I have recently launched my first game on the App Store and would like to make it the best possible for VoiceOver users and I’m hoping that you can help.
The app is called Dicewords and is the digital version of the original dice word game created by Graham Lipscomb of Graham’s Games and we have collaborated to bring his vision of the game onto the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
I have enhanced its VoiceOver integration but admit that without knowing the extent of what’s really required on our part I may be doing unnecessary things and neglecting the important ones which would allow you to enjoy playing the game to its fullest. This is where I hope you, dear AppleVis reader, Apple user and game player can help us!
In summary, the game involves 9 alphabetic dice, each a different colour signifying which letters appear on which dice. Each letter has an associated value. The idea is to spell words which generate the highest scores and so beat your opponents or raise your own average score if playing solo. You roll the dice, keep any letters you want and then roll the others, aiming to build the highest scoring word. You are allowed a maximum of three rolls. The game therefore is a test of linguistic skill, strategy and luck.
There is a free and somewhat restricted version of the game, called Dicewords-X, on the App Store which has exactly the same VoiceOver support as the full game. Obviously you can download that and try it yourself.
However, I also have a limited number of Apple promo codes which you can request from me and which would allow you to download the full game with no cost to you. Please contact me on here if you are interested in this.
If you are very keen to help, which would be wonderful, then I can give you a certificate from Apple which allows you to run my development builds of Dicewords on your device which means that I can make responsive changes specifically to this person or persons without having to go through the App Store with each change I make which would speed the process up dramatically. It is not hard to do at your end but would require a little work at your end.
The iTunes links to the apps are:
I have loved developing Dicewords and would enjoy that even more to know that I can make it better and a great game for all of you, and all other visually impaired users too.
The app is Universal and will run on iPhone 3GS and later, iPod touch 4th generation or later or any iPad. Whilst checking the app for sending this email I have discovered that the iPad version has a bug which requires you to shake the device to roll the dice! My fault and I will fix that very soon. Oh dear ...
I look forward to hearing from you.
Stephen Watson - Developer