Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Powergrids now on iOS!

Those of you who were fans of "Gaming's Edge" may recall the web/Flash-based puzzle game I did for that site, "Powergridz," which was online and referenced on a slew of different Flash game sites from 2005-2010. One of the things I hated about having to shut down "Gaming's Edge" and its associated servers was having to remove "Powergridz" from the web. With no convenient way to host it and the backend app that managed things like high scores, it simply went away.

As fate would have it, I recently had the opportunity to immerse myself in the world of iOS (iPhone/iPad) development for a few months. I pretty quickly realized that the "Powergridz" concept was a natural fit for the touch-based interfaces of those devices and the iPad in particular; so I decided to take a serious stab at updating the game for deployment on the iOS App Store.

Long and extremely-nerdy story short: I did it! :)

I decided to drop the "z" since that was kinda part of the whole "Gaming's Edge" meta-joke and added a bunch of new features like an Enhanced game mode and support for Apple's Game Center Leaderboard & Achievement systems. I also made the app universal so it runs on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

I could go into all the nitty-gritty details about all the technical stuff that went into actually making this happen, but the real point is that "Powergrids" is back and better than ever. Huzzah!