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Case study
Mobile game development

Dice Journey

Dice poker
Customer country
Development timeline
Budget
Developed in cooperation with
Team
Ukraine
February 2013 → September 2013 = 180 days
$60 000 + % of the profit
10 experts
3 engineers
1 manager
2 artists
1 consultant
3 game designers

Vision

Dice Journey is a dice poker game for iPhone and iPad.

The game features 6 worlds:
• mafia;
• circus;
• casino;
• pirates;
• hunters;
• vampires.

Each of the worlds has its own specific artwork, characters, background music, and AI opponents’ behavior patterns.

The essence of the game is the following:
in each world there are 4 characters with specific logic (1 boss + 3 NPCs), they are increasingly difficult to pass. The task is to beat the enemy and get in-game currency and boosters. The amount of your bet affects the possible win and the duration of the game.
A move consists of 3 rounds (3 throws). The amount of points is doubled if the winning combination is gained in the first round. If the player does not get any combination, he receives 1 skull. After he accumulates 3 skulls, 500 points are subtracted from his balance.

Boosters help you get more points. The in-game currency is called Dice Dollars. The player can use only 1 booster per 1 move. If the player wins with one star advantage, a new enemy is unlocked. Defeating all real-time opponents with 3 stars grants one unique aura. Auras apply to all worlds.

Game process

Development

It took 180 days to develop.

The features we implemented:
• Implemented Apple Game Center achievements.
• Developed and implemented 4 types of boosters.
• Made the game generate profit by selling in-game currency.
• Implemented 2 game modes: with bots and with real opponents.
• Translated the game into 4 languages: English, Russian, Chinese and Japanese.
• Developed logic for each character - these are AI opponents with varying difficulty.
• Implemented game mechanics and sprite animations based on Cocos2d, used the iOS SDK to render the interface.
• We made the application less heavy to boost the number of installations and integrated only the first world into the installation file of the game. The rest are loaded after the first launch.

For each of the 6 game worlds we created:
• gaming tables;
• game elements;
• specific artwork;
• musical background;
• 6 types of characters.

Game tables

Game mechanics

Real-time competition
Competition with real opponents in real-time mode or bots, if the number of online users is not sufficient.
Multilingual interface
•‎ amount;
•‎ 2 points;
• extra move.
• repeat the move.
•‎ English;
•‎ Russian;
•‎ Chinese;
•‎ Japanese.
Boosters
Winning combinations
Full house. A set + a pair.
Set. A combination of the same numbers on 3 dice.
Caret. A combination of the same numbers on 4 dice.
Two pairs. A combination of 2 pairs: 2 of one type + 2 of another.
Poker. A combination of the same numbers on 5 dice. Bonus: 1500 points + extra move.
Street. A combination in ascending order (1 - 5/2 - 6). Bonus: the sum of the drawn numbers * 10.

NPC characters

Result

Screenshot


Technologies

AWS

C++

Cocos2d

Heroku

iOS SDK

Objective-C

Ruby

Ruby on Rails

Team

Product Owner
Georgy Terekhov
Engineers
Gregory Tkach

Stas Cherednichenko

Irina Litvinova

Lead Engineer
Game Designers

Anton Velichko

Andrey Dotsenko

Alexander Shmyrev

Lead Artist
Artem Estelin
Consultant
Alina Latashenko
Yulia Bondarenko
Artist

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