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Happy Piggy! for Android is now available April 24, 2013

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Happy Piggy! is now available for Android devices on the Google Play Store.

We’ve also submitted the game to several of the other app stores, so if your Android device doesn’t have access to the Play Store, hopefully we’ll be able to get it to you soon.

We’d love to hear your feedback!

Happy Piggy! for Android April 22, 2013

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We’ve received a bunch of requests for this, and the message was received loud and clear. I’m very happy to announce that Happy Piggy! for Android will launch on the Google Play Store later this week. The cute piggies will be available on both Android phones and tablets.

This is a really exciting development for us, because now that we’ve rebuilt our tools to work with Android, every game we create from now on should be able to launch on both platforms.

Update work March 23, 2013

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Happy Piggy! has been out for nearly three weeks now, and kids seem to genuinely enjoy it.

Based on the feedback we’ve received, we’re working on an update for the game. Here’s the current task list:

If you have any feedback, or changes you’d like to see, we’d love to hear from you.

Also, we have a facebook page now! Have a look: www.facebook.com/ThirdPartyNinjas

It’s alive! March 3, 2013

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Happy Piggy! is live on the iOS App Store.

We created it for our daughter, and she really seems to like it. Hopefully other kids enjoy it too.

Happy Piggy! February 23, 2013

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Surprise! We’ve made a new game. This time we’ve tried our hands at making a game for kids. It’s called Happy Piggy!

Happy Piggy! is an educational spelling game for kids, ages 2-5, for iOS devices. Words drop from the top, and the player taps the piggy carrying the next letter to spell the word. If they pick the wrong piggy, he makes an amusing oink and runs off the screen.

My daughter Ellie is three years old now, and she loves playing games on my iPhone and iPad, which I usually also do playing games as baccarat online to do some gambling on the web. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed a regular problem with some of the games I’ve bought for her. If I let her play by herself for a few minutes, she’ll bring it back to me really upset because she’s stuck in a complicated menu or she’s hit a screen selling downloadable content, and ended up back at the App Store trying to enter a password. Some of the games are really pushy with their upselling, even games that aren’t initially free to play. After reading this article I realized this is a common problem in most games for children up to age 12.

For Happy Piggy! I made the decision to avoid all of that. The game is 99 cents up front, and there are no in-app purchases available. Some friends have suggested that we might do well financially to add DLC for more word packs (harder words, proper nouns, alternate languages, etc.) but I don’t think it’s a good idea. I’ll gladly pass on the opportunity to make a little money to save kids the frustration. For that same reason I didn’t even include a Third Party Ninjas splash screen or a credits screen.

We’ll be uploading it to Apple for review very soon.