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Steam Summer Sale for Ape Apps

The Steam Summer Sale 2021 has just begun, and right now for a limited time you can get amazing deals on all Ape Apps games on the Steam Store!

To kick things off, My Empire is currently going for a whopping 60% off on Steam, and it can be yours for only $1.59! My Empire is a 4X strategy game from Ape Apps modeled after games like Civilization. You can find it here:

Next, the ancient Roman city builder game Antiquitas is currently 20% off on Steam! Play as either ancient Rome, Egypt, or Gaul as you construct the ultimate ancient empire. Find it here for only $2.39:

And finally, the beloved space colonization simulator My Colony is discounted 20% right now, and can be had for only $3.99. Colonize different worlds and play as different alien races while you build the ultimate space colony! Find My Colony on Steam here:

And don't forget, you can bundle the entire collection to save a whopping 47% on the entire library! Find the bundle here:

Remember that Ape Apps purchased on Steam also unlock the full premium version on all other platforms, including Android and iOS, making Ape Apps purchased through Steam a great value. And during the Steam Summer Sale, the value is even better, so head on over to Steam and check out the Ape Apps sale while it lasts!

Announcing Token Kart

As I hinted in my previous post, I have been working on a fun new game to utilize the new Mini Voxel Token characters from My Tokens, and today I am revealing that Token Kart will be available in late July or early August for all (or at least most) platforms!

The main purpose for Token Kart is that I always wanted to make an engine that was sort of like the old SNES Mode 7 from Super Mario Kart, and also Super Mario Kart was just an all around epic game. Just because the engine style is retro though, doesn't mean the game itself will be. Token Kart will feature a Grand Prix racing mode for both single and online multiplayer, a single player Time Trial mode, and an online multiplayer Battle Mode as well, all inspired from Super Mario Kart. The game will also include a built-in map editor, and support for both 3d VR Goggles and the Red/Blue 3D glasses, for players who want a little extra 3D in their game.

I've pretty much wanted to make Token Kart since I first came out with My Tokens, but I never really got around to it. Last week though, I was on "vacation" and I took my laptop and started working on the game, and the video above demonstrates what I have so far. I still need to add powerups, but those are going to be epic once they arrive!

Over the next few weeks, I will be going back and forth between working on Token Kart and My Colony 2, as I plan to release both onto Android late next month, so July will be an exciting month for Ape Apps releases.

As I said, Token Kart will be coming in late July (or early August if I'm late) to Android, iOS, and pretty much all other platforms via the Web. The game supports keyboard, gamepad, and tilt/motion controls on all devices, and Multiplayer will be cross-platform. I'll post more info and videos as the game progresses!

#mytokens #tokenkart

Project for the Mini Voxel Tokens

Recently, a new class of token was added to the My Tokens app - the Mini Voxel Token, which renders your My Tokens characters as .vpp voxel files. You can try the feature out in the current release of My Tokens, but wouldn't it be great if there was an actual in-game use for the voxel tokens? I am working on a fun online-multiplayer use for them that will be coming to all platforms this summer, and I think it will be a blast. Stay tuned!


Ape Cloud Server Rebuild

I need to do a complete rebuild of the Ape Cloud Sync server at some point soon, as the hardware is getting old and the server is having troubles keeping up with requests. Generally the server is only used for syncing data between devices, but if you have old files on it still (old colonies from My Colony that you haven't played in a while, old diaries from EZ Diary, data from EZ Register, etc), you may want to back them up to your local device at this time. Generally, the only thing you have to do to "back them up" is open the file in the associated app, since a local copy is always saved to your device, even when cloud sync is enabled.

I will do the cloud sync server rebuild on Monday morning (5/17) very early central time.

Discontinuing the Ape Web Apps Desktop Bridge

A few years ago I developed an application called the Ape Web Apps Desktop Bridge which allowed web apps on Ape Web Apps to access native desktop capabilities, such as local filesystem access and TCP/IP LAN networking. Later I also added this functionality right into the Ape Apps Launcher (found on the Settings screen). Today I am removing the ability to access the Bridge from the web apps, and will be removing the feature from the Launcher on it's next release.

The reason is that the feature is no longer necessary and just adds extra unnecessary bloat to both the Launcher and the Ape Web Apps website. The TCP/IP networking is no longer necessary as peer to peer multiplayer can now be achieved using WebRTC (which is how My Colony 2 does it), and installed Progressive Web Apps (PWA's) can now have access to the desktop file system on their own without the need for special bridge software. These capabilities make the bridge unnecessary and redundant, so I will no longer be spending time or resources on maintaining it.

If you have previously installed the Ape Web Apps Desktop Bridge application on your PC, you may uninstall it, as it will no longer be functional after today.
Ape Apps, LLC is an independent software development company founded in 2010 by Brandon Stecklein. Over the years, Ape Apps has published over 400 apps and games across various platforms. You can get in touch with Brandon on Twitter or by leaving a post on his wall @bastecklein
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