We’ve had a very busy winter here at Cat Canyon learning more ropes to climb on the way to app success. So, let’s get everyone up to date!
First, we have an all new version of our flagship app Shop Math. Working with a new programmer, Angel Chang and our stalwart graphic designer, Nikolay Kolev we have recently released Shop Math 3.0. Featuring a beautiful graphic interface and replacing our “Angle Finder” with an elegant working spirit (bubble) level, the new calculator design has bigger numbers and buttons for easier use and the fractions calculator now outputs to a fraction, rather than a decimal. You can still convert that fraction to a decimal on the conversions screen. What will really make you sit up and take notice though, is the spirit level. This function uses your iPhone or iPad’s in-built accelerometer to provide accurate readings. The accelerometer is so precise that we have limited the output to 2 decimals to keep it from constant readjustment. Our level reads a full 180°, give it a try. I think you will be quite pleased.
Shop Math 3.0 is available now for download on the AppStore. It is currently priced at $2.99. If you already have an older version, the update is free.
Secondly, we have a updated King Xerxes Maze ready for download. This is a very challenging game. It is no “shoot ‘em up,” nor is it a simple “hand on wall” maze. KXM is really only for players who enjoy a strategic challenge. It’s a little like chess in that every move you make is met by move. The underlying algorithm is your hidden competition. There are infinite opportunities to improve your score but the real question is: Can you beat Dave on the leader board?
Third, we have released a free version of Gumball Words. Gumball Words – Sugar Free Edition is simply a smaller version of the full featured game. Sugar Free has four rounds of play, rather than eight. There is no Game Center Leaderboard but, there is advertising.
Advertising is a new venture for us and one we undertook only after much discussion. We have all been annoyed by pop-up ads when a game is started, paused, ended and sometimes even during game play. The truth is, however that games and utility apps cost money to create and update. We hire programmers and artists from all over the world to help us out and they don’t work for free! It is also very hard to create a profitable game based on charging $.99. This is especially true for small, independent developers like Cat Canyon. Advertising helps us to generate the income we need to keep producing new games. Our goal is to develop both free (supported by advertising) and premium (supported by charging and/or by in app purchases) games. You can help us out by clicking on some of the advertising. If you see something you like, by all means download it!
Finally, you will be seeing a lot more of us very soon. We have 5 new games in development right now! That’s right, 5 all new games coming to the App Store in the very near future. Two are awaiting approval now, two more in final testing, and another off the drawing board and into xcode. And, there are more waiting in the wings. Like I said, we’ve been very busy!