Monday, December 2, 2013

New App Phivolcs Quake Updates

Hi all, I just released a new app calle Phivolcs Quake Updates. This app displays the same data that can be found in the Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) website.

It provides a better medium to read updates regarding earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic activities rather than use a web browser and view it in a small device.

This app is in no way affiliated with Phivolcs so if data in their website changes, the app may not work correctly.The moment this will happen, please send a report so the developer can make the necessary changes and fix the issues.

The app only retrieves the latest few entries rather than getting all of them which amounts to more than a year's worth of record entries. If you wish to view all of them, please go to their website instead.

I decided to make this app after that deadly quake hit Bohol in the Philippines a few months ago. It was tedious going to the Phivolcs site and browsing for updates in my smart phone. The screen is pretty small and it is a hassle typing URLs so this app should alleviate that limitation and hassle.

Friday, September 27, 2013

New Icon For DroidGOX Card Games

I recently changed the launcher icons for my app game DroidGOX Card Games.

This is the new icon.

Looks better than the old one, right?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

DroidGOX Card Games New UI

I forgot to put up a post regarding this but DroidGOX Card Games now features a new user interface  where there is more space in the gaming area and other game features are placed elsewhere to make it compact.

The timer is now in the bar below near the lower right and selecting a new game will have to be accessed from the sliding menu.

This will relieve some users the trouble of finding out how to select a different game unlike before where you had to long press the NEW button in order for the popup menu to appear.

I am sure you are exposed to sliding menus now. Facebook and other well known apps seemed to have made this a standard.

Happy playing!

New Game Added: Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne is a solitaire card game which is played with a deck of 52 playing cards. It is a game which is somewhat akin to Sir Tommy, except in the dealing of the deck.

First, the four aces are separated from the rest of the deck and placed on the layout as the foundations. The object of the game is to build each of the foundations from Ace to King regardless of suit.

Four cards are dealt below the aces, each starting a tableau pile. The player then determines if any of the four cards can be build on the foundations. In this first deal of four (and in succeeding deals), when a card is played and leaves a gap, it is not filled until the next deal.

Furthermore, there is no building or playing in the tableau. When the players has built all the cards in the foundation as one can, or if the cards cannot be played at all, a new set of four cards is dealt, one over each tableau pile.

This process is repeated until all cards are dealt.  There is no redeal.

The game is won when all cards are built onto the foundations. This is rare as, according to Morehead and Mott-Smith's The Complete Book of Solitaire and Patience Games, it can be achieved once in 100 games.

Friday, June 28, 2013

New Game Added: Clock Patience

Clock patience, also known as clock solitaire is a solitaire card game with the cards laid out to represent the face of a clock.

One deck of cards minus the joker is used. The deck is shuffled and twelve piles of four cards each are laid out, face down, in a circle. The remaining four cards are placed, also face down, in a pile in the centre of the circle.

The twelve positions around the circle represent the 12 hour clock and the pile in the middle represent the hands.

Play starts by turning over the top card of the central pile.

When a card is revealed, it is placed face up under the pile at the corresponding hour (i.e. Ace = 1 o'clock, 2 = 2 O'clock, etc. The Jack is 11 o'clock and the Queen is 12 o'clock) and the top card of the pile of that hour is turned over. If a King is revealed, it is placed face down under the central pile.

Play continues in this fashion and the game is won if all the cards are revealed. The game is lost if all four Kings are revealed and face down cards are still present.

Clear the game with as less time as possible.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

New Game Added: All In 15

I did not expect to make more games but I got bored at some point this month that I decided to add a new one.

It also helped when I checked my app's stats that there are a number of users who installed it which caught me by surprise because I never expected that kind of statistic to keep the app game in their devices.

So the new game is called All In 15.

The game is very easy to play. All it takes is a little mathematical addition. The point of the game is to clear the board in as little time as possible.

Cards are laid out in a 4x4 layout with the extra cards hidden at the top left of the screen.
  • You can remove 4 kings, 4 queens, 4 jacks or 4 tens.
  • Other cards can be removed by making a combination of 15 points.
  • You cannot combine cards with 10s, Jacks, Queens or Kings.
 Clear the game in as little time as possible. Easy, right? I hope you like the game.