Joe Kauffman of Fire Maple Games just had his game The Secret of Grisly Manor chosen as our most recent App of the Week. We loved the game’s beautiful, immersive artwork and the variety of puzzles incorporated into its gameplay.

Now, Joe details how he became a Corona user and why it has made his game better than ever before!


Joe Kauffman, Fire Maple Games

The Secret of Grisly Manor was already a successful game on the App Store — but I still decided to rewrite it in Corona!

The game was originally created with GameSalad, as were my other two games, Danger Cats! and Stunt Squirrels!. I was perfectly happy to keep working in GameSalad — until they announced that they were moving the company in a new direction. They had decided to become publishers and, in addition to publishing everyone’s titles, they would be taking a percent of the profits. Publishing is certainly fine for some, but I love being an independent game designer in every sense of the word.

GameSalad eventually decided not to go this route, and is even now offering their software for free. I still think GameSalad is amazing, but that threat to my freedom really shook me.

It was at this time that I started learning Corona.

I have been a Flash programmer for the past 11 years, so using Corona was like coming home all over again! The syntax is so similar to AS3, that I was able to learn it very rapidly. I ported Grisly Manor over in just five days! And not just for the iPhone, but for Android devices as well.

The cross-platform, Corona version of Grisly Manor runs very smoothly now on both types of devices — the performance is phenomenal! And I was able to finally squash some bugs that plagued the original version. I have now been using Corona every day for the past five months, and I really love it. I love the power and flexibility that programming gives me — it allows me to make better games!

I am currently working on a new, much larger adventure game called The Lost City, which is being written in Corona from the get-go! I’ve included many features in the new game that simply wouldn’t be possible if I was still using GameSalad.

I am having such a great time using the Corona SDK! The software is powerful, easy to learn, and most of all it is fun to use. Also, the staff at Ansca are wonderful. They are very helpful, and very engaged with their users. It is a real nice community here.

I’m looking forward to a great 2011!

  1. Awesome Joe!!!

    We have also moved over from GameSalad and are really enjoying working with Corona and writing code. Like you said, it is quite powerful and the community is outstanding.

    We have our 2nd and 3rd Corona-developed apps waiting for review—just in time for Valentine’s day.

    Can’t wait to see The Lost City. If it is anything like Grisly Manor you will certainly have another hit on your hands.

    – davey

  2. JOANNE LeBOUTILLIER says:

    JUST GOT THE GAME AT CHRISTMAS ON KINDLE FIRE. AM AN AVID HOG PLAYER, NOT CREATOR. BUT I NEED HINTS. DOES ANYBODY HAVE A WALK THROUGH OF THIS WONDERFUL GAME? I’VE ALREADY RESET ONCE!

  3. I have played Grisley Manor and also Lost City, what fantastic games, enjoyed ever level the are work and effects were stunning in Lost City, I really hope you carry on with your work and now I’m hoping there is more to come, if there are any other games like lost city when will they be released, as I can’t wait. Good luck for the future.

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