Saturday, July 28, 2012

Changing your Language/Locale on Android 2.2

My wife's phone's language was set to portuguese, when installing a new keyboard I accidentally switched the language settings to english.

I was very surprised to see that I couldn't revert, the only languages available were: German, Italian, English and Turkish.

I'm not sure where this information is coming from, but when she first started the phone it had a portuguese (although we were in Germany) and we had the option to choose portuguese in the installation language. So maybe the options are retrieved from within the card.

I was about to replace the card by another just to change the locale, but instead found this great app: MoreLocale 2

It unblocked a long list of options, including Portuguese from Portugal.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Roundup of Free resources for 2d games

Extra (Edit): After going through lots of free resources, I've created the SpriteWorld web page. It's a collection of some the many free resources I've found.
Feel free to browse through and don't forget to +1 if you like it.

Although Sprite Would has a lot of content, I still recommend you read thought this post.

Another highly recommended reading for developers is this awesome post.

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 Metal Slug cloning

Some nice Metal Slug-like character animations. 

 Lost Garden 

.. a great site with lots of links to free stuff, more below:

- Really nice looking :-)

Small World (Lost Gardens)

Zelda like (Lost Gardens)


contains a very nice list of free sprites:

Disclaimer from
All the sprites found on this site are free to use for commercial and non-commercial projects. All the sprites are the property of their respective authors and Has Graphics only features them. We carefully inspect all the sprites we publish to make sure they fit certain quality criteria, and most important that they are available for non-commercial and commercial game projects.


Also a nice list, although I find the tiles very small.

If you would like to show your appreciation for SpriteLib, please consider making a small donation. 
All donations are handled securely through PayPal and do not require an account.

License: Unkown

Attached File  Slope_1.gtx   
Attached File  Slope_2.gtx  

GfxLib-Fuzed is a package of free art assets which can be used by game developers, hobbyists and enthusiasts for their own projects. It is available under terms of the Common Public License .

This website is great and has so much quality tiles that I recommend you to have a look by yourself.

Collected Art: 

Note: Overall the website seems to have a lot of contents, however after a brief search I found very little  free CC content. The stars rating is reflecting my opinion as a website for free resources for indie games, not as a whole.

Some other findings:

Aparently DeviantArt has lots of isometric view tilesets:


I liked the website, however didn't really find easy to use tiles.

The best resources sites I've found so far.
However I'm not sure regarding the usability of the contents... looking briefly to the forum it seems that it's good for play, not good if you want to make money (otherwise I would give it 5 stars):

So basically, you can use sprites as long you never receive a single cent for whatever you do with them. (This includes "voluntary donations" which is a popular excuse used by smug people whi think they can fool the law with semantics.)  (link)


Lots and lots of resources, however files are in a strange format and tilesets seem too simple.


Forums: (very promising)


Here are some sound and music links:

Sound effects asset resources
Page name/link   File formats  Details   Active  User can contribute  Licenses   
Freepats.patInstrument patches for software synthesizersYesYesCC0, GFDL, GPL, LGPL
Freesound.wav, .aif, .flac, .ogg
Community-based sound libraryYesYesCC0, CC-BYv3
Obiwannabe sounds andgenerators.mp3, .pd
Various game dev sounds including procedural generators for suchNoNoCC-BYv3, GPL[4]
OLPC Sound Samples.wav
Instrument and music samples, sound effectsYesNoCC-BYv3
OpenGameArt soundsflac, mp3, ogg, wav
User-submitted repository of game soundsYesYesCC0, CC-BYv3, CC-BY-SAv3, GPLv2, GPLv3
public domain sounds.flac, .ogg
Sounds mostly in mp3 formatYesYesCC0
  • bfxr
  •  is an online sound generator.
  • Freesound
  •  (Requires registration for downloads, but otherwise bullshit-free)
  • Binärpilot
  •  (Evil chiptunes. Big plus for umlaut. Licensed CC-NC-ND. Use with caution.)
  • Creative Commons' own list of music, containing lots of links. Two examples below:
  • ccmixter
  •  is a "a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want."
  • sampleswap
  •  is a "100% free AIFF/WAV collection contains 6.4 GB of sounds"

Also, let me know if you know a good site for me to add.

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