Today we received a very good news! Our game DragonScales 2: Beneath a Bloodstained Moon has clinched the top spot on Big Fish Games! When we released the first DragonScales in 2014 we couldn’t reach this #1 place, and one of our goals with the sequel was to aim for the top. We’re very happy because of this accomplished goal! Thank you very much to all of you who made this possible!
Last November, after updating to OS X “El Capitan”, we started seeing a strange warning message when running DragonScales 2:
“WARNING: 140: This application, or a library it uses, is using the deprecated Carbon Component Manager for hosting Audio Units. Support for this will be removed in a future release. Also, this makes the host incompatible with version 3 audio units. Please transition to the API’s in AudioComponent.h.”
DragonScales 2 was built with LibGDX, and before updating to “El Capitan” it did run with no problems, warnings, etc. After some research, we were informed that this was caused by an OpenAL-Soft issue (which has already been fixed.) Specifically, Apple is deprecating some libraries, e.g., the Carbon Component Manager, and the OpenAL-Soft library was referencing such deprecated Carbon Component. When a game referencing these deprecated libraries is executed, newer OS X (e.g., El Capitan) shows the above warning. However, as told, this OpenAL-Soft issue was already solved on last November: the library is updated and ready for prime time.
A build of OpenAL-Soft is part of the LWJGL natives bundled with LibGDX. If you don’t use an updated build of OpenAL-Soft you’ll keep receiving the deprecation warning. As we commented on this thread, a quick fix is downloading the latest LWJGL3 build, grab the native
libopenal.dylib and drop it over the OpenAL native bundled with LibGDX.
A caveat, though, about using the OpenAL-Soft included in LWJGL3 (at time of writing.) Some testers of DragonScales 2 for OS X reported a nasty crash. Here’s part of the crash report:
Dyld Error Message:
Symbol not found: ___sincosf_stret
Referenced from: /var/folders/*/openal.dylib
Expected in: /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
Clearly, our OpenAL library was referencing a function not provided by OS X. It turns out that our testers were using an older OS X version (10.7, I think) whereas the
libopenal.dylib bundled with LWJGL3 was targeting OS X 10.9. In fact, output of
otool -l libopenal.1.17.0.dylib includes these lines:
As our publishers require support for OS X >= 10.7, we had to compile our own
libopenal.dylib. We set OS X 10.6 as deployment target and 10.11 (El Capitan) as the root SDK, by using these CMake variables:
By the way, here you can find OS X SDKs if you need them.
Checking our build with
Load command 8
This version of the library passed all our tests successfully.
After its Windows, Mac and Linux release, DragonScales 2: Beneath a Bloodstained Moon is getting ready for Android. We’ve been testing the Android port of our new game and so far, so good. Here are some screenshots of the game running on a Kindle Fire device:
There are still some minor fixes to apply, such as adjusting strings (“Click” to “Tap”, etc.) but everything looks fine so far!
After several hours of recording and edition tasks, we’ve finally finished and uploaded the promotional video for DragonScales 2: Beneath a Bloodstained Moon, and you can watch it here:
The video showcases the basic gameplay and the 3 game modes of DragonScales 2: Beneath a Bloodstained Moon. We hope you like it!
At last! It took several weeks but our new website is almost 100% done. We devoted part of our “vacations” to roll out a new and cleaner look for ikigames.com, paying attention to a special feature we wanted for our website: responsiveness. We wanted a responsive design, allowing for browsing via desktop and mobile (especially tablets.) Yet more, we modified the structure of the home page, for a (hopefully) better presentation of all our games. The changes comprise a revamped top menu, with a dropdown for Games, providing direct access to the pages of our works.
The largest reconstruction, though, has been implemented on the pages for each game. Now each page for a game on ikigames.com displays a representative image of the game, a brief description of the game, key features and media (screenshots, gameplay video, etc.), a better placement for the Buy and Demo buttons, subpages for showcasing these Buy and Demo versions, and finally, we close each page by recommending other games developed by IKIGames. You can take a look at the page for DragonScales 2: Beneath a Bloodstained Moon to verify by yourself the elements we’ve just described.
Other important feature we’ve finally added is.. (drumroll)… TADAH! The IKIGames Newsletter! We invite you to subscribe to the IKIGames Newsletter to receive special promotions and other surprises, as well as tips for our games and information about our ongoing and future projects. We hate spam too, so don’t worry, your email is safe with us.
We are well aware that a few things have yet to be improved: better support for browsing on devices with small screens, a few extra images, and so on. But it’s a great way to start the year in IKIGames! Stay tuned, as DragonScales 2: Beneath a Bloodstained Moon for Windows and Linux will be released really soon!
Great news! Our game DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer has been localized into 6 languages (German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese) thanks to the great work of GameHouse’s localization team. They’ve carried out a fantastic translation, which included localization of textual and non-textual elements of the game. All of this started a few months ago, with the adapting of a special DragonScales build suitable for localization. After weeks of hard work, we’re very excited to bring our original gameplay to a broader audience. As of today, the game is available on zylom.com:
- DragonScales Deluxe in German
- DragonScales Deluxe in Dutch
- DragonScales Deluxe in French
- DragonScales Deluxe in Spanish
- DragonScales Deluxe in Italian
- DragonScales Deluxe in Portuguese
A huge thank you to all of you who sent emails and were on the lookout for fresh news of DragonScales and our new projects. Thank you!
P.S. Stay tuned for news and updates on our next project: DragonScales 2! A new challenge lies ahead! More levels, new game modes, more fun!
Our newest game, DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer, is the first title of ours which does not use cartoon graphics. The art of DragonScales meant a lot of work, as we had to create more realistic characters and backgrounds, within a fantasy setting. For instance, here are the steps followed to create the Axe used in-game for the Sacred Axe item which destroys a column of scales on the board.
This Sacred Axe, of course, was designed by XKlibur, our lead artist and IKIGames’ mastermind. Hope you liked it!
These days we’ve been almost completely devoted to the launch of our new game, DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer. It’s a new tile-matching game, in which you play scales on a board in order to form combinations. Novel, fun, relaxed, and great for brain-fitness sessions and lovers of casual games. It’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Our previous game, NagiQ 2: Treasure Hunt, was initially available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. NagiQ 2 is an original and challenging word game, based on combining words on a board to collect coins, punch evil skulls, explode monsters, trim mustaches and defeat an evil pirate.
However, a few days after releasing NagiQ 2 we received emails from several customers asking for a version of NagiQ 2 for Linux. We promised a version would be eventually released, but time went by, and we were overtaken by DragonScales’ specifics and technicalities, meaning that NagiQ 2 for Linux had to be postponed. Until today.
Today we’re happy to announce that we’re also releasing both DragonScales and NagiQ 2 for Linux. You can purchase them here:
- DragonScales for Linux (via IKIGames)
- DragonScales for Linux (via WinGameStore)
- NagiQ 2: Treasure Hunt for Linux
A promise fulfilled
Big news! We’re very excited to announce that our new game, DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer, has been released today by the renowned game publisher Big Fish Games. Being launched by a top-tier publisher such as Big Fish Games means a lot to us, as our work will be known by more players. DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer is a new tile-matching game, a fun and novel twist to the Match 3 genre. Its gameplay develops on a board composed by hexagonal cells, in which you play scales to form clever combinations of scales having the same color. The dark and ferocious chambers of DragonScales will demand a lot of luck and intelligence.
DragonScales was presented in the section “Play it a day early” and today it has been officially released by Big Fish Games, for Windows and Mac. You can try DragonScales here, directly from Big Fish Games.
November 11, 2014 – IKIGames releases DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer, an original tile-matching game available for Windows, Mac and Linux. In DragonScales you’ll be using your mind power to play scales on a board, and form clever combinations of scales having the same color. The dark and ferocious chambers of DragonScales will demand a lot of luck and intelligence.
Key features of DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer
- Easy to learn: You’ll receive introductory lessons by The Dark Mentor of dragons, to learn the basics of DragonScales’ intuitive gameplay. DragonScales is a fun twist to the Match 3 genre.
- Multiple game modes: Each of the 8 dragons of the game introduces specific challenges: solve shaped boards, capture special cross scales, clear mythical symbols, and many more gaming goals.
- HD Graphics: Enjoy awesome graphical art to recreate an immersive experience.
- Challenging chambers: The degree of difficulty increases as you progress. Are you fast enough to play your scales before the moon bar depletes? Are you ready to devise crafty strategies for clearing mythical symbols? Test your strategies against all of the game’s trials.
- Powerful items: Complete chambers to receive items and coins to buy Sacred Hammers, Dragon Meteors, Power Blasts, and many more items to help you during your play.
- Perfect for brain-fitness: DragonScales provides a rich and relaxed gaming experience, perfect to train your mind and hone your problem-solving skills.
DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer is available in English, priced at USD 9.99 for Windows and Linux (on the game’s website), and Mac (via Mac App Store). Further information and review copies of “DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer” can be obtained by contacting IKIGames (@superikigames).
IKIGames is an indie game company focused on development of thought-provoking games for desktop and mobile devices.
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Platforms: Windows, Mac and Linux
Available: via IKIGames’s website (Windows and Linux), and Mac App Store (Mac).
DragonScales website: DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer.
Video: DragonScales: Chambers of The Dragon Whisperer’s Video