Woodstock man turns traffic jam into smartphone Scramble-type game app
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GlennGames Inc., a company started by Willie Glenn of Woodstock, presents ABRA-CAR-DABBLE, an Android app using a Scramble-type game play in a license plate platform. The object of the game is to unscramble the plates for words and acronyms. <br>Special to the Tribune
GlennGames Inc., a company started by Willie Glenn of Woodstock, presents ABRA-CAR-DABBLE, an Android app using a Scramble-type game play in a license plate platform. The object of the game is to unscramble the plates for words and acronyms.
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Willie L. Glenn of Woodstock has jumped into the game and developed a smartphone app, “ABRA-CAR-DABBLE,” that uses license plates for the basis of play.

The computer engineer has been with Hewlett-Packard for more than 25 years and now has begun developing computer and smartphone games.

After more than two decades in the field, the computer engineer started his own game company, “GlennGames.”

“I decided after a number of years (smartphones) would be a better platform,” he said.

The game is adapted for smartphone use on Android phones and is available on the Google Play Store. An iPhone version is expected to be released in the next few months. An app is a program or application that runs inside another service. Many cellphones allow applications to be downloaded to expand their functions.

The independent game company competes against larger game manufacturers. Games similar to “ABRA-CAR-DABBLE” are in the works Glenn said.

“They will be similar to the game, but may have a twist of additional interactive features,” Glenn said.

“ABRA-CAR-DABBLE” is a Scramble-type game set in the format of a license plate. The game takes numbers and converts them to letters, which are used for the game play, he said.

A random license plate is given and two modes may be chosen; automatic or manual mode. Manual mode allows for users to pick the license plate while automatic mode selects a random option. The object of the game is to unscramble the plates for words and acronyms.

“Goal is, within 3 minutes, to get 100 points so you can get to race track mode,” said Glenn. “If you get the ABRA-CAR-DABBLE word, you automatically get 50 points toward the 100 points necessary to advance. In the interactive driving portion an option shows up that says ‘drive now.’”

Once clicked, the race begins using a tilt screen feature.

“I came upon the idea of ‘ABRA-CAR-DABBLE’ while sitting in traffic. Just to pass the time I started to mess with license plates. I decided I needed a way to transpose the numbers into letters,” he said.

The computer engineer says the game is great for road trips.

“‘ABRA-CAR-DABBLE’ is a fantastic way to pass the time … I personally like to look for the out-of-state license plates,” Glenn said. “It can be a very educational game. Some games are violent and unsuitable for kids, but this isn’t.”

Those looking to translate creative ideas via a smartphone may wonder how Glenn has accomplished the project.

“Knowledge of programming is helpful, as well as Java, a sense of creativity toward what they develop,” he said. “Being success driven is essential and one must maintain the belief anything is possible.”

The game is available for $2.99 on Google Play Store.

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