Engineer Millionaire: AIR game showcase


#1

Hi! Recently I’ve released my Starling game, which has been in Beta since Jan 2018. It is called Engineer Millionaire .
Here’s how it looks like:
Youtube trailer

This game is about building your own factory, equipping it with money-producing machines, mining for coal, fueling steam engines and using all the possibilities to increase your revenue. This is a fusion of an idle game and a builder/resource management, with a shift towards builder mechanics.

The judges of the mobile gamedev contests called it “mobile factorio”. Yes, I participated in many contest, and even won 2 awards:
3rd in Big Indie Pitch Sweden
2nd in Indie Blast Kyiv

Please, check it and share your own impression. The game is available on
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RSD7285
AppStore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/engineer-millionaire/id1437172358
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.airapport.engineer
Itch: https://airapport.itch.io/engineer-millionaire


#2

Hello @Airapport and welcome to the forum

while promotion is not discouraged please try to make it a bit more personal
the people that will read you on this forum are mainly other dev
so maybe add a bit more infos, maybe one thing that worked particularly well with Adobe AIR,
or maybe one other thing that didn’t work as well, etc.

you know, indie dev learning from other indie dev kind of thing :slight_smile:

also as a side note your DNS is misconfigured
airapport.com/ return a 404
while www.airapport.com/ works


#3

Thank you, @zwetan! Indeed, there is a long story behind this development. And it started 2 years ago, on the 3rd of June 2017. Before that I was making my “game of a dream”, Strategilization, but I felt that I was facing a mental wall. So, I decided to run a quick game jam for myself to make something fresh and to have my brains reset.

I looked through Google Play top new games and noticed that the fidget spinners were very popular at that time. And also I was aware of another big trend, idle games, which play by themselves, even while the player is away.

I never clone popular mechanics, so, I used the concepts of spinning and idling, and added there my long-lasting love to steampunk genre, thus, deciding to make a game about spinning cogwheels, which can get connected and increase their rotation speed.

To stay productive I used, for the first time, additional lifehack. I started recording the whole process: coding, art creation, testing. Later on I published the development timelapse 1:60 video to Youtube.

After the first 3 days of development I felt that the idea has the potential, so I continued making it. After the first week there were 48 hours of pure work the alpha testing on Google Play started.

The players also liked the idea and started giving valuable suggestions. I had to rebuild the game core to integrate them, and started improving Steampunk Idle Spinner (this is how the original game is called) through all the 2017. The basic game idea was travelling across various steampunk dimensions, exploring them and building there incredible machines.

But by the end of 2017 I felt that the current version of the game core was not enough to cope with growing players’ suggestions (and they were very useful, like, the ability to move machines or handle resources flows). Fearing to break what’s already working I made the 4th game world, “Assembly line” as a separate game, “Engineer Millionaire” and launched its testing, too.

I always pay much attention to game performance, here’s one player’s tweet, which makes me feel particularly proud (it says: “I wanted to make the game lag, but I failed”) : https://t.co/UWnLskl7YR

By now I’ve spent more than 1000 hours on this project. I understand that this is developers’ community, and my main aim to post here is to show what things can be made with AIR. I participate in the game shows much and I really like the surprise expression on the audience faces when I tell that the game was made with AIR :slight_smile:

BTW, thank you, I recall that I was changing my site to work with www and without it, but looks like I forgot something.


#4

very interesting, thansk for that :slight_smile:


#5

I’d really like to connect with more as3 game developers. Since 2010 I’m the active community member at flashgamedev.ru, the main Russian-speaking community of as3 devs, organized many community activities such as contests, pre-release feedback exchange, game jams. But after 2016 the community started declining, more people just moved away to various social networks and stopped posting.