Moving contraption

I suspected it’s possible but never got around to trying to make one.

Here’s a video where someone makes a travelling structure from pistons and custom switches:

You can build one and watch as it wanders off and disappears over the horizon :-)

Kudos!

 

2.1 Update Progress

Since finishing 2.0 release on all platforms I have been working on the next update, 2.1.

As usual, I don’t want to tell you too much at this point in case I later cannot deliver on what I promised. I usually only announce stuff once it’s done and at least partially tested. Hate over-promising and under-delivering.

What I can say is that I am working on new survival features. A few recent updates focused mostly on creative, it’s time to reverse the trend!

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Will keep you posted!

Btw. Bugs has been approved for iOS. Here’s the link:

https://itunes.apple.com/app/bugs/id1190979375

Give it a try if you have an iPhone/iPad/iPod. It’s free.

 

 

 

Bugs for remaining platforms

I finally got round to publishing Bugs to Amazon, Windows & Windows Phone and iOS. Took me two days to go through all the moves. Hate it! I’d much rather code than fill out forms, take screenshots, apply for certificates and resize icons, among millions of other chores required to get it published.

iOS version is in review.

Windows and Amazon versions available here:

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Google Play version is still here:

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Enjoy!

To remind you: Bugs is a free (no ads either) Turret Defence game:

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Hopefully can go back to work on Survivalcraft 2.1 update now.

Be vigilant for promo codes – I have some more generated and will post randomly to give different peoples a chance. Actually, here’s one: 4UAFD363X5USXE5DFKLMB5S. Redeem it on Google Play for a free copy of Survivalcraft 2.

The next one will appear via Twitter only.

Promo codes!

I’ve just noticed Google Play now allows generating promo codes. I am not sure yet how you use them though.

So here’s one Survivalcraft 2 code for you:

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If you are the lucky person who is first to grab it and convert into a game, can you please post in a comment where you are supposed to copy/paste it?

Btw. there’s more codes incoming :-)

Bugs in bugs

Bugs once again!

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I submitted the Bugs game to Amazon, but unfortunately they detected some bugs and I will have to do it again.

Can you imagine: bugs in bugs? Unbelievable.

Anyway, I only have one Amazon test device (the first Kindle Fire from 2011). Any testing I can do is incomplete. So, here’s the APK of Bugs for Amazon Kindle:

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If you own an Amazon Kindle and want to help, please install and see whether everything is fine on your device! I want to resubmit ASAP and get on with other work.

 

Why can’t you make furniture out of raw wood?

Some people have complained that wood (as opposed to planks) is not a furniture material.

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One reason behind it is that in challenging mode you would be able to take a hammer and with a single tap turn a tree in the forest into a little strange twisted shape. That would be odd.

Second reason is that the furniture would not look as you expect – i.e. like a wood carving. The bark would be “inside” the log.

So – no furniture from raw wood.

I think the best material for a lot of furniture is painted clay. It is smooth, so that you can add your own pattern. Existing materials patterns often collide with your design, because you have no control over where they appear. And it comes in all colors available in the game.

It’s the reason I made clay paintable.

Deleting furniture

I see there is some confusion on deleting of furniture designs. There isn’t a delete button or a trash anywhere in the UI.

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You cannot directly delete a furniture design.

Why is this so? It’s because there may be existing instances of this design somewhere in the world, or in your inventory, or in some chest far away.

If you deleted the design, they would all turn into some other random type of furniture, or even make the game crash (due to the way furniture is implemented internally). We don’t want to do that.

So how do you get rid of a design you don’t want?

Move it to Uncategorized set. As soon as the game detects there are no more instances of this furniture used anywhere else, it will delete it automatically.

I know this is not 100% intuitive, but it was the best I could come up at the time. Maybe there should be a delete button that would tell you “Cannot delete because there are N instances of this design used in the world” instead? Would that be any better?

 

Look what I got!

The Russian community sent me a world with a note not to open before Christmas.

Well, I opened it now, and look what I got:

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Loads of Christmas presents, in proper boxes, all under the Christmas tree! Every box is personalized.

It was a joy unpacking it all.

Beautiful! I think it’s the first time a game creator got Christmas gifts from the game community. I am touched. Thank you very much!

There’s even the grandpa statuette and a computer.

 

Christmas Presents Time!

I have something for you this year. A free game. Bugs!

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It’s a free turret defence style game. No ads. No banners. No in-app purchases. No strings attached. Enjoy! Download it on Google Play.

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Btw. I think it’s devilishly hard! Please let me know whether you were able to complete all 3 levels on Normal or harder difficulty.

If you don’t like turret defence games, sorry!  Maybe next year I’ll make something else that you’ll like better.

I will probably release it for Amazon, Windows and iOS too, but a little bit later. I need a food break. Making games is fun, publishing them to various AppStores not so much!

Btw. this game is completely independent of Survivalcraft, and of course it does not mean I stopped working on Survivalcraft! In fact I have already added some features for the upcoming 2.1 update.

Have a good Christmas!

The promotional price for Survivalcraft 2 is still in force, but it’s the last moments. I will be changing it to $3.99 soon.

I know, I need to post 2.0 changelist

Did you know that lightbulbs are now paintable, so that you can make them go nicely with colored wires?

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Btw. 2.0 default blocks texture is already in Files/Technical section in case you wanted to make some block textures.

There’s 95 furniture packs in Community Content already. I haven’t had time to check out most of them, but I expect the quality will be going up as people learn how to make furniture. I made some tweaks to community content during this release, so less stuff should get automatically deleted.

Windows Phone bugfix update (2.0.41) is submitted and approved, you should be getting it soon.