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Could Creatures be made for SmartPhones?   
Crowsong

Crowsong
United States  


  6/8/2018

First off sorry I disappeared for two years!

I still play Creatures but I’m not on my computer as much as I used to be, I spend more time on my phone.

So naturally, I’m wondering if Creatures could be somehow shifted from just a PC game to a game for smartphones.

My brother is in school for developing/working on games but I don’t know to ask him cuz he wouldn’t care if it’s legal or not.

If it is legal and possible, what would we have to do to get it done? Cuz I’d do whatever I could for that!

Thanks!!

 
Pilla
Fuzzy Dragonhat

Pilla
Belgium  

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  6/8/2018

An option would be to create some COBs/agents that allow for moving around and easier navigation on a touch screen, so Windows tablets and phones running W10 could be used.

Technically that would probably also allow teamviewer sessions or something via a phone to a windows PC running the games.


Other than that I'm not really sure what you mean with shifting it to a smartphone game, are you going to convert the games? Create a new one?


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NornBreeder
Brewer of Tales

NornBreeder
United States  


  6/8/2018

The teamviewer thing is a good idea. Wonder if you could control things remotely with any degree of efficiency. Interesting.
 
Pilla
Fuzzy Dragonhat

Pilla
Belgium  

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  6/8/2018  1

NornBreeder wrote:
The teamviewer thing is a good idea. Wonder if you could control things remotely with any degree of efficiency. Interesting.



I tried it before and it kind of works, but on a touchscreen it's hard to navigate around ingame. :P


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xan

xan
United States  


  6/10/2018  1

No.

The best you can hope for is a VNC or other screen-sharing solution, like TeamViewer above. However, since Creatures requires a lot of fast-updating bitmaps, it won't run or look good, as that's the worst case scenario for screen sharing. Even tunneling over SSH is... iffy, and that's getting entirely out of the realm of phone software.

If you have a tablet with an x86/64 processor like the later Surface line, then it can be run like any other desktop application. x86/64 phones are very rare (running a full-fledged desktop OS even rarer), but you could research the topic-- they do exist... I'm dimly aware of there being x86 emulators floating around in the app ecosystem as well, but I can only imagine similar performance issues to screen sharing.

We don't have the Creatures source code, so no amount of game development nor legal experience is helpful when it comes to putting it on the typical smartphone - it was only compiled for x86.

It's a shame; the UI adapts to touch pretty well even without helper agents. It would be an excellent candidate for a port right now, if the source was available.

Also, welcome back. There's no need to apologize; we're all boomerangs here.

 


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