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02-24-2017, 05:56 AM
#21
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 206
Oh... after 2 hours it gets so damn repetitive... bit underwhelmed after a great first impression. There is just no new content - you have seen the entire game (apart from upgrades) after less than an hour. Compared to other games at half or less the price, its a bit of a bad surprise.

What doesnt help is that the game tends to crash very very often (iPad Air 2). As this often happens far into a level, I lost a lot of progress (levels have to be restarted).

@Developer, if you read this: please let me turn my device 180degrees! ATM the screem orientation is fixed, which is just bad. Will take your programmer about 10 seconds to take care of this!! Thank you!!

Last edited by Rosso; 02-24-2017 at 06:11 AM.
02-24-2017, 10:22 AM
#22
Joined: Oct 2016
Posts: 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rosso View Post
Oh... after 2 hours it gets so damn repetitive... bit underwhelmed after a great first impression. There is just no new content - you have seen the entire game (apart from upgrades) after less than an hour. Compared to other games at half or less the price, its a bit of a bad surprise.

What doesnt help is that the game tends to crash very very often (iPad Air 2). As this often happens far into a level, I lost a lot of progress (levels have to be restarted).

@Developer, if you read this: please let me turn my device 180degrees! ATM the screem orientation is fixed, which is just bad. Will take your programmer about 10 seconds to take care of this!! Thank you!!
I'm playing on an iPad Mini and had to stop playing shortly after the tutorial because the UI made it too hard to play. Most of the interface is too small or too close together. I also wish that the game would rotate with my device.

02-24-2017, 05:01 PM
#23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rosso View Post
Oh... after 2 hours it gets so damn repetitive... bit underwhelmed after a great first impression. There is just no new content - you have seen the entire game (apart from upgrades) after less than an hour. Compared to other games at half or less the price, its a bit of a bad surprise.

What doesnt help is that the game tends to crash very very often (iPad Air 2). As this often happens far into a level, I lost a lot of progress (levels have to be restarted).

@Developer, if you read this: please let me turn my device 180degrees! ATM the screem orientation is fixed, which is just bad. Will take your programmer about 10 seconds to take care of this!! Thank you!!
Quote:
Originally Posted by RobsLive View Post
I'm playing on an iPad Mini and had to stop playing shortly after the tutorial because the UI made it too hard to play. Most of the interface is too small or too close together. I also wish that the game would rotate with my device.
Hi Rosso and RobsLive,

Sorry to hear that.
Different zones of the map give you extra challenges like Rocks, Gas and the Snowy Mountains part gives you Thermalheating did you see those? You can't reach all zones in under an hour.
The further in the game on different parts of the map it gets more challenging and complex.
The main game is a repeating oildrilling cycle but the challenge grows.

The crashing part on your ipad air 2 is ofc not how we planned it.
Totally understand that gets annoying, and I already Reported that to rest of the devs!
Not to many reports of those fortunately, any special moment it seems to crash?

On the fixed orientation part, the smaller the horizontal screen the smaller it all gets.
Maybe we can do something with the orientation and scaling but don't get you hopes up to much for that.
Were very small team and try to do our very best!

Thanks for downloading!
02-25-2017, 02:19 AM
#24
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 1,880
I feel like in game you should clarify what "stop level" means. I had to leave the game at the start of a new dig and went searching for a pause back to the menu of some sort and found "stop level" to be the closest. Turns out "stop level" means forfeit level while the AI makes full gains on their fields. Ouch.

On the plus side I'm finding this fairly engaging though longevity Unknown. And yeh, things open up a little and you need to make decisions when you get to the other fields. I've started hitting rocks and that really hurts, so I dumped like $20k(?) on an upgraded drill bit to go through rock. Tough call for the expense but hoping it pays off as I haven't seen the AI buy it.

I was out in front with a decent lead until I upgraded the drill bit which I hope pays off, and then "stop level'ed" (forfeited).
02-25-2017, 05:01 AM
#25
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 1,880
Hey Nachtegeller, how is the drill upgrade meant to work? I'm finding that I'm still hitting rock and it stops me. For a $20k or whatever it was expense I'm not sure I'm seeing a benefit.
02-25-2017, 09:51 AM
#26
Hey everyone, thanks for all the compliments! And sorry about the game sometimes crashing. It appears to be something that happens on a limited number of devices, and we're in the process of trying to fix it asap.

To speed up the process, it would be very helpful if we could see screenshots of crash reports. It would also be helpful to know if the crashes happen at random or at specific times or places in the game (in-level, for instance and not in the village).

Please let me know! Many thanks.

And oh, @Talbs, buying the rig upgrade alone is not enough. You also have to activate it by pressing the button attached to the drill.
02-26-2017, 03:42 AM
#27
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 1,880
Thanks for the advice Jos. Didn't even notice those small tabs. Makes good sense now.

I'm back on to having a good time with this. I've made it to the second field and there's now even stock options. No idea what what stock options will yield in the end, and I'm yet to even win any yet.

So yeh, to Rosso above, I kind of think you're judging way to soon. Sounds like you haven't even made it to the second field. I'm still not sure if I'll replay once I'm done, but nonetheless, for the time being I'm a few hours in to this. It's fairly unique and there's a few different aspects on which you need to balance the decision to spend money while considering where else it might be better spent.

Having said that, I'm finding that I'm constantly winning the oil digs. I will always score the highest, anywhere around $15 to $20k, while the closest AI will be either near there or even half of my score. We shall see whether I get a run away lead on the AI on my first play through. Like I said, I'm yet to win a stock bid so maybe the AI knows what's going on on that front and playing me for the schmuck.
02-26-2017, 05:20 AM
#28
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Originally Posted by Nachtegeller View Post
Hi Rosso and RobsLive,

Sorry to hear that.
Different zones of the map give you extra challenges like Rocks, Gas and the Snowy Mountains part gives you Thermalheating did you see those? You can't reach all zones in under an hour.
The further in the game on different parts of the map it gets more challenging and complex.
The main game is a repeating oildrilling cycle but the challenge grows.

The crashing part on your ipad air 2 is ofc not how we planned it.
Totally understand that gets annoying, and I already Reported that to rest of the devs!
Not to many reports of those fortunately, any special moment it seems to crash?

On the fixed orientation part, the smaller the horizontal screen the smaller it all gets.
Maybe we can do something with the orientation and scaling but don't get you hopes up to much for that.
Were very small team and try to do our very best!

Thanks for downloading!
Will it be universal suppoort for iOS? Also iPhone?
02-26-2017, 06:38 AM
#29
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 1,880
To the devs. I've been doing some testing, and it appears that whatever you do while in the town overview screen (workshop, town hall etc), if you exit the game even just to the start screen, it won't save whatever you did. Eg, if you buy an upgrade and then exit, you'll have to buy it again. Or if you do the stock auction and then exit to the main screen, it won't be saved. It appears that maybe the only saving that takes place is after a dig? So if you do a stock auction and then upgrade your gear and finally do a dig, complete the dig and return, only then will your progress be saved.
02-26-2017, 07:00 AM
#30
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 1,352
Re: the crashing, it only crashes during levels, towards the end of the level. It crashes to the homescreen, there's no error message shown.
It doesn't crash if you fully exit and restart the app after every level.

Re: fixed orientation, the problem isn't that it's fixed in horizontal orientation, the problem is that it is fixed in one of the two horizontal orientations, iPads and iPads cases aren't symmetrical, sometimes it can be more convenient to have the charging port on the right (if that's near a power outlet or something like that) and cases with stands often only work one way round.
If it could be made to work in both horizontal orientations that would be great.