Saturday, June 13, 2015

Ape Punch Comes Full Circle

Way back on June 16th, 2010, a magical thing happened.  I released the original Ape Punch for Android, my very first mobile app; and thus, Ape Apps was officially born.  And now, nearly five years to the day of that initial release, Ape Punch has just received its first update years.  That's right, Ape Punch v4.0 has just been released for Android, Kindle, and on the web in HTML5, and will be arriving shortly for Windows and iPhone users as well!

The shiny new v4.0 release of Ape Punch provides a completely revamped, cleaned, and modernized user interface.  It also includes brand new global leaderboards for the Classic and Marathon gameplay modes, and for the first time ever, you can now earn achievements while playing the game!

In order to celebrate this release milestone for Ape Punch, let's take a look back at the history of this epic mobile button masher.

Early 2001 - Ape Punch for the Ti-83

That's right, Ape Punch didn't originally begin on Android in 2010.  Way back in the spring of 2001 when I was a senior in High School, I released Ape Punch for the Ti-83 graphing calculator.  In a way, I was creating mobile apps way back since before it was cool.

If any of you have an old Ti-83 laying around and know how to install programs on it, you can download the original Ape Punch from the following URL:

June 16, 2010 - Ape Punch v1.0

A decade after releasing the original calculator version of Ape Punch, I decided to try my hand at Android development.  What better way to start out than with a smartphone version of Ape Punch?  Ape Punch for Android was my first experience with Java development, and my first experience with Android development.  As such, the initial product was a bit rough around the edges.

July 6th, 2010 - Ape Punch v2.0

The v1.x releases of Ape Punch went through several iterations, before I finally landed on v2.0 just mere weeks after the initial release (I had more time back then).  v2.0 packed a little more flair than the original release did, and included a global high scores server (which was hosted from my living room on my residential internet connection).

May 25th, 2011 - Ape Punch 2011

A new year, a new name.  For whatever reason, I decided to "spice up" the game a bit by renaming it to Ape Punch 2011 and changing around the graphics.  This was internally released as v3.0.

June 29th, 2011 - Ape Punch v3.5

Just a month after releasing Ape Punch 2011, I decided to go back to just calling it Ape Punch, and this time the version number bumped up to v3.5.  Additionally, this was my first attempt at trying hand drawn and scanned graphics inside of a mobile app.

April 6th 2012 - Ape Punch 2012

In April of 2012, Ape Punch finally made the giant leap to the world of cross platform, with Ape Punch 2012 for iPhone and Windows Phone.  Ironically, I never got around to making this update to the Android version, but Ape Punch 2012 featured crazy things like powerups and new background music.

June 13, 2015 - Ape Punch v4.0

Finally, after years of no new updates or releases, I decided to dust off Ape Punch and update it in order to celebrate the 5th anniversary of my very first mobile game.  Ape Punch v4.0 replaces (as an update) the Android Ape Punch app, as well as the Ape Punch 2012 apps for Windows and iOS.  Also, for the first time Ape Punch is now available in the browser as an HTML5 web app.

So there you have it, the long and storied history of my humble button masher Ape Punch.  What does the future hold for this game?  Only time will tell.  Hopefully, I won't go another 3+ years in between updates as I have before.  In the next few releases, I plan on re-introducing the powerups that were featured in Ape Punch 2012, and also add support for Android TV and the Amazon Fire TV/Stick devices.  Because seriously, who doesn't want to destroy their TV remote by playing Ape Punch?

In the meantime, you can download the fresh new Ape Punch v4.0 for Android right now on Google Play, or you can play it right from within your browser on any device on Ape Web Apps.  In the coming weeks (depending on App Store review timeframes), expect to see Ape Punch v4.0 on the Amazon App Store, the Windows Phone store, and the Windows store.  And to stay up to date on all of the latest Ape Punch news and information, and to find download links for all available platforms, be sure to check out the official Ape Punch website at the following location: