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I’m James Jacoby, making games and other fun things.

  • Announcing Depict, a drawing game for friends.
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Supercharged Mobile Game Invites

Someone is playing your awesome new multiplayer game on mobile and wants to invite a friend to play with them. How do we make that as easy and seamless as possible? Here’s an idea I’ve been toying with… First, let’s outline the ideal workflow, then we’ll see how to get there. Start a match and invite a friend, triggering native “share” action Send link to a friend who’s never played before Friend sees a web page with a summary of the invite and a button to install the game Friend is taken to the store where they complete the install and open the game Friend is taken directly to the match from the original invite All future invites open directly in the game and go to the desired match Let’s break this down....

October 18, 2022 · 4 min · James
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Squirreled Away is Here

Announcing Squirreled Away for iOS and Android- a bite-sized action puzzle game inspired by retro puzzle games. Squirreled Away turns your mobile device into a virtual console featuring: Two play modes: one chill, one hectic Unique, addictive gameplay Three different chiptunes by Joel Francis Burford Leaderboards and achievements- challenge your friends!

August 2, 2021 · 1 min · James
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nanogo - a minimal strategy game for two

Nanogo is inspired by the classic board game “Go”. Defeat your opponent by capturing the most territory or by forcing them to resign. This game was created for the Colyseus + Unity Gamejam, following the given theme of Simplicity. It uses Colyseus to match players and keep the game in sync. You can play it in your browser over on itch.io or grab it for your favorite platform.

March 5, 2021 · 1 min · James
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Announcing Depict

Announcing Depict, a drawing game for friends, coming back to mobile in 2021. Form a team and get ready to laugh your way through endless drawing puzzles. Depict is based on the 2009 hit of the same name, loved by over half a million players. The new version features the same fast-paced action, silly faces, easy match-making and tons of new content. Here’s an early look… In the game, players get one chance per round to pick the word that matches what the artist is drawing....

January 14, 2021 · 2 min · James
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Hello Supernormal

Introducing Supernormal, a game company! Kicking off this site with a look at the progression of the logo from sketch to initial version. Let me know what you think.

November 28, 2020 · 1 min · James