Sunday, December 25, 2011

Blurry Pixmas! (Or, Merry Christmas!)

Seeing as how it's Christmas morning, I thought I'd play the role of Santa and sneak a little gift under the tree for everyone...a blurred-out overview of the entire Adventure Apes game!
Now, you're probably scratching your head and asking yourself, "Why the heck can't he give us a nice clear, crisp HD version of the map?!", and I'll tell you why. It goes a little something like this...

Way back when I was a little kid, home computers didn't exist, and the internet wasn't even a word anyone would recognize. My brother and I would go to video stores and rent cartidges for our NES, and what we rented was largely based on two things; playing the games at a friend's house, or seeing the game in Nintendo Power. Nintendo Power was great, because you'd get reviews of current games, as well as the occasional preview of unreleased games. To me, that was the most exciting part, because there would be a couple blurbs about what the game was going to be about, and if you were really lucky, there would be some pictures taken of the game itself! Those pictures would often be TINY and BLURRY, but it didn't matter, because my imagination would fill in the rest...and to this day, I think it was because those pictures were so blurry and cryptic that anticipation for the next game would be so high.
So, in the spirit of Christmas, and the spirit of the blurry photograph, I present to you the full-blown world map for the Adventure Apes. Ho ho ho!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Gingerbread Apes

Just a quick post to wish everyone a merry Christmas! Don't forget to leave some cookies out for Santa...(and maybe a carrot or two for those hard working reindeer of his). See you all in the new year!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Adventure Apes Gameplay Videos Back Online!

One of the things that we did a while back was remove links to the old gameplay videos for the game in order to not cause any potential issues with the development of the game for Nintendo. Now that it's no longer an issue, they've been re-uploaded the videos for anyone to watch!

Here they are, in no particular order (but they would seem to go from newest to oldest):

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A (Bad) News Update

Well friends, it has been a very long time since anything got posted here! Since announcing that the Adventure Apes would be made for the Nintendo DSI, a lot of work was done to set the game up for the system. We put in tons of time to get any hurdles out of the way, and made good progress on the game.
Unfortunately though, finding time to get every aspect of the game finished and ready for submission killed it in the end. It's a very sad event for sure, as it seemed to be going so well early on, but it was not meant to be I suppose.

On the flip side, it is not all bad news! The fact that there is no longer any obligation to get something done under Nintendo's license means that I can once again put the game files back up on the Adventure Apes website for everyone to play for free. In the meantime, I'll be working on two new games, one of which will be the full design that would have been the DSI version! I'm also hoping to start rolling out a couple products on the website in the near future.

It's a definite change of gears from the direction things were headed this past year, but when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Wallpaper Mania!!

So yeah, the last little while has been spent not doing as much art as I would have liked, but I did manage to push out these wallpapers for each of the characters in the Adventure Apes universe. In order from top to bottom, they are:
Mitch (Do-gooder)
Otis (Do-gooder)
Dr. A (Do-gooder)
Mr. E (Evil schemer)
Horatio (Evil schemer)

My intention was to let the personality of each character come through:
Mitch is upbeat and eager to take on new challenges
Otis is a big goofball
Dr. A is old and kind of beat up from a long life of adventurin' and crime fightin'
Mr. E is a very old creeper
and Horatio clearly thinks very highly of himself!

The resolution for these files is huge, so if you can scale them down to the right size, good. If not, you should be able to 'fit' the wallpapers on any 4:3 ratio monitor (I think). If you have a widescreen monitor, just set the background color to black beforehand, and you should be good to go!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Them Changes...

The time is here for me to make a couple changes to what exactly goes on in this blog you see before you. As you may or may not know, my beloved Adventure Apes has gone into development for DSiWare recently, and it means making a push to get the name out there as best as I can! So what I've decided to do is switch everything over to a new blog where the focus will be on the Adventure Apes themselves rather than what I have been working on lately. That doesn't mean this blog is going away by any means, but what will happen is this blog will open up to include any sort of things I happen to be working on, not just the monkeys!

So, if you want to keep an eye on all the happenings within the Adventure Apes universe,  please, mosey on over to their blog here ---> (Adventure Apes HQ)

But by all means, if you want to stay up to date on all things Potato-y, stay put.

Actually, you know what, check them both out, because you know as well as I that the world can never have too many monkeys, or potatoes!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Adventure Apes Website!!!

Whew! It was a bit of a whirlwind lesson in html, along with what NOT to do when making a website, but I've got something set up now. Looks pretty good too:) It is little more than a shell of a website at the moment as there isn't much content, but it's a good start. As things progress with the game here and there, you can expect to find more and more things added to the site. If you just can't wait and need to get a sneak peek at the shape of things to come, by all means, feel free to have a look! Clicking on the image should take you to the site:)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Breaking the Silence...

Wow! It has been almost a full year since the last post with any news about the Adventure Apes. It may have taken a little longer than anticipated getting things off the ground, but all the paperwork is out of the way, so here goes:

The Adventure Apes are officially coming to the Nintendo DSi!

It means starting things from the ground up, and while it implies lots of tedious work, it also means that things will be refined and improved upon from the old PC version (links of the game file have been removed to avoid any conflicts, confusion, and/or setbacks to the progress of the game).

The reasons for wanting to make the Adventure Apes are many, but the biggest one by far is the simple fact that it's the best fit. The Adventure Apes is primarily geared towards a younger age demographic (mainly the tweens, but you are forgiven if monkeys with guns appeals to the kid in you as well!), and the DSi caters to a younger crowd, while other handhelds seem to target slightly older users.

You might be asking yourself, "Why the DSi when the 3DS is already available?"
Well, we've got to test the market out. The user base for the DSi is still huge, so it's a good way to gauge reaction to the Adventure Apes once it is done. We are a licensed 3DS developer however, so if the response is positive for the DSiWare version, chances are pretty good the next one will be on the 3DS, but I'm getting ahead of things now!

So, there you have it, the ball is officially rolling. Thanks to everyone over this extended period of time who have stuck with us and helped to keep things in line.