I am the producer of E.R.A and this is the response from the entire team here at Illumesoft Inc.
First of all, big thanks to cabdog and that's how I got here.
And thanks to all of our players, you guys are the only reason we put so much effort into creating this game.
*** Crashing Issue ***
We are truly sorry about this! This issue has never ever happened during our 3 months QA testing, and all of our team members have come to the office on this beautiful Saturday morning as soon as they heard the problem, trust me, I promise you guys this will be fixed in our next update.
In the meantime, please make sure you click the Settings icon in the top right corner and SAVE & EXIT every time before you shut down the game or iPad, although we do have a mechanism that automatically saves the game progress even it crashes, from the info cabdog provided, it seems like the data saved has corrupted.
My sincere apologizes to cabdog and other players who have experienced this issue, if you cannot continue the game, you can either wait for our update or the only way to play the game now is to delete it and start over, I know how painful this is, so sorry!
*** Thanks to cabdog
This is the first critical bug that's ever been discovered by our players, we can't express how grateful we are about this. As a result we have decided the following:
1. Chris (cabdog) will receive EVERY GAME published by Illumesoft in future for absolutely FREE, every one of them, no matter what platform or title.
2. We'd like to include you in our Special Thanks section in the next update, if you don't mind
3. There is currently no way of granting Intrinsic Energy to a particular player, we might work on this later on.
4. Similar 'reward' policy might apply to other players who'd find bugs or provide significant suggestions, case by case.
*** IAP Nightmare
In our original game design, there was no IAP for this game. I can GUARANTEE you guys that you could enjoy the game thoroughly without having to buy a single IAP, in fact this is even included in our game description, simply because I myself hate the games that are designed only to encourage or force players to buy IAP to continue.
Without IAP, you get to experience the game the way we originally designed and PREFERRED -- in a 'slow' yet exciting way, trust me you will understand what I mean once you started playing it. The concept is you need to complete Campaign to be able to grasp the skills of controlling Force and Hero, and recognize 30+ unique enemies coz they each have special skills that challenges you. By the time you've done that, you should be at level 28, give or take depending on your performance.
The Hero automatically levels up, using 70% of the total Intrinsic Energy you gained by completing a level, the I.E. and game score are calculated according to your performance, the number of creeps, and other various factors. In short, you get much more I.E. when you progress through campaign, e.g. around 1500 pts for a level in Chapter 4 or 5, 2000+ pts in the Glacial series or finale.
Also, you can claim your achievements and receive I.E., there is even a secret place that gives you 999 pts of I.E. if you can find it
So by the time you have completed the campaign and claimed I.E. for all the achievements you have earned, you should be able to unlock 80% of the Force abilities and all Hero abilities. And when you reach Endless level, this is the exciting part and where you could unlock the rest of the skills, because if you survived a certain number of waves (tailored for each level), you will earn I.E., and you can even bet to take the prize or continue the challenge.
IAPs are only designed for players who don't have time to go through each level of campaign and accumulate I.E., it's actually a request that we received from one of our players, believe or not.
However, we are open to any suggestion that could improve this system.
Again, this is our very first game and we are thrilled by all the 5 star ratings we've received so far (we got 5 ratings and they are all 5 stars
Warmest regards to all players who enjoy our game, you guys are awesome!!!