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Old 08-23-2012, 04:37 PM
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Hey all, you beat me to posting about it but as usual I can try and answer some comments.

You can play the game by amassing huge armies on most levels but not all. However, you can also be very proactive and play much faster. We have discussed adding a timed mode to push players to move fast but maybe that's one for the future. This would be entirely optional. The existing concept is very deliberately designed to allow people to play at their own pace - not always understood by reviewers but fair enough.

If you want fun, play the game as fast as possible. It forces you to pay attention to what's going on and I love trying to beat my times.

Fast forward button - it's thick fingers/thumb syndrome. I mentioned this a couple of times to my coding partner but in the end we kept it as is. I think we'll look at that in the next update though. Thanks for that feedback.

Beacon seeds - this is a really tough one. We discussed this endlessly. The issue is that, whatever you do, the game changes as a result. We think this is actually a design flaw which would be addressed on a sequel but can't be fixed within this game. Sorry, game design is a constant learning process.

iPad 1 owners - I've made a huge effort to bump the speed on the iPad 1 significantly. The game is also faster on all other iOS devices as a result, and uses less memory.

Save game - the game auto saves if you exit the app now, finally! I wish I could say adding that was easy...

Retina support for iPad has been added and looks great.

iPhone 4+ is officially supported but the game actually works on an iPhone 3GS. I can't vouch for the speed on busy levels but if I may be able to bump it on the next update should we find we have many 3GS purchasers.

iPhone only owners - 'Eufloria' is also out - iPhone only and cheaper ($2.99). The game is identical other than less music and no iPad support.

We made many other minor changes - please see the update in the store.

Finally, please tell your friends and also update or add reviews. We'd love it if people mentioned that the game now saves when you're playing a level - no more lost games after ages spent playing then running other apps!

(sorry, usual developer request I know)
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:49 PM
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Endless/Survival mode - was planned and partially implemented but we ran out of time to get it how we wanted.

We have to refresh the PC and do a Mac version next, including modding support, then we'll look at doing this new game mode and new levels for all platforms.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:17 PM
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Something I forgot to mention:

Just because what I said about Eufloria is true, doesn't mean that it isn't enjoyable. I DO have fun with it, and I do think it's well-designed and does what it set out to do very well! Doesn't mean it doesn't have negative aspects ^_^

Huh. Didn't know survival was a feature that didn't get implemented. Glad to see that the devs still remember it. And that's quite an avalanche of work there! At least you have stuff to do, and I wish things go well for you and your team ^_^

Also: euphoria + flowers = Eufloria. I see what you did there

... I think.

Sincerely,

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Old 08-23-2012, 05:42 PM
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The name came from a competition actually

No game is ever perfect and it's good to get critique rather than bland criticism. Eufloria is trying to be a niche game that anyone can play - this is a horrendously difficult balance and certainly some reviewers didn't like that it wasn't a traditional RTS or that it had few options. For a game with a (EDIT: supposed) lack of depth it's amazing how many hours people log on it

Eufloria is also peculiar because this is actually the 4th iteration of the same game (since 2008 when it was called Dyson) rather than a direct sequel. That means it keeps being updated and improved based upon feedback and our ideas.

I suspect the final stage will be Rudolf's ambient mode including new levels and also some proper stats. Both of these were intended for now, as was the ability to play custom music, but we can't do everything we want all the time

We have ideas for a sequel, including multiplayer support, but that's unlikely to make it into this version as we'd adjust quite a few other things at the same time.

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Old 12-13-2012, 11:07 PM
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Minor bump as Apple just included Eufloria Hd in their Best of 2012

There will be a big update including a content addition in a few months time (for those who have played everything through).
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:18 PM
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Minor bump as Apple just included Eufloria Hd in their Best of 2012

There will be a big update including a content addition in a few months time (for those who have played everything through).
Woo! Congrats!

And over the last couple weeks, I've been playing this A LOT. Just finished the Dark Matter levels, so hearing that there's more content on the way is fabulous!

Also... After MUCH thought and consideration over the last month, Eufloria is MOST DEFINITELY my own personal Game Of The Year for 2012. I absolutely love this game. I actually also place it at #2 on my Best iOS Games Ever list, right under Space Tripper.

I know it may not mean much... But with the current number of Apps in my Library at 11,500+, I think it's quite the achievement. Anyone whos into strategy games, or enjoys a game with great atmosphere should definitely own Eufloria.

Thanks guys! Can't wait to play through the new content!
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:28 PM
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For a game with a lack of depth it's amazing how many hours people log on it
Are you serious or trolling that this game lacks depth? I played the first world and it seems kinda OK. Not very deep, but not shallow either.

And btw, congrats on being Runner Up for iPad game in certain regions (including mine).

Finally, please get your act together and correct the Android version of the game. It is so painful to play, hence me only playing the first world. I want to go on, but simply can't. I know Imma not alone cause others have complained of poor performance too (Humble Bundle).
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:51 AM
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(iPhone and iPad sale now on - 99 cents iPhone only and $2.99 for the universal app!)

Thanks synthetic!

defred34 - Android - this is handled externally and we have held off doing the official Android release because of the problem. It's not a performance issue per se, it's a touch issue. Basically, touches are coming in too slowly and it made it feel like the game runs at a low frame rate even on a Nexus 7.

I stayed up all Wednesday night talking with the team in the US to nail this as it's been really frustrating for us. It turned out to be a new bug in their porting system.

The fix for humble bundle players (and this was a beta on the bundle - we really wish they could have been clear about this for Eufloria and a few other games too) should be out tonight or tomorrow, and we'll be out the Play store around the same time. Finally.

However, it should be said that Eufloria's rendering system is painful for older chipsets, and technically Android devices seem to lag 12-18 months behind iOS. It still performs better on iOS devices in general and you're going to want a half decent 2012 Android device for Eufloria really.

We're providing a free 5 level demo on the Android Play Store so people can try it on their devices first.

So yeah, I'm really sorry but trust me, it's caused us many late nights and a lot of frustration. We refused to release it properly until that was fixed.

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Old 12-14-2012, 09:58 AM
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The fix for humble bundle players (and this was a beta on the bundle - we really wish they could have been clear about this for Eufloria and a few other games too) should be out tonight or tomorrow, and we'll be out the Play store around the same time. Finally.
Damn, they really should have made that bit clearer. I know S: S&S was listed as Beta, but no other game. I have basically completed Splice, and that one seemed like a complete version. But otherwise, don't know bout the rest. Played Waking Mars on iOS.

Btw, is the game out on Google Play? When, if not yet?
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:04 AM
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The Humble Bundle is great but it is often essentially beta releases. I don't mean horrible and buggy but they tend to be the first versions. Coming from indies, this is where we get to test games and get feedback, especially when you have a lot of platform issues such as on Android and PC. It's the only way to do it really.

We hope to have Eufloria in the Play store tonight some time, both a full version and a demo. Pricing as per original iOS ($4.99). Fingers crossed. Never released anything there before - it could all go horribly wrong. Stress!
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