Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A game dedicated to the ice cream uncles and aunties in Singapore

The idea for this game came to me while I was about to wrap up Satay Club game development. I was thinking about a game that could probably dive into the lives of such individuals and learn more about their trade.

I had big ideas for this game. Unfortunately all those ideas fell flat and didn't really make the game fun. I also had to scrap a lot of the art design because it didn't really capture the happy mood of it all.

Interestingly while I was at the road show to promote the SG50 games at Orchard Road I took a picture of an Ice Cream man. 

He was hard at work and quite a lot of people are queueing to buy from him.

I didn't manage to get his name or talked to him. Fortunately I came across this New Paper article which interviewed him and he talked about his business and a bit about his life. Very interesting.

Selling ice cream on the streets is tough business nowadays. It's a "sunset industry" and only those aged 40+ and above are able to apply for licence from the government authorities to start this business.

My hope in creating this game is for people to appreciate what it is like selling ice cream on the streets. Also this game is a personal project for me to reminisce about my care-free childhood. I'm sure buying ice cream from these sellers was part of your childhood too.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Ice Cream Uncle Game too difficult? Here are some tips!

Ok seems like the layout of this game is quite different than the rest of the games like Kopi Tiam, Mooncake Shop and the rest. I think because of this, players find it quite difficult to get the full 3 cherries achievement or even pass the episode!

If you are one them, not to worry here are some tips:

1) Wait for ALL customers to appear before you serve them.
2) Make all the ice cream that is requested and keep them in the cold box. Once all orders are done, serve them to the customers.
3) Certain VIP like the SingaBoy will only order a particular type of ice cream. You can prepare these ice cream and keep them in the cold box before he appears.
4) Make sure you press the "restock" as soon as possible to save time.
5) Upgrade your "restock-able" items like chocolate syrup, paper cups and ice cream flavors.
6) Save enough coins to hire "Ah-boy" to help you restock immediately without waiting.

That's just some of the tips that I can reveal for now!

Good luck and enjoy the game!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Ice cream Uncle game is finally done. Phew.

And the game is done. What a long time it took to make this!
Android version will be out this week and iOS the following week.

This particular game has gone through so many iterations it's just crazy.
In the end I had to settle for a simple gameplay and cleaner graphics.