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Calling Tower Defense gamers: testers needed for OTTTD!

04-09-2014, 01:22 AM
#1
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 60
Calling Tower Defense gamers: testers needed for OTTTD!

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MASSIVE thanks to all our testers - it was great working with you all. We're officially out of beta now and can't add new testers at the moment.

When the time comes for extra content and tweaks though, we'd love to bring new people on board.

Cheers!

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Hello people!

We are SMG, a small indie team working on a game called OTTTD.



OTTTD stands for Over the Top Tower Defense, and consists of a pre-emtive defense campaign across alternate dimensions - a tale of redemption for the out of work global military industry suffering world peace on Earth.

It's a hybrid mix of tower defense and RTS-lite, with a touch of RPG-lite type mechanics in the mix too.

We don't have our final trailer ready, but here's a section of it consisting of some Hero-management and gameplay footage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7XjH78sy3g

We've also got tonnes of concept art & screens on twitter:
https://twitter.com/smgstudio

Summary of features:
- 21 levels (at launch), consisting of TD + a squad of three movable hero units that directly attack, additionally bringing two active-abilities each
- 7 hero classes - each gaining individual XP to level up their respective skill trees (16 skills each consisting of active & passive)
- hero weapon upgrades via in-game currency
- wide-ranging tactical options by way of the heroes you choose to deploy to a given level, and the active abilities equipped on them

We're currently about 2 or 3 weeks away from an iOS launch, and we're in a major game-balancing push to get the difficulty progression of levels right.

If you're a TD, RTS, or any other kind of strategy gamer, consider this post an official request for your discerning eye (and mind) to help us make OTTTD the best it can be!

If interested, feel free to either reply here, PM us, and drop a message over our FB: https://www.facebook.com/SMGStudio

We do have limited iOS profile slots though, so please get in touch only if you're serious about giving the kind of feedback to help us really improve the game.

Many thanks!

Last edited by SMG Studio; 05-16-2014 at 03:41 AM.
04-09-2014, 02:06 AM
#2
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 5
Interested

Sent ya a pm

04-09-2014, 03:44 AM
#3
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,987
looks amazing. i'm interested in beta testing this.

Beta Testing : Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities, Sky Force 2014

04-09-2014, 05:04 AM
#4
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 7,513
Damn! This looks pretty frickin awesome! Sent a PM
04-09-2014, 06:34 AM
#5
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,340
Me four!

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04-09-2014, 06:58 AM
#6
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Greece kos island
Posts: 1,023
PM Sent game looks frickin Amazing!

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if you had not committed great sins
GOD would not have sent
a punishment like me upon you Genghis Khan
04-09-2014, 02:01 PM
#7
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 121
Hi SMG! The game looks really polished on the YT video. I liked the unit overview very much. The gameplay also seems to be quite smooth.
But there's one thing that, in my opinion, works agains all that polish. It's really hard to distinguish the towers and enemies from the background, once it's messed with enemies' remains. All those objects have textures of similar contrast which makes them harder to see. If you have some time, here's a great lecture about the art direction of Diablo 3.
http://gdcvault.com/play/1015306/The-Art-of-Diablo
One chapter speciffically addresses the issues of visibility of the important objects during action-intense moments. I'd also be happy to playtest the game, so you can count me in : )
04-09-2014, 07:45 PM
#8
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 60
Thanks all for the kind words and PMs!

We're still looking to fill a few slots if any others are keen.

I left off some of the basic info, my bad..
This is a Universal App, for iPhone 4s and above / iPad 3 and above or mini.

iPhone 4 and iPad 2 will -hopefully- come into the fold but the optimisations are still being worked out.

@EvilArv
Thanks for the link! I'll look for the section of the vid talks about bg/fg separation as Blizzard are long time veterans of the genre.

There's been a lot of constant discussion during the development of OTTTD around the permanent carnage left on the battlefield and it's something we tweak often.
04-10-2014, 05:29 AM
#9
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 60
First round of devices are in Test Flight and ready to install.

For the people that haven't accepted the Test Flight invite yet, the next build will be in roughly 24 hours.

If there's any issues just hit us up over PM!

Many thanks.
04-10-2014, 06:26 AM
#10
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,340
My early impressions are quite positive. This game has style, humor and great graphics! Also, it does not feel like a paint by numbers TD game. Fantastic!

Through the first three levels, the balance feels quite good, but it is usually the later levels that do not get enough attention in testing, so I will work towards those.

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