This Week in BlackBerry World: Vector Wars



If you grew up in the 70’s, 80’s or even the 90’s you have probably visited an arcade to play some classic games. Among the various games there is always some sort of spaceship shooting-style game. If you enjoy this style of game and are ready for a challenge, Vector Wars is the game for you!

With an interesting back-story, a great tutorial and tons of upgrades and achievements, this game will have you going for hours. Can you beat my high score of 83,350? Good luck!

To get more information about this great app, we asked the developer, Lloyd Summers of FileArchiveHaven, a few questions.

“Top-down style space shooter w/ Gamepad Support”

Where did the idea come from?

The game came about as a video game demonstration of Unity, but quickly become more of a game made out of passion. My intent was to create an invigorating and challenging game from the ground up that gives users the opportunity to compete against each other for high scores on cross platform, while utilizing a third-party framework for Unity that I hadn’t used before.

For more information, visit the blog post.

How long did it take to develop the app?

It took approximately 80 hours to develop the first iteration of the application.

I invested another 20 hours, returning to development and adding Gamepad support for Moga, while pushing it to 3 more platforms.

I did a follow-up cycle after working with the Unity3D team to isolate and resolve any remaining critical BlackBerry 10 issues in Unity before they removed BlackBerry support from their Unity development packages.

I’ve since invested another 20 or so hours on a revised and more polished version for WiiU, Xbox One and PS4.

Who are your ideal customers?

Gamers, casual users or anyone looking for a fun and quick game that reminds them of the arcade days. It is very much targeted towards the arcade feel.

Why should customers buy your app?

The development cycle I’ve been using for Vector Wars makes BlackBerry my main platform for development, with Android about one week behind and all other platforms a few weeks later. The best testing and earliest releases are always available on BlackBerry first, with BlackBerry hardware being the primary testing candidate for maximum compatibility.

As a result, this ensures that the best experience goes to both BlackBerry 10 users, followed by the Priv users, and finally all other platforms.

Additionally, all funds earned from Vector Wars are being used to pay for expensive development systems including BlackBerry hardware and development consoles such as the Xbox One and PS4 development kits (I’ve already purchased the consoles for WiiU!).

If you were looking for an app like this, look no further and get it now.

Together with this app we are recommending a few other applications available on BlackBerry World:

ReadItNow! – Pocket client: Enhance your reading experience!

Super Tube for YouTube: The most complete YouTube client

Read Out! (TTS, Text to MP3): Your personal read out assistant

Work Wide: Dual screen productivity and multitasking

Missed the previous episodes? Check them out to discover more high-quality apps for your BlackBerry.


About BVE

Bryan Van Engelen has been with BlackBerry since 2010. He is part of the Developer Programs and Outreach team, focusing on customer and developer engagement and support. @bve21