Goodbye AppGratis and Unlock by Batch!

AppGratis Let’s spend a moment to say goodbye to our beloved AppGratis and Batch.com unlocking campaigns! Yes, sadly, these two services, which during the past years have been very helpful to us Android indie devs, are now shut down for good. On February 15th, 2017, AppGratis, after 7 years of hard work shut down their service. […]

Game Maker Studio Android Native extension – Deep Link

Hello there! Deep Linking is quite an important feature we may want to have in our applications. It allows users to open our application, or sub-menu of our application just by an external link or button from another Application. This may come handy when working with App Promotion or Incentivized installation services which will require […]

Game Maker Studio Android Native extension – Input Text

Hi there! Often we need the user to input some text for getting a nickname, age, friend number, any ID, or maybe a promotional code for unlocking some rewards. Well, in these cases we can choose to create a soft keyboard by ourselves, which is a long and tedious process or to show the Android […]

Game Maker Studio Android Native Extension – Close Game Popup

Hello there! Handling the Back Button within your game is really important. Google offers its navigation guidelines, for giving the users always the same experience. Check them here: http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/navigation.html Regarding the back button, it should close any window, message or popup, and it should bring the navigation back until the main menu. Once there, by […]

[Tutorial] Creating a simple Game Maker Studio native Android extension for implementing Batch unlocking system

Hello there! I’m creating this tutorial because in the last days I needed to implement the Batch automatic unlocking system (see https://batch.com/) into my last Android game made with Game Maker: Alpaca Jump, available on Google Play for free, here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mattiafortunati.alpacajump.free If you don’t know it, Batch is a great tool for scheduling and managing […]

Game Maker Studio Android Native extension – Log to Console

Hello there! Logging some message for debugging purposes is always an important matter. Game Maker Studio offers many ways to do so, as you can see here: http://docs.yoyogames.com/source/dadiospice/002_reference/debugging/index.html like for example, the classic: show_debug_message(message) However, for some strange reason, while developing Alpaca Jump, I needed to log my custom message directly into the Android Logcat, […]