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Taking games to the next level
At [x]cube we take our gaming apps seriously, predict trends, and come up with what could potentially be the new cool. When our gamers find an inspiration, they take it to the next level by creating a fantastic gaming app like Ellipsis, developed on the iOS platform for a leading tech company.

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Taking games to the next level

At [x]cube we take our gaming apps seriously, predict trends, and come up with what could potentially be the new cool. When our gamers find an inspiration, they take it to the next level by creating a fantastic gaming app like Ellipsis, developed on the iOS platform for a leading tech company.

Background

Mobile Game Development for Family Entertainment - [x]cube LABS

 

What do people do when they meet their family or a group of friends? Do they hit the pub round the corner to watch the NFL match live on the big screen and cheer on as their favorite team clashes against another powerful opponent? Or do they catch up on the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory or Supernatural? Perhaps, they prefer to bond over a game of Clash of Clans! Assuming the family has a bunch of gaming enthusiasts, how would they react to a chance of hosting a game for the entire family and relaying it on the big screen in their very own entertainment room?

 

 

Developed as a cool gaming app for a group of mobile-crazy friends or family members who want to have some fun time together, Ellipsis has Solo and Multiplayer options. The first person who launches the app and chooses the Multiplayer option becomes the Host. The device will then scan/search for players who have the app installed on their smartphones. However, all the devices will have to be on the same WiFi network.

 

Once the scanning is done, the host gets a list of other players (or guests) and waits for them to launch the app. The guests who launch the app from the same WiFi network at that point in time will be eligible to play and will have to join in before the game begins.

Key Features

  • The game has dual options and it can be played in Solo or Multiplayer modes.
  • 8 players can play at a time and there are 20 levels – both of which can be increased at any time.
  • Can be integrated with the Apple TV and can be connected to the TV in the entertainment room where friends and family gather to play the game.
  • Connect to Apple TV and airplay the dashboard on the big screen so all participants can view each player’s level, score, right and wrong sequences, etc.
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Few Limitations

  • Guests cannot communicate with each other directly.
  • If a player leaves midway while the game is on, it’s not possible for him/her to join back at the same level – an option which is available in the solo game mode.
  • For now, Ellipsis is available only on iOS platform because airplay is integrated with Apple TV or other Apple devices like iPad and iPod.

Challenges

  • Communication issuesThe communication part linking all devices to the host and to the big screen which will work as the central dashboard was a challenge before we explored the possibility.
  • Apple TVAnother challenge is that one should have Apple TV set up if multiple players are involved. While one can opt to play Solo on his/her own device, if players want to know each other’s levels and other aspects of the game, and have fun as a group, the Apple TV setup on the same WiFi network is needed.

Solution

Using DLNA protocol and making use of the WiFi, we made communication between the guests, the host and the Apple TV possible.

Here's how we helped Elipssis take gaming to next level with a multiplayer mobile game.

BACKGROUND

Mobile Game Development for Family Entertainment - [x]cube LABS

 

What do people do when they meet their family or a group of friends? Do they hit the pub round the corner to watch the NFL match live on the big screen and cheer on as their favorite team clashes against another powerful opponent? Or do they catch up on the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory or Supernatural? Perhaps, they prefer to bond over a game of Clash of Clans! Assuming the family has a bunch of gaming enthusiasts, how would they react to a chance of hosting a game for the entire family and relaying it on the big screen in their very own entertainment room?

 

 

Developed as a cool gaming app for a group of mobile-crazy friends or family members who want to have some fun time together, Ellipsis has Solo and Multiplayer options. The first person who launches the app and chooses the Multiplayer option becomes the Host. The device will then scan/search for players who have the app installed on their smartphones. However, all the devices will have to be on the same WiFi network.

 

Once the scanning is done, the host gets a list of other players (or guests) and waits for them to launch the app. The guests who launch the app from the same WiFi network at that point in time will be eligible to play and will have to join in before the game begins.

KEY FEATURES

  • The game has dual options and it can be played in Solo or Multiplayer modes.
  • 8 players can play at a time and there are 20 levels – both of which can be increased at any time.
  • Can be integrated with the Apple TV and can be connected to the TV in the entertainment room where friends and family gather to play the game.
  • Connect to Apple TV and airplay the dashboard on the big screen so all participants can view each player’s level, score, right and wrong sequences, etc.

A FEW LIMITATIONS

  • Guests cannot communicate with each other directly.
  • If a player leaves midway while the game is on, it’s not possible for him/her to join back at the same level – an option which is available in the solo game mode.
  • For now, Ellipsis is available only on iOS platform because airplay is integrated with Apple TV or other Apple devices like iPad and iPod.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE?

  • Include Android players to join in as guests in Ellipsis. However, only iOS users can host the game because Android phones can’t airplay to Apple devices at this point in time.
  • The communication part, display on the central dashboard and the connection between each player goes together as a framework. Since we successfully built the framework, we now want to use it to support other games as well.
  • Build a Poker game using the same framework where the poker board is displayed on the Apple TV while the cards distributed to various players would come on to individual player’s phone.
  • We’re working on a few other games, as a variety of games that a family or group of friends can play together can be built on this reusable framework.

CHALLENGES

Communication issues

The communication part linking all devices to the host and to the big screen which will work as the central dashboard was a challenge before we explored the possibility.

Apple TV set-up

Another challenge is that one should have Apple TV set up if multiple players are involved. While one can opt to play Solo on his/her own device, if players want to know each other’s levels and other aspects of the game, and have fun as a group, the Apple TV setup on the same WiFi network is needed.

SOLUTIONS

Using DLNA protocol and making use of the WiFi, we made communication between the guests, the host and the Apple TV possible.

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