New Game! Stack-a-Sleigh Available Now

Our brand new Christmas-themed game, Stack-a-Sleigh, is available just in time for the holidays!

Stack-a-Sleigh is a tower building game with two enjoyable modes of play. In “Tower of Gifts” mode, players try to stack presents in a tower as high as they can before the tower topples. The second mode, “Sliding Sleighs”, challenges players to fill as many sleighs with gifts as they can before nightfall on Christmas Eve.

Fun for all ages, Stack-a-Sleigh is now available for iOS devices – iPhone, iPod touch, iPad & iPad mini on the iTunes App Store and…

…for a limited time, Stack-a-Sleigh is on SALE! Download the game before December 9 for special launch pricing!


Download Stack-a-Sleigh Today!

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Henry’s Spooky Headlamp Version 2 is Now Available!

Henry’s Spooky Headlamp – Version Two is now available for download in the iTunes App Store and the NOOK Bookstore™ by Barnes & Noble!

This is the first Version Two of one of our apps we have done and it was much needed! As you may recall, Version One of Henry’s Spooky Headlamp was the first app that we released. It was released right before Halloween last year and was definitely due for an update.

Our original title screen for Henry’s Spooky Headlamp, v.1

The updated title screen for Henry’s Spooky Headlamp v.2

We made quite a few improvements to the already engaging game. Some of those include updated artwork, a better user interface and user experience, and a couple of new spooky surprises. The most notable improvement has been a brand new, fully interactive Prize Scene, much like the Prize Scene in Henry’s Summer Headlamp.

New and improved Prize Scene

The new Prize Scene consists of two screens. The first screen you see as soon as you finish the game and this is where you choose your prize for that round. (Note: You can only choose one prize piece at a time, the more you play, the more pieces you can earn toward your creation). The second screen is where you can manipulate your pieces to create an awesome jack-o-lantern art masterpiece! Once your creation is complete, you can save a photo of your masterpiece to your device. Once you have the image saved, you can share it with family and friends just like you would any other picture!

An example of a jack-o-lantern prize creation.

Other important updates include Retina artwork to optimize the game for all iOS devices and iPhone 5 compatibility.

Henry’s Spooky Headlamp v.2 is fully compatible with iPhone 5!

If you are looking for a fun way to get your child excited about Halloween, download the new version of Henry’s Spooky Headlamp for your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or NOOK Color™ or NOOK Tablet™ today! Looking for more information about the game? Visit our Henry’s Spooky Headlamp page, which has links to download from both the iTunes App Store and the NOOK Bookstore™ by Barnes & Noble.

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Anniversary Celebration – A New Game and a Sale!

We have some exciting news as we wrap our week-long anniversary celebration! We have a new app in the App Store! Well, technically it is an updated version of an older app. Just in time for our anniversary we are re-releasing Henry’s Spooky Headlamp!

Version Two is chock-full of updates – new artwork, an interactive new prize system, and a few spooky surprises! The new version is also optimized for Retina iPad and the brand new iPhone 5! You can download the game for iOS or learn more about Henry’s Spooky Headlamp. The game is a great deal at only 99¢!

However, the fun doesn’t stop there…

For one day only – Saturday – all of the other games in our Henry suite will be FREE! That’s right, to finish out our anniversary celebration Henry’s Winter Headlamp, Henry’s Smart Headlamp, and Henry’s Summer Headlamp will all be available for free download – TOMORROW! (Note: This sale applies only to the iOS versions of our games and does not include Henry’s Spooky Headlamp). We ask nothing in return except that if you enjoy one of the games, please consider leaving us a review in the App Store.

You can find all of the apps by visiting the following links:

Henry’s Winter Headlamp

 

 

 

 

Henry’s Smart Headlamp

 

 

 

 

Henry’s Summer Headlamp

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for all of your support during our first year! It has been an amazing year and we are very much looking forward to the next year.

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Happy Anniversary to US! – Part Two

*This is a continuation of our post Happy Anniversary to US! – Part One. You can read that post to find out what happened during our first six months. 

During the winter, Shawn and I moved into a new house and office, hired two part-time employees Courtney & Connor, Shawn started a new job outside of Campfire Apps, and we started planning projects for the new year. It was a slow few months compared to the previous three in terms of app development, but it was nice to take time to settle in to new routines and a new space.

In the Spring we started work on Caddy2Go, our mini golf scorekeeping app, which is very near and dear to us. We released our first “app” (not game) in May, just in time for Memorial Day weekend and the start of vacation season.

We wrapped up our cycle with our app club, and quickly realized that this was something that other schools were interested in. We had interest for our Patapsco APPlied Club trickling in from about February until the end of the school year. Shawn and I thought this might be a good time to pursue our passion for education and working with teens a little more seriously. So we started the APPlied Club brand / company! We didn’t have a great idea of where this would lead us, but we knew that word was spreading about the work we were doing and that it was probably in our best interest to keep up! Over the summer we taught 2 workshops to groups of teachers about how to run an APPlied Club at their own schools. We are happy to share that, right now, we have 8 other schools participating in APPlied Club this year! We started meeting with our group at Patapsco last week and we are really stoked about the possibilities we are opening ourselves to.

Knowing that we might have some other clubs under our wings this year, we spent most of the summer working on curriculum and content for APPlied Club. We also spent time working on Henry’s Summer Headlamp, the 4th game in the Henry Suite, for iOS and NOOK. We also worked on a version of Henry’s Smart Headlamp for NOOK.

That brings us close to today…whew! We have spent the last few weeks working on an update to our very first app, Henry’s Spooky Headlamp. We submitted for approval to Apple and NOOK last week and hope to share the updates with you very soon. It was nice to go back and work on that app again, it feels like we have come full circle. Man, have we had a busy year!

If you had told me a year ago that we would have released 5 games / apps under Campfire Apps, 2 more with APPlied Club, and be running two companies – I would have laughed at you! Our jobs are so enjoyable, we wear many different hats and play many different roles with each of our companies, but the rewards are so plentiful. There’s not a day that goes by that we aren’t thankful that we get to live this lifestyle and enjoy working for ourselves. Sure, we are crazy busy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

It has been a wonderful year, thank you for joining us and supporting us in this adventure! To celebrate, we have a special announcement on Friday, stay tuned! In the coming weeks watch for a new version of Henry’s Spooky Headlamp (once again, just in time for the Halloween season) and our goals for this coming year.

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Happy Anniversary to US! – Part One

Today we are celebrating a pretty big milestone. It has been a little over a year since we first launched Campfire Apps in September of last year! It is hard to believe that it has already been a whole year, and yet, sometimes it seems like we have had much more time than that. It has been an extremely rewarding and busy first year. Today we would like to take some time and revisit our biggest milestones with you all.

Last summer I left my job teaching Kindergarten to pursue app development with Shawn full time. I had no idea when I first started out where that would take me. It has taken me almost the entire year to get used to the idea that this is now my job and that the freedoms and flexibilities of working for myself are well-earned. We spent the summer of 2011 ironing out details of how we would work together, what we would work on, and under what company we would continue. Shawn was running a hobbyist app development company, Shawn’s Bits, and had released quite a few games / apps under that brand. When I came on, and we wanted to re-brand and create something that was “ours” we came up with the idea for Campfire Apps. It has been a year and I am still as in love with and excited about our brand, the name of our company, and what we stand for as I was the day we hashed out our idea. That’s a good feeling.

In October 2011, we released our first game, Henry’s Spooky Headlamp. This was a little bit of a whirlwind as this was not the first game we had planned on. The first game was going to be a learning game but as Halloween approached we found an opportunity to release a fun and themed version of our learning game idea to test out the waters. This was my first time designing and creating artwork for anything that the public was going to see = nerve-wracking! The game did exceptionally well and we are currently waiting on approval for a second, updated version of this game (you’ll be hearing more about that soon).

After putting out Henry’s Spooky Headlamp on iOS, we felt really great about the product and the whole series of ideas we had for the character. At that time we set a pretty lofty goal of getting three apps (including Spooky Henry) to market by the beginning of the new year. (What were we thinking??) As if that wasn’t enough to keep us busy, one of us (okay, maybe it was both of us) had the idea to start an after-school app development club at our high school alma mater Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts. We started in October meeting with about 10 kids after school once a week to teach them all about making apps and the business of apps. We called this club Patapsco APPlied Club.

The end of Autumn and Winter last year were crazy busy for us – and we loved every minute of it! We worked really hard to get two more apps to market by January: Henry’s Smart Headlamp and Henry’s Winter Headlamp, which were released about two weeks apart in November and December. In December we also started developing apps for the Barnes & Noble NOOK devices. It was a really great opportunity to reach more families with our games and we still love developing for NOOK and currently have 3 apps available.

During this time we were also working with our high school students on their first app. Together we were working on an app for the school to share good news, events, and important information. In February the students released their first app PHSConnect. This was very exciting and the group received a lot of great press about the club and their app. Immediately after finishing the app, we started work on a game with the students. This game would become Patriot Dash and was released in May at an awesome launch party.

This year has been awesome…and we are only half way through! We will be back on Wednesday with the rest of the journey to today. 2012 has been just as good to us as 2011 was, check back on Wednesday to read Part Two!

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360iDev with the Campfire Apps team!

 

Our 360iDev Pals – Ray & Vicki Wenderlich and Brandon Trebitowski

On Sepetember 8th, the Campfire Apps team jumped on a plane and headed to Denver! We were there from the 8th through the 13th for the 360iDev conference. This conference is a place where iOS developers from all over the United States (& World) can come together for one week to learn new things, meet new people, and have a great time. We did a lot throughout the week, we even took a trip to the top of  the mountain, Pikes Peak, which is over 14,000 feet high.

 

Steph, Shawn, & Courtney – The Campfire Apps Team – at the top of Pike’s Peak

On Tuesday night, we participated in the 360iDev Game Jam. This was an awesome event hosted by some of the attendees of the conference. During the day on Tuesday we received a theme for the Game Jam – “Growth” – and after dinner settled in for an evening of programming, design, and all around fun. The Game Jam started around 7:00 pm and participants had until 9:00 am Wednesday to create at least a prototype of a game to share with the group Wednesday afternoon.

 

Our Game Jam table: Brandon, Shawn, & Courtney

Our game was (tentatively) called “Present Drop” and the goal of the game is to ‘grow’ a tower of gifts as tall as possible without knocking it over or losing too many gifts along the way. As you might have guessed, our game is also holiday-themed, which was a lot of fun. Here is a peek at what the title screen looks like for our game:

This was our first time participating in the Game Jam, and we will definitely be participating again next year! We had so much fun working quickly to get our game ready. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in such a short period of time when you just sit down and focus on it.

360iDev is an awesome opportunity for iOS developers to get together, talk shop and experience this amazing community. We have really been impressed the last two years that we have attended and have made a lot of new friends through this conference. We left the conference with so much inspiration, and so many new ideas! The Campfire Apps team has been brainstorming, so be on the look out for new goodies soon!

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Live from the 360iDev Game Jam!

The Campfire Apps team has been working diligently for the past 5 hours on an app for the Game Jam at the 360iDev conference in Denver. Our game for the game jam is “Present Drop” and it’s Christmas themed! Shawn has been working on the coding, while Stephanie has been designing the artwork for the game. Our goal is to finish the game tonight; or at least get it to be functional. Keep an eye out for more updates about the game, because it’s one that we hope to be releasing this winter.

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Apps for High School Students: Productivity

This is the third installment of our Apps for High School Students series here on the blog. Today we are sharing a few great apps for Productivity. This is a really important topic for high school students, and one that maybe doesn’t get enough attention.

Being productive and exercising good time management are crucial to being successful in school, especially once you get to college. Mastering these skills becomes even more important when you enter the workforce. Usually, there’s no one telling you how to do your work or when or how much time to spend on it, all of that responsibility falls on you (the student)!

The apps we are going to share with you today can help you practice these skills as you are working through your high school career or heading into your college years.

myHomework
myHomework is a FREE app for iPhone and iPad that provides a place to keep track of homework assignments, so you never forget another assignment! The app includes a calendar where you can see when assignments are due, a class schedule where you can store all the information for your classes, and a web-companion where you can sync and view your assignments.

 

 

iStudiez Pro
iStudiez Pro is an iPhone and iPad app that offers many of the same features of myHomework (above) but also offers much much more! This app is a great way to organize your entire life. Keep track of class schedules, assignments, grades, and push notifications to let you know of upcoming tasks that are due or events that are scheduled. For a limited time, get this robust app for only 99¢!

 

 

Promodoro
Promodoro is a great app for keeping track of time and making the most of your time! This app is a complement to the Pomodoro Technique of time management which suggests making a list of your tasks to be completed, tackling them one at a time for 25 minute blocks of time only. After working on a task for 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break! After 4 25 minute periods (Pomodoros) take a longer break. This app includes not only a Pomodoro timer, but a task list and stats sheet as well. See if you can beat yesterday’s productivity by completing more pomodoros today! This would be great for students learning how to better manage their time and is great for encouraging breaks when working – which is so important!

 

Evernote
Any student who doesn’t yet know about the power of Evernote, you need to download this app now! Evernote is an amazing and simple note-taking app. However, it’s so much more than that! You can add web clips, photos, and voice reminders. Then, share your notebook with other people you may want to collaborate with on a project or keep it to yourself. Either way, you can access your Evernote account across multiple devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.) and on the web, which is nice because you can get access to all your important notes no matter where you are! There are other great apps, products, and services that integrate with Evernote to make the experience even better – including LiveScribe pens! Perhaps best of all, Evernote – and it’s apps – are all completely FREE!

 

We hope you will try some of these recommendations this year to help you be more productive and practice good time management. If you have any other suggestions for Productivity apps for students, we would love to hear about them – Share them in the Comments!

 

*This post is the 3rd in the series: Apps for High School Students. You can read the other posts here:
Apps for High School Students: Seniors
Apps for High School Students: Studying

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Apps for High School Students: Seniors

Senior year is a very important year, however it can be very stressful for students. Here are a few apps that might help to make a students senior year a little easier.

 

MyMajors

MyMajors is an app that’s available for iPhone and iPad for free. This app allows you to search through various college majors to help you choose which one is the best fit for you. After you’ve chosen a major, the app generates a list of schools that offer that major and fit any criteria that you’ve set. This app is perfect for students who aren’t sure what they want to study, or where they want to go to school.

 

 

ACT College Search

This free app is perfect for students who are looking for a college to attend. With this app you can narrow down your school choices based on state, major, size, and more. When you find a school that stands out to you or a school that you like, you can add it to your “favorites” so that you can remember to research more about that school. This app is sure to help you find a college that’s a good fit for you!

 

 

College FAFSA Finder

This iPad app is available for free in the iTunes store, and it’s sure to be a big help to a lot of students! FAFSA is the way that students are able to get financial aid for college, this app helps you to not only search for colleges, but also FAFSA opportunities. This is definitely something that will help all high school seniors!

 

 

Do you have any other apps that you think would be good for high school seniors? Let us know!

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Our Summer Apps

Summer is almost over, but there are still a few weeks of vacation left! For anyone who still has trips planned, don’t forget to take along our summertime apps! This summer we released two apps that are just perfect for this warm and sunny season, and the vacations you have planned.

Caddy2Go is our miniature golf scoring app, perfect for keeping score during your family’s mini golf adventures and adding to the fun you are already having. Available for iPhone and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store.

Henry’s Summer Headlamp is our summer-themed hidden objects game for preschoolers and kindergartners. Take this app along to keep the young children in your family entertained during long car trips, flights, or while waiting for dinner to be served. Available for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad in the iTunes App Store. Also available for the NOOK Family of Devices by Barnes & Noble.

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