Seven days have gone by! Siete. Sept. Sette. Where does the time go? Oh wait … I know. Cookie Connect!
Seven days ago, Cookie Connect was released for Club Pogo members (yay!). If you’ve been playing, I’m reeeeeally curious to know your thoughts and questions about the game. Comment below and I’ll answer some of the questions in next weeks’ blog. Include what level you’re on! (I’m on level 17 right now!)
Oh! Here is something SUPER exciting … our next Fireside Chat is THIS Thursday, March 23 at 2 p.m. (PT) in Cookie Connect chat. Please bring your Cookie Connect questions to the Pogo Team and let’s discuss all things Cookie Connect. Chat Rooms we’ll be in are: Badge Hunters, Badge Junkies, Badge Nuts and Cool Minis. (Bring some cookies, too. I’ll take them off your hands.) :D
In other news, I’m WAY excited for a fresh, new week of Wednesday Challenges (Iove ‘em)! Last week, I finished StoryQuest’s Frantic Search Badge within an hour once I started to go for it (whew). And let me tell ya, I really enjoyed getting to know it better while also scoring a cool new Badge.
P.S. & BTW … A few weeks ago, Wednesday Challenges introduced me to Puck’s Peak and I have been loving that game ever since!
Soooo … how did you find your favorite game in Pogo? Wednesday Challenges? A friend? Spill it. Comment below!
Pogo artist, Tony, wanted to share the new badge for Stack’em from the upcoming Premium Badge Album 117 (PBA). This is the Badge he came up with called Fox Throttled. This looks soooooo cool!
Tony says, “We called this Badge Fox Throttled. It sounds a bit harsh, but this is what happens when a sly fox tries to break into a hen house, and the hen house security just happens to be a big, square Bull. No animals were hurt in the making of this Badge.”
Cookie Connect Q&A with Developer
I have something ultra-fun JUST for you AWESOME Pogo Insider readers. Just a few days ago, I sat down with the Development Team for Cookie Connect. No lyin’! They go by the (cool) name CoolGames Studio and they were, well, super cool!
Pogo_Llama: Hello CoolGames Studio! Would you please introduce yourself to the Pogo Community?
CoolGames Studio (CGS): Hi Pogo Community! We are CoolGames, based in beautiful Amsterdam and we’re very excited to bring you Cookie Connect!
Pogo_Llama: How did you come up with the idea for Cookie Connect?
CGS: We made a few puzzle games with levels in them before, but we wanted to try out a new kind of game, with new goals. Our goal was to make a game where it feels really cool to make long combinations and blow up the board with one move.
We also wanted to make a game that had a lot of cute characters in it. After the first try-outs with the game and testing it out, we also added the “Boss Bear” and made his levels special and gave him extra personality. We think in the end we have a very nice game with cool characters and challenging levels, and we’re very eager to know what the Pogo Community thinks of them!
Pogo_Llama: Are any of the cookies based off real recipes? If so, what are the names of the cookies?
Yes! Well, at least some of them are! If you look closely you can find the classic chocolate chip cookie, these are the brown cookies. The green one has a wafer pattern found on wafers or stroopwafels (although we made them green so that each cookie has its own color). The pink ones are inspired by jelly donuts and we have cupcakes and cookie dough!
Pogo_Llama: What’s your favorite part of Cookie Connect?
CGS: The Bear levels, definitely! You’ll need to reach level 10 for his first moment in the spotlight!
Pogo_Llama: I love the scooter the mouse rides on! Do you ride scooters?
CGS: Actually, Amsterdam is buzzing with scooters. It’s a convenient way of getting around the narrow streets. But we prefer bicycles, they’re much more friendly for the environment!
Pogo_Llama: Speaking of the mouse on the scooter, does the mouse, or any other character in the game, have names?
CGS: That is an excellent question… actually none of the characters were given names… maybe we could turn this into a community contest on Pogo?!
The main character is actually a koala! But in making the koala cuter, we made some changes to the character design to make him a bit more mouse-like. I guess he does look more like a mouse now…
Pogo_Llama: Making a game is a ton of work and comes with so much learning. What did you learn from your experience by developing Cookie Connect?
CGS: We learn a ton of new things with each game, but with Cookie Connect we learned a lot of new things about character design and the design of the world map. We also had a chance to work with the awesome people behind the scenes at Pogo, which was a great experience as well!
Pogo_Llama: How was the music made? Does the song have a name?
CGS: The song does not have a title. It was actually made by the same composer that worked on Horizon: Zero Dawn on PlayStation 4.
Pogo_Llama: What level have you gotten to? What’s your favorite level?
CGS: We are most proud of the bear levels and the ones with a lot of customers. They are the hardest ones to make and test. But we are very curious what the community likes best!
Pogo_Llama: What does the future look like for Cookie Connect?
CGS: That all depends on the Pogo Community!
Pogo_Llama: What is your favorite type of cookie?
CGS: Stroopwafel! It’s a traditional Dutch recipe: two round, thin cookies with syrup in between. They’re great and best enjoyed when a bit warm!
Thanks so much for your time, CoolGames Studios!
And that, as they say, is the way the cookie crumbles. :)
Every week I answer a question or two (non-technical) related to Pogo. We get lots of questions every week, so I try to focus on common themes or the same question coming from different folks. To submit your questions for the Pogo Insider, click here!
(For technical issues, please go to Pogo’s Help Page.)
Q: Do you have any plans to convert more games from Java to HTML5?
A: This was touched upon in one of the first Pogo Insider blogs and I’d like to share an update, as this is something I’ve seen requested even more now that browsers are switching over to HTML 5 support.
The short answer to this question is that there are not any Java games currently being switched over to HTML5.
However, I am very (very) curious to know which games you like the very most. Which Java games would you fight till the ends of the earth to have converted to HTML5? Please name a few of your very (very) favorite Pogo games below in the comments section. I’ll take those comments and send the feedback over to our Team. I promise nothing but as your Community Advocate, I make sure your voice is heard!
If you’d like to understand more of the WHY behind HTML5 and its switchover, please read about here in the March 14th edition of the Pogo Insider.
Q: Why do you make new games and not fix the ones bugs in others first?
A: I know, right? This is a weird one, so let me clear it up for you.
Pogo is made up of different Teams working on different games in different ways. For example, we have a Team that builds games, and that’s what they do (hurrah!). On the other hand, we have another Team whose job it is to fix bugs (hurrah!).
This is to ensure that we’re able to have new games in conjunction with bug-fixing.
And then, there’s the bug itself (those little buggers). Fixing bugs is time-consuming – and sometimes it’s like a deck of cards. You touch one thing and suddenly, you’ve got a whole new issue! All that said, here’s Bug-Fixing 101 as best as I can summarize:
- A bug gets flagged.
- The Team has to figure out why and where there’s a bug at all (think of a needle in a haystack).
- Once that is sorted out, the Team solves it with a fix.
- Test, test … the Team tests around the fix to make sure nothing else breaks in the course of fixing.
It’s a pretty lengthy process, but we’ve got a great Team working as fast as they can on squashing those annoying bugs. Hope that helps!
Random non-gaming stuff
“Random Non-Gaming Stuff” is just that … random, not about gaming, and just for the heck of it. Feel free to leave some thoughts in the Comments for any RNGS articles folks might enjoy.
I have a question for you all: What do you do when you start feeling like a cold is coming on? I recently took a short jaunt back to visit family in Wisconsin and returned feeling a bit achy and my throat was sore. I took to doubling up my hot ginger water and added some lemon. I also added some Echinacea into my system. What do you prescribe, Pogo Community? Please (ACH-OO!) comment below with your suggestions and traditions. (Sniff.)
Thank you ALL verrrrrry much for reading and hanging out today. I really enjoyed it. Oh! And please don’t forget to connect with us on Pinterest and Facebook! See on Thursday (March 23, 2017) at 2p.m. PT for the Fireside Chat all about Cookie Connect.
If you’re having troubles loading or getting into a Pogo game, please go to Pogo’s Help Page. Unfortunately, I am unable to help out with any technical questions via the blog. Thank you!