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Wrapping Up

February 27th, 2009

Well... it's getting close. I have a little more tuning and testing to do and then I'll submit LD50 to Apple.

Two things to note:

1) I've been meaning to come up with a new app icon. I like the current one... but a few folks have said it just looks like a push-pin to them. So, here's a contact sheet of possible new icons. Check them out and then fill out this form to let me know which one you like.

2) I'd like to get a little bit of closure on the beta test, so I've put together a quick questionnaire that I'd like testers to fill out. The questionnaire is here... please go poke some values into it.

Beta 2 On its Way

February 21st, 2009

Relnotes:

  • Changes:
    • Added wind effects (no wind in low difficulty, moderate wind in medium difficulty, strong wind in high difficulty) and drag to missile shots (not guided missile or laser).  Wind also affects pod city when falling/jumping.
    • First time players will see LD50 splash screen.
    • Added practice mode so that players can try out different weapons without having to wait for AI to take turn.
    • Updated intro help page to be more useful.  Removed superfluous help pages.
    • Added/changed help pages for controls.  Now included visual instructions on how to use the interface and how to manipulate the view.
    • Added context help to mode buttons in low difficulty level.  Clicking on the current mode button a second time will show help for that button.
    • Changed the way laser does damage.  The amount of damage is now reduced every time the ray goes through the terrain.
    • When a player uses the jump jet to land on another player, the jumper will die and possibly do damage to the jumpee due to the resulting explosion.
    • Added skybox with subtle star pattern.
    • Added timeout to pod movement in cases where velocity does not stabilize.  This occurred most often when a player fell into a valley created by the earthquake bomb.  Also changed the friction of terrain to be a bit lower.
    • Changed view manipulation: Low difficulty level can rotate the view freely.  Medium and high difficulty levels are still constrained, but the movement is now based on spherical rotation rather than constrained to a plane.  Zoom is now possible with two-finger input.
    • If the game crashes, game progress will be erased to avoid any recurring problems.
    • 2 songs now alternate during gameplay.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed crash when using jump jet.
    • Fixed crash when starting store.
    • Fixed restore issue after kill.
    • Fixed bug where player can get stuck in the air after a powerful jump jet.
    • Fixed issue where control wheel drag would not work correctly.
    • Fixed problem with AI where best shot was not always used.
    • Fixed problem with AI where simulation of shot didn't match AI probing of shots causing AI to always miss.
    • Fixed restore problem where items bought in the store were missing on resume.
    • Fixed bugs where bounds of level were not correctly calculated.  This caused players to often end up on the fringe of the level or shots to erroneously miss.
    • Fixed jump jet launch splash appearing in wrong place.
    • Fixed bug where AI did not reset aim after player does jump jet or wormhole.
  • Late Update:
    • The skybox has been temporarily removed due to a performance issue.  I'll be reviwing this and I will likely re-introduce the skybox for the final version.

From the Front Lines

February 14th, 2009

The beta test is under way.   Here's some of the feedback so far:

The .zip-file contains the source for the app, but no .ipa or anything I can import to iTunes. Am I stupid for thinking this is a mistake?

Sorry if this sounds dumb, but how exactly do I add the app to my iPod. It's not showing up in iTunes.

How do i put it onto my iphone?

You see where this is heading... if anything, it highlights how much of a pain it is for users to work with ad hoc builds.

Now let's cherry-pick some of the meatier feedback:

This game is great with alot of great features. The overall gameplay is amazing. The transitions between game levels are good. The campaign mode is really fun, would be better if u could savve your file. THe fact that you explained each type of weapon is just amazing and the amount of weapons their are just very impressive. THe graphics are really good, although the levels can be improved by making them more different rather than looking the same. All in all this application is amazing and will great in the app store.

this game will be in top 10 :)  this game is simply AWESOME.

The best app for iPhone  I think that this will be in the top one the hour it is released. I love it.

Not too shabby so far.  I should pay these guys more.  But seriously, these beta testers are doing  a great job beating on the app and providing suggestions.

Beta Test Time

February 13th, 2009

Ater some wrestling with a few tough bugs, it's time for the first wave of the beta test.

I've decided to throw LD50 up on ibetatest.com.  I'm interested to see how it goes... they've put together all of the requisite stuff to have a good relationship with testers.  Please hop on over there and sign up if you'd like to test LD50.

For those folks that were part of the alpha testing, I'll carry your UDID's forward into the beta, so no need to sign up.

Here's the current app icon... blown up just a bit to look nice:

ld-icon-lg.png

Final Alpha Release

February 2nd, 2009

Just packaged up the last alpha release.

There are just a few things missing, including modifying difficulty level and save/restore of game state.  I'll also be doing a tuning pass to speed up load time and get a few additional fps.  I might even check for memory leaks.

It's good to see an ecosystem forming up around the iPhone... today's notable addition: http://ibetatest.com/ These guys are bringing developers and testers together in a way I'm sure Apple was hoping to see.

So, I'm probably going to release a lite version of LD50.  When you're in the menus in the lite version, and you try to switch to campaign mode, you'll get the following annoyance dialog:

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