Impossible version of Android game created to defeat pirates

first_imgNoodlecake Studios is one of the most prolific and popular game developers and publishers on the App Store and Google Play Store with titles like Wayward Souls and Super Stickman Golf. With the recent launch of Shooting Stars, a quirky top-down shooter, Noodlecake decided to have a little fun and show the pirates who’s boss. Rather than wait for someone to upload a cracked version of their game, they made a special version for pirates and uploaded it. One important difference: this version of Shooting Stars is impossibly difficult. Shooting Stars launched on iOS recently at a price of $1.99, because as Noodlecake says (and we agree), it thinks there’s still a place for a premium game without in-app purchases. The team opted for this interesting anti-piracy strategy for the Android release after looking at the telemetry data for the wildly popular Wayward Souls on Android. This roguelike RPG is available on both iOS and Android for $6.99, but only 11% of active installs are actually paid for. The rest are pirated.So, several days before the Android launch of Shooting Stars, Noodlecake seeded popular torrent and direct download sites with the modified APK. When the pirates downloaded the game, everything seemed normal for the first three levels, then the boss battle gets crazy. The pirates encounter one “Daft Premium,” who doesn’t exist in the retail version of the game. Mr. Premium spawns dozens of super-powerful enemies with high hitpoints and powerful attacks. If they somehow survive that, Daft Premium attacks, and he has unlimited health. The outcome is inevitable. After the player is eliminated by Daft Premium, a cheeky message pops up on the screen encouraging them to actually buy the game. The game is even on sale right now to make it less painful to pony up the cash. Instead of $1.99, it’s only $0.99.last_img read more

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Skyscanner has been named one of the Sunday Times

first_imgSkyscanner has been named one of the Sunday Times Best 100 Small Companies to Work securing 86th place.Skyscanner were one of just two Scottish companies and one of just three businesses in the travel sector to make the grade.The awards list the top 100 small companies in the UK according to their performance in eight key indicators: staff engagement, leadership, relationship with management, personal growth, wellbeing, teamwork, corporate responsibility, job engagement and fair treatment of staff.Skyscanner offers excellent career development opportunities in an innovative and free-thinking environment and prides itself on being a non-corporate, creative, diverse and respectful workplace. Chief Executive Gareth Williams commented:“We are delighted to have been recognised in the top 100 list and it’s a true indicator of the team at Skyscanner pulling together to create a productive and enjoyable working environment.“We’re extremely lucky to have received this accolade given we have grown so rapidly in the last year. It really just shows how much we truly value the people we work with.”Skyscanner is currently recruiting exceptional individuals for a variety of roles including market development executives for Turkey, India, Poland, Australia, Brazil, Netherlands, Ukraine and Taiwan and technology roles ranging from Database Developer-Operations to Web Scrapers.Want to work for one of the best 100 companies in the UK?Visit www.skyscanner.net/jobs for a list of the latest opportunities.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkyscanner is a great place to work: it’s official!Skyscanner scoops string of honours in UK’s biggest employer awards.Skyscanner AwardsSkyscanner have won or been shortlisted for numerous awards. Here are our most recent wins:Skyscanner: officially a great place to workWe’ve been awarded another great place to work award. So what makes us different?last_img read more

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