Polar Scout

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Polar Scouts – Help Seals Protect Their Families and Save the Earth from Global Warming

Ice is melting worldwide, especially at the Earth’s poles, the rise in sea level has accelerated over the last century, and foxes and alpine plants have moved further north to higher, cooler areas.

The Global Warming Crisis is coming!

If we don’t do something about it, here is what we can expect to see in forthcoming years: Sea levels will rise by up to 23 inches, hurricanes and other storms will likely become stronger, and ecosystems will change!

The reason: polluting factories. These human-built factories have a negative effect on the environment through their emissions of greenhouse gases.

We care about global warming and we are deeply concerned about the irreversible consequences of pollution.

So we’ve been thinking: How can an app developer help humanity in its fight against global warning? How can we teach humans to follow our lead and become more responsible?

Our answer is an amazing puzzle game that will take you on a journey that begins at the North Pole. Enter the world of Polar Scouts, who are determined – as we all are – to save their families from global warming. The North Pole isn’t the place it used to be, due to global warming: The ice is cracking, and the seals cannot enjoy their daily activities, because it’s unsafe.

The Committee of Old Seals has decided that the only way we can stop global warming is to shut down those polluting factories, and they have chosen the Polar Scouts team to do that.

Despite being well equipped – bubble machines, jumpers, and springs – they cannot fulfil their mission without your help! They need you – the North Pole is calling for your help!

You will need to help all seals reach their destination within a time limit, while collecting stars. It may sound like an easy job, but everything depends on your skill: Will you take up the challenge? We have tons of surprise elements built into the game, and you will love the graphics, not to mention all those cute seals with their acrobatic performances!

Besides putting their skills to test, Polar Scouts also educates children and the youth about the effects of global warming each time they launch the app. It does that in various ways: First, there is a nice cartoon which starts every time the app is launched. The movie visualizes the irreversible effects of global warming and also identifies the root cause: polluting factories.

Your mission — and our contribution to educating our users — is to eliminate those factories to save the lives of the seals, who’s home environment has become unsafe. Depending on how well you perform at a certain level, you save more and more seals. Isn’t that great?

Do you care about global warming? We do! Help us – and the cute seals – raise awareness of this global issue humanity is facing! For the world to change, we need to ignite the change.

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Cocos2d-X The Future of Game Engines

We know that the game programming the most challenging field in software programming. That’s because you will need an efficient graphics design team, generate a good prototype and immerse yourself in a very long period for production and testing.

Video games industry grossed almost $20 billion in the United States in 2009. World sales are about equivalent to US sales, so the game industry brought in approximately $40 billion worldwide in 2009. Even during the late economic downturn, the game industry remains healthy financially.

Thanks to smart phones, now we see that all game industry companies like (EA, UbiSoft, Konami, PopCap ,…etc) follow the path of Mobile gaming. We see now a breakthrough in the hardware specification  of smart phones and also their Operating System like iOS and Android.

All game developers use  game engines which are built by their selves or built by another team. Game Engines are very useful because they provide many functionalities like (rendering 2d and 3d, animation, AI, Physics, multiplayer handling, …etc). In IOS a very efficient, free and easy game engine called cocos2d-iphone has released and a lot of developers used it and released games in App store. But the problem was that Cocos2d was for IOS only, so if you need to port your game for Android or another OS you will take a very long time and hard work. Developers dreamed for finding something like cocos2d but to be cross platform. Cocos2d team began to work in this since July 2010 and they already made this dream to be real, they released Cocos2d-X !!!

Cocos2d-x used C++ framework, so you can easily create or port  games onto iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry, Marmalade, WindowsXP/Windows7, Linux, Mac OSX and Windows8 Metro. Giants in mobile game industry such as Zynga, Glu, GREE, DeNA, Konami, TinyCo, Gamevil, HandyGames, Renren Games, 4399, HappyElements, SDO, Kingsoft are using cocos2d-x.

Now we will show you an example of a great game made by great company “Konami”.Most of us played video games in his childhood and I think most of us knows ‘Countra’.

 

Now Konami has ported this very awesome game onto mobile using on cocos2d-x. The game claimed the #1 spot of top paid chart in 24 hours since its release.

 

Contra has been only released in AppStore’s China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan region so far. Other regions may come sooner or later, I’m not sure.

You can check also Cocos2d-html5 that uses the new awesome technology of HTML5. You can use it for building games for browsers. So, you can port your game in your website, Chrome-Store or as a social game in Facebook.

So, what are you waiting for? Bring your idea and your team and start for releasing your game.

Written by: Hossam Ghareeb Feb 2013