Puzzle UI Work In Progress

Puzzle Options

I’m working on a new puzzle game for touchscreen devices!

The screen above is a mockup of the latest puzzle options screen. This UI will slide out over your selected puzzle image (chosen on the previous “puzzle select” screen.) Here’s how it works:

The Background tile is touchable and will toggle between showing or hiding the pattern background.

  • When the pattern is turned off, the player will be able to see the puzzle image underneath the piece slots. This makes the game much easier.
  • When the pattern is turned on, the puzzle is hidden (you cannot see the puzzle under the piece slots) so you must rely on shape recognition or memory to figure out where each piece goes.

The Outline tile toggles between showing or hiding an outline of the piece slots.

  • If turned on, the player can see an outline of each piece in the puzzle, making it easier to identify and match the piece to its slot.
  • When off, there are no outlines for slots-more difficult.

The pieces slider lets you choose more or less pieces for the puzzle. By default, it’s set to 6 pieces (for kids.) It can be decreased to 4 and increased to 24.

The play button starts the puzzle!

The back button in the upper left takes you back to the puzzle select screen where you can choose a different puzzle.

This is the current project. If you’re interested in this or our other kids apps, like Eggroll Games on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates.


A Completely Unedited List of Zingers Written for Rocket Valet!


Zingers are the messages that appear when you explode in Rocket Valet (formerly known as Tappy Lander, but more on that later.) This is a completely unedited list I created while brainstorming ideas for zingers. Some were used and others weren’t.

Gravity can be a real pill sometimes.
Are you gonna eat that?
Cleanup on isle six.
Practice makes perfect.
What happened?
Smooth move Ex-Lax.
Don’t quit your day job.
Mama said there’d be days like this.
I hope you had insurance.
Slippery screen?
Your brain is dry as the Sapara desert.
What has two thumbs and loves physics?
Them’s the breaks.
Did you hear that Elizabeth?
Rocket for sale, slightly used.
Back to the drawing board.
Remember the good times.
That’s rough.
You look like you were rode hard and put up wet.
Better luck next time.
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.
Catch you on the flip side!
Mien Liben!
Game over, man.
I’m finished!
A glorious death!
Well, I’m depressed.
I hate that for you.
It could be worse.
I can’t drive… fifteh fiiiiiiiiiiiive!
The devil made me do it.
It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.
“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.”
– Mary Lou Retton
“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.”
Never give up, never give in
handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss
“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”
– Marv Levy
Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.”
“If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.”
– Ben Hogan
“If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.”
– M.H. Alderson
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
– Billie Jean King
“You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.”
“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.”
“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”
– Pele
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”
– George Halas
“When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less.”
– Paul Brown
“Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.”
– Bobby Knight
“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.”
– Lou Holtz
“Make each day your masterpiece.”
– John Wooden
“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”
“Win If You Can, Lose If You Must, But NEVER QUIT!”
– Cameron Trammell
“What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.”
“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”
– Joe Namath
‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion
“You’re never a loser until you quit trying.”
– Mike Ditka
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”
“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.”
– Vince Lombardi