Memovox, AIR still on top

Two years ago, we coded a beautiful app named Geophysic for the famous luxary watches brand Jaeger-LeCoultre. Made with the cross-platform technology Adobe AIR, and Starling & Feathers, we finished the dev diary asking which other technologies could have done the app, but didn’t get a strong answer.
Today, with Pixelfordinner agency, we’re proud to share this new app named Wake-Up Memovox, for the same client, available for iOS and Android.
It was developed with the same technology, and if it’s obvious the game development market moves in favour of Unity, AIR is still rocking for making apps! Let’s see the development part!

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A Blind Legend Desktop : Standalone and Steam

Hello everyone ! So this blog post will cover what we did to create the desktop version of A Blind Legend and its release to the Steam store.
You can access the store page here and maybe try out the game in its desktop version !

If you are not familiar with the game, it was intended for mobile devices first and we covered its development in this previous blog article that you might want to take a look at first.

Due to the license agreements when you sign up to be a Steam/Steamworks developer, we cannot specifically talk about the publishing process itself. Nonetheless we can share our impressions and what was specific to this project !

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Playing with VR and Unity

Today, Virtual Reality (VR) may be the hottest topic for interactive developers (Augmented Reality will be the next within few years for sure). Many constructors propose their own Head Mounted Device (HMD) : HTC & Valve with the Vive, Oculus, with their Oculus Rift and Gear VR for Samsung mobiles, Google and the very cheap DIY Google Cardboard, and many other ones. Naturally, Unity, which is the leading global game industry software (45% market share, 47% of developers), rapidly proposed built-in functionnalities to handle some of the VR devices.

In the end of the last year, we have been asked to create Unity tools to quickly prototype virtual visits with the Google Cardboard. It was the perfect project to dive deeper in the world of VR. Here, virtual visits were a set of photo-spheres and video-spheres, which are respectively photos and videos projected inside spheres, giving you the impression you are surrounded by the scenery (think about Google Street View). Furthemore, some parts of the photo-spheres had to be interactive and display some additional content like photos, videos, text, …

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En Route, making an old school point ‘n click game

En Route, or on the way in english, is a new game offered by l’Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement (Institute for Moving City) and developed by Dowino.
En Route is the first video game learning mobility! A game that combines educational objectives at such crazy situations as realistic. It’s a game to understand his daily commute otherwise, to learn how to move in a complex urban space, to live a new experience of urban travel, to develop the personal skills of mobility with the means at hand, to expand its range of actions to defuse the sensations of panic and urgency, to overcome maze or ghetto feelings, to facilitate the learning mobility for adults in positions social and economic fragility…

The game is presented as an old school point ‘n click game. There are scenes, dialogs with multiple answers, interactive objects and even an inventory!

Available as a mobile application, desktop application and on the web thanks to Adobe AIR & Flash Player technologies, the game is not public because you need to register via an organization.

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Learn more and in a fun way about cancer with “Hygee” !

In 2013, the regional center Hygée dedicated to the information, prevention and education about cancer, opened on the site of the hospital complex of Saint Etienne (in the south-west of Lyon).

Hygée Center logo

So as to raise awareness of the cancer disease among the young public, the Hygée center asked  Dowino to create a quiz game playable on tablets. Further to successful projects with us (A blind legend 3D audio game, Mission eau mobile game, Effia Synergies quiz, …), Dowino decided to call upon us one more time for the implementation part of the project. We have chosen to use Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) to create the application.

Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to help Hygée, the daughter of Asclepios, to perfect her knowledge about medicine (about cancer in fact) and so truly graduate to the rank of Goddess !

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Hygée, medicine god’s daughter in the Greek mythology

 

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Heineken’s popup store “The Sub®Store” app

Update: we made also a WebGL version!

The Sub® is part beer cooler and beer drafter made by Heineken in partnership with Krups. The concept is similar modern coffee machines in that this device will allow for you to insert a “cartridge” of beer , keep it cold and you can poor yourself a glass at home like a pro.
Visit this site for more info.

As I write this, a popup store called The Sub®Store is displaying this device in all manners and colors in Paris and will close the 20th of December.

For this event, we were asked to develop one of several apps that would help showcase the device in the store. Our app would display some of the technical aspects of the device, its inner workings such as how the beer would come out, at what temperature, and how it is kept cold.

We worked for Megalo who designed the app’s UI and UX and all 2D assets. We also worked with GHiOM who created the 3D models used in this app.

The following video shows the app in action.

The Sub by Heineken from Da Viking Code on Vimeo.

This 3D technical drawing that you can manipulate has been amazing to help create.
Inside that 3D model, some “hotspot” points you can click can trigger events where the camera zooms into a specific position to show more details on a given process/detail by showing some descriptive text or animations.

This would run on a single type of device, an ipad air 2, and was created with Unity.
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