Interview: Team Choco’s sweet inspiration

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Alejandro Jimenez is 0.33% of the Spanish-based “ChocoTeam,” whose ChocoRun game is our current App of the Week. We talked to Alejandro via e-mail and asked him about the process of making his game — but forgot to ask how we can get our hands on one of those stuffed Choco toys. DANG!!! Also worth mentioning, Ansca buddy Graham Ranson gets a shoutout in this interview. Like we always say, Corona goes best with Lime! What’s your background in engineering? Like, what type of code and programming languages do you have experience working with? . Pedro and I work as IT guys/developers during the day. Actually, our jobs are focused on ERP development and we have ‘played’ with many code languages already, most of which


‘Blast Monkeys’ top 3 million downloads, still #1

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We just got word from our buddies at Yobonja that Blast Monkeys has now passed 3 million downloads across iOS and Android! This comes less than four weeks after it passed 2 million downloads (which was exactly three weeks after they passed 1 million), and a couple weeks after they hit the #1 spot in the Android Market — where they haven’t budged from in two weeks! This brings the total number of Corona SDK apps downloaded this year to *drumroll* 18 million downloads! Details from Yobonja via the screenshot below… …Think we can hit 20 million downloads before the end of summer?


Marketing your apps on a shoe-string budget

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We all know that mobile apps tend to go nowhere unless you put in a little marketing muscle behind them… But we also all know that marketing muscle traditionally means lots of money, which a lot of indie developers and small game studios don’t have. Nevertheless, the guys at Crawl Space Games have it allllll figured out! They should know a thing or two about successful marketing — their last game Float topped a million downloads and was invited to the NOOK Color shortly afterward. And (as far as we know) they don’t have a million-dollar marketing budget. In the very near-future, we’ll be rolling out a Corona SDK marketing program to advise and assist you guys with pushing your apps and getting them more eyeballs.


Wüt! Discount codes for Corona SDK plug-ins

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Garet McKinley has released a brand new toy for Corona called MultiRezer. And, since 500 of you have already downloaded it, Garet decided to go crazy and release a plethora of discount codes for MultiRezer, TexturePacker, and a bunch of other Corona plug-ins! (Particle Candy, PhysicsEditor…) Click the screenshot below to see the full list of tools and their discount codes. You better hurry, though, as they all expire very soon!


Plug-in: Drag-and-Drop Corona SDK Level Editor

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In between writing chapters of their Corona SDK book (yes, really!), the duo at Karnak Games just released their draw-and-drop Corona SVG Level Builder! Corona SVG Level Builder lets you create physics-based games, platform levels, and maps for your Corona games by simply drawing them in Inkscape, a free and open source vector-drawing program. Everything you draw in Inkscape is automatically converted into Corona physics bodies or paths — including simple (rectangles, ellipses, etc.) to very complex one (bezier curves — Carlos loooves those!). Also, you can set physical properties and attributes (density, friction, vertices, etc.) direct into Inkscape, without ever having to program them. Afterward, you’ll only have to program and code the game logic — you won’t have to worry about element placement and