Mechadroids Update 0.5.0

We have a big update for you today! Mechadroids 0.5.0 has just been released!

We’re very proud to show off all the new artwork. The game has been brought to life with the style shining through. This is the last major release before we launch Mechadroids onto Google Play. Starting today we enter a month of rapid balance testing and so we need your support now more than ever.

For the next three to four weeks we’ll be running Mechadroids for week long rounds and then changing the balance to see how well the game plays out. During this time we’ll also fix any obvious bugs, show stoppers and quick wins.

We’re almost at the major milestone so wish us luck and we hope you enjoy the release!

Here is the full changelog…
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Deadworld Gaming Night #2

We’ve decided to host our second ‘Deadworld Gaming Night’ on Sunday the 22nd of April. The last gaming day/night was a complete success so we’re hoping this one will be as much fun! The schedule is as follows…

The gaming night is an open offer to anyone who would like to play with us. We will be gathering in our IRC channel #deadworld at irc.globalgamers.net. We hope to see you there!

Mechadroids Update 0.4.0

After a few busy weeks of Ludum Dare, conferences, gaming nights and a successful world record attempt we still had time to continue working on Mechadroids so here is version 0.4.0!

One of the major new features is the much requested zero player activities. We’ve implemented this in the form of ‘The Hub’ where you visit the nearby city to complete one of four activities described in the changelog. We hope this introduces various ways for Mechadroids to help themselves out of ruts in the game and to successfully beat their foes!

We hope you guys enjoy this version. We’re getting close to the Android Market release!

Here is the full changelog…
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Bit of Alright Conference

Bit of Alright

Last weekend I, CWolf, went to World of Love‘s spiritual successor Bit of Alright indie games conference.

The conference was a great place to meet like minded people from across the indie games scene, listen to some very interesting talks and see some of the unreleased games in development. I met some very interesting people there, especially an artist and an ex-APB developer who I shared a few drinks with at the end of the day.

I found talks on ‘Paper prototyping’, ‘Indie(cent) Exposure’ and ‘Zombie Run’ the most interesting talks of the day. It has given me a lot to think about for Deadworld Studios.

All in all the day was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the next similar event! The conference is covered in much greater detail by RPS and Gamasutra.

Now… back to getting the next Mechadroids update out the door!

Ludum Dare Results

As previously mentioned in our development blog both of us (Jargon and CWolf) entered the Mini Ludum Dare #31 contest on this past weekend. We did a great job and both of us managed to finish our games! It was touch and go for us and we finished just minutes from the 48 hour deadline! The theme was ‘fear’ and you can decide for yourselves if we accomplished that. So, with that, Deadworld Studios are proud to present two free games for you to play!


Dark Choices – CWolf

“What is this place? The air is crisp and cool. I know this place but it is not the city. My city. Where am I?

I hear strange whispers tonight. This place is calling out to me. Where am I?”

 

Download | Ludum Dare Post

 

Catch 2122 – Jargon

It’s the zombie apocalypse and your apartment building is under attack. Are you able to fight your way through the hordes of the undead from the 10th floor and to safety?

You’ve also got a terrible hangover.

Quick fingers and plenty of pain killers will be required to ensure survival in this action-packed zombie shooter with a twist!

 

Download | Ludum Dare Post

 

Deadworld Gaming Night

We’ve decided to host a ‘Deadworld Gaming Night’ on Sunday the 29th of January. We think this is a good chance to enjoy shooting our community – what better way to relax right? The schedule is as follows…

The gaming night is an open offer to anyone who would like to play with us. We will be gathering in our IRC channel #deadworld at irc.globalgamers.net. We hope to see you there!

Mechadroids Update 0.3.0


What madness is this? Two Mechadroid releases within half a year of each other and four weeks none the less?! That’s right! Here is Mechadroids release 0.3.0!

A few exciting things have happened in the past three weeks. Our community member Inveracity has been very busy creating us a Mechadroid launch video for the previous version 0.2.0 and a full length Mechadroids theme tune! Our community is growing and we’re making good progress.

So, what have we thrown together for this release? A few exciting things. Firstly we have tweaked the balance of the game so try it out and see how it has changed. We have also added a contact system for friends and foes. You can now add players as a friend or foe using a long click anywhere you see a player name. This allows you to track how well you’re doing against your friends and allow you to attack people anywhere you see a name! In addition to this the detailed battle has new messages that are unique to each weapon and shield. It gives you important information regarding your foe’s armour weak points. Next time you fight it might be worth checking them out to get the upper hand in a fight!

Here is the full changelog…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Deadworld Studios! We hope everyone enjoys their holiday/break away from the real world for a bit.

It looks like another year has come and gone. Looking back it’s amazing how fast Christmas has come around. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we attended ‘World of Love 2’ conference at the start of the year. We continued work on Root Access, then paused it in favour of Mechadroids. We released Mechadroids and, come end of the year, are pushing it harder than ever!

As always we wouldn’t have got this far if it wasn’t for the support of our community. We’ve added a few people to it over the past year and they’ve become valued members! The feedback, ideas and support that they provided is what helps push us to keep going.

So, what does the coming year hold for us? Lots. We’re going to attend ‘Bit of Alright’ indie games conference in London and push out lots of updates for Mechadroids now we’re working fulltime on DWS. Mechadroids will be released onto the Android market.

We’re positive about this coming year. Now… lets get on with it right?

Mechadroids Update 0.2.0

We’re still here! *waves* Honest! After a lot of delays (Jargon moving to Australia and CWolf being worked to death, quitting, moving to Germany and going DWS fulltime!) we’re happy to give you our Christmas present early… a new Mechadroids update!

The new update brings in a few core changes/additions to the game play, general bug fixes and some much needed layout improvements for the smaller resolution phones. With the addition of the targeting system you can now target specific Mechadroid areas to attack. With your armour refit system you’ll be able to change where your strengths and weaknesses are. This brings a lot more strategy into Mechadroids that was absent in the last version. We’ll be eager to hear your feedback on this.

Two important points are that you can now opt-out of the daily Mechadroids report and more balancing is coming soon! The daily report is only sent if there is activity regarding your Mechadroid so for those of you who may have tagged it as spam you can now untag it as spam and deactivate instead. This would help us out a lot!

Alpha testers can now visit the Mechadroids download area to install or if you happen to have the old version of Mechadroids installed it will prompt you to update.

Here is the full changelog…

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Mechadroids Update – Build 78

We’ve just released our first update for Mechadroids!

This release was primarily for bug fixing so we’re having to push the reset button. Don’t worry though because this will bring a balance change to the game! In addition to that new features have been designed are on their way. To obtain the update all you need to do is launch up Mecharoids and it will automatically detect that there is a new version. All you need to do then is select update!

If you haven’t been able to install Mechadroids due to being on Android 2.1 you can now visit the download link to install as we’ve extended our support to your version.

Here is the changelog.

New Features:
– Support Android 2.1+
– Daily battle reports

Changes:
– Improved identification of human players in the attack list
– Game play balancing

Bugs Fixed:
– Infinite crash-loop due to poor signal.
– Fix remote crash logging.
– Escape special characters in client.
– Persist login data when focus is lost.
– Fix login activity resuming correctly.
– Fix attack list bug

Enjoy!

Interfacing with UI #4 – Coherent UI

February 5th, 2016

This is part of a series of posts revolving around user interface design and development, the introduction and links to the other posts can be found here. Last I wrote about user interfaces I discussed the new Unity UI system and I wrote about our process of porting from Daikon Forge to it. That was a year and a half ago and a lot has changed since then. To keep things interesting we decided to move from Unity UI (yet another move?!) to Coherent UI and I’ll explain why we did it. Why Move… Again?!... (read more)

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