Zombies for iPhone Released! (Press Release)

Bradford, United Kingdom – Westbright has released Zombies, a simple turn-based board game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Zombies is based on the old classic Daleks game. Zombies is suitable for all the family and is available in the App Store now.

Features include:
* enjoyable game play suitable for all the family
* comedy sounds and fun soundtrack
* beautiful cartoon graphics
* choose either male or female player

“I’ve had great feedback from friends playing the game, particularly on the silly sound effects. Me and my wife had great fun recording them”, said Matt West, co-founder and developer at Westbright. “Most of the apps with a zombie theme are not suitable for children because of the horror and gory images. We wanted a child-friendly Scooby Doo-like look and feel for our app which would appeal to kids, and to us big kids”.

How To Play:
The object of each level is to wipe out all the zombies. The zombies always move towards your player, so you should avoid them! When the zombies collide with each other, they burst into flames.
You can cast a Flee spell at any time. Fleeing is particularly useful when you have lots of zombies getting uncomfortably close.
Some levels have Banish spells. Collect these and cast them to zap any nearby zombies.

What’s coming in future versions?
“We have loads of ideas for more monsters and levels”, said Matt. “We have had the graphics done for some of the pieces, so we hope to add these in future updates”.

Pricing and Availability:
Zombies is priced $2.99 (USD) and is available in the App Store now.

Device Requirements:
Zombies works with any iPhone or iPod touch running OS 2.0 or above.

Links:
Westbright web site and screenshots: http://www.westbright.com

Download Zombies from the App Store http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/zombies/id335093135?mt=8

Hi-res Zombies application icon: http://www.westbright.com/img/zombies-aic-512.png

Company information:
Westbright Ltd was set up in 2003 by husband and wife team Matt and Maggie West. Matt is an experienced software designer/developer and is a freelance iPhone developer.

Attribution:
Apple, the Apple logo, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Contact information:
Matt West
Director
Westbright Ltd
+44 7814 065287
United Kingdom
matt@westbright.com
http://www.westbright.com

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Zombies for iPhone Released! (Press Release)

Screencast of Zombies for iPhone Early Version

Zombies for iPhone

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) have kindly posted a demo I gave them of the iPhone game I am working on – Zombies. It’s very much a work in progress with some rough edges, but the basic gameplay is there.

This is the first video of me demonstrating Zombies. TUAW have put it on YouTube! It made me cringe when I watched it. “Could you sound more unprepared if you wanted to Matt?” I often self-criticize. You wouldn’t catch Steve Jobs being unprepared, would you? Still, Victor’s review is very kind. The demo was recorded while I was in SanFrancisco for WWDC, in a shopping mall just across the road from the conference.

Screencast of Zombies for iPhone Early Version

New Start

Today is the first day of my new life. I’ve gone indie.

At the weekend we cleared the attic of junk and gave it a dust and a fresh lick of paint. The large display is in place. The brand new keyboard and mouse unboxed, waiting for my laptop to show itself.

From today, my duties with be getting the kids ready and shepherding them down to school, then cocoon myself in the loft, just me and Xcode.

I didn’t really write this post now. I wrote it two weeks ago. Today is the first day of being a microISV. Today is for writing iPhone software.

New Start

NSManchester November Meeting

On Wednesday night I attended the NSManchester Cocoa programming meeting organized by Dave Verwer of Shiny Developments. NSManchester is a sort-of Cocoaheads Manchester chapter. I was fortunate enough to meet Dave and Andrew at WWDC earlier this year.

The venue was MDDA in Portland Street (1 minute up from the McDonald’s on Oxford Road). Its a very nice contemporary venue.

Dave gave a good presentation on iPhone development. He presented a simple app show Twitter posts in a UITableView. We also talked about publishing to the AppStore. Unfortunately I haggled/added/cross-examined more than the other attendees (sorry Dave). Most of us went to the pub afterwards. We geeked out, debugged a bit, and I demonstrated my iPhone game Zombies to a few people.

I must admit I don’t use the fashionable social networking tools on the web much, but I do love meeting people in real life. Its fun to gauge reactions, bounce ideas around, see other sides of the coin.

The plan is to make NSManchester a regular event for the first Thursday each month, so if you’re in the North of England and interested in iPhone or Mac development please come along. The next one is Thursday 4 December 2008. Have a look at the group’s Google Group and Upcoming pages.

NSManchester November Meeting