Emu Ranching with HTML


Mobile game company App Sauce Labs is seeking Kickstarter funding ( http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/appsaucelabs/emu-ranchers) for their latest project to bring Emu Ranchers, based on the award-winning Decktet card game system, to mobile devices. If successful, the project will further develop the company’s upcoming open source HTML5 toolkit and help establish HTML5 as a viable alternative to native iOS and Android programming. Trim yet powerful, HTML5 technology could potentially halve the cost of producing cross-platform mobile games.

The movement for HTML5 app development has been growing despite some high-profile companies switching to native apps. Recently, more companies have been looking to return to HTML5 as their development platform. Thanks to its ability to perform seamlessly across mobile platforms and browsers, apps no longer need to be specific to iOS or Android. The simplicity of maintaining one common code base translates to savings in development costs.

When asked why the team chose HTML5 over native iOS and Android programming, David Sutoyo noted, “The ubiquity of web browsers positions HTML5 as the logical platform for more than just content delivery. Given our experience in developing web applications, we believe it is the future of mobile gaming.”

The Decktet card system won the Games Magazine 2013 Card Game of the Year. Designed by PD Magnus, the Decktet has been described by Cyrus Kirby of Father Geek as “a creative, artistic, stylized, and intelligently designed game system to play and create with.” 

In Emu Ranchers, players compete head-to-head in building emu “pens” by arranging cards by color and number. Similar to starting a real business, each new group of cards represents a financial investment that must be recouped in order to earn points. The player with the most robust and profitable “mob” of emus wins. 

Emu Ranchers features humorous and whimsical full-color original art by Daniel Jacob Horine, the art director and character designer for the animated series, “Theo Presents.” Also in the works is music by John Campbell, the Emmy-nominated composer for the “Adventures in Odyssey” series.

About App Sauce Labs

App Sauce Labs, LLC was founded by three experienced designers and developers: Christopher Frazier, Christoph Neumann, and David Sutoyo. They are dedicated to bringing board games to the mobile platform using web technologies.

P.D. Magnus is the chair of the department of philosophy at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He designed the Decktet, which was named Best Card Game for 2013 by Games Magazine.

Kickstarter page:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/appsaucelabs/emu-ranchers

Emu Ranchers website:  http://emuranchers.com

App Sauce Labs website:  http://appsaucelabs.com

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/EmuRanchers

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/appsaucelabs


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