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Feature: The Secret Cove

We usually wait for apps to be launched before talking about them on Appseeq, but The Secret Cove is a project still in development that we've had our eye on for a while, so when the developers, Cheeky Sprite Studios offered us a sneak preview, we naturally took the bait.

The Secret Cove is a point-and-click adventure set in the idyllic county of Cornwall, UK with a storyline involving witchcraft, local folklore and smuggling that will immerse you in a mysterious world based on real locations, and will pit you against some quite ingenious "real world" puzzles that will have you combining and crafting new objects and using lateral thinking in order to progress.

This Cornish town hides a dark secret.

This Cornish town hides a dark secret.

It's an ambitious project that has already been in development for over a year, with a staggered release planned for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Ouya - which you can expect to see launching from October 2015. In the mean time, the indie developer hopes to fund completion of the project via a Kickstarter campaign which goes live today (24th of September).

Explore underground smuggler's tunnels to solve the mystery.

Explore underground smuggler's tunnels to solve the mystery.

Interested to learn more, we asked the game's Project Director, Suzanne Mosley-Payne a few questions about the game..

Q. Why did you decide to set this game in Cornwall? Is there anything about the area that you think lends itself to the genre and storyline?

“Cornwall is such a beautiful part of the UK.  Its scenery ranging from dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches and coves, breathtaking countryside and quaint fishing villages, harbours and streets.  We have both been visiting Cornwall on holiday for many years and its a great location really close to our hearts.  Cornwall has a great history of smuggling and coves, which gave us fantastic inspiration for the modern day smugglers lost treasure theme of The Secret Cove game.”

Q. From what we’ve seen so far, there seems to be a lot of attention to detail in your environments. Can you describe the creative process that leads to a finished scene?

“We spend a lot of time brainstorming scenes and ideas.  Then model the basic 3D scene, texture it, light it then add extra final objects and details.  Its then dropped into our editor where particles and effects are added.”

Q. As a self-funded indie developer, what challenges have you seen during the first year of development?

“Being such a small team The Secret Cove is large scale project for us and extremely challenging.  We have had to handle almost every part of the creative, technical and business activities between ourselves due to being self funded.  The working hours are extremely long but we are so passionate about our project and love working on it.”

Q. Any advice for your fellow indie-devs?

“We have found being part of communities of fellow indie developers to be a fantastic support and have made some great friends along the way.

We co-host #IndieDevHour on Twitter and are working hard to build up a friendly global community where everyone that is interested in indie development or indie games are welcome.  There is a main discussion starting at 7pm (GMT/BST) every Wednesday where everyone chats, shares tips, shares screenshots from their projects, cross promotes and can seek help and advice.

Hosts for #IndieDevHour are @LunaRose13 @CheekySprite and @Sllayt3r

The team are hoping to raise £50,000 and you can back their Kickstarter campaign here.

Cheeky Sprite Studios is an independent development studio based in Chesterfield, UK; founded in 2010 by Project Director, Suzanne Mosley-Payne and Developer, Nigel Mosley.

Policy Change: URL Shorteners

While we understand that URL shorteners can be a useful tool for tracking clicks between Appseeq and the app store listing, we've taken the decision to disallow their use when submitting apps on Appseeq.

This is due to the following reasons...

  1. Visitors to your Appseeq listing may distrust shortened URLs, preferring to know exactly where the 'download' or 'buy' buttons lead.
  2. Appseeq already keeps track of downloads via an on-site redirect, and tells visitors about the destination domain when they hover over the button.
  3. If an URL shortener suddenly vanishes, we'd be left with a lot of dead links, and these listings would have to be removed.

App submissions with shortened URLS instead of direct app store links won't be rejected, but we reserve the right to replace your links with direct, final destination URLS. This means more work for editors, and your app will take longer to be approved.

If your app is on Android - please link directly to your Google Play or Amazon page, likewise iTunes for iOS or Windows Store for Windows Phone.

Submission Quality Update

While the majority of app submissions coming in are from genuine and honest app developers who want to use the service to promote their apps, this obviously attracts a number of illegitimate or spam submissions which is why all apps submitted to the site are reviewed carefully by a human being before being accepted.

Our policy is that for most apps, if only minor edits are needed to improve the quality of an app listing, we will make those edits and approve the app within a few days - but a number of apps have landed in the review queue recently with the kind of issues which make it impossible for us to approve them.

Most commonly, it should be obvious to genuine app developers that when prompted for the title of your app, this must match the title of your app exactly - and submissions using the title field for promotional hyperbole will be rejected as spam.

Secondly, apps which infringe on the copyrights or trademarks of third-parties will be rejected without exception. For example, if your app title contains the word 'Google', and you are not authorized or employed by Google, you should consider changing it - and in the mean time, don't expect us to approve your listing.

If you've made a great app that provides something useful, and your listing is honest and accurate, there is a good chance it will be approved - the App Submission Guide should provide a handy check-list to avoid any problems.

Feature: deepMesh

Game developers can be quite demanding when it comes to their development tools and editors, especially given the broad range of model formats, graphics APIs and game engines they have to work with - and the options for 3D modelers are well established with the likes of 3DSMax, Z-Brush and Blender - many of which require you to jump through hoops and plug-ins to export game-ready models in a suitable format.

deepMesh provides a feature-rich set of 3D model editing tools for game developers, which may be more accessible to beginners than some of the alternatives, while giving seasoned 3d artists every editing tool they could wish for in a single app.

Every stage of the modelling process is catered for, from model editing to materials, uv mapping, light & shadow and even an integrated scene-editor make deepMesh a worthy addition to your development tools.

Platform: Microsoft® Windows

Price: $24.99

Buy deepMesh | Download Demo

 

How to Submit Your App to Appseeq

Appseeq is a free and easy way to promote your apps for any platform, so when it comes to getting the word out about your awesome new app, there's no reason you shouldn't create a page for it on Appseeq.

This quick guide will walk you through the steps to getting your games and utilities listed on the site, and ultimately, getting more new users than you know what to do with!

Step 1. Create a free account

While we do accept guest submissions, it's recommended that you register a free account before submitting, as guest submission is only available when the review queue is small, and registered users get to add more (and bigger) screenshots, along other benefits like priority listing, and the ability to edit apps etc...

Click here to register your account

Step 2. Add a company profile (optional)

This step is optional but recommended - a company profile will show all your apps on one page, with a company logo, and links to your website and social media - not only will this help users find all of your apps easily, it's a great way to promote yourself as an app developer.

Click here to add your company or click the 'Edit' button, followed by 'Add Company' from your account page.

Step 3. Submit your app

Click here to submit your app or click the 'Edit' button, followed by 'Submit App' from your account or company page.

Be sure to fill out all the required fields, add a description, screenshots, videos and links to your download / 'buy now' pages. If your app is for iOS, your links should point directly to your iTunes URL - if it's for Android, likewise for Google Play. For Windows/Mac/Linux, your download link should be the direct download URL, and they 'buy now' link can be the shopping-cart you already use.

Step 4. Wait for approval

Once submitted, your app will enter the 'review queue', to be reviewed by an editor - who will test your app before approving it. This can take anywhere between 24 hours and 1 week, depending on how many apps are in the queue.

You can see the status of all your apps from the 'My Apps' tab on your account page.

That's it - good luck!