• Ian

So, what is this App I'm going to develop?

It's a relatively simple game, similar to (but quite different from) Bejewelled or Candy Crush Saga.

The game involves matching symbols (gems) in various combinations; the more gems that are matched, the higher the score and the better the potential reward.

Ultimately, I want to use Microsoft's Universal Window Platform (UWP) to develop in, but I don't know much about it. So, initially, I'll prototype using Windows Forms, which I know well enough.

A screenshot of an early version of the WinForms prototype is below ...

Color Crystal Crush mockup

The aim is to swap gems (by clicking or drag/drop) to make horizontally and or vertically connected groups of the same colour. For example, the blue gem in the lower left corner can be swapped with the purple gem to its right to make a connected group of 4 blue gems. This would score 400 points.

I've invented this game (which is not my preferred style of game to play!) for several reasons. Among them:

  • I'm not a great artist. This game will still require art (and audio), but much less than most other game genres. (Note the gem art in the prototype above was found on the internet and is not licensed for commercial use It will have to be replaced or licensed!).

  • This style of game is very popular, with broad appeal. If I can do a decent job, I think the prospects of getting this published are pretty good. On the other hand, the competition in this space is very high.

  • I don't want to have to write masses and masses of code - I already know I can do that. The purpose of this project is to learn all the other stuff involved with App development.

Next time I'll talk about what I hope to get out of the prototyping process.

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