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Phoenix HD - A Modern Arcade Shmup (by Firi Games)

10-27-2011, 12:02 PM
iOS5... well, that leaves me out. I'm not updating to iOS5 till a good replacement for Stanza is available.
10-27-2011, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Selachii View Post
@teh_ninja: any problems with ios5?

Well I can't get iOS5, my iPod is too old.

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10-27-2011, 05:16 PM
Ah, right, well i'm not sure how we'll do it with classic Phoenix.

@edrijver

Try the awesome Phoenix HD, why not it's free
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10-27-2011, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Selachii View Post
Ah, right, well i'm not sure how we'll do it with classic Phoenix.
Could you release the ship and everything but Twitter integration on the classic Phoenix, that way it runs on older devices, and keep the Twitter integration for Phoenix HD?

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10-28-2011, 03:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Teh_Ninja View Post
Could you release the ship and everything but Twitter integration on the classic Phoenix, that way it runs on older devices, and keep the Twitter integration for Phoenix HD?
Classic Phoenix will get the same update as Phoenix HD, but without the iOS5 requirement as it is designed to run on older devices as well.

@edrijver

Try the awesome Phoenix HD, why not it's free
indie game designer @Firi Games http://www.firigames.com
11-10-2011, 04:04 AM
Hey guys, a little project update. Phoenix HD 1.1.0 has been submitted to the App Store! (*hurray*). When it is approved we will do a round of tests and release it if we encounter no problems. Details and some screenshots will be posted on our website soon, but I will post the details here now!

edit: Note that iOS 5 is not required for this update.

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* The Shogun, a new player ship!
The Shogun brings another unique play-style to Phoenix HD with spectacular ways to destroy the enemy. The Shogun has no traditional weapons like the other ships, but relies on moving close to enemy projectiles to unleash its deadly blade weapon and destroy its enemies in an amazing display of brilliant carnage. The Shogun is available through in-App purchase, just like the Mirage and Corsair.

* Two new enemies
Two new ships join the enemy arsenal to offer new challenges. These new enemies both have their own signature weapons and create even more variation on each playthrough.

* iOS 5 support
Phoenix HD now supports iOS 5 and takes advantage of the new Twitter integration and Game Center achievement banners.

* Improvements and fixes
Improves friend list syncing and fixes game balance above 15 million points. Miscellaneous minor bug fixes.
The patch notes provide the basic information concerning the Shogun, but I will go more in-depth here.

Meet the Shogun; a ship based on grazing mechanics. Though we took grazing as the base mechanic, we adapted it to fit the more casual and accessible play styles of Phoenix.

We did not want to move into the 'score multiplier' territory, as we wanted to keep the ship in the same league as the others, so here's what we did. Every time a projectile is grazed the Shogun lashes out it's primary blade attack, slashing the enemy ship. This attack has no maximum range, so the Shogun can be anywhere on the screen to attack with its blades.
Grazing multiple projectiles without getting hit will build up a combo chain. The longer the chain, the stronger the slashing attacks will be. The strength is indicated by the color of the slash and a shadowy trail behind the ship itself. Grazing past a long line of projectiles looks absolutely spectacular!

In case the enemy is disarmed, the Shogun can move close to the enemy ship and finish it with an electrical discharge.

The game plays so much different with this ship, it's great. The pacing is totally different as you have to wait for the first projectiles to arrive, but when you do get to the grazing, enemy ships can be destroyed in the blink of an eye. Pro tip: the shield means free grazing and provides means to destroy _everything instantly_, very satisfying I catch myself trying to graze with the other ships now, it feels weird to stay away from projectiles now!

The Shogun definitely has a slight learning curve to it, but eventually even the most novice player will get used to it. I expect the hardcore crowd to get insane high scores with this ship, but the scores will be comparable with the other ships in general.

The Shogun is available as an in-App Purchase for $0.99, like the other ships. The rest of the content is free, of course. The patch for Phoenix classic has not yet been submitted, we still have some work for it, but it will contain the same features.

Feast your eyes on these iPhone 4S screenshots.
Two blade slashes across an enemy ship. (note the blue colors for the low combo count)


Going in for the kill

@edrijver

Try the awesome Phoenix HD, why not it's free
indie game designer @Firi Games http://www.firigames.com

Last edited by Selachii; 11-10-2011 at 04:13 AM.
11-10-2011, 04:11 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: England
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Looks great, have emailed you about possible iCade support which would be excellent for this game
11-10-2011, 04:22 AM
Thanks, yes i got your message. We have had several requests for the support of this device. However, we have no plans for this. If someone were to send one our way, we promise we'll add support for it
So, any chance your are affiliated with the manufacturer?

Here's a render of the Shogun!

@edrijver

Try the awesome Phoenix HD, why not it's free
indie game designer @Firi Games http://www.firigames.com
11-10-2011, 04:40 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: England
Posts: 10,469
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Originally Posted by Selachii View Post
Thanks, yes i got your message. We have had several requests for the support of this device. However, we have no plans for this. If someone were to send one our way, we promise we'll add support for it
So, any chance your are affiliated with the manufacturer?
Nope nothing to do with the manufacturer. Just recently got an iCade and i'm dying to play more games with it. Shame but oh well. (Great game by the way)

Last edited by psj3809; 11-10-2011 at 04:58 AM.
11-10-2011, 05:14 AM
Woohoo!! And the last couple games I was waiting for updates from were just done to work on ios5, so yay! Can't wait to throw you another buck and get grazin!

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