Kickstarter! My name is Dan Shapley, founder of the App-Different Development
Studio, and I'm here with a project that's a bit different than
what you're used to seeing. There are two parts to the story here: Part I
covers the App-Different Community concept while Part II focuses on the game
special deal for all potential backers: During
the course of this Kickstarter campaign, we've made our app, "THE KING
PONG PROJECT" available for FREE download in the Apple App Store.
That's right! Without pledging anything at all, you can download the app right
now by clicking here.
I: What’s so “different” about this project?
is not a simple "help me fund my app" project. Living up to our name,
App-Different is undertaking an entirely new approach to app development &
game design. We are looking to construct a community website where you can take an active part in the building of apps via crowdsourcing.
decided to open the creative side of our business to you, the end-user, so that
we can design these apps together.
right, you can be the creative talent and the decision maker. You
tell us which apps
to pursue and how they should be designed. Using this model, you
can take part in creating our first community game, "KING PONG" (As well as
other apps down the road).
how it works:
will receive access to the members only section of our community website, the
soon to be revamped: app-different.com. You will have voting rights to various
decisions regarding the direction and design of our apps. At different
intervals, we will post ideas, concepts, artwork, level designs, etc., for you
to vote on. We will in turn develop the app based on the results of your votes
there will be contests (with prizes and cash awards) for you to submit your own ideas and designs, as well
as forums for you to discuss the app development, and whatever else comes along
as we progress.
us what you've got!
is voluntary. Pick a project that interests you and get involved as much or as
little as you want. Depending on your contribution, rewards will vary from
simple recognition/bragging rights to developer credits to App-Different swag and cash prizes. While you earn achievement points, we'll track
and display your participation via "Leader Boards" for all to see.
Gain contract work with us or even other development houses that appreciate
your talent. Or take what you've learned and branch off into your own development
studio. We want to be your springboard!
of app development is pretty new territory, but the potential is huge! KING
PONG is our first attempt using this method, but if this project is
successful, we plan to launch many more apps in a similar fashion, and broaden
the scope of the App-Different community. Let's Make This Happen!
II: ABOUT KING PONG®
when console games were just simple fun? Sure, the
graphics were limited, but we really didn't mind. Deep down, we all understand
that more important to a good game is the game play itself. Everything
else is just window dressing. The memorable games are fun to play. This
is why Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga are still household names, while 99% of iOS games
are not. App-Different is determined to bring the fun back to console
gaming. Is Apple TV even a game console? Well no....not yet. But that's
about to change. Big time.
THE GAME" with App-Different
noted above, during the course of this Kickstarter project, you can download
THE KING PONG PROJECT from the App Store. It's available for you to test
out the basic functionality and generate ideas. Once you have the app, you will notice that
it's currently a pretty basic Pong-style game. Yes, this is intentional. (Hence
the name: THE KING PONG PROJECT).
It's still fun to play, but we
want to make it awesome. And we want you to help us do it.The framework is in place, and
we've got some ideas for the direction to take, but it will really be up to
you to tell us how this game will turn out. Exploding bricks?
Paddles with lasers? A big gorilla throwing barrels around? YOU VOTE, YOU DECIDE! (In the event of a stalemate, Batman will be the tie-breaker.)
but seriously...why PONG???
just pong, KING PONG! We might be new to iOS gaming, but so is Apple TV as a
gaming console. So what better place to start than at the beginning? If you think
about it, PONG is the essence of a console game: Two paddles and a ball. Bring
your own skill, reflexes, and trash-talking.
already built the foundation. You can test the game for free. Play it solo, device to
device via bluetooth, or go console mode on your big screen using Apple TV. Jot
down some ideas, and bring them back to the community for discussion.
all this about Apple TV being a game console? That's impossible, right?
This game is designed to use the iPhone 4S, iPad2, (or uh, "The New iPad”) as a
‘controller’ for the game action on the big screen. While the game itself is
actually running on your iPhone, the video is displayed on your TV.
KING PONG will play on an iPod Touch or earlier versions of iPhone as well, but
only the 4S or iPad can send video to the TV via AirPlay. In a 2-player game,
only one device needs to use Airplay, so the second device can be an iPod or
When in AirPlay mode, we do not simply mirror the iPhone screen. We show a completely different display than what's on the TV -so that your focus
is on the big screen, while the smaller device acts as a dedicated game
obtained a provisional patent on the method we've
devised allowing our games to be played on the TV via the motions you
make with the phone in your hand. Similar in game play to the Nintendo Wii. For
KING PONG in particular, you can control the paddle by tilting the phone up and
down. We call this method AirMotion, and we think it’s a pretty big deal.
you will be able to control the big-screen paddle by swiping your finger up and
down on the iPhone or iPad screen. And for the purist who grumbles, “Don't they
understand that you can't really play a PONG game without a paddle wheel
controller?” Well, we’re here to tell you that we do understand,
and we bring you that option as well. -Via a virtual paddle wheel on the iPhone
"grip" this on-screen wheel with 2 or 3 fingers and spin back and
forth. Now put on your best Zeppelin shirt, kick back in your bean bag chair,
and relive the glory days!
PONG is only the first of several "AirMotion enabled" games
that we've got lined up for development. Apple TV is still considered a
"hobby" by Apple, but they've already sold millions of them,
and we all know what's going to happen once Apple gets serious about it.
App-Different plans to be there when this thing explodes. And
you would like to contribute, we have a wide selection of rewards to choose
from. The choice is yours, it just depends on what level of involvement you'd
like to have, and how much of the vision you share with us.
Beyond the reward of receiving the completed game, we
believe that the ability to be a participant in the development, plus the
chance to compete for further rewards makes this a unique opportunity.
does the funding go?
now you must understand that this project is about MUCH more than building a
new PONG app, which may only cost a few thousand dollars. We're looking to fund
the initial kickstart, the business should fund itself. But an endeavor this
size takes a lot of start-up money. If we hit or surpass the goal, the
funds will be spent first on completing and maintaining the new App-Different
community website (which is highly complex and will cost a lot to develop and
maintain), delivering rewards to our backers, stocking up on contributor awards
and prizes, completion of the first game, advertising, and then beginning work
on other community developed apps.
more attention the community receives, the bigger the community gets, the
better the games we can develop and the better rewards we can offer.
this whole idea crazy?
Probably. But some of the best ideas seemed crazy at the beginning. We
think we've got a hook here with Apple TV and AirMotion™, but the community
will not be limited to games only. We’re open to just about anything.
Educational, Utilities, Music, you name it! If it seems practical, worth the
effort, and the community agrees, well...you just might see your idea
as the community expands, we envision a full-feature site where people can
exchange ideas and information, bits of code, etc. Where anyone can post their
own development projects, help each other to reach their goals, and share in the proceeds.
with all great endeavors, there is the risk of failure. We truly feel this idea
is unique and could be the beginning of something great. The website
design has been laid out. We've obtained the provisional patent and trademark
for AirMotion™. We've also trademarked App-Different™, and KING PONG™. We’ve
got the framework completed for our first game, and a couple more ideas on table. We've got really talented contractors lined up and with you on board, we’ll be ready to roll.
are some great people on our team who have sacrificed their time and
energy to make this happen. They've done so because they believe in this
concept, and they believe in you.
here it is, community: Your first opportunity to vote
your opinion. You are either going to love the idea, make a pledge, and help
make this a huge success, or you’ll hate it and laugh us right off of
Kickstarter. We’re prepared for either, but we’ve got faith in you.
So let us leave you with one last thought:
years from now, when your friends are all playing games on their new Apple
televisions, you'll remember this opportunity at Kickstarter. Will you be
telling them how you had a part in it? Or will you be talking about
another opportunity that passed you by?
A few t-shirt selections:
Shirt Option #1: Logo on front, web address on back
Shirt Option #2: Front shows member designation and web address
Shirt Option #3: Front shows web address
Shirt Option #4: Front shows "Last Alert" and web address
We will gather your choice and size preference at the project's end.
And every member also gets an App-Different iPhone4/4s case as well. Your choice between silicon or hard shell style.
(Any color you'd like as long as it's black.)
We proudly support the "Kicking it Forward" campaign to assist other
Kickstarter projects. App-Different pledges 5% of net income from the sales of
the KING PONG app to back other worthwhile Kickstarter projects. Read more
about this program here: http://kickingitforward.org