Fruity physics puzzler Mortar Melon has vastly exceeded developer’s forecasts, proving Windows 8 and Windows Phone to be viable platforms for HTML5 game distribution.
“We chose to release on Windows 8 to get player feedback so we could improve the game before targeting more established platforms. We only really expected around 5000 downloads - enough to tell us where to improve and what to fix. Half a million is just crazy.”
The initial version of Mortar Melon, developed in just three months, took the newly launched Windows Store by storm. Hitting top 5 rankings worldwide, the indie game challenged the Microsoft-published Xbox LIVE games, accumulating over a thousand five star user reviews to date.
Shortly after their Windows Store success Mudvark took the game to Windows Phone, building their own HTML5-enabling technology. Not only has Mortar Melon enjoyed similar success on the phone, getting numerous features, the technology used was released for free, enabling many more HTML5 games to hit the marketplace. BOOM: Firework Defence Unit, Farm Rush, Monday Escape and Yuri are just a few great Windows Phone games made possible with Mudvark’s technology.
Having secured a deal with a major publisher, Mudvark have got nearly every possible platform in their sights:
“We’ve got web, iOS, Android, Blackberry and FirefoxOS builds in alpha stage and the great thing about HTML5 is that they all share the same codebase. We add in any new device APIs for platform support, then when we make level changes or add new worlds, these changes reflect across every device.”
Windows 8, Blackberry 10, FirefoxOS and Tizen are emerging platforms that all support native HTML5 games. Established platforms like Android and iOS also enjoy native HTML5 performance with tools like CocoonJS, plus Intel’s Node Webkit allows you to build for Windows desktop, Linux and Mac. Consoles are also getting into the game, with WiiU, rumoured Xbox One support and Ouya coming soon through CocoonJS.
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