A cookie decorators’ dream is to decorate a house with a collection of cookie-like decorations.
But for many of them, a more appropriate way of doing it is with an app that can be downloaded for free and allows users to decorat a house in the comfort of their own home.
Read more A new app called Cookie Decorator lets you decorate your house with hundreds of decorative, free-to-download apps, including the popular The Sims and Sims 4.
They’re all free to download on Google Play.
The app has been developed by The Sims studio and is currently available for Android and iOS.
The Sims, which is available for $59.99, is the third-most downloaded game in Australia, according to the App Annie app ratings service.
“This is the first time I’ve ever seen an app be developed to make cookies,” the app’s creator, John, said.
“I’m a big fan of The Sims but I have to say, this is probably my favourite game ever.”
‘I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time’ The Sims is a free-sim game developed by EA that allows players to create and play characters, build houses, and decorate their own homes.
The game is one of the biggest franchises in the gaming industry and has been downloaded over 12 million times on Google.
John, who also works in the games industry, said he had always wanted to make his own games but wasn’t sure how he could do it without the resources required to make an app.
“It’s definitely been on my mind for a while,” he said.
John had already spent years designing the house that the Sims creator Edith Wharton designed for him, and was happy to finally be able to bring it to life.
“My initial idea was to create a simple cookie decorated house, but I didn’t have the resources to do that,” he told the ABC.
“So I was thinking about the other options and I thought ‘I could actually make a game that allows you to do this’.” Using a Raspberry Pi, he built a virtual house on his computer, with a built-in webcam and a simple camera to record the game’s animations.
The camera captured the game as it played, while the webcam captured the animations.
“That was really the impetus for me to build it,” he added.
“A Raspberry Pi is incredibly easy to work with.
You just plug it in and go.”
John’s app, Cookie Decorationator, allows users the ability to decorating their home by uploading their own custom games and games-themed decorating apps, which are downloadable for free.
“If you have a game-themed app on your phone, it’ll automatically load,” he explained.
“When you’re looking at the house and it looks like a cookie, you can just swipe down to open it up and see how many cookies are inside.”
Users can then add and remove decorations, create new ones, and delete existing ones, creating an endless number of ways to decoruate a home.
“You can decorate it with anything from an ornament, to a dollhouse, to some fancy kitchen equipment,” John said.
Using his app, John can create up to four themed houses at a time, each of which can be made up to 20x20x20 centimetres.
Each house can have up to two decorations, which can range from a simple, one-dimensional design, to more intricate designs.
“With all the custom games you can make, it’s really easy to create something that’s very different from the one that is already in the game,” John added.
Using The Sims 4 and The Sims Classic as examples, John said he could create a house that had four separate decorations, each with a different theme.
“In The Sims game, they have a whole range of house decorations, so we can just have the houses be different.”
John said the most challenging part of his project was finding the time to develop the app.
He had a lot of free time, but it wasn’t a priority because of the popularity of The Sim games.
“As a hobby, it was really easy,” he joked.
“But as a full-time job, I didn, it really just came down to time.”
John is not the only one to have developed a free app that lets you make a house.
“There’s a whole list of apps, they’re all really well made and there are a lot more people working on this sort of thing,” John explained.