The physics engine, Box2D, used in part in Bubble Ball, is a 3rd party engine. Ansca integrated it into Corona a few months back. This happened behind the scenes and im unsure the licensing they had to go into but if they developed it themselves they may well still be at it.
I dont see the remote as an essential tool, its a very niche product. Only a small percentage of Corona users will find it helpful and the number of Corona users is small compared to the market if I had developed an iPhone app/game.
The particle engine is again a 3rd party engine and one that was not developed for Corona, it was ported by the developers for Corona users because they judged the Corona eco system to be one they could bring value to. Ansca would have been pushed to develop a particle engine in the same short period, it can take years, lots of mathematicians and money to bring such a product to market. I for one hope they work with Ansca to integrate the engine directly into the core of Corona to enhance speed / effects but I would still expect to pay them for a licence.
@bedhouin no offence taken. While I was developing the remote Ansca were developing universal builds, openAL and a few other really cool additions that are coming shortly. None of them achievable in lua, unlike the remote.
Support and integration will happen as and when new features are added to Corona which I can make use of.
@XenonBL my thoughts exactly
I know there are some game salad users who would prefer a more complete package. The problem there is that the package will become very focused and limited in what it can do. Corona on the other hand may feel like a blank canvas but it has much more potential ( why I use it ) and as easily as it can do a 2d physics game it can do much much more. Like the remote, or I could write a web server on it, run industrial equipment from it, write a business app or an eBook. Its limited only by the users imagination, and a few missing features, most of which are replicable in lua if you know how 16bit games used to achieve effects etc...
Corona is still in its infancy and ive seen it grow in the past year in an amazing way and the support and communication from Ansca have shown time and again that I made the correct choice in platform. I for one cant wait for the next 3rd party tool to pop up.