Tuesday, November 17, 2009

iPhone DotA AllStars

iPhone DotA Allstars, a game i will be dying to get for my iPhone. Not only i can play my favorite game on my pc, i will be able to play it on the go too! This is my dream and i hope someone will create this based on iPhone platform one day soon! Just soon brief introduction about DotA before sharing with my small idea for Allstars DotA iPhone.

DotA Background
Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a customized map for the real-time strategy game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. The company that created this game is blizzard and they have some serious popular games: diablo, warcraft3, starcraft2, world of warcraft (WoW).

This customized map is created using the "World Editior" within Warcraft 3and was further developed in warcraft 3 expansion - Frozen Throne. Many maps are created and many different version of DotA was created. The most popular map is DotA Allstars. Currently the main developer is done by "IceFrog". I have been playing this game since 5 years ago, that means i have been addicted to this game for so long. DotA Allstars has become so popular that it is recognized and even featured in worldwide tournaments like Blizzard Entertainment's BlizzCon and the Asian World Cyber Games (WCG).

To play DotA, you need to buy the Warcraft3 and the expansion Frozen throne. Places like Amazon, ebay, Walmart and even buy online in Blizzard Online Store. After which, you will go into the internet to download the latest FREE DotA map from sites like getdota as well as to download the latest drivers etc in the battlenet. That's all you need to play DotA Allstars online in the battlenet. You can even download dota ai for AI version to play on your own. AI heros can be set at your will - easy, normal or insane. There are alot of information in the net about dota heros, dota guides, dota items and dota build.

The objective of this customized map is to destroy the opponent team throne, with strong towers and moving creeps. There are two sides; the Sentinel and the Scourge. Each team will need to choose a hero and work as a team using different skills and tactics to kill your opponent team and fight through the strong defense. The players get to level up their hero build and buy hero items to compliment their abilities.

DotA iPhone Version
How to out DotA into iPhone? I have created the interface as per below.

The controls are in the left and right side of the iPhone screen. All the buttons for :Move, Stop, Attack and hero upgrades are placed on the left side. All the execution of the 4 skills are placed on the right side of the screen. Saying that, it means you need 2 hands to play this game with controls on both side. Next question is how to move? It will be quite difficult to keep pressing onto the small screen everything. What is special about iPhone? The ability to detect balance. The hero can be navigated using the balancing.

Whenever the hero can upgrade the level, just click on the upgrade and skills icon. Shopping can be easily. typically you will move near the items shops, click the desired shops and buy whatever with a click. Escaping the shop can be done easily with a esc icon. If you happen to purchase an ability item, just drag the item to the right to create an additional icon for the skills. You may also preset the skills using a hit shake of the iphone. Upon a hard shake, your hero will executive the ultimate skill. Why i suggest this move? The reason is that every split second counts and it means life and death in this real-time game.

Communication can be done high tech. Instead of typical in PC DotA, the communication will be done via voice. This will make the game more realistic and exciting. During the PC version, sometimes while typing, we are not able to play the game, therefore causing jeopardy to ourselves. Using voice communication, we can play with ease and continuously.

My ideas are out and i hope someone can kick start this game development soon. Cheers to iPhone Dota!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

iPhone Game - Sushi Chain

This new iPhone Game called Sushi Chain is an interesting game whereby you get to be the chef of a sushi shop. In general, sushi chain is about a sushi bar which you have impatient customers. The task of this iPhone Game is to prepare the sushi fast enough before the customers leave and to maintain your reputation.

Simple game for this Sushi Chain right? The challenge in this game is be able to remember all the recipes of the growing sushi dishes you need to prepare fast. Whats more? You need to be fast to replenish your stocks which also takes sometime. Stock such as rice, seaweed, shrimps etc.

In case you might forget the recipe, there is a recipe book to refer to whenever you need it. Trust me, after play awhile, you can remember most of the recipe and prepare it fast. Remember to keep track of the sushi ingredients that runs out as fast as you prepare them.

Like typical Japanese culture, no food will be put to waste. There is a limitation of sushi dish to be placed on the conveyor belt. This cannot be undo or remove. Therefore if you might have placed too many trash on the conveyor belt, you have lesser places for the sushi. This will slow down your food preparation process. Instead of preparing the food in advance by 5 sushi dishes, you might only prepare 2 sushi dishes and have 3 trash dishes on the conveyor belt. The trash sushi will only remove by itself after sometime.

Sushi Chain can be a challenge on the later part of the game when customers are very impatient and the in and out flow of the customers becomes really fast. This can be really difficult as you might panic and create a lot of trash sushi or stocks runs out really fast. Remember the sushi dishes well and you can play it fast.

You can try out the sushi chain lite for a trial before buying the more challenging complete game. Have fun playing sushi chain.