what went into the game's freemium elements, and NimbleBit's philosophies about freemium games and trying to get people to pay for content in their games.

  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Ben Hopkins, Kode80
  • Guest: Ian Marsh, NimbleBit

  • Contact The Show: Email | Twitter

    Music:

  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:


  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

  • How to Listen:

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    1-bit Ninja Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Timothy Smith on June 23rd, 2011
    Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SUPER BIT
    Remember the good old days when gaming was actually a challenge? Remember when beating a particularly tough level was something that earned you respect amongst peers? Well, KODE80 is bringing those days back with their new retro platformer.
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