Last week I worked on a new feature for Aquarium Sim that allows users to create custom Aquarium Environments. This is a feature I always wanted to include on launch but never had the time to implement. I am really happy with how it turned out. Rather then just being visually appealing Aquarium Sim now also allows you to be creative.
This was a large update that took me almost 2 months to complete. The work completed includes:
- Complete rewrite of the Ports of Call Scene
- Improved Rain Effect (rain drips down windows)
- Working Windshield Wipers on all trains
- Longer Trains
- Higher Resolution Textures for several Trains
- Many Bug Fixes
I have been working crazy hours on a new update to Train Sim. At this point I have 2 in-progress videos I want to share with you. The first shows of the improved Ports of Call scene, while the second videos shows off the new “wet glass” rain effect along with working windshield wipers (a very requested feature).
I don’t yet have a release date for this new version of Train Sim. I still need to add working windshield wipers to about 30 more trains and I was hoping that the new Train 3D model would be done in time for this release. (not sure if this will happen)
I am however very excited about this upcoming release as I think it will address many user requests.
As 2016 ends, we would like to reflect on everything we have accomplished over the last 12 months and also to thank all of the players and fans of our games. This year has been especially busy with 4 new games launched and major updates to existing games.
We started this 2016 with the release of Dinosaur Sim featuring 12 playable dinosaurs, the game was received very well and is the highest rated game in my portfolio (4+ stars). Throughout 2016 we added 8 more Dinosaurs including:
We also added 2 new scenes to Dinosaur Sim including a Large Tropical Scene and a Desert Scene. Dinosaur Sim turned out to be a great success for 3583 Bytes and we would like to thank all the players that have stuck with the game over the last 11 months.
Train Sim is definitely one of our most popular games and has a great fan base that provides constant suggestions on improvements. This year’s Train Sim updates included a new Indian Scene as well as complete refreshes of the Farm Land & Desert Scenes. There were many new trains including:
- Acela Express
- Southern Pacific 4449
- Class 91
- Bombardier Talent
If that was not enough Train Sim also got new improved Sounds for each Engine, The very requested Double Engines & Improved Steam/Smoke effects, as well as a new Train Chooser Scene and Controller Support. Can’t round up the year without also mentioning the awesome Train Sim inspired art by Steve Conway.
3 Jewels is also a very popular game that reached a major milestone of over 4 million downloads. This year I added a new Challenge Mode with 50 new challenge levels as well as a slide to move feature.
Flight Sim also reached a major milestone of over 1 million downloads. During the year, we spent allot of time adding a new airplanes including:
- Pitts S1
- Fokker F27
The goal of having 20 airplanes in Flight Sim has now been reached (just 1 day prior to end of year). Flight Sim also got a new cloud system as well as a HUD display mode.
Other Awesome Updates:
New Game Launches
On top of Dinosaur Sim this year I launched 3 other games, these were:
Aquarium Sim – Aquarium Sim is an interactive virtual Aquarium with 82 fish species & 9 Scenes
Match 3 Candy Blast – Match 3 Candy puzzle game with addictive gameplay. Swap Candy to Match 3!
Kids Atlas – Realistic World Map that teaches kids about Countries, Continents & States.
Other Fun Stuff:
We would like to thank all the players and fans that have enjoyed and supported my games over the last 3 years. Its been a very busy 12 months, we got allot done, as our twitter fans keep reminding me there is always more to do. Stay tuned for my 2017 goals post where we will pencil in some plans for the next 1 year.
Adam Berent & Team
Last month I received an awesome email from an Artist named Steve Conway about using stills captured in my mobile game Train Sim to create art. I quickly agreed and the result are these awesome art pieces currently available on Steve’s Flickr portfolio.
Steve is a self described “digital photo painter” and “train buff”, the combination of which is this awesome set of Train Sim inspired art I hope you will enjoy.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. My favourite of the set by far is the Mountain Scene with 2 CSX Trains. I think I am going to print it and hang it in my office, let me know which one you like the best by tweeting to @3583Bytes
I have been working hard on an awesome update to Dinosaur Sim, which includes a new Desert Scene & an awesome Troodon Dinosaur. This brings the total to 19 available Dinosaurs to play as with more coming soon. (I am hoping to have 20 by the end of the year)
The new update is available today on Google Play with Amazon & iOS coming soon.
I am happy to report that Train Sim has received another awesome update. This time I focused on updating one of the existing older scenes.
I started by asking my twitter account, Which Scene I should focus on updating. The Farm Land scene was a clear winner. (I think I will be doing more of that in the future)
Initially I focused on making a larger more interesting track layout. In the old scene the track was arranged in a circle, and I received allot of complaints about that from users. As you will see from the top view of the track, the layout is much more interesting then before.
I also wanted to add some new assets to the scene, These included:
- Improved Track Textures
- Improved Horse Model
- New Cow Models
- New Large Grain Elevator/Silos
- New Farm Textures
- Improved Water Effects
However I wanted the scene to seem familiar as well, so allot of the old farm textures & small towns found in the old levels are still present in this new scene.
On top of the improved Farm Land scene I also added a new GE AC4400CW train with custom freight cars to go with it. This brings the total number of trains available in Train Sim to 47!
I am happy to announce that after months of work Aquarium Sim for Android is now live on the Google Play store.
Aquarium Sim is an interactive virtual Aquarium for your phone & tablet. Sit back, relax and enjoy a variety of marine & freshwater fish swimming about in a colorful coral reef habitat. Setup your aquarium by choosing from 82 fish and 9 environments. Interact with your pets by taping on the glass and feeding them.
Aquarium Sim Features:
– 82 highly detailed fish species Including (Clown Fish, Puffer Fish, Sting Ray, Sea Horse)
– 7 intricately detailed coral reef scenes
– 2 Freshwater Scenes
– Realistic Swimming behaviors and appearance
– No in-app purchases, all fish & environments are free
Recently I started working on a new Aquarium Simulator game (at least while the next Train is being built by my 3D Artist for Train Sim).
As usual the game is going to be free and have no in-app purchases. It will feature both a freshwater aquarium as well as a marine (saltwater) one.
So far I have the Fish AI complete. They swim within the bounds of their aquarium along with avoidance of their environment. Currently you can also feed the fish, as well as tap the aquarium to watch them follow your finger.
Currently I am working on a screen that will allow you to setup the fish in the aquarium and provide you some information about each of the fish. This is actually a challenge to do, as my screen has too many buttons and is currently not intuitive. Maybe I have to divide it into 2 screens instead.
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