Animal Trackers for iOS (Out Now! on the App Store) (Pics & Video))
After two and a half years of handcrafting, I'm pleased to announce that my game Animal Trackers is now on the App Store.
In fact, Animal Trackers is on SALE for the holidays for just 69p / 99c.
Unfortunately, there's currently a problem with the App Store in that Animal Trackers is not appearing in any lists and can only be found by searching for it by name.
I've contacted Apple, so I hope they'll have it fixed soon.
If you'd like an insight into the mind that created the game, please visit my development blog at "http://animaltracker.wordpress.com".
(Linking doesn't seem to be working, so please copy and paste into the address bar of your browser.)
Below is the trailer for the game, a few screenshots and the game description.
All comments and questions are welcome.
Animal Trackers Trailer
The Cast: Team Tracker (foreground) and Team Quarry (background)
Team Quarry has challenged Team Tracker to the ultimate tracking competition across 50 levels, from lush lawns, through grassland, across rivers, through snow, up mountains and beneath the sweltering heat of the desert sun to prove once and for all, which team is best.
With a parting taunt of "Catch us if you can!", Team Quarry has already made a flying start with Chicko, their first member, already on his way. Team Tracker has elected Foxy to take the first leg of the challenge and track down Chicko before time runs out and the trail goes cold.
Guide each member of Team Tracker, each specialised in tracking two members of Team Quarry, by following the foot-, paw-, or hoof-prints that make up Team Quarry's trail. Beware, though, as Team Quarry isn't going to make things easy and so may have a few tricks up its proverbial sleeves.
Be prepared for doubled-back trails, trails disappearing down holes, multiple trails, trails that cross water, hedges that need to be hacked, boulders that need to be moved, switches that need to be flipped, snow that will slow you down and sand dunes that need to be negotiated... these are just some of the obstacles you'll be confronted with... plus in 'hard' mode, you'll have less time to do it in, so shortcuts will also need to be found.
Oh, and if you think you're a master tracker, why not rub in your ultimate victory by finding all 50 golden eggs hidden throughout the levels and wave them under Team Quarry's nose.
* 50 levels
* 5 different terrains, including lawns, grassland, snow, mountains and desert
* 10 different Team Quarry animals, each with its own unique tracks
* 5 different Team Tracker animals, each specialised in tracking two members of Team Quarry
* 50 golden eggs to find and carry to the end of the levels in the fastest time possible
* Choice of background sound track, including 3 fast paced tunes; ambient sounds, such as birds singing, wind blowing; or listen to your own music
* High score table detailing best score, stars achieved and egg discovered for each level
* Lots of achievements leading to graded titles awarded for mastering various aspects of the game
* Game Center support
* Twitter console for tweeting your scores
* 3 difficulty modes: 'easy' for young children; 'medium' for casual gamers; and 'hard' for players wanting a real challenge
* Graded rewards, from 1 star for finishing a level in 'easy' mode, to 3 stars for finishing it in 'hard' mode
* 3 control methods, including finger point, d-pad, and accelerometer tilt
So, have you got what it takes to guide Team Tracker to an emphatic victory and earn the most prestigious title of 'Maestro Grandslammer'?
For hints and tips, check out the Animal Trackers website: "http://animaltrackers.wordpress.com/hints-and-tips/"
Last edited by DaveA; 12-25-2013 at 05:04 AM. Reason: Changed game status to 'Out Now'. Mentioned that Animal Trackers is not showing up in any lists on the App Store, but can be found by searching for it by name
It's Animal Trackers Day!
I'm pleased to announce that Animal Trackers is now on the App Store.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Last edited by DaveA; 05-03-2012 at 05:55 PM. Reason: Added the link to the App Store
App Store Reviews
Here are the first of the App Store reviews:
UK App Store
Great fun ★★★★★
by Mazza1322 - Version 1.0.1 - May 3, 2012
This is a great little game - quiet a challenge and good fun - lovely animation - lovable characters - all round thimbs up!
Addictive & Simple Tracking puzzles ★★★★★
by Great Apps Award - Version 1.0.1 - May 3, 2012
Simple visuals but fun "keep you on your toes" trying to out, out-fox that chicken quarry! Found the floating dpad easier than touch controls to see ahead worth mentioning, but hooked on some backtracking, double-trails already. An app worth a shot.
US App Store
Don't let the cuteness fool you ★★★★★
by _burn - Version 1.0.1 - May 3, 2012
This is the perfect kind of game. It's extremely cute and the different animals have a lot of character. It's also very challenging so if you're the kind of person that has to get 3 stars on every level you'll be playing these levels quite a few times.
When you first start out, you start with the fox. If you let him sit still for long enough he'll look up at you with those big eyes as if saying "C'mon, let's go find that chicken PLEASE!!!". That in itself makes you want to play each level over and over until you finally catch the animal you're chasing. It's also what gives the game so much character.
The levels are very well designed and they're laid out so that if you want to get 3 stars you had better find every shortcut you can. You can't just walk around, either, you've got to hustle!
Another thing for you 3-star people ... the game supports GameCenter so you're going to have to bring your A game in order to make it to the top.
This game is an easy recommendation. It's cute, tons of fun to play, and can get very challenging. Highly recommended.
Level 2 Walkthrough
I had a look on YouTube the other day and saw a gameplay video of someone having trouble with level 2 of Animal Trackers.
I must say that I didn't envision anyone getting stuck so soon and as a result of that one video, it led one commenter to conclude that the game was rubbish, in their opinion mostly likely due to poor collision detection.
However, this is not the case.
It was simply that the player believed that there was a dead end under a tree canopy, when in fact there wasn't, and so they continually turned around at that point instead of running straight on and following the tracks.
Anyway, I felt that I needed to create a video response in order to give a more balanced view of the game.
If you want to see it, it's on YouTube at:
Animal Trackers not appearing in App Store lists
If anyone has been looking for Animal Trackers on the App Store by looking at the newly released games, unfortunately they won't find it due to a problem with the App Store itself.
However, you can find it if you search for it by name.
I've spoken with Apple about it and hopefully they'll fix it soon.
Coming up in version 1.1
Being a timed puzzle game, Animal Trackers can be quite challenging, as has been mentioned in a number of reviews.
Of course, different people like differing levels of challenge, so trying to cater for such a wide spectrum of skills and abilities whilst still providing a rewarding experience can be tricky.
Since Animal Trackers was released, I've been monitoring the Game Center leaderboards and have noticed that some people may be finding it a little more difficult than I had envisaged.
So, in order to address this, I am working on version 1.1 which will not only include more generous time limits for easy mode, but will also include a new 'Explore!' mode which will become available should the player fail the same level several times.
Once 'Explore!' mode has been made available for a particular level, you'll be able to choose to play that level without a time limit, and in addition, the next level will automatically be unlocked. This will effectively become a 'skip level' feature.
I've spent a long time creating the 50 levels that make up Animal Trackers, so it would be a shame if everyone didn't have the chance to play them all. The later levels tend to involve more strategy and forethought, but in 'Explore!' mode, you'll be able to play them at your leisure.
More skilled players can still differentiate themselves, of course, by playing through the levels in 'medium' and 'hard' modes. These require you to track more efficiently, but as a reward, you'll earn more points per completed level - significantly more in 'hard' mode.
Well, if anyone is finding any particular level too hard or too easy, or has any comments, questions or feature requests, please feel free to either post them here or contact me on any of the usual channels. I want to make Animal Trackers the best that it can be, so your feedback is vitally important.
Animal Trackers is now on SALE for 69p / 99c !
Animal Trackers is now on sale for just 69p / 99c.
P.S. Also look out for my next game Gravity Bowl which will be released in early 2014.
Last edited by DaveA; 12-25-2013 at 05:05 AM.