App description: - TOUCHARCADE REVIEW (****):
"It's pretty rare to see an iOS strategy game that not only has a captivating story, sound gameplay mechanics, and challenging difficulty, but also manages to accomplish all this while not being a tower defense derivative. Companions manages to achieve all this and more, and leads to a great experience for those iPad owners looking to try out a real strategy game."

- GAMERS TEMPLE (96%):
Companions drags together the best of bigger console titles (story, character, length) and the best of the handheld world (touch-screen controls, single iPad multiplayer) into one cohesive, extremely fun game. No joke: If you don't like the game after level 1 or 2, you probably just hate fun games. Download this one soon.

- iPHONE LIFE:
"Companions makes good use of the iPad to give complete command over any melee situation, has a detailed storyline, and plenty of challenges to keep oneself immersed for hours!"



- FEATURES:

- PLAY the huge campaign with 10+ hours playtime
- PLAY again with different party combinations
- ENDLESS replay value (random drops, random enemies)
- PLAY with 3 different classes for each race:

- Minotaur: Berserker, Gladiator, Bull
- Elf: Assassin, Ranger, Archer
- Dwarf: Miner, Draftsman, Engineer
- Human: Light, Matter, Void

- IMMERSE yourself into the deep story line
- ENJOY the 40+ skills
- BUILD bombard, crossbow and scythe towers
- LAY spike traps, stone traps and decoy bombs
- GATHER 100+ items
- GAIN 30+ unique items
- FIGHT brutal boss mobs
- SURVIVE gigantic battles
- USE the tactical pause (20 or 60 seconds)
- LISTEN to philosophical pest zombies
- DEFEAT the really BIG DRAGON RAARTAARK
- LOOK upon the great artwork
- CHOOSE from 3 difficulty settings
- CONNECT to GameCenter
- GET 41 achievements
- SCORE on the 4 single maps with leaderboards
- AUTO and MANUAL save



- YOU ARE IN CONTROL!

Lead the four Companions to their destiny. Battles of epic magnitude await you on your way down towards the catacombs of Mentzel and the lava chambers of the volcano Eaneum.
Hordes of evil and strange creatures with nothing but hatred and death in their minds will do everything in their power to stop the Companions!

Altland may well be thrown into another devastating war. You are the only one able to guide the Companions safely through the storm that threatens to engulf the world!

The dangers are potent and manyfold. MAY UROORG BE WITH YOU!

- SAVE ALTLAND!

Altland is in danger. The dark god Detexx is on the rise again, ready to plunge Altland into eternal darkness.

People are vanishing and rumour has it, that strange creatures roam the land. Unbeknown to each other our four heroes begin their quests in the catacombs of Mentzel.

You have to unriddle the evil plans of the dark god and do everything in your power to stop the "Hordes of Nether"!


smuttlegiaco's comments:

"It's pretty rare to see an iOS strategy game that not only has a captivating story, sound gameplay mechanics, and challenging difficulty, but also manages to accomplish all this while not being a tower defense derivative. Companions manages to achieve all this and more, and leads to a great experience for those iPad owners looking to try out a real strategy game." TA Review








04-20-2012, 10:46 AM
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Is Smuttleworks making an updated sequel? Will you make any other games like this? IT would be a real shame if you guys go all casual, or make a 'cute' version of this series.
well, we'd really like to add the dwarven fortress levels to the game + the random endless dungeon crawler, but we don't have the resources to do so (at the moment). and no worries about a "cute Companions". won't come. We even started with a graphic update last summer, but had to discontinue the development, because of what I mentioned above.

we have to do the casual stuff now, because that's were the money is. when we started, we thought Companions could make us "rich"...haha, what fools we were back then.

a kickstarter campaign would be cool, but correct me if I am wrong, you need to live in the US to do that, isn't that so?


BTW: the game is still on sale for 4 more days! 0,99$ only!

Last edited by smuttlegiaco; 04-20-2012 at 10:48 AM.
04-20-2012, 07:09 PM
It's a real shame that you say you have to do the casual stuff now for the money, I think the idea behind your games are great. Really meaty deep stuff. Hopefully you can continue to make awesome games that really suit themselves to the iPad. In the meantime, anything you guys make, I'll buy it straight away based on your previous stuff and to support a fantastic developer.

04-23-2012, 06:06 AM
In my opinion, this game should have got you at least 6 cyphers earnings; its a very well crafted game, interesting storyline (sometimes even funny) and overall almost everything feels right about it.
This made me lose all my sunday, haha.
I would gladly pay more for this game.
A shame you cant continue developing this kind of games right now, but... in a future, Im sure you will do a wonderful strategy/rpg game again, and Ill be buying it
04-23-2012, 09:22 AM
thank you CrunchyGamer!

with the knowledge we have know, the game would become even better, I'm sure of that. we put 10 month work in it, with no experience regarding iOS games - the things we learned since 2010/11...quite a lot of stuff.

let's hope Nosferatu, our endless runner, continues to be so well received. the money we generate with the game could well be the foundation for a Companions 2 or some such thing...
04-23-2012, 10:57 PM
Hey it says the game is still on sale but it's showing for 4.99 just wondering.

Thx
04-23-2012, 11:12 PM
Joined: Nov 2011
Location: Detroit
Posts: 1,090
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Originally Posted by mcarthon View Post
Hey it says the game is still on sale but it's showing for 4.99 just wondering.

Thx
Its not on sale anymore, they just didnt update yet. btw avadon is on sale 9.99 - 4.99.
04-24-2012, 11:27 AM
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: California
Posts: 914
Pretty bummed that the random dungeon component never saw the light of day, but you can't argue with economics.

I guess...

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05-19-2012, 05:49 AM
Can I get some help:

(a) some what near the beginning, I found a secret room to a "library". There's 4 books the mage finds interesting with the titles "Detex" "for" "my" "life". I can't figure out what this means. I originally thought I'm supposed to read them in some sort of order, but I couldn't get it to work. And I'm also supposed to be able to pick something up, but when I try it, nothing happens. what gives?

(b) aside from the achievement / fame, is there any additional bonus to finishing this game on a harder difficulty? (i'm playing normal right now)

(c) what's the drop rate on the loot? I remember playing this once long time ago and I barely found any loot. I only got into about 2 hours into the game... then stopped for a while, and I restarted just today. But I'm finding a lot more loot than before. Was wondering if I did something different, or did the developers change the drop-rate in one of the versions...

thanks.

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