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iPhone: Pocket God 1.06 - Just give us 5 minutes!

View Poll Results: Which Icon should get shipped with 1.07?
Original Flavor 9 5.70%
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02-18-2009, 01:36 AM
#1
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: San Francisco, Ca
Posts: 1,477
Pocket God 1.06 - Just give us 5 minutes!

Hey Everyone, I submitted the new update last night right after 1.05 got approved. This one is our secret update and as an added bonus, we are including a Boulder that you can throw on top of the pigmies to squish them or throw at a bunch of them to bowl them all off the island.

So, for this update we didn't really get to any new technology, I started investigating some low level sound routines (AudioUnit) that are not really documented well by Apple, our sound is about 7 megs right now, so I want to figure out how we can apply compression and also, there is an issue with playing the same sound twice in a row without cutting off the original sound. Our default sound engine uses openAl which is good for 3d sound in a 3d engine, but since our game is mainly 2d we don’t really need what it offers, I just want something that lets us play sounds with no lag. Hopefully I can finish it for next weeks update.

This was also the second week in a row were we were up to 3:00 AM trying to get the update out, it's weird, no matter how hard we try to get parts done early, we always end up staying up too late, Allan is usually a morning person and I have a late day at the world golf tour offices on Mondays so this schedule isn't that maintainable for us. Hopefully this week we figure out how to make it easier on ourselves.

The other thing that came up in the last week was some users were complaining about non relevant topics. I personally like talking nonsense with everyone, but the main idea of us coming here is to help spread the word about the game and invite new people to try it out. We can't let it evolve into something where we have a small community that loves the game and turns everyone else away. If we did that, we wouldn't be able to sell enough to afford our work on the updates each week. Touch Arcade has been a really good place for us, we have felt really supported by everyone and the mods here seem really laid back unlike some of the other boards out there where they have power trips. The last thing I want to do is have our threads become a problem for them where they have to come in and put their foot down.

So, from now on, we will have two threads, the normal update preview thread where anyone can come and get the latest news about the game and exchange relevant ideas about future updates and a Pocket God Nonsense thread where we can go off about waiting for the new updates and get crazy.
02-18-2009, 01:37 AM
#2
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: San Pedro (Port of Los Angeles), California, USA
Posts: 823
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WOOT !

i can't wait

.(>^_^).> <3 <3 <3 ! ! !

02-18-2009, 01:41 AM
#3
You guys are good Dave!

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02-18-2009, 01:44 AM
#4
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 1,866
5 minutes.. interesting.

This game is turning out to be like a good book.

Each "chapter" just keeps getting better and better.

Really helps to keep the game fresh and interesting.

Web Designer & Developer since 1999.

Games I highly recommend: CozyQuest, Gemmed, Jabeh, Blue Defense, Blue Attack, geoDefense, Hospital Havoc
02-18-2009, 01:48 AM
#5
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 1,351
Thanks Dave for the update! I just followed Pocket God on Twitter and subscribed to the Pocket Blog. So now I´ve already seen screenshots of the new update!

Great to see you guys having a Twitter account and a blog.

I wonder if the boulder may make the island a bit crowded, be aware that you shouldn't make the island TOO full (or make the island bigger somehow). I was thinking it would be nice to drop the statue on the pigmies, but you can't bowl with a non-round statue. So having a boulder makes sense. I do wonder what the "5 minutes" part means... Looking forward!

Stefan
02-18-2009, 01:50 AM
#6
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 902
Let's congratulate Bolt Creative! Pocket God has made it into the Top 50 apps in the US. Things are looking great. Next goal: featured by Apple.
02-18-2009, 01:55 AM
#7
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: In My Head
Posts: 3,358
Update sounds awesome! I think there is a lot of progress in such a short amount of time! I had an idea for a "Stats Page" I would love if you could maybe add this, like how many bounces from a coconut on a pygmy's head, how many you killed by fire/drowning/total...etc? Thanks for such a cool app, can't wait for more!

Gamecenter:1337brian
02-18-2009, 01:57 AM
#8
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: In My Head
Posts: 3,358
Quote:
Originally Posted by spmwinkel View Post
I do wonder what the "5 minutes" part means... Looking forward!
Maybe if you keep the boulder on them for 5 min. they explode?

Gamecenter:1337brian
02-18-2009, 02:01 AM
#9
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 177
This application is gettin so violent and cute at the same time! I love it!
02-18-2009, 02:09 AM
#10
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 1,866
Wow, you guys ended up getting that Twitter account, neat.

So.. who ended up having it originally?

Web Designer & Developer since 1999.

Games I highly recommend: CozyQuest, Gemmed, Jabeh, Blue Defense, Blue Attack, geoDefense, Hospital Havoc