It was a long time coming (well maybe 3 months since initial release) but Giant Moto version 1.2 now supports OpenFeint Leaderboards and Achievements! I always intended to add Leaderboards & Achievements, but while I was originally developing Giant Moto I hadn’t yet settled on which 3rd party service I wanted to use.
When it comes to online high score services, there are several choices and OpenFeint appears to be the front runner (they claim to have something like 20 million users). I used Agon Online in the past for Holeshot Drag Racing, but I haven’t really heard much from Agon over the last few months so I figure they must be falling behind in the leaderboard race. Crystal and Plus+ are both options as well, but they seem to be a bit more exclusive (I think you have to make a formal request before they’ll add you as a developer, who has time for that?).
Then soon after Giant Moto shipped (without any online support), Apple announced Game Center. And I thought “whew! I’m glad I didn’t go with a 3rd party yet because for sure Game Center will crush all of them”. But iOS4 is here and Game Center still isn’t live. OpenFeint quickly promised to fully support Game Center when it goes live, I assume they have some deal with Apple (I hope). So given all of the information I have, OpenFeint came up as the clear winner!
But I didn’t just want to add OpenFeint to the existing game structure. So I also added new Series Race Events where you race a set of tracks and compete for high scores and achievements across those events. Plus you still compete for high scores on individual tracks whether you’re racing in Arcade Mode or Series Mode. All together there are 17 individual Leaderboards and 66 Achievements! And it’s now iOS4 compatible.
Giant Moto v1.2 has only been live since midnight last night, and in that time there are already about 700 “best times” posted on the Leaderboards.