What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing Lockade for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software Lockade

TOKYO (MacHouse) – Although we’ve been committed to developing iOS games these days, we are self-sufficient. So we develop an OS X application whenever necessary to make things easier. We are now interested in protecting application assets. If you want to harvest application resources from somebody’s product, all you have to do is open a package (Right-click and choose ‘Show Package Contents’) and navigate to the Resources folder, right? But some game developers are careful enough not to let casual users from harvesting application assets. For instance, download a hidden object game from Mac App Store and open its application package. Most likely, you won’t find application assets like PNG files and audio clips in the resource folders. How do they do it?

One way of keeping application assets away from casual users is to combine resource files into a single data file. Lockade is designed just for this purpose. That’s what we submitted to Mac App Store a few hours ago. Lockade lets you combine application assets (audio or image clips) into a single data file, which you can add to your Xcode project. I’ll take just several lines of code to recover individual assets. And it will be very difficult for casual users to harvest application assets from this data file.   Continue reading

What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing Lost in Apartment for iOS

iOS software game Lost in Apartment

TOKYO (MacHouse) – Making an iOS game is definitely not easy especially if you have to do everything by yourself. We introduced our last software title one month ago. Finally… We submitted a new software release to App Store about an hour ago. It’s an iOS game for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This game is called Lost in Apartment.

iOS software game Lost in Apartment   iOS software game Lost in Apartment   iOS software game Lost in Apartment   iOS software game Lost in Apartment

In this game, your task is to return lost items to rightful owners. There are 36 tenants in this apartment complex. By knocking on the door, you can talk to a tenant. But they won’t give you a clue as to what item they’ve lost until you let them talk. Every tenant has a personal story to tell. Some of them are exchange students from overseas. One or two of them are unemployed. If you let them talk, they will eventually ask a question. Only if you answer their question, they will tell you what they have lost. Many questions are quite specific and tough to answer. You must be versatile at different subjects such as world history, economics, classical music, world geography, cooking, art history.
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