FW Editor: What do you plan to create in the future?
Angel Garcia (AKA: HAL9000): I'll add some more features to TT_Dialer for Android, and make a full version of SlideMyTiles! Lite, in addition to some minor games. Another app I've planned, but I don't know when I'll have the time to program, is a classic jigsaw puzzle.
FW Editor: Which was the first software you ever created?
Angel Garcia (AKA: HAL9000): Speaking in general, the first serious software was a TV guide for a little local cable TV, which showed the programs for the day, useful information and some ads. For Android, the first application was TT_Dialer.
FW Editor: What was your inspiration behind developing Slide My Tiles? Which was your starting point?
Angel Garcia (AKA: HAL9000): My inspiration for SlideMyTiles! was the classic children toy made of a frame of plastic containing plastic tiles which you can slide thanks to the little flaps on two sides of each tile which fit on the grooves of the other two sides. I tried to make it as realistic as possible, so I did my best to add the right shadows and illumination. Since the game requires some score displays, I had to get a bit apart of the realism on that, but even doing so I tried to resemble old fashioned digital displays.
FW Editor: Can you tell us more about the most important features available in Slide My Tiles?
Angel Garcia (AKA: HAL9000): Well, you can customize the frame color, you can choose the kind of puzzle, between numeric or picture, choosing one of the five available pictures in the second case, and you can select the number of tiles from 3x3 to 6x6. The best scores are saved for each kind and size of puzzle.
But that is for the current Lite version, the full version will have more built-in pictures and the ability to use your own images or even take it at that very moment with the camera. In addition the puzzle size will reach 10x10 tiles and I plan to add new play modes, as series, timed or challenge.
Another upcoming feature is the ability to publish the best scores on internet through ScoreLoop.
FW Editor: Which is your favorite feature and why?
Angel Garcia (AKA: HAL9000): The ability to change the frame color. It's very simple, I know, but I had to program the tinting algorithm from scratch since the Android built-in color filters didn't give the desired results. And a second favorite, although it's a feature that passes unnoticed by players, is the scrambling the tiles in a way that none of them remains on its place and at the same time the puzzle results solvable.
FW Editor: How can you describe Slide My Tiles one single word? Why?
Angel Garcia (AKA: HAL9000): Childhood. Because it's what I remember playing it. I loved these old little cheap plastic puzzles with numbers, letters or simple drawings which some times you almost cannot solve because the tiles got stalled by the friction.
FW Editor: Is there a strategy to easily solve the puzzle?
Angel Garcia (AKA: HAL9000): Not really, just some logic and common sense. Even if you see a tile which you know where to put, leave it alone if it doesn't pertain to the zone of the puzzle that you are solving. Try to solve it starting with the upper left most tile, and then add the tiles to fill row after row or column after column.
FW Editor: To end with, is there any message you would like to send to the people playing Slide My Tiles?
Angel Garcia (AKA: HAL9000): Yes. Just that I hope that they enjoy the game as much as I do, and for those who are not very young, that it remember them of their childhood.
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