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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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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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Summer Henry Launch Party!

Henry’s Summer Headlamp is ready for release, just in time for the end of summer!

This is the fourth app in our Henry series, and we’re very excited to finally be able to share it with you!

Henry’s Summer Headlamp is the perfect app for your kids during the summer months, it features all summer themed artwork and prizes. Your kids are sure to enjoy this app to help pass the time during long road trips, plane rides, and those rainy summer days.

To celebrate the release of our fourth Henry app, we’re hosting a Virtual Launch Party! The event will take place on our Facebook page this Saturday, August 4th. All you have to do to participate is become a fan of our Facebook page (just visit our page and click the LIKE button!) and then visit the page throughout the day on Saturday for all of the fun! We will be sharing some very exciting news, lots of great artwork from the game, videos, contests, and giveaways. This is an event that you won’t want to miss! And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out our other Henry’s Headlamp apps that are already available in the app store.

And don’t worry, if you’re more of a Twitter person. We will also be sharing all of the fun on our Twitter. Again, if you’re not already following us on Twitter, you might want to do that before Saturday so that you won’t miss a minute of the fun!

We hope that you’ll be able to join us!

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Fun Family iPad Apps

Here’s a few suggestions of iPad apps that are great for families!

Scorekeeper XL

Forget using a piece of paper and a pen, this scorekeeper app is perfect for a family game night! It’s simple, easy to use, and appealing. It’s great to use while playing board games or party games with family and friends. This app not only keeps score for you, but it also shows which player is in first place. This app is available for free, but only for a limited time. So make sure you go to the App Store to check it out!

 

 

THE GAME OF LIFE™ for iPad

The old-fashioned board game, The Game Of Life, is now available for play on the iPad! This classic game has always been a family favorite, and with this revamped version, it’s sure to stay that way! It’s even more fun to play the game with it’s new, clear HD graphics. This game is available for $6.99 in the iTunes App Store.

 

 

Pictureka! for iPad

Pictureka for iPad is great game for all ages! For just $4.99, you and your family are provided with hours of fun. You could play alone, or work together as a team to find the hidden objects mixed in with the crazy cartoons. This game is great for all ages and it’s fun for the whole family. You won’t regret downloading this app!

 

 

Shot & Found

Shot & Found is very similar to the popular game Draw Something. However, instead of drawing a picture for your opponent to guess, you take the photo yourself. This game is great for all ages, and it’s perfect for families. This is a game you and your family could play at home, or on the go.

 

 

Do you and your family have any iPad apps that you love? Let us know in the comments!

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Fun Family Table Top Games

Although we’re a technology company, we strongly encourage you to take some time away from your devices and enjoy an old-fashioned table top game with the family from time to time. Here are some of our personal favorites, and some games that we think you and your family might enjoy.

 

Apples to Apples Junior
Apples to Apples Junior is “The Game of Hilarious Comparisons!” This is the family friendly version of the original Apples to Apples. It includes cards that your child is more likely to know and understand. Even if it’s the junior edition, this game is enjoyable for every member of the family!

 

 

 

Jungle Speed
Jungle Speed is the lightening fast game of quick thinking and quick reflexes. Stay concentrated and you’re sure to win, if you can stop laughing long enough. Whether you’re playing with a room full of adults, or trying to occupy a room full of kids, Jungle Speed is sure to keep everyone laughing and having a blast, game after game.

 

 

 

Skip-Bo
Skip-Bo is a timeless game, that’s great for families! This is one of our personal favorite card games, and we can’t get enough of it. The object of the game is fairly simple, you just have play all of your cards in numerical sequence to win, but watch out for your opponents who are trying to block you. This game is sure to provide endless hours of fun for you and your family.

 

 

Mexican Train Domino Game
The Mexican Train Domino Game is another one of our favorites! This game is like a tradition in our family. This is a easy to learn game, that’s great for families. This game can be played with at least 3 players, and up to 8 at the most. This is a great game for larger groups, but beware, it can get very competitive!

 

 

 

Rack-O
Rack-O is a classic family game, for 2-4 players.  Players randomly put 10 cards on their rack. The race then begins to draw and discard until one player positions 10 cards into numerical sequence. It’s quite simple, but you’ll need skillful play, concentration, and a little luck to win. This game is sure to provide you and your family with hours of  fun!

 

 

Let us know some of your favorite board games! We’d love to check them out!

 

ETA: We are not receiving compensation from any of these companies to share their games, these are just a few of the games our family enjoys playing together! 

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Summer Apps for Families: Summer Themed games/apps for Kids

Here’s a few summer themed games/apps that would be great for your kids this summer!

 

Ice Cream Matching Game Lite

This free game is great for kids of all ages to play all summer long! This basic matching game includes three difficulty levels (easy, medium, and hard), and it also allows you to challenge other players using Game Center. The Lite version is just a basic sample of the game, for more fun you can buy the full version for .99 cents in the App Store.

 

Tie Dye Doodle

This  game is available for .99 cents in the App Store and is fun for all! It gives you the chance to make your own tie dye shirt, complete with many different designs, shirts, colors, and decorations. The reviews for this game are great, and it seems to get a lot of attention. Check this out for some summer fun for you and your kids!

 

 

Color Me !!! Summer

This free app is available for both iPhone and iPad, and it’s great for kids! It supplies endless hours of fun with multiple pictures that kids can choose from. They can color it however they want, and then shake the device to erase it when they’re finished. This app would be great to help pass time while spending a hot day in the house with your kids.

 

Are there anymore apps or games that your kids like to play in the summer months? Let us know in the comments!

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