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Introducing Davey Jones: TD

Davey Jones: Tower Defence - Title Screen

Davey Jones: Tower Defence - Title Screen

Another year, another indie game! We have been hard at work on a new indie game, and are proud to announce: Davey Jones: Tower Defence. As the name suggests, this is a tower defence game!

Davey Jones: Tower Defence will initially be released worldwide on web portals such as Kongregate as a free to play game. We will then port the game to Android and iOS devices, including more content and additional DLC (Downloadable Content Content). This content will also be available to players that play online but won’t be available until the launch of the mobile versions.

We’re lucky to be working with Letsbrock on the project, he is a brilliant illustrator and designer and has done a great job directing an old school, 8bit style. We are very happy to have him on board and have created some screenshots of the game to show you:

Davey Jones: Tower Defence - Upgradeable Towers!

Davey Jones: Tower Defence - Upgradeable Towers!

Davey Jones: Tower Defence - Crabs!

Davey Jones: Tower Defence - Crabs!

Davey Jones: Tower Defence - Placing Sandcastle Tower

Davey Jones: Tower Defence - Placing Sandcastle Tower

LetsBrock has also enlisted the help of LittleBrock who has created some 8-bit shanty music to serenade you as you build up your defences. We have uploaded the main theme to SoundCloud for you to preview – have a listen and let us know what you think in the comments!

We are big fans of other games in this genre, such as Fieldrunners, the Bloons series, Kingdom Rush and of course, Onslaught!
What are your favourite Tower Defence game(s), if any ? Is there anything you would like to see in Davey Jones: Tower Defence ?

Follow the team on Twitter:
@Letsbrock
@LittleBrock
@GrindheadGames

Panasonic GCS Presentation Tool

We created this presentation tool for Neutral and Panasonic to help them pitch their products to airlines. The project was a 1080p full screen application developed in Adobe AIR which was customised using an XML file and external images. The project features a clean and pleasant navigation system.

Slideshow display

Slideshow display

Sidebar Navigation

Sidebar Navigation

Rollover Fade Out

Rollover Fade Out

Rollover Hover

Rollover Hover

Loading external files with Adobe AIR

When creating Adobe AIR applications, you have the option of compiling resources into the output file. Accessing the location of the file in AIR can be slightly tricky however, and is not as simple as it is in Flash Player when run locally. To access a local file in Flash Player, you can normally make a new URLRequest() to the location of the file and it will work. In AIR, you have to use the File.as class to access the file location relative to a location within the operating system. While researching this topic, the first Google result was a post by Erik Phansen who wrote about the

file.documentsDirectory.resolvePath('eamplefileURL.jpg') 

method, and how it returns a location relative to the users Documents folder on their machine as a String. However, we think there is a more useful method which is

 file.applicationDirectory.resolvePath('examplefileURL.xml'); 

which returns a path relative to the location of the deployed application. For example, you can use TweenMax library to load in multiple items easily, using the following code:

 
var file:File = File.applicationDirectory.resolvePath("AppData.xml");
queue = new LoaderMax({name:"xmlQueue", onProgress:XMLprogressHandler, onComplete:XMLcompleteHandler, onError:XMLerrorHandler});
queue.append( new XMLLoader(file.url, {name:"appData"}) );
queue.load();

You need to write the missing event handlers, but you can easily add multiple items to the queue to extend it. This is great for creating AIR applications where you want to have text, images, video or other configuration that needs to be easily be adjusted post compilation.

E.ON Electricity Monitor

E.ON Energy Saving

E.ON Energy Saving

The E.ON Electricity Monitor was an AIR app created for the agency RPM in London. The application was created for an installation and interfaced with hardware to allow visitors to see how much various applications affected their electricity consumption. Different buttons were used to represent each appliance, and toggling them on or off changed the values the application showed to the user.

Eon Energy Calculator

Eon Energy Calculator