jleaux wrote:I occasionally play on my iPhone, but I'm never happy about it. No fun having to constantly scroll back and forth between the map and the interface.
I would happily pay $10 for an app that let me interact directly with the map a la clickables.
An app would be nice, I'm not sure how much I'd pay for it ($10? please), but the reason I think that using CC in safari is so painful (though I used to miss turns when I was on vacation) is because it has no mobile support. Many websites nowadays have a separate format for mobiles but CC does not. When it loads the page it loads the sidebar and the users list beside the map and the actions bar is not under the map where it should be but under the spoils/troops/ect list. This is a waste which makes even an experienced CC iphone or other mobile gamer have to zoom around the page. Not to mention the fact that I can't scroll up or down on the turns list to see who's collected what reinforcements (important for fog games). I think the CC site itself should look into developing a mobile format of the page, which would greatly allow it to grow in market share in the growing smart-phone market.
However, an app would work well enough as well. I think the main problem here is that, though it's easy enough to get a majority of the CCers onto FF to run our scripts, getting enough of them to buy an Iphone or android for example might be a different challenge. Though I think a CC Iphone app would blow the tits off of lux, the other lamer risk knockoff Iphone app which goes for an astronomical $4.99, and it could make for a good share of the market (particularly if it undercut the price by asking 2.99 or 3.99 at first). Might be worth looking into how many sales it would take to break even on development for it or a savy user might try to RE the lux code to make a better version for CC (Maybe using the interface somewhat changing the reinforcements phase/cashing gfx somewhat and adding sub-menus to read the other info on the site). That might be legally dubious though, particularly if you were charging for it.
edit: turns out apple requires a payment of $99 for it's SDK and you (almost) have to have a mac computer to use it. Good luck finding a developer (for Iphone), though someone might throw a cheap interface together for free or cheap just for name recognition. An easy way to do it would be if you could load the components of the web browser separately that would be accessible from a quick sub-menu. Then the only issues would be setting up a clickable maps style interface, though if you could integrate the actions bar with the map page successfully you might make that part passable. Someone who already knew how to develop for Iphone could throw together this interface quickly.