Jim Kitchen's games for I-O-S

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iOS & iPadOS Gaming

I think that Jim Kitchen's games would be very successful if they could be remade for I-O-S, iPhone and iPad. I would love to play his football game on an iPhone or iPad and all of Jim Kitchen's other games on iPad also. RedSpot and survive the wild would also be other good games. and also you do not need a mac to write apps for IOS, you can use cross-platform programming languages such as: Xamarin, ... and others. I would love to see popular windows audio games such as Jim Kitchen's games, redSpot, survive the wild, crazy party, manamon, shades of doom, and others made for iPad iPhone and other IOS devices.

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Submitted by mority on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Hi.

I don't get why people always think that this will be a piece of cake for all the games. the hole game needs to be recoded for it to work on a touch screen device, even with cross platform programming languages. Also most of the games are abandoned or the developer has no intend to work on the games anymore.

Also, how would you adapt something like SOD for touchscreen devices, this is not possible, at least not if you want a solid gaming experience. These kinds of games must be played with either joysticks or the mouse and keyboard combo.

Greetings Moritz.

Submitted by Joseph on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

While it would be cool if that was the case, I'm pretty sure that to run a game or other app on iOS, it must be programmed in swift or objective C. I've never heard of other languages being used successfully to make an iOS app. Also redspot and survive the wild were not made by jim kitchen.

Submitted by Jonathan Candler on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Yes, while I agree that having some of these games for IOS, it's not gunna happen. Plane and simple. A lot of work goes in to coding these types of games and let's not mention the whole thing of the games being abandon. Point being, it's not gunna happen unless someone would be willing to make them for IOS, of which, I don't see that happening.

Submitted by Paul on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Every time I see this subject pop up, it’s usually the non-programmers who bring it up. I don’t think any developer wants to touch that idea with a 10 foot pole, primarily because they have no source code to work from so they’d have to reverse engineer the games or develop them from scratch. And consider the audience: Jim’s games were free, and I have no doubt the majority who suggest this idea would probably whine louder than a jet engine if the developer tried making a profit from porting the games.

Submitted by Jonathan Candler on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Indeed, I am agreeing with the previous poster above. As a dev myself, I'm not about to reverse engineer programs like that, just to see if I can't get the source, and then try to reprogram from that source, in an entirely different programming language. And I'm sure I speak for other devs when I say that. And hello, Jim Kichen ain't alive anymore so it's not like we can go to him, stating that we want the source for his games, because, that's not, gunna happen either. Same with redspot, same with STW. The other 2 were programmed in BGT and it would be a bitch and a half to code in c objective, or swift. When people bring these kind of topics up, it just makes me shake my head and go, not this again. People don't know, that's fine, but to totally expect for it to happen, or keep dreaming of it, when the reality of it being, it won't, no. Would it be cool to have? Sure, I believe it will, but there's just no point in the matter anymore. And with them being a touch screen and all, we would have to come up with gestures that would work well. When it comes down to it, it's all logic here. I honestly think that people just need to think of the time and also, ah, money when bringing these topics up because we can't just make stuff happen on the fly and expect them to work. If a game is out for an OS, like windows, you can't expect to have your cake and eat it too for IPhone or IPads or what not. I could go on a rant all day about this kind of stuff but I won't. And that's, my rant of the day.

Submitted by charles on Thursday, May 28, 2020

When I hear thoughts like these, I always want to say, "If you have an idea like this, learn programming in the appropriate language, then make your idea come to fruition." We might all benefit. With Jim's games, keep in mind that you cannot get his source code from him. He has passed away. Also, think of how much profit you would make from such a project. Jim gave his games away for free, and gamers would expect the same from you. If you want to give it a try, go for it.

Submitted by Siobhan on Thursday, May 28, 2020

The one thing that i will struggle to understand is why do you, in general want to go back to a game that's been played a thousand times before. Yes, I played some of his games. Yes, had I a windows computer and wished to, would and could download them. I get nostalgia or trying to beat that last high score on football you did in 1992. The one thing I'd hoped out of quarantine was maybe developers on the Mac and the IOS platforms would've come out with something. That's not me trying to be discouraging or hurtful in any way. I just had a small hope of with so much time on one's hands things could start being beta tested or released if it were possible. Before anyone says anything, I realize jobs are a factor, I didn't mean to assume anything. Personally, though watching old shows is great or reading that book you once did, how are we supposed to bring the future into light.

Submitted by Brian Giles on Thursday, May 28, 2020

I was never a big fan of the Kitchensinc games, but don't under estimate the power of nostaljia.

One of the hot rumors in mainstream gaming right now is that Nintendo may rerelease all the old 3d Mario games on their Switch. Yes, those are games that have been played thousands of times before, but people want to reexperience them in a modern format and in HD. Same reason their plug n play systems were so popular a couple years ago. And yes, I do kind of still want one. lol

Also look at Disney Plus. Part of why so many people have subscribed to it is because they can have all those movies and shows they grew up watching in one place. They can watch them again and/or share them with their kids.

I agree though that Jim Kitchen's games might not all lend themselves well to iOS, at least not without a bluetooth keyboard or maybe a controller. and, if they were free on PC, why would anyone pay for them if they were brought to iOS? Hmmmm... maybe bringing them to Apple Arcade would be a way around that, but who knows what that would entail.

Just because games have been played thousands of times, the game should not be cast off as ancient. Chess is a good example. It is still played after being played since when? Good games have good replay value, which is why they still exist. I still play Jim's golf, baseball and football games as well as others even they are not new.

Submitted by Minionslayer on Thursday, May 28, 2020

Agreed with everything else said here. It amuses me that a topic of the same nature was created by the same person some time ago, but here's another one anyway, just in case we forgot.

Submitted by Paul on Thursday, May 28, 2020

If Minionslayer is correct and the OP did post the same topic a while back, then I think the OP’s time would be better spent learning to program than continuing to wish for something no one wants to do.

Take it from me, a procrastination master, wishing for something to be done, no matter how many times you wish it, does not in fact get it done. I could wish my fiction work in progress was done and ready for me to enjoy reading, but only sitting down to write it will get it done. Likewise, if you want Jim’s games on your Apple devices so badly, you need to stop dreaming and take matters into your own hands, because I seriously doubt anyone who knows what they’re doing will do it for you.

Submitted by Lino Morales on Friday, May 29, 2020

This is coming from the same cat who wants Keynote Gold to work with NVDA. As mentioned a number of times Jim is dead. No I'm not an app dev and I'm sure it would be a pain in the ass to convert all of his games into an iOS app.

Submitted by Blind angel 444 on Friday, May 29, 2020

Swift Playgrounds for iPad. Free, accessible for the blind Ana Apple’s coding language for beginners too. I can’t wait to make my first game!!! Thank you Apple!!!!!

Submitted by Jonathan Candler on Friday, May 29, 2020

Indeed. coming from the same person who wants keynote gold for NVDA? Seriously? I've seen that topic pop up a number of times, on a number of forums, and it's honestly not as so much as pissing me off as is saying, uuuuuuuuuuug! Do your research, and your homework. You'll find out that stuff like that is not being maintained anymore and Keynote gold is no exception. It's old, old drivers, and I'm not even gunna say what needs to happen next because I've said it before. The only reason why keynote gold works under the Braille note and stuff like that back in the day is because it was running under windows CE. A vary old operating system if memories serves. Someone correct me on that if I'm wrong but I don't think so. Same concept here with this so called game topic. Of which, I don't see a point in discussing anymore.

Submitted by ming on Friday, May 29, 2020

well,
I think playing a games in any device is a kind of thing happening now.

if Jim Kitchen can make some IOS games.
that's will be cool.
and I think I don't mind pay for this games.
they need money to get programmer to work in it.

Submitted by Joel on Friday, May 29, 2020

No disrespect to him, but he’s dead. He’s not gonna be making games for any platform anytime soon

Submitted by Paul on Friday, May 29, 2020

Unless they’ve popped up somewhere else, the games are gone for good. It’s time to move on.

Submitted by Jonathan Candler on Friday, May 29, 2020

Okay, What part of, He's dead, do you not undertake? Move on and for the love of the grate God above, stop expecting to have stuff like this popping up and expect it to be magic. and to have him, or someone else port stuff over like that. Trust me, if I was asked to do such said thing, it would be a no, or, if I was gunna do it, I'm going to charge for the games vary heavily because it would take a lot of time and money. Can there be stuff of the same concept for these types of games? Sure, but don't expect it to be like Jim Kitche's games at all. You're not gunna get that and you never will, unless someone has a lot, and I do mean a lot, of time to do such said process, of which, I state, yet, again, I sure as hell don't and I don't think everyone else does either. and I'm speaking for a general aspect here. Oh and one more thing. Let's not make the games payed if porting is an option because blindies are going to cry about it and expect for these games to be free as well, Just like Jim has made them. Just, stop with that too. I'm already sick and tired of people expecting self entitlement over themselves and wishing, and wanting and for the need to get, everything in the damn world, for free. Not everything is free.

Submitted by Siobhan on Friday, May 29, 2020

I thought i read ages back when I visitted, that someone was keeping it going. Not of course new content but what he left. Let me check. I'll edit this. Yes, www.kitchensinc.net is still up. I didn't click the links but there's a lot of dos based games. Hopefully, now that i've given the address, this is all done.

Submitted by Josh Kennedy on Friday, May 29, 2020

since porting Jim's games are unlikely, then, would it not be easier to push mainstream game developers to make their games incorporating accessibility when possible? I for one would like to play madden nfl, and I think rpg games, strategy games and the simpler first person shooter games could be made accessible but especially sports and racing and rpg games. I'd love to play madden nfl mobile.

Submitted by Paul on Friday, May 29, 2020

I thought I’d remembered the domain correctly, but apparently I didn’t and was checking a .com domain with the same name.

Submitted by Matthew Whitaker on Saturday, June 13, 2020

I love the idea of playing those types of games on IOS and iPad OS. :-)

Submitted by JeffB on Sunday, June 14, 2020

For those of you that don't know saddly Jim Kitchen past on. We need to respect him and the amazing games he had built. As he has not named a successor the games can not be modified. This shouldn't even be a discussion.