Seasonal Cheer – Firebase Enabled Fun

My goal for our first game — and all of them — is to make a fun, hypnotic place to rest your mind and your eyes for a bit while you wait for life to catch up to you. It’s for this reason that I’m not big on timers or meta-scoring (as in keeping track of your scores for each game). Life is busy, sometimes stressful. And for me, at least, I can’t add anymore stress. Just fun. One of the ways that I hope will instill a bit of fun to our puzzle game is in the winning. When you win a game — even the easy one-move first tutorial game — you get a little cascade of icons and a cute sound (if you have sounds turned on — we give you the option). But in working with the game, I found that I really wanted to change ... Read More »

How We Use Google Firebase in Our Game: Customized Twitter Collections

We’re getting ready to launch our first game, Plasma, to our group of alpha testers, and I wanted to share with you one of the ways we use Google Firebase Remote Config (love), Google Analytics, Google Play, Google In App Billing, and Twitter collections. It may sound complex, but really, it’s all simple and quite powerful. Like other apps, we have an “About” menu with items like acknowledgements and contact info. But unlike many, we have included Tweets. Specifically, a collection of Tweets. And even more specifically, a collection of Tweets, customized for groups of players. Here’s how we do it: 1) Using TweetDeck, we create collections for different groups. For instance, we have a collection of tweets for players who have upgraded to advanced levels using Google InApp Purchasing and are Google Play players. 2) Then, in the Google Firebase Remote Config console, we use Google Analytics user properties to set a condition. ... Read More »

Plasma: a free addicting logic puzzle game, coming soon!

Plasma puzzle game for Android

Plasma is the first of many addicting games designed for Android by Puzzle Monster. Its unique color logic puzzles are simple to learn, and challenging to master! Register to be notified when Plasma launches in the Google Play store! It’s the year 2027, and your self-driving flying Uber is on its way to pick you up. This is the game you’ll be playing while you wait. Read More »

Interview: Robert Abbott

Robert Abbott

Robert Abbott November 15, 2004 Robert Abbott has been designing games, mazes and puzzles for decades. He’s the inventor of Ultima, which was ChessVariant.org’s Recognized Variant of the Month in 2001 (only 39 years after it was originally released). He’s also the inventor of Eleusis, a card game that he considers his greatest achievement, and the author of Abbott’s New Card Games. He’s also an authority on a genre of puzzle known as “mazes-with-rules” or “logic mazes,” his most famous creation being Theseus and the Minotaur. He’s the author of SuperMazes and Mad Mazes and has a website devoted to the subject. We had a nice long talk with Mr. Abbott about his mazes and his history – including the unusual luck of being discovered in 1959 by a man named Martin Gardner. Puzzle Monster: You’ve been designing games and puzzles a good long time. How did you get started? ... Read More »

Double Features: Puzzles for Movie Lovers

A great gift for the movie lover in your life! This book contains 24 fun, challenging puzzles that will test your knowledge of actors and films from the past fifty years, from Blade Runner to Prometheus , from Groundhog Day to Date Night . Enjoy them on your own, or challenge your friends, family and coworkers. Includes Double Features, Lost in Translation, Scrambles, Frankenstein in Hollywood, and many more! Author: Eric Shamblen Learn more about my Kindle book: Double Features: Puzzles for Movie Lovers Read More »

The Ultimate Classic Rock Trivia Quiz Book Volume 2

Over 130 original interactive questions designed to test your knowledge of classic rock artists, albums and songs! What song was a hit for Wings in 1973 and for Guns N' Roses in 1991? According to "House of the Rising Sun," by the Animals, what was my mother? Read More »