Creatures Online Update #39

June 10th, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

Weekly update #39: The Nests Crash

Read it on the forum

Hello everybody :)

This week we fixed one remaining crash with the nests (when teleporting a Norn which was in a nest).

The game can now also supports Turquish localization, we just need the translated corresponding Excel file.

There was also some various tasks done such as a better transaction history, a small modification of our way of building versions sent for testing, and we also implemented a way for us to easily interact with the Java libraries specific to Android.

That’s all for this week ! We wish you a nice week-end!

 

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Some previous updates:

Weekly update #38: Chasing the white rabbit bug!

Weekly update #37: The nests

Weekly update #36: The starvation issue 2/2

Weekly update #35: The starvation issue 1/2

Weekly update #34: Floating objects issue

Weekly update #33: Crazy debugging and the crafting machine

 

More updates on the forum:

http://creatures-online.fr/forum/viewforum.php?f=9

Creatures Online Updates

June 2nd, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

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Hi Guys!

Every week, Lucas, Creatures’ Game Designer writes updates about the development on the forum. Starting today we’ll post these updates on the blog. Have a good reading!

 

 

Weekly update #38 – Chasing the white rabbit bug!

Read it on the forum

Hello everybody!

Last week was not the luckiest week! We had an issue with the servers which took us a whole day to fix, and also encountered (and fixed) a bug when selling a white rabbit (and specifically a white rabbit, which is why we had not found this problem before).

On the bright side, we managed to test the plants and the gamesaves to ensure the related issues previously encountered were definitely gone. In parallel, we also continued the work on the nests :)

That’s all for this short update ! I wish you a nice week :)

 

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Some previous updates:

Weekly update #37: The nests

Weekly update #36: The starvation issue 2/2

Weekly update #35: The starvation issue 1/2

Weekly update #34: Floating objects issue

Weekly update #33: Crazy debugging and the crafting machine

Weekly update #32: Splicing Machine for pregnant Norns and Android compatibility

 

More updates on the forum:

http://creatures-online.fr/forum/viewforum.php?f=9

Master F.I.N.D with Child Focus

May 5th, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

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Is your teen safe on social networks?

Master F.I.N.D, the game we developed with Child Focus is the right tool to show him the dangers of social networking.

If used safely, social networking sites lets teens keep in touch with their friends and helps them express themselves. Our game is meant to help them understand the importance of keeping a bit of privacy and setting up properly their confidentiality settings. 

In this investigation game, your teens will play a web-detective and fight the cyber criminality. They will have to join a group of detectives from the F.I.N.D and infiltrate e-Talk (a Facebook-like network) to find clues, analyze them and use high tech super powers that will help support complex investigations and solve the most serious crimes.

 

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 Master F.I.N.D is available in Dutch and French for FREE!

 

Dutch version:

iOS: http://bit.ly/1kNtV8E

Android: http://bit.ly/1kBxps3

Online: http://bit.ly/1mu5I6U

 

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French version:

iOS: http://bit.ly/1oiAK2N

Android: http://bit.ly/1fJffIz

En ligne: http://bit.ly/RgimwA

 

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Algo-Bot has been Greenlit

March 21st, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

Hi Guys,

We did it! Algo-Bot has been Greenlit by the community and we would like to thank you for that!

You can imagine what it means to us to have such a great community supporting the game. We are now more confident about the reboot on Kickstarter. 

If you want to get new about the reboot you can sign up to Algo-Bot’s newsletter here.

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 THANK YOU! 

Win a PS4 or 1 out of 50 Steam games with Algo-Bot

March 7th, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

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To  re-launch our game  Algo-Bot, we decided to organize a new contest. The goal of this contest is to get 2000 “yes” on Steam Greenlight and try to enter top 100

All you have to do is to enter the competition, then vote on Algo-Bot at Greenlight and finally leave a comment #coderules with your Steam (You must do that to be eligible to win this game)

You can enter the contest herehttp://woobox.com/kq4ggu

There will be 3 ways to win this game:

  • 31 x Random Gamers who enter this giveaway will have a chance to win Playstation 4 and 1 out of 30 Steam Games. Only one will win the Playstation 4.
  • 10 x Gamers with most Referrals will have a chance to win 1 out of 10 random Steam Games.
  • 10 x Random Gamers who Shared and Liked one of original announcemnt posts will have a chance to win 1 out of 10 random Stean Games.

 

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List of games available to win:

  • 3 Steam keys for Saints Row IV 
  • 5 Steam keys for Legends of Aethereus 
  • 1 Steam Key for Horizon
  • 2 Steam Keys for Broken Age
  • 5 Steam keys for Sleeping dogs 
  • 2 Steam keys for Banished
  • 2 Steam keys for Starbound
  • 5 Steam keys for Darkout 
  • 5 Steam keys for Fist Puncher 
  • 5 Steam keys for Postmortem 
  • 5 Steam keys for Tetrobot and Co.
  • 5 Steam keys for AErena – Clash of Champions 
  • 5 Steam keys for Survival Squad

Kickstarter momentarily canceled

February 5th, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

reboot_soonWe are profoundly grateful to those of you who backed Algo-Bot but the Kickstarter has to be momentarily canceled for important modifications.

It stills only 10 days to go and we still haven’t reached the 10% threshold of funding :) . Except if by an unexpected miracle the game raises $55,000 in a week, we won’t make it. Let’s be honest, the project raises approximately 150 bucks a day. No need to tell you that it’s not enough.

A deep analysis of our project and your comments showed us that we have 2 important problems that must be solved: poor visibility on the project (especially in the US) and thecommunication of the goals of the project.

 The communication

After talking with some of you and reading your comments, it appears that we have serious issues with our communication.  

First of all the message is not clear, what this game exactly is? Is it a game or a learning tool? For whom this game is meant for? Is it for kids, Programmers or programming students?

For example, according to Programmers, the inner-joke headlines were funny but could scare non-programmers. It remains a problem because the game is not only meant for Programmers and can be enjoyed by puzzle lovers? See? The message should be simplified.

The visibility

The press coverage we had represents 2% of the funds we raised which is nothing compared to your shares on social networks that raised nearly 43% of it. Thank you for that by the way!

The error we made here, was to count on press coverage to bring us backers instead of counting on our Kickstarter page to bring us backers and press coverage as a result of popularity.

One says that success doesn’t have to be a goal but always a consequence.

Conclusion

That’s the reason why we decided to cancel Algo-Bot KS campaign for a few months. Just the time to re-arrange the page and make the communication clearer and we’ll be back on Kickstarter. In the meantime our Greenlight campaign goes really well and be sure to spread the word around so the game can continue its ascension.

Finally, you, our beloved backers are welcome to sign up to Algo-Bot Newsletter to keep an eye on the project. Also, if you have any idea to improve the page, let us know! Thank you again for your support!  

Now live on Steam Greenlight!

January 28th, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

We’ve gone ahead and posted Algo-Bot on Steam.

By voting for Algo-Bot on Greenlight, you increase the chances that Valve will distribute the game through Steam. This is pretty important for improving the game’s visibility, and provides a secure, reliable way of distributing the game files automatically to our users.

 

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Greenlight is extremely competitive, so if you’re excited about Algo-Bot, share the Greenlight link with your friends and vote “YES”! Your move!

Thank you!

[Kickstarter Update #3] Internal Level Editor

January 27th, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

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Hi folks!  

Thank you again for your pledges and support! As you can see, the project gets slowly funded, backer by backer but hey! Rome wasn’t built in a day! Was it?

We noticed that one reason may be the poor visibility we have on the project and it would help a lot to be featured by Kickstarter. According to my sources, one of the statistics that Kickstarter uses to determine who gets featured on the main page is the number of “Finished plays” which means the number of time your video has been entirely seen. We currently have 21,59% of plays completed and we need that number up over 75%. So, here’s my request: Please click play on the main project video, and let it play all the way to the very end. This is super important!

Now, let’s talk about something way sexier. I mean the Level Editor! Many of you backed $80 to have an early access to it and therefore the ability to submit your own levels for the final version of the game. So, we decided to briefly show you how it works. Please keep in mind that this editor is our internal version and it’s not as user friendly as the one you’ll get. Ladies and Gentlemen, please a standing ovation for Guillaume Bouckaert and his level editing presentation!

 

Hope you enjoyed it!  

Thank you for your support, and thank you for telling your friends about the project!  

- The team

 

 

[Kickstarter Update #2] Be the first people to see our new offices :)

January 21st, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

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It’s Day 6 and we are only 5% funded. It’s still a looonnng way home. So don’t forget to share this campaign with your friends, your colleagues, your social network and all the programmers and puzzle lovers you know.

I know that, at almost a week from the beginning of the campaign, you’d like to see updates about the game but we have been very busy moving in our new office this weekend. As a proof, here is some pictures and a video of the weekend. 

You know what’s fantastic with the new building? WINDOWS! We now have windows and it’s just awesome. I am sure it will help us to increase our productivity. 

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Thank you again dear backers!

If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Speak to you very soon!

-The team

 

Here’s the link again to share it around you: 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fishingcactus/algo-bot-code-smarter-not-harder

[Kickstarter Update #1] 24 hours later…

January 21st, 2014 by Sophie Schiaratura

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[Read it on Kickstarter]

From everybody here at Fishing Cactus: Thank you <3. Thank you for being fans Of Algo-Bot , thank you for spreading the word about it and thank you so much for the support you have shown us in your comments!

Depending on how the development is coming along, we will be posting some new prototypes or screenshots later this week to keep everyone enticed. If there is anything you want us to show or have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them by dropping a comment in the comment section or sending a private message to this account.  

We are also happy with the overwhelmingly positive press we’ve received for Algo-Bot so far. Here are some highlights:

“I’ve played through several levels, and so far I can tell that Fishing Cactus has a good thing going (…) I’d highly recommend pledging to this cause, as Algo-Bot has found my favor”  The Examiner.com - Steven Cathy

“Seuls deux mondes étaient accessibles dans la version envoyée à la rédaction, mais ils permettaient de se faire un premier avis assez positif sur les mécaniques d’apprentissages” Gamekult – Boulapoire

“un jeu de type puzzle qui a pour ambition d’amuser mais aussi d’initier au code informatique ceux qui le souhaitent. Apprendre en s’amusant, ça c’est un concept sympathique.” Mondes Persistants – Arkehyna

Gamershell – Silviu Gheorghe

GhostStorm – Stephen Quinn

Pixelbbq – Brice Rebillard

We can’t tell you yet if the game will be a success but we can already tell you that it’s gonna be an incredible adventure. Seeing the team holding its breath when I pressed “Launch” really worthed it!

Thank you again!  

- The Team