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BULLISTIC - the free game people love to hate! MASSIVE UPDATE on it's way

01-27-2011, 02:29 AM
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BULLISTIC - the free game people love to hate! MASSIVE UPDATE on it's way

First, a bit of background.

Bullistic is a free game we released as
a) a free gift to clients and friends as a joke. We are 'web for hire' game dev company and are continually asked 'can you build us something like Angry Birds?', so we thought we'd give it a go.
b) an ode to the most successful and fun game on the App Store - Angry Birds

For a full run down on the game, check out:

Youtube link | Pop Up

Problem is, the game has been amazingly popular. As of 27th January 2011, less than 2 weeks in the wild, the game has been downloaded over 140,000 times.

...And we are getting canned on the App Store! People are ripping us to shreds for copying Angry Birds. But what more can we do? We put it in the app description. We are giving the game away for free. We admit this is an ode to Angry Birds. We love Angry Birds... ah well.
Despite this and due to the sheer number of downloads, we are fleshing the game out properly and hopefully turn it into something people will enjoy a lot more.

Everyone's feedback is welcome!

The progress so far...


Performance has been improved incredibly! In the rush to get the game out last year, we had overlooked a number of things that were sucking memory. We are now acheiving framefrates consistently as follows:
iPhone 3G: 25 - 30 fps min
iPhone 3GS: >50 fps constant!
iPhone 4: 40 - >45 fps


15 levels are now in development. We'll release these with the next update and will release 15 more soon after. Continuing in this fashion until we give up. The level difficulty will scale gracefully - the basics to begin, ultimately ending up quite challenging.

New items including springs, bumpers, boulders, chandeliers are all going to be introduced to create more of a puzzle aspect to breaking as much stuff as you can.

Each level has a $ damage goal. Stars are awarded for remaining bulls, three stars awarded for reaching the goal in one shot.

We'll also provide some more intuitive and detailed instructions about how to play the game, the goals and a few tricks along the way.

The camera

The camera will be modified so that users can zoom out to see the whole scene and still aim their shot.
We will also be tweaking the bull follow to ensure you can always see the action.

No ads - more bulls!

We will be removing the ads. Instead, as a way to get some return on our investment, we will be adding 'Bulls with Abilities', which will be available to purchase in-app individually, or in packs of three.
These special bulls can be substituted in at anytime during a level, when their abilities are deemed required.

The game will remain free and completely playable with the normal bulls as promised. The special bulls will just add to the fun.

Sound Controls

Jeez - we copped some grief over this! We can't be responsible for everyone's taste in music. I love metal!
However, we can be a little more courteous. We will be changing the music so as it doesn't get triggered after every breakage. Also, we are providing options for users to mute both the music and sfx.


Thankfully, this is an area that people really were impressed, and for good reason. Mike (our designer) did an amazing job for the time he had - now he has more time to make things look even better. Here's some samples...

and finally....

I think that's everything so far. We hope to have the game updated and out in Feb.

Bring on the comments, suggestions and feedback! We will probably be looking for some beta testers in the very near future too, so if anyone is interested, please PM me.

I'll endeavour to keep this thread up to date with our progress. I hope you like the direction the game is heading.
01-27-2011, 02:40 AM
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haha, that's pretty cool. its great that you're admitting that this IS an ode to angry birds, and that you re not in it for the profit, but for the enjoyment! good on you

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Originally Posted by crex View Post
Thats a nice lookin gun.

01-27-2011, 05:33 AM
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yip, pretty cool. i downloaded this yesterday but havent given it a go yet, will try it tonight.
01-27-2011, 06:46 AM
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Glad to hear the ads are removed. I would rather paying not seeing ads.

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01-27-2011, 11:46 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Texas
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Great finally a dev that actually listens the the issues with their app, all the problems i had should be addressed in the update according to this, not playing the game much right now but will likely be one of my favorites when the update comes.
01-27-2011, 01:05 PM
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why is the iphone3gs have better framerate than the iphone 4
01-27-2011, 02:04 PM
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i was also wondering about the iphone 4 fps. maybe for upscaled grapics for retina display?
01-27-2011, 02:04 PM
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The china shop thing is great. :P

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01-27-2011, 04:04 PM

Why dont you make it a paid app?
Forget that I just read Bulls with abilities

Last edited by Noodler; 01-27-2011 at 04:09 PM.
01-27-2011, 04:38 PM
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Sweet I'm downloading this now. Will give it a play later tonight.

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