Developer uses Islandwood project to put Canabalt on Windows


Canabalt iPhone

Canabalt is a side-shift survival iPhone game.


Developer David Burela moved “Canabalt”, a popular game for iPhone and iPad, on Windows using Project Islandwood, one of Microsoft’s tools for moving applications to Windows with minimal effort.

In a blog post, Burela describes Islandwood as a “great tool” and demonstrates how quick and easy it can be because it completes the task in five minutes.

“Today I wanted to show you how easy it is to take an iOS game and port it directly to a Windows 10 UWP app,” he wrote in the post. “I carry the classic Canabalt game which was originally an online flash game, which they then ported to an iPhone game.”

Building, testing and deploying software takes a long moment, and this is something Microsoft has struggled with: Windows on phones has so little market share that developers weren’t willing to spend the time and resources building apps for it.

This means that Windows now has an “application gap”, with popular apps, such as Snapchat, not available on the platform.

Microsoft has made efforts to resolve these issues using Windows 10, the latest version of the operating system. Developers can now create universal applications, called Universal Windows Apps, which work on a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone.

One of the other ways Microsoft tries to attract developers is to “bridge” projects that aim to make older Android, iPhone, web, and Windows apps easier to work with on Windows 10.

The Android bridge, named Astoria, has been put on hold (and maybe killed) but the others are still alive and well.

Here’s a video of Burela wearing the game in under five minutes:


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