I was pleasantly surprised when my fellow Hull Computer Scientist and good friend John Van Rij pointed out that my version of Sweepy Cleaner was listed as the 7th most “New and Impressive” application on AppFlow.
AppFlow describes a new and impressive app as one that was “released in the past few months and according to ratings so far is definitely worth trying”. That to me seems quite good 🙂
For those who don’t know AppFlow is an alternative way to find and view applications on your windows phone, in my opinion its 100x better than the built in marketplace and some of the statistics it provides are actually better than the Windows Phone Developer portal, create.msdn.com. But don’t get me started on that… It really needs some work. AppFlow is also one of the most beautifully designed Silverlight applications I’ve seen.
If you still haven’t downloaded and played Sweepy Cleaner it’s available here.
Thanks to all 320 people that have download the game so far!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but at least that shows I’ve been busy :).
Last Monday I had my exam for Quantitative Methods for Computing, having spent the previous weekend solidly revising I think it went pretty well. Not as badly as I’d expected, not as well as I’d hoped but good enough to get me a good grade in the module overall I think.
Since then I’ve been working on some of my applications. I’ve implemented Photo Highscores into Sweepy Cleaner and Evil Squash 2 and got a lot of the features working in my Hull Computer Science Blog application which displays the blogs of all the computer scientists at my university as well as shows off some featured applications by students in a random order and allows users to go directly to their Marketplace page to download them.
Speaking of the marketplace I’m very happy to announce that Sweepy Cleaner has had over 200 downloads already — 218 to be precise — and has been enjoyed and reviewed by people as far away as America and Australia. 🙂
Tomorrow I have my programming 2 examination, having looked over the previous 3 years’ past papers I don’t think I have anything to worry about. Programming the apps I just mentioned has almost been like revision — there’s nothing quite like doing something in order to revise it.
Thats all for now,
This morning I handed in ACW 2 for programming 2, A.K.A Sweepy Cleaner. I’m quite happy with the design of the game, particularly the fact I built it so that adding a new level requires only 4 additional lines of code and the relevant graphics. Below you can see some screen shots showing how it turned out:
My time to present my code to my programmer lecturer is midday Friday, so I’ll update the blog then letting you know what grade I get. Friday is also the day the game should go live on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, subject to being approved by Microsoft, so that’s something to look forward to! 🙂
Once its up expect an update within a few weeks adding in some features which I’m working on now, including more realistic cleaner movement and additional levels.
I’d like to thank Shane Gravestock for producing all the music and sound effects for the game and Shaun Rhodes for making the game logo and the vacuum cleaner sprite 😀
Thats all for now,