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Merchant Beyond the Stars - (by Man Up Time)

02-19-2014, 12:24 PM
Merchant Beyond the Stars - (by Man Up Time)

Hi Everyone,

I've got a new game coming out (in all regions) tonight at 5 PM Pacific Time. It's called Merchant Beyond the Stars. It's a follow up to last year's Merchant to the Stars.

The game takes place in the far future, mankind has taken to the stars, colonized worlds and encountered friendly and hostile aliens. Now you must find the best blasters, exosuits, cybernetic implants and bizarre alien weapons, to outfit the visiting heroes, aliens and cyborgs that walk through you doors.

The core game features are:
  • Procedurally generated loot with Common, Rare and Legendary variants.
  • Countless heroes, each with a story to tell.
  • Upgrade the Tech Lab to infuse weapons with Fire, Ice, Electricity or Radiation.
  • Uncover the secrets of the universe, who is the Emperor?
  • Gamer friendly Free to Play mechanics, not a bunch of EA/Zynga/Mobage stuff. The most expensive IAP is $10. None of that $99.99 business.
  • No paywalls of any kind. You never have to spend a dime, and that's for serious, not marketing spin. The game was balanced without IAP.

iPhone Screenshots



App Store Link Merchant Beyond the Stars (should work at 5 PM Pacific Time tonight)

A full press kit can be found here.

I've been working really hard on this for a while, I'm so happy to see it get released.

I've made a lot of games. You've played them.
02-19-2014, 12:27 PM
Cool! Can't wait!

Check out my newest game 'Tiled': 'Tiled' (iTunes)
02-19-2014, 12:32 PM
Thanks, I'm giving old Eli the puppy dog eyes to get the game on his Twitch livestream.

I've made a lot of games. You've played them.
02-19-2014, 12:58 PM
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A follow up to one of my favourite iOS games? Count me in!

I know the original had its flaws but I absolutely loved it. This is an amazing week for RPG fans! Thank you for the heads up!

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02-19-2014, 01:39 PM
Thanks Pete,

I fixed a bunch of things. You have to be a bit more thrifty in how you spend your resources (just so it's more game like). And the upgrades work better (there was a bug that prevented the Elemental upgrades from unlocking at the right time).

There's also more weapons, more hero stories, and such.

I've made a lot of games. You've played them.
02-19-2014, 03:50 PM
Just curious, which OS is this compatible with? 5, 6?
02-19-2014, 04:57 PM
Looks good, great surprise. Does it have any new elements that will keep me playing? Because it looks really similar to the other game in terms of gameplay. Will probably buy it anyway, but it was just wondering.
02-19-2014, 05:18 PM
It should work with iOS 6, and I think 5, but truthfully I didn't test it.

As far as new features, we fixed up a lot of things that just were not really thought out properly, or fully working. A big one was the Elemental Infuser. It's really just a lot of nice tweaks and adjustments to all the systems. And it's Free, so if you bought the first game, you won't feel like your getting charged for an update.

I've made a lot of games. You've played them.
02-19-2014, 05:55 PM
OK it *SHOULD* be now propagating out to the apple servers for world wide release.

I've made a lot of games. You've played them.