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Alien Horde
Started by Matthew Pringle Jun 08 2010 07:53 AM

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Yeah the compass is just for fun really, I added that in the description, although you can use the on screen controls as well. Just dont get dizzy!
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Ok review written (in German / German Store... it's the first review here)

"Wow... Ich schreibe das gerade zwischen den Wellen von Aliens die ich killen muss!

Als großer Fan der Alien Filme musste ich direkt zugreifen als ich das Spiel im Store gesehen hab und
ich wurde nicht enttäuscht!

Grafik und Sound erinnern sehr an die Alien Filme und sind super gemacht!

Mit ein wenig Phantasie und Kopfhörern kommt man echt ziemlich in Stimmung beim Alien schlachten!

Kompass- und Tilt-Modus für die Rotation sind natürlich das i-Tüpfelchen ... man sieht zwar was albern aus,
wenn man sich mit dem iPhone in der Hand um sich selber dreht und alle möglichen Geräusche von sich gibt..
hehe aber Spaß hat man dabei :)

Also für das Geld auf jeden Fall eine Kaufempfehlung!

P.S.: Wenn ihr keinen Sound habt versucht mal in der Mitte auf den Lautsprecher zu klicken!
Damit "Muted" man den Ton.. wird aber leider nicht angezeigt! Ausserdem muss man "Klingelton" und!
"iPod" Ton laut stellen.. irgendwas hakt da wohl. Aber das tut dem Spielspass keinen Abbruch :)


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"Wow... I am writing this between killing waves of alien I have to kill

As a big fan of the Alien Movies I had to grab this game as soon as I found it in the app store
and I am not disappointed.

Graphics and Audio reminds me a lot on the alien movies and are excellent!

With a bit of fantasy and headphones you really get in the mood of alien killing.

Compass- and Tilt-Rotation just top this! It may look a bit silly when I rotate with the iPhone
in my hand and making strange noises... lol but it is great fun!

For this amount of money a bargain! Go buy it!

P.S.: If you have no audio try to press the "Speaker" Button in the middle! This mutes the sound but
there is no indicator. Also make sure you have rintone and ipod sound set. Seems to be a glitch..
but does not influence the great gameplay at all


(I should continue writing the serializing code for my gamestate... arg.. again some aliens ... KIIIIILLL EMM!)
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Cheers dude!

Thats awesome I owe you one!
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Hi Matthew,

I got it too and I love the whole package. Great graphics and sounds. The gameplay is simple but fits the purpose. I can imagine it is even more fun to play within a completely dark room.

I agree with OderWat reagrding the menu. It's usage was not clear at first.

Will write a review in the german store soon.

Cheers
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Hi Matthew,

Congratulations and it looks like a great game. I'm not into "shooter" games but I'm tempted to buy it and check out based on the feedback here. :)

Tom
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Progress Report

Sold 30+ in its first day and is getting a mention in the new and noteworthy for games > action, its also showing on first page of new games at the moment. Reviews been on average 4 stars which is good!
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Cool, it seems that the rating and the amount of sales have an affect on New and Noteworthy section.
congratulations for that.

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Yep seems so... Guess your are getting stinky rich soon :-P
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Ha not really!!!

I have no American reviews, come on Americans (especially you Ansca guys) give me some reviews!
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The website is now live!

http://www.alienhorde.com/
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Hi Matt,

Just bought Alien Horde, great little app and clever use of the tilt. Fantastic that us UK developers are getting on the Corona act. Their Game Edition is looking good and seems so simple to implement great looking effects! Anyway well done on producing a great app and good luck with your future projects!

Cheers,

Nick
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I've got a lot of crash dumps from "Alien Horde" on my device. Did you get notified of that yet?
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I've seen a few, IOS only. I've been stress testing the game and can't replicate any crash

If you try to reload the game straight away after quitting that will generate one, I thinks that's the new multitasking trying to pickup the game or it doesn't have time to fully quit the game before it's asked to load it again
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Yeah it's iOS 4 related... I did not found crashes before I updated .. nor on the iPad. I try to check when it happens later on.
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Thanks Nick for your comments!
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Just bought the game, loved the movie Aliens, and this game is simple yet entertaining. Here's hoping that you'll be able to use the gyroscope in the iPhone 4 version, and it will be more accurate than the compass. I'll gladly put a 5-star review for it (and I'm in the US).

I think this pushed me over the edge to buy the SDK now at the prelaunch price (or even at the educational discount). I showed my brother who's a physics professor at Bowdoin College and he's loving the idea of utilizing the Game Edition for his projects.

I have GameSalad and Torque 2D, but I think this takes the cake. Thanks, Matt.
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Hey BeyondtheTech,

Thanks for the comments. Yeah Corona is, from my point of view, the perfect balance of the different SDK's out there. If we could get some simple 3D in there as well it would be awesome.

The game edition is looking really promising but ive not really had the time to experiment, real work getting in the way these days!

Game Update > Its now been pirated!

I was seeing about 1000 pirated copies a day but thats now dropped down to about 10 a day, normal sales have dropped to about 10 a day as well now. But im not promoting it at all now.

Went free for 1 weekend fri - sun. That shifted about 4500 copies and was noticed by lots of websites that track prices.

Im waiting for the sound bug to be fixed in Corona and I will then put out an update with a few little extras.
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Matthew,

What sound bug are you waiting to be fixed? Beta 7 fixed all the known sound bugs in iPhone/iPad. (There is still one issue in Android.)

-Tom
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@Tom ... I am not sure.. but my observation about the different sources for volume control could be classified as bug... and not to be taken light ... I had multiple reporters reporting confusion. And it is pretty easy to reproduce

See: http://developer.anscamobile.com/forum/2010/07/07/audio-volume-inconsistence

and my latest email.
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Hi Tom

OderWat is correct, the volume control on the iPhone only works for the mp3 sounds and not the short aiff sounds. This is probably because the first sound the game plays is an mp3, its reported as a bug.

I spoke to Eric yesterday about the issue and im told the sound api will need to be extended for this to be corrected.

Matt
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@Matthew

You may be able to use the same workaround as I do: Never "stop" the sound but pause it... or have a "silence.mp3" started and paused right afterwards when no other mp3 is playing.
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And that transfers volume control back to the short sounds? I will give it a go, I use other mp3s as well though so it might be more complex, thanks though.

I was using a silence.mp3 for something else, cant remember now what for though. I also preload an mp3 (load and stop playing) when booting so the game doesnt stutter when playing it for the first time later so I may already be doing what you suggest.
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It is like this... the "short sounds" are regulated by the ringer volume slider if no "long" sound plays (or pauses)... if you have a long sound playing the ipod slider controls the overall volume...

There is still the problem that if the ringer is silent you can't make it louder with the ipod/music volume controller... but that is a rare case.
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This is a really nice game - great artwork and high production values!

The hi-score feature really interest me.
Is it reliable enough to implement it as you did (on your own server)?
Can you share with us the code for that global hi-score system (or maybe post a short tutorial)?

Great job,
EZ
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