The jounrey so far…


The idea was proposed back in 2015/2016, the exact date I can’t quite recollect, however it has been a long jounery, that much is for sure. It was presented to me by my brother who had jotted it down on paper to explain the concept of the game, some of the original designs I still have, and the others have been misplaced or thrown away much like a lot of the codebase. The project was prolonged due to many a reasons – scope creep, scope change and the inevetiable refactoring of rapid prototyping. However I am extremely pleased that I can finally unveil and present Combos!

First published ALPHA build: Dec 17, 2016, 5:17 PM

First published BETA build: Dec 24, 2016, 8:29 AM

The original design of the main menu.
A design explaining how the ‘Join’ operator works.
The first ever uploaded alpha APK.

Is this the end of the journey?

I surely hope not,  I still have big updates planned for Combos, expect regular updates. Below are some the ideas which have been jotted down for (near) future implementation:

  • Expert difficulty
  • Master diffcutly
  • Longer equations
  • More mathamtecal operators (cubed, sqaure root)
  • 3+ digits
  • Multiplayer (level creation, level sharing, competing)

If you have other ideas then feel free to comment, email or tweet me and also, don’t forget to share!

The next step…

So, now that Combos has been offcially released, I can focus on updates, I have a couple of big updates in mind which have been mentioned on the above linked posts, however before that, some refactoring and some changes to the game manager class.

  1. A change in the project structure is required. As I’ll be changing, fixing and breaking the code as the updates go ahead, I’ll need to have a ‘distribution’ branch and a ‘development’ branch to ensure that the working code which has been released is accessaible.
  2. The game manager is in-charge of rendering the actual game once you select a level, currently, the numbers which you see prefilled in the equation are placed in to the existing DOM, now though I want the DOM to be generating on the fly through the atctual renderer, that will allow the levels to be more challenging as they can be made bigger, more numbers and  more operators means more of a challenge.
  3. After the above changes have been made, I can start working on the new difficulty type which will be ‘Expert’, this will be the first difficulty type which will have more numbers involved, it will involve creating a new level generation algorithm.
Hotfix v3.0.3
  • The join operator bug has been fixed.

As always, feel free to get in touch through the comments or send me a tweet.