Monthly Archives: February 2011

About 2010

Ok, this took some time,…

…but writing a review at the end of the year is already becoming some sort of tradition over here. So what has happened during the year that came to an end nearly two months ago?

Retrospectively, it looks like the year was full of very different projects, speaking of the platforms, areas of use and technology as well.

One of the first projects in 2010 was “The Biggest Loser – Abspecken im Doppelpack” – a personal nutritionist for iPhone and iPod touch, developed for Independent Arts Software and published by SevenOne Intermedia, which accompanies the well-known TV series on kabel eins.

We then released an iPad version of our very own Black Sheep, just right on time for the launch of the AppStore for iPad apps. We still have plans to add more content to the game or maybe even develop Black Sheep 2 with all new graphics and additional features.

Next – and completely different – was a game using augmented reality (AR). We were lucky to have Gewista as one of our partners on the project, and the game – an AR version of the well-known wooden labyrinth – was shown at their Plakatparty 2010. A lot of great feedback from all those people who played the game at the party encouraged us to pursue to combination of AR techniques and games for use in advertising. So there might be some crazy stuff coming up in 2011.

I remember the early summer of 2010 as a time of typical long-hour days, especially for our lead artist Mateusz, who finished his studies with a diploma thesis called “Cellular Destruction”. Of course, the destruction was all virtual, but if you looked at the guy sometime in June ’10, it was like things were slipping a little bit into the real world ;)

It was right after my 2 week long trip to Norway in July when we started looking at the Gamescom in Cologne. We visited the show for two very, very busy days and met a lot of great people there. This led to some great opportunities that are not ready to be discovered this time.

The iPentris universe was ready for another incarnation: Pentopolis HD, a base5 blocks game with support for Game Center and retina displays.

We also did some contract work at the time: Mediaroom, an iPhone/iPad app that is able to connect to :3C! vidision MediaRooms, and affiliate2go, which helps you track your affiliate sales and leads.

At the end of the year we started pre-production on a bigger project that will (hopefully) lead us into a bright future…