Fun L’il Stamp v1.1 submitted to App Store!

Fun L’il Stamp is a fast, free, fun photo app for iPhone iOS 6, and version 1.1 is almost ready.

This update includes new filters featuring Crayon, Comic and Glow, more sharing options and improved stamp display.

Version 1.1 also features six new looks suited to portraiture by talented young photographer Siiri Kumari.

Fun L’il Stamp sports vastly improved responsive scrolling for large collections, & adds a new level of sharing to Twitter, Instagram, via email or print.

Fun L’il Stamp is free on the App Store: iTunes Link


Screenshots: http://funlilstamp.com

Fun L'il Stamp's Crayon filter.

Fun L’il Stamp’s Crayon filter.

Fun L'il Stamp's faster wall

Fun L’il Stamp’s faster wall

Fun L'il Stamp's Crayon filter.

Fun L’il Stamp’s Comic filter.

Fun L'il Stamp's Crayon filter.

Fun L’il Stamp’s Crayon filter.


Lately experimenting with photo-blogging my day with the iPhone 4 + Hipstamatic software.*

My first camera was a 126 cartridge affair to which I later added an electronic flash that greatly outweighed the camera itself. I think the 126 instilled a joy of loading objects physically and metaphorically into ports and receptacles. A few short years later during puberty I was gifted a man’s SLR. My first job was in a photo store.

I thought myself a relative purist, respecting the image quality as captured by the camera and considering it a technical art. Any creative retouching in the darkroom then or computer today needed to be done myself. Lately though this habit’s joyfully corrupted using the Hipstamatic + iPhone 4 combination.

Its unobtrusive physicality and somewhat random results are a devil’s distraction to my focus on technical excellence. It’s a way to document my day with creative license while taking care of work around the city of Prague.

I’ve come to think of it as a set of film types and lenses. The software metaphor has invaded my heart and mind. Again I’m carrying around a small camera and it’s a technological joy with retro sensibilities.

Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/xyriskenn/sets/72157626177958563/

Hipstamatic in Prague

Link to Flickr iPhone set

* The app is based on a camera which really existed: Hipstamatic 100

SteamPunk Hockey Featured in “New and Noteworthy”

Proud to mention that Apple has chosen to feature SteamPunk Hockey in the App Store’s “New and Noteworthy”, Games section.

SteamPunk Hockey v1.3 App Store Feature- Games

SteamPunk Hockey charts top 25 App Store in 31 countries, games/family/free

SteamPunk Hockey v1.3 for iPhone is currently charting top 25 in 31 countries including Canada, USA and UK, due to the promotional efforts of OpenFeint and FreeAppADay.com.

SteamPunk Hockey is a re-think of the venerable and popular ‘frictionless’ table hockey concepts engineered in the early 70s by Phil Crossman, Bob Kendrick, Brad Baldwin (Wikipedia) and Bob Lemeiux. Many variations have been developed for the touch-sensitive iPhone and are very popular, but few have strayed from the original concepts with the notable exception of Glow Hockey.

Kenneth Mayfield takes the ‘touch hockey’ concept a step further. A love of 19th-century craftsmanship, Romantic-era artists, and modern steampunk & science-fiction concepts pulsing in his heart and veins, Kenn created a game redefining the touch hockey genre and opening it up to consistent thematic and narrative possibilities.

SteamPunk Hockey utilizes various obstacles to redirect the disc’s trajectory and change the gameplay for each level, much like a pinball machine and labyrinth game. The genre style allows for beauty and verisimilitude when introducing new obstacles, robots and layered narrative themes.

As the economic crash of 2009 cascaded across the world, Kenn decided that creativity was the personal and business solution to finding himself out of work in a small Czech economy.
Having purchased a used Mac Mini, a monitor and the $99 Apple Developer license, he set about learning enough Obj-C, Cocos2D, continuous physics and game AI coding to produce a sellable product.
To date Kenn had completed a single object-orientated Flash/Director game development project rendered as a business-to-business service in 2006.

Over the course of two months Kenn drew amongst his previous experience developing Flash e-learning applications for the Geological Survey of Canada and a small business training course taken through the YMCA in Vancouver.

By December 2009 enough work was completed on SteamPunk Hockey to enter the information into Apple’s iTunes Connect, and a single-player version without sound or music was released to the App Store on January 5th for $0.99 USD.
Two consecutive revision quickly followed adding obstacle, sound options, and currently two-player functionality and OpenFeint Achievements.

Throughout January, the game sold over 200 units, including $80 for Haiti charity as part of the Indie+Relief and AppRelief efforts.
By February 2010 sales had dropped to 0-3 per day. Lack of visibility and piracy  appeared to be taking a toll. Kenn offered SteamPunk Hockey to OpenFeint and FreeAppADay.com for promotion, and the rest is (alternate) history in the making.

Version 1.3 of SteamPunk Hockey for iPhone is a physics-driven touch environment using the open-source Cocos2D for iPhone Objective-C game and Box2D physics frameworks.

For more information please contact the developer Kenn Mayfield VIA email: info (at) xyris (dot) ca.

Kenneth Mayfield is a graduate of the 1991 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Canadian currently residing in the Czech Republic, near the UNESCO heritage city of Prague.

SteamPunk Hockey ranking via MajicRank, 11:20AM GMT+1

SteamPunk Hockey ranking via MajicRank, 11:20AM GMT+1

Chart Update for SteamPunk Hockey free promotion

Charts for SteamPunk Hockey Free promotion as of 13.02.2010, 13:32

#2 Greece & Japan     games/family/free (g/f/f)
#6 Greece     games/arcade/free (g/a/f)
#8 Japan     games/arcade/free
#10 Poland     g/f/f
#14 Greece     All Free
#18 Portugal     g/f/f
#20 Hungary     g/f/f
#21 USA     g/f/f
#22 Hong Kong     g/f/f
#23 Germany     g/f/f
#24 Belgium     g/f/f
#26 Russia     g/f/f
#27 Netherlands     g/f/f
#27 Spain     g/f/f
#29 Poland     g/a/f
#31 Greece     All Apps (Free)
#33 Japan     All Games (Free)
#33 Hungary     g/a/f
#36 Canada     g/f/f
#38 Sweden     g/f/f
#41 Israel     g/f/f
#41 Jamaica      g/f/f
#43 Portugal     g/a/f
#44 China     g/f/f

SteamPunk Hockey v1.3 for iPhone Charting; Free for 24 hours

SteamPunk Hockey v1.3 is FREE for 24 hours!
Link: http://itunes.com/apps/steampunkhockey

Current chart reports, Games/Family/Free:

USA #51
Canada #95
Hong Kong #97
Japan #45
Taiwan #93
Thailand #89

Special thanks to the iPhone development community, Cocos2D and TouchArcade forums,  and reviewers!

iPad and SteamPunk Hockey

The Apple iPad is a revolutionary device blurring the lines between mobile and laptop.

It also offers tantalizing screen area for games and application development.

SteamPunk Hockey will be developed for the iPad, with a few new features. Stay posted for more news!

SteamPunk Hockey update 1.2.0 is LIVE in the App Store

The latest update to SteamPunk Hockey is now available in the App Store!

This update adds sound fx and background music, with switches to toggle audio both on or off. The ‘bead’ obstacles have been randomized to either remain in place or bounce away on contact with the disc.
The discs themselves have been given more ‘bounce’.

iTunes link: http://itunes.com/apps/steampunkhockey

Screenshots: http://steampunkhockey.com/screenshots/

After mid-February 2010, new features will be added and the price increased to $1.99 USD. Thereafter new levels and obstacles will be offered on a regular basis through in-game purchases.

SteamPunk Hockey and App Relief – sales proceeds to help Haiti

SteamPunk Hockey sales from 21.10.2010 to 24.01.2010 will be donated to the Red Cross in support of the people of Haiti in their time of need.

SteamPunk Hockey iTunes purchase link: http://bit.ly/65oxGw

Please visit http://apprelief.com/ to view participating developers and perhaps make a charitable donation directly or through the purchase of a game.

A big thank you to all who supported Indie+Relief for Haiti through sales or direct donations!

20/01/2010 Proceeds to be donated to Haiti

Sales proceeds from January 20, 2010 will be donated to Doctors Without Borders in support of Haiti.

purchase link: SteamPunk Hockey

SteamPunk Hockey for iPhone is participating in IndieRelief’s promotional effort to raise money for the families in distress in Haiti after the 7.o earthquake devastated homes and took lives there recently.

Donation will be gifted upon payment of proceeds from Apple.

Please visit http://www.indierelief.com on January 20 to purchase applications or make a donation to a charity of your choice.