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Create a Great App or Web Site by Getting to the Screen Quickly

Triples Game Screen

As a Project Manager, one advice I always give to my clients is to get to screen quickly. No matter how great the specification or how well the wireframes and mockups show the flow, getting the app up and running will:

  1. reveal problems early when they are inexpensive to fix
  2. generated feedback to improve the app
  3. create a common vision for the team and stakeholders

But most of all, it is incredibly exciting to see something working. It will energize you, your team and the stakeholders.

Taking my own advice, Wyatt Webb, our lead iOS engineer posted the very first build of Triples, a new strategy board game. Below is a screenshot of the first internal release and a polished mock-up from Jim Patterson on where we want to wind up.

By getting to screen early we are able to:

  1. Test the ease in moving and placing pieces
  2. Test capturing opponent pieces
  3. Test the relative size of the board
  4. Test horizontal vs. vertical layouts
  5. Test how robust the code is on key devices

But most important, I can test this and future builds with players and get important feedback on how they interact with the game. Players might move pieces differently then what I imaged. Players might prefer one orientation over another. The more you test these early versions with people the more you can improve the app.

This first build is human vs. human, the next build will have the first pass of human vs. computer. Leveling the different computer levels will be a challenge so the sooner we start on that process and get feedback the better.

Don’t wait for your team member to say they want it perfect or polished before they show their work. The goal is to get to screen early then learn, iterate, repeat, improve, and have fun.

If you would like to try Triples and give us feedback, you can sign-up at http://smartboxgames.com/support. Simply fill out the form provided on the page.

Please share this article with your team members and clients. Thank you.

I am a freelance Project Manager, wire-framing aficionado and QA Engineer. If you are in need of a Project Manager please contact me through LinkedIn or email me at todd@smartboxgames.com. I love designing Android, iOS and Web Apps.

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The Return of Triples? Batter Up!

Triples

Triples, also known as, Nine Men’s Morris, was the very first mobile game my team and I released. We were fortunate in that it was featured on Palm Gear and became a run-a-way hit in Germany. Several years later, when we turned our efforts to creating high quality Android and iOS games, Triples was left behind. Jim Patterson, our fantastic Art Director, surprised the team this week with a new re-imagined version of Triple. WOW!!!

This mockup makes me want to bring this game back ASAP.

What do you think?

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Triples for Palm OS – Democrats versus Republicans Version – FREE

political_triples1.jpgCelebrate your freedom of choice with this special version of Triples. Purchase WordPop!, Word Monaco Solitaire, Word Watch or Farkle Dice for Palm OS and get Triples for free.

Add Triples to your cart after you add one of the other games.Play either as a Democrat or a Republican.

Your party’s fate is in your hands.

All our games have a free trial with no obligation or risk. Click here to try one today.

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Triples Democrats vs. Republicans Election Version

Triples Treo GameThe team had a lot of fun creating this Palm version of Triples. With this being an election year in the US we thought it would be appropriate to create a tongue and cheek political game. Jim created some new art and Carl added it to our current version. The game board is enhanced with stars and stripes pieces and includes the political option to play either as a Democratic or Republican. See who wins more often! You can find more information here http://www.smartboxdesign.com/triples.html

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Prizes: Triples Contest Winners

Thank you for all the great responses to the Democrat versus Republican version of Triples. Three winners have been selected, one for the fastest post and two selected randomly.

Congratulations to all the winners.

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