Eorzea’s Guide for Adventurers
The first full featured app for a Final Fantasy game is now available on Blackberry!
Eorzea’s Guide is an app for Final Fantasy XIV players and adventurers. Like so many other apps available nowadays, this program does not intend to blow your brain out. Instead, Eorzea’s Guide intends to make itself useful while you’re playing, and while you’re away from your computer. The application has both online and offline features: for example, you can use it as a recipe book when playing the game and read the latest Final Fantasy news when you’re in the subway.
Eorzea’s Guide is entirely free to use and redistribute, made by a Final Fantasy fan, for Final Fantasy fans. After all, it’s not everyday you get the chance to contribute in one of the things you like the most. The idea to create this program came to me in September 2010, when I received my copy of FF14. I was already searching for a reason to start developing on mobiles and this game gave me the perfect excuse when I realized I had no way to access my recipes while in-game. It took more time than I had expected to complete the first public version of the app (I had another job to do after all…) but I’ve finally managed to put the finishing touches on it and send it to the BlackBerry store.
Eorzea’s Guide is compatible with any BlackBerry device running OS versions 5, 6 and 7 (Curve, Bold, Style, Pearl, Torch, Tour, Storm, …). Both touch-screen and non-touch-screen devices are supported and the application adapts its layout to landscape and portrait orientations (when you tilt your BlackBerry). No other phone is supported at the moment but I am planning to work on an Android version depending on the feedback I get. Current languages supported are English, French, and German with work in progress for Japanese (translator needed!).
This app consist in 3 main sections: News, Synthesis and World Status.
The News section requires a data connection and displays the latest information posted by Square Enix on The Lodestone web site. News from all 6 available categories are displayed: Topics, Important Notices, Server Maintenance, General, Updates, and Status Changes. If you’re not interested in seeing all of those, you can filter the list to include only your chosen categories and/or only news articles which title contains a specific word.
Every picture is compressed and resized when needed for optimal speed, visibility, and bandwidth management.
The actual content of each news post is downloaded only once, when first accessed, and stored in a temporary directory on your phone for faster future access.
The Synthesis section does not require any external connection and only uses local resources available on your phone. This is why the initial download of the Eorzea’s Guide application is larger than many other apps: more than a thousand different pictures are stored in its resources for all the recipe materials displayed in this section. Final Fantasy XIV recipes can be displayed by craft, or all at once if preferred. One interesting feature of Eorzea’s Guide is the different ways you can search for specific recipes and materials matching your needs.
Filter recipes by name or by specifying material you have in your possession to easily find synthesis you can do.
Each recipe comes packed with every possible detail, from classification to required skills, facilities and training.
Materials are all linked to each other. You can go from Canvas Chest Guard, to Iron Buckle to Iron Square to Iron Nugget in no time to complete the synthesis you’re really interested in.
Similar recipes are grouped together to improve navigation. Each variant can be displayed in the recipe’s details.
World Status Section
Information regarding Eorzea and its servers can also be found in the app.
The proper moon calendar is shown along with the date.
The status of each individual game server is displayed, with speed of response (ping).
Get it now, it’s free!
Software development is a passion of mine. Eorzea’s Guide is my current pet project and it is available entirely free of charge on BlackBerry, in every country and on all carriers. Just search for “Eorzea” in your app store and give it a try :-). Feedback and comments are always welcomed.