Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pokemon Tower Defense: So what happens now? Donate button? Next Game? More pokemon defense?

It's been a really crazy day. Was just about to get the level cap update out, and bam I get an email from google that the app has been suspended and removed. I saw it coming but not this fast, it all has to do with the growth that we experienced. We ended up getting over 120,000 downloads, and I'm sure giving enough time we would have reached millions.

So what happens now?

I know a lot of you came for the pokemon tower defense, and if it wasn't here anymore you might leave. I don't blame you, but me and dan want to make games for a living. We want to make games for you guys. We have a game coming down hopefully in April, and I hope you guys can give it a look, when I post it here. It has ninjas.

So am I quitting pokemon tower defense? The answer is no. If they don't want it on the market place then it's not going to be there and it won't ever be there again. Nintendo spent a lot of money and work building up pokemon and I respect them for that. They need to protect their property, if they don't then everybody starts making games based on their characters. Talking to them is honestly something that I believe has a 0% chance of success. Why? Mainly because I'm a nobody right now. I'm trying to grow into somebody that they will listen to. My dream and the reason I started programming/making games was/is to make a pokemon mmo. I doubt that I will ever get the chance to do it, or that maybe once I'm popular/successful enough I might not want to do it anymore. But for now I will make smaller games that hopefully you will find worth your time.

If you think that I might be somebody worth investing your hard earned money into, I would be honored to accept it, I provided a donate button on the top right hand side of the page. Donate whatever you feel like donating. I don't want to take your money without giving something back, so if you donate send me a message with your email while doing the donation or just email some sort of proof that I can make sure you actually donated and I will give you a shiny starter pokemon (bulbasaur, squirtle, or charmander) in the tower defense game. If you are disgusted by the idea of donating, please let me know also. 

So at this point some of you might be like okay where my pokemans. I'm a little off balanced at the moment but level 6 will come this weekend.

Right now there are a couple of ways to play the game:

On your computer, go to http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/566150
On your phone, go to http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/566150 or download and install the apk file at http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2SU40OT5

Again please let me know what you think I'm looking forward to answering your comments/questions/suggestion/ideas. Have a nice day :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pokemon Tower Defense: A new beginning, a new place to play the game, level cap at 20 now.

UPDATE 3: Here is a link to download the apk file, don't ask me how to install it I'm not sure my self, apparently your save file will still work. http://www.megaupload.com/?d=D9W2HADU 
Enjoy!


UPDATE: If you go to the website on your phone and you full screen the game, it pretty much plays just like the app would, this is the best solution to playing on the phone, you only need to be online to start the game then you can go offline once the game loads. 

UPDATE 2: I will be posting the .apk file for those of you who know how to install those, the only problem right now is that your data will be deleted between updates, I will figure out a way to save your data online, so that you can restore it between updates. No specific date tho on when I can do this.

Well, we got suspended from the android marketplace (Nintendo asked them to remove us), so instead of killing the whole thing. I just found a new home for it. We are now located at Newgrounds!

Here is the link: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/566150 
Please register and rate the game :)

This version contains the new level cap (20), as well as new moves and new evolutions for your current pokemon.

A couple of extra notes:
  • You will have to start over, sorry :(
  • You can play on your phone's browser or your computer's browser. (Tried it on my phone's browser, it actually works great there, make sure to full screen the game).
I'm personally pretty bummed out about getting suspended, but it is what it is. Tell me what you think!

Monday, March 28, 2011

PTD: What's next? A list of new things...and we just keep growing!

SAD UPDATE: App was suspended from Marketplace....The good news is I will be moving it to the web a lot quicker! I will provide you with a link soon, once the update is done.

UPDATE: Level cap increasing to 20, tonight (Wednesday)! Level 6 will come in an update after that but this week also.

 This game just keeps growing and it's thanks to all of you, I haven't done any advertisement at all. The download stats from my Android Market Developer Console updated today at we have over 66,000 downloads! You guys made it happen, either you told your friend about it, or you twittered it, facebook, blogged on it. I just wanted to say thank you for the support! Also even if you didn't do any of the above, just giving it a good rating and a good comment goes a long way into other people deciding if they want to play.

Okay so lets get down to business.

First, the poll is finally closed (I need to make the next one shorter) and you have all decided that the current app icon stays! We had 1955 votes and 19% said hey it doesn't matter to me, 36% said change that sucker, but 44% said don't even think about touching the bulbasaur. So Bulba is here to stay. I will be adding a new poll very soon.

Now I want to talk about the next couple of updates. The level cap will be increasing to 20, so you can finally evolve more of your pokemon, and earn new moves for battles. So what I want to do is make a list here of what I need to do and how far I'm into doing it so that you guys can stay up to date on my progress towards the next update. If you see anything that is missing on the list that you think should be there just drop me a comment here on the blog or email me directly. Thanks.

Moves:
  1. Bulbasaur - 4 new moves. (100%,done)
  2. Charmander - 2 new moves. (100% done)
  3. Squirtle - 2 new moves (100% done, rapid spin makes me smile)
  4. Rattata - 3 new moves (100% done)
  5. Pidgey - 1 new move (100%, done)
  6. Caterpie - 1 new move (100%, done)
  7. Weedle - 1 new move (100%, done)
  8. Butterfree - 2 new moves (100%, done)
  9. Bedrill - 2 new moves (100%, done)
  10. Pikachu - 1 new move (100%, done)
Current Pokemon Evolutions:
  1. Ivysaur (100%)
  2. Charmeleon (100%)
  3. Wartortle (100%)
  4. Raticate (100%)
  5. Pidgeotto (100%)
New Pokemon with new moves:
  1. Not yet determined 
New Pokemon Evolutions:
  1. Not yet determined
    Levels:
    1. Lvl 6:Intro (0%)
    2. Lvl 6: Level (0%)
    3. Lvl 6: Ending (0%)
    Bugs:
    1. Keep phone on while playing (from Justin 0%)
    2. Be able to tell what version a profile is assigned to (from Ninjutsu500 100%)
    I won't be able to do much today (Monday) during the day, I have a wicked Physics test tonight. Wish me luck!

    Saturday, March 26, 2011

    PTD: Level 5 is out!

    UPDATE: I updated the level and had to run out, so I forgot to include a couple of things. 
    1. Onix is spelled correctly :)
    2. You don't get the badge in this level, you will get the aftermath of this event on the next level (you aren't done in pewter just yet, there's a nice little museum there)
    3. Sandshrew and Geodude are the only pokemon used in one of the versions of the game (FireRed/LeafGreen) so I went with that.
    4. I was trying to get the update out quickly so my bad on the typo, will fix for next update (nobody wants to download a whole new build just for a simple typo)
    5. The "movie scene" is done so that you always lose a pokemon, so even if you bring one, the game will take that away. First it looks for a starter, then it looks for anybody else.
    6. Thunder wave should not work on ground pokemon, that is a mistake on my side.
    7. The fight will be a lot easier if you have all your pokemon at a high level, I didn't want to balance it around the fact that you would have 5 lvl 10s, since somebody that will play the game won't have that when there are more levels and they don't have to stop and repeat levels.
    8. The fight will be easy also if you use good strategy, like using tail whip, string shot, bite, it's meant to reward you if you do things like that.
    Keep the feedback rolling, I will probably get a good amount of grammatical errors and spelling errors, I apologies in advance for that.

    Did anybody think the level was tough?

    A new update is out for Pokemon Tower Defense it includes:
    • Level 5 - First Gym Battle
    • Releasing Pokemon
    • New Party Select Screen (Uses Dragging instead of tapping)
    • Bug fixes that you guys pointed out:
      • Being able to place a pokemon out in random spots.
      •  Pokemon trying to learn a move that they already know.
    Also just letting you guys know that this update doesn't increase the level cap, and that you can't catch any new pokemon in this level.

    Enjoy, and as always let me know what you think! Good luck against Brock :)

    Thursday, March 24, 2011

    PTD: What's next? First Gym, Level Cap, about me, feedback, 11,000 downloads!

    UPDATE: Level 5 is coming in less than 2 hours!

    Hey everyone! I must say that it has been a crazy last couple of days for me, I did not expect the game to grow as much as it did so quickly but I welcome the growth with open arms. My goal for this game was to reach 10,000 downloads. That was my goal, I didn't know when it would happen maybe months, or a year, but here we are 3 days later and we are at over 11,000 downloads. That is all because of you guys! I can't say how much I appreciate it.

    Your feedback has been amazing, a lot of changes in the game have been made due to this feedback, I read every post and reply to every email sent to me. I value what you guys think, even if you just say this game is awesome, especially if you say things like that it really help drive me even more.

    The number one thing that people want is more levels, higher level cap, just more more more. I want to give you what you want! I'm trying really hard to deliver, and I'm not trying to make excuses but I do want you guys to know my situation so that we can understand each other better. First, I'm the only person working on this game. I have a full time job, I go to college at night, I like to hang out with my girlfriend, friends and family. Making games full time is a dream that I hope to accomplish, but I'm not there yet. That said I want to get this game done for you guys! Like I said before I just want to let you guys know my situation and why stuff is not done already :D

    Another thing I wanted to talk about was the level cap, the level cap will raise to 20 when level 6 comes out. The reason there is a level cap is that I haven't made all the attack animations, and assets for all the pokemon and attacks. I spend a good amount of time on each attack making sure that it's just right. Some attacks don't even fit the tower defense model, for example sand attack, and these take a little bit longer to figure out a good alternative for them.

    Finally, the next update will include: Releasing your pokemon, the first gym match, and an improved party select screen. I want to make the first gym match feel epic, but I have been thinking that it would be a little too easy if you have squirtle or bulbasaur. I'm going to have to do something about that :)

    The new update should be out less than a week from today!

    That's all I have for now. Thank for reading, and let me know what you think!

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    Level 4 out NOW!

    Finally got to finish Level 4: Viridian Forest. I hope you guys enjoy it. Also now you can exit the game by pressing your phone's back button on the main menu, no more force closing :D

    UPDATE: The last 3 Pikachus are the 3 you see in the beginning of the level, they never get to a weakened state so they are impossible to catch. But you can catch any pikachu besides those 3. Happy Hunting.

    What's next?

    That last few updates have been about fixing issues that the game has, but what everybody really wants is more levels. So I will be hitting level 4 hard the next couple of days. Here is a picture of Level 4 being built:

    Viridian Forest construction.

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Your feedback put into action.

    UPDATE 2: New version 1.5 has exit confirmation box implemented.
    UPDATE: New version 1.4 has implemented fixes for all the issues mentioned in this blog post!

    Took some time today to gather up all the feedback and came up with a list of things that you guys wanted fixed/changed. I'm going to post the ones that will have higher priority (mainly the ones that people mentioned more than once).

    1. Being able to skip a cut scene after you have seen it at least once. Thanks to Sage (Marketplace Comments), Joram, Joshua, and Ollorin93 for mentioning it.

    2. Pause the Battle Music when the Evolution Music plays. Thanks to Adyad, and Joshua.

    3. Make the currency symbol be the correct one (the one used in the game). Thanks to Adyad, and Joshua.

    4. The App Icon needs to be changed. Thanks to Dan, and Joshua.

    For the 4th one I'm holding a poll, that will show up in-game as well as on the side of this blog.

    If you guys want to change the Icon, I want to hold a contest for whoever wants to try to make a better icon. The winner will receive a code to change your starter pokémon into a shiny version of it.

    If you guys want to keep it the same then I will find a different contest to hold so that somebody out there will get their shiny.

    What do you guys think?

    Sunday, March 20, 2011

    Level 4 on Pokemon Tower Defense UPDATE

    I must say that I am sorry about the confusion, level 4 is not completed yet, I'm going to make a small update that will make that more clear on the game, again sorry about that, I plan to have it done within a week so stay tuned. I guess while I'm here I'll also mention that the pokemon leveling is capped at level 10 for now, this cap will go up when level 6 of the game comes out. Thanks again for the great feedback! Keep it coming :D

    I responded to the previous blog post in the comments here is my response:

    "Thanks for the feedback guys, now time to answer some questions.

    @Kevin, Bradly, Michelle, Ben - I posted a new blog entry about it, but your phones are not the problem the problem is that I haven't completed level 4, it will be coming in about a week, also evolving is implemented but since the level cap is at 10 only 2 pokemon can evolve right now (caterpie and weedle).

    @Anonymous - Thanks, the reason I released it without finishing it is that it's going to take a good amount of time to get everything I want in there, so I rather people can start getting a taste of it and giving me their feedback so that I can make it better in the end."

    Pokemon Tower Defense is out now on Android!

    Finally got around to releasing it, the game is very much still at an early stage but I will be updating it on a weekly basis. Enjoy!

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