Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Synergy v1.3

  - New Feature: Online Leaderboards
  - New Feature: Achievements

Synergy's been neglected for quite some time, so it's about time it saw some movement.

This particular update includes the integration of OpenFeint, an XBox Live style back-end for matchmaking, leaderboards, achievements, and so on.  Integration went very smoothly all told, after an initial mistake that they really need to fix -- the instructions on their web page are out of date, you need to read the readme.txt and follow that instead.  They look basically the same at first glance, but they aren't.

After a bit of e-mail ping pong with one of their quite good customer service folks, I got things straightened out and all told was impressed by how simple OpenFeint's library made things.  I managed to get six online leaderboards and nine achievements setup and working in what I'd guess was less than eight hours total.  If I had to do it again it'd be more like four or five, probably.

I'm hoping to see some activity on the leaderboards -- Synergy never sold as well as I'd have liked, but I still think it plays pretty well and it was nice to revisit it.  This was also exploration for another game project that we'll hopefully be moving on in another month or so.

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