March 7, 2013 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Prague, Czech Republic - Entrepreneurial iOS developer Kenneth Mayfield announced that SteamPunk Hockey HD (SPH-HD) for iPad has launched a surprise assault upon the iTunes charts of North America. SPH-HD is currently taken the high ground in the "iPad/Games/Family/Free" chart category, settling at #8 in Canada, and at #10 (peak #8) in the United States of America as recorded by App Annie on 5.3.2013. The sole indie designer and coder of SteamPunk Hockey, Kenneth Mayfield, decided on 3.3.2013 to switch his iPad version of the game to 'Free' for a limited time.
"There were very few sales throughout that App's lifetime, in contrast to SteamPunk Hockey (SPH) iPhone which has seen nearly 100,000 downloads and 90,000 upgrades to date." says Mayfield. "When I switched the iPad version of SPH to free, I hoped for 40 or 50 downloads. The next day it was in the charts, including the USA and Canada. It even made the Top Ten in the Family category. Apps Gone Free picked it up as a feature which helped rocket it up the charts. I'm surprised and totally thrilled."
Kenneth had been working on an update to the game in-between client projects to deepen the gameplay and enhance the animation. Now, he is taking the iPad Retina-scaled artwork from that project and adding it to SteamPunk Hockey iPad as an interim update.
Kenneth also plans to revise the game's 'robot opponent'. "There are criticisms of the game's artificial intelligence, and very rightfully so. Last year I learned to write a much more sophisticated A.I. engine for Freq Trigger, the iPhone game from FREQ Entertainment which converts music into game levels. I'm taking those lessons learned and rewriting SteamPunk Hockey's A.I. I'd like give it a bit more personality than the other Air Hockey games currently on the market. I'd love to take those on. ShufflePuck for iOS has loads of personality and pedigree. It's probably the most challenging game to beat that I know of."
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 24.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Fro a limited time, SteamPunk Hockey HD 1.2.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. SteamPunk Hockey HD for iPad supports one to four players on the same device and supports Apple's Game Center leaderboards.
Located in Prague, Czech Republic, Kenneth Mayfield is an entrepreneurial iOS developer. Kenneth is a graduate of the 1991 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Canadian residing in the Czech Republic, near the UNESCO heritage city of Prague. Copyright (C) 2013 Kenneth Mayfield. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.