July 9, 2014

AirTime HD: A Childhood Classic

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AirTime HD was my first project when I began my journey as an indie game developer.

When I started the project I was working 50 hours a week as a Regional Operations Manager for a Sprint 3rd party retailer. I would spend every extra minute I had learning and developing fueled by the idea that one day I would be able to support my family through Game Development. Though my art is arguably “weak” in this game due to my limited art skills at the time, the game is a  fun but increasingly challenging game.

Pushing myself to focus on one project and see it through to the end opened up a many doors that have allowed me to continue on with my dream of being a Game Developer. It also gave me a chance to go through the entire process of developing a game, publishing it, marketing it, updating it, etc. I learned more by completing this project than anything else I had done before it.

AirTime HD has been downloaded over 230,000 times from all across the world while receiving an average 4/5 star rating from nearly 2,000 ratings. However, a free game doesn’t make you much money when you don’t have a monetization strategy in place but that was never point of this awesome project. The point was to experience the process and say “I did it”, so that the next one could help me start my own Indie Game Studio or lead to me being offered a position with another studio.

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Here is the current market description on Google Play for AirTime HD:

Remember when you were young and a balloon kept you entertained for hours!

This childhood favorite has now gone mobile! You won’t spend much time staring at your screen trying to solve a puzzle in this game. AirTime HD is more about jumping into a level and reacting based on your gut instincts. With quick enough reflexes and consistent control, you could earn the gold medal in all 60 levels.

Features:

– 4 Worlds with 15 Levels each that change dynamically with every new attempt

– 4 Bonus Levels to unlock that introduce 4 new types of game play – Facebook Integration

– Post to your wall and share screenshots of your best scores – Share button allows you to take a screenshot and send it to your friends.

– Enjoy our AirTime HD theme song, goofy sound effects, & colorful graphics – New Shadow Shield Feature: Give your balloons 10 seconds of invisibility towards fireworks and power lines, but you still have to keep your balloons in the air.

** AirTime HD theme song performed by Hal Holbrook

!! NOTICE TO PARENTS

Please be aware that it is possible to make In-App Purchases within AirTime HD. If your children will be playing the game, you may wish to password protect your Google Play account to prevent unintentional purchases. Learn how to here at https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1626831?hl=en

SUPPORT

If you experience any kind of issue playing AirTime HD, please email me at nick@blueworldgaming.com. This email is checked numerous times on a daily basis.

MY THANKS

Thank you to royaltyfreekings.com, freesound.org, freesfx.co.uk, and soundjay.com for some of the audio assets that are used in the game.

Special Thanks to all my Family and Friends who have never stopped supporting me.

FACEBOOK PAGE

Like AirTime HD on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AirTimeGame

 

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