Fix for High Scores Glitch in Endless Nights

A glitch snuck into the release of Endless Nights wherein some installs may not save local high scores. High scores are still saved fine to the game center. If you are having problems saving high scores, here is a fix:

1) Delete Endless Nights from your device. (Hold your finger down on the icon until it giggles and then tap the X button.)
2) Remember to Keep Game Center to keep your game center high scores!
3) Re-install from the App Store. You can find it in the Purchased tab if you don’t want to search for it.
4) IMPORTANT: The first time you boot the game up, click the High Scores button from the menu. You must click High Scores before playing a game for this to work.
5) After clicking High Scores, play the game as normal. Your high score **should** save correctly.

I apologize for the bug. It should be fixed in the next update.

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Endless Nights Now Available on the App Store

Endless Nights is now released out into the wild.

If you love rogue-like games, check it out. A sequel to Endless Depths, the adventure comes out of the dungeon. Endless Nights has random outdoor areas, random dungeons, random quests and a brand new skill-based system that allows you to play the game however you want to play it.

A rogue-like game, Endless Nights also features a permanence system that allows you to carry over gold or gems, based on the profile you choose, or simply evade death and get an extra life. Or you can choose to go old school and play on the Hardcore setting.

You can download Endless Nights on the App Store.

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Endless Nights Coming Soon to an App Store Near You

Endless Nights takes Endless Depths out of the dungeon by adding overland areas, quests, and a number of new features including a completely skill-based system.  This system allows players to play the game how they way to play it, with decisions determining the final skillset of their character.

The same rogue-like game play is also enhanced by a new profile system that allows players to gain some permanence by choosing a profile that allows gold or gems to carry over to the next character.  And a hardcode mode allows for the old-school players to go it without these perks.

Endless Nights should hit the iTunes App Store soon and will be available for the iPhone and iPad.

Here’s the first screenshot:

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Endless Depths RPG – Combat Tips

I wrote up the following combat tips to include in the help file within the game. Hopefully, these tips provide some insight on how to devise a combat strategy within the game.

It is important to devise a strategy for combat based on the skill sets chosen. For example, your character could elect to defeat an opponents defenses by simply attacking faster than the enemy, utilizing low delay weapons like daggers in addition to skills like Speed, which not only provides a natural boost to attack speed but also contains quick attack abilities. Another strategy is to use feints to set up more damaging attacks. Feints are designed to force the enemy into committing to their defense, thus providing the character with an opening for attack.

Another tactic is to utilize skills that have increased accuracy against particular attacks or all attacks. For example, the tactics skill set provides weaponside and shieldside attacks. A shieldside attack is great right after an opponent blocks an attack, since the attack is naturally more difficult to be parried. The accuracy skill set has a setup skill that will boost the accuracy of the next attack or two.

Defense plays a pivotal role in combat, and while any character can dodge, parry or block (if they equip a shield), these provide only minor defense bonuses unless the character chooses to specialize in them. A melee character without any melee defense skills must employ a strategy of quickly defeating the enemy, since they will be unable to defend against many of the attacks leveled against them.

This type of combat system makes the basic choice of employing a two-handed weapon vs a one-handed weapon a much more important decision. Two-handed weapons can be extremely lethal, especially when paired with some of the special combat moves, but they also limit the character’s defenses. Not only can the character not block attacks (since they won’t have a shield equipped), but most two-handed weapons have a long delay, which means they will not parry as many attacks. Two-handed weapons are best for characters that intend to quickly overcome the enemy’s defenses.

Magic also plays its role. Not only can spells be blocked and dodged, but each school of magic also offers a melee attack for those who choose to create a hybrid character. Since each choice of melee skill provides a bonus to melee accuracy, it is important for hybird characters to plan accordingly. A character with only one melee skill may find it more difficult to hit the opponent, but if that skill is a core melee skill (slashing, crushing, piercing) or a skill that improves the chance to hit (accuracy), a hybrid character can be quite powerful.

Light magic users get a bonus when using crushing weapons and a spell to help both magical and melee accuracy. They can also equip holy symbols to help with their magical skills, thus negating the need for a mage staff. This makes them formidible melee opponents even without choosing a melee skill. But don’t discount Dark and Nature. Both of these magic types also provide a bonus to melee should the character decide to hybrid in that direction.

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Endless Depths RPG Patch Live for iOS/Android

As much as the Apple App Store has taken some hits in the media over the past couple of years, they do deserve credit when credit is due.  They have a process of expedited reviews for show-stopping bugs that creep into a release, and while Endless Depths certainly isn’t a household name, they had no problem approving it to be fast tracked.  So after submitting it this morning, it is already live on the App Store.

Kudos to Apple for looking out for the little guy and not just taking care of the big guys. Also glad this fix got in because it could hang up the game at deeper depths in the dungeon.

The patch is also out on the Android Marketplace and has been submitted to Amazon.

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Expedited Review Requested for Endless Depths Patch

The 1.02 update to Endless Depths contained a very inconvenient bug that can cause the game to freeze when you go up against pesky magic users deeper in the dungeon.

I have fixed the bug and submitted a new version to the app store, requesting an expedited review in hopes of getting it through the process quicker. I can’t say whether or not the request will be accepted, but at the very least, a new version should be available early next week.  I’m hoping they can fit it in before the week is out.

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Endless Depths RPG arrives on the iPhone/iPad

Endless Depths is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  This turn-based “rogue-like” RPG features randomly generated dungeons and is based on the TitanFire system, which introduces strategy to combat by placing more emphasis on the character’s ability to block, parry and dodge attacks and spells.   Endless Depths shares the old school nature of traditional rogue-like games, with a one-character-one-life theme that puts the emphasis as much on survival as making it down through the dungeon levels to take out Mephistopheles.

The TitanFire RPG system is a strategic combat system where each active defense (block, parry and dodge) has its own delay similar to weapon attacks.  Characters must use a variety of strategic abilities like feints, set ups and quick strikes to overcome the enemies defenses.  With an open-ended class system where characters choose three skill sets from a list of melee sets and spell books, players can devise their own strategy for combat.

The key features in Endless Depths include:

* Randomly generated dungeon levels
* Over one hundred monsters
* Dozens of melee abilities and spells
* Plenty of loot to uncover
* Online Leaderboard and achievements through OpenFeint

Endless Depths is available on the app store for $0.99:

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Note: The public domain tilesets used in Endless Depths come from the RLTiles collection. Some tiles have been modified by the author.

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Gluten Free Ingredients for Android App Store

Gluten Free Ingredients is debuting as the #2 cooking app in Amazon’s new Android App Store, hovering around 113th among all apps.   That’s not a bad debut, and I hope everyone is finding the app useful.  I know going shopping can be a major ordeal when you have to avoid gluten, though luckily more brands are marking their labels as gluten free or containing gluten.   (I hope they put my app out of business by marking all products with allergen information!)

Check out Amazon’s App Store.  It’s great to see Android get something like this.

Meanwhile, on the iPhone and iPad side of things, Gluten Free Ingredients finally got enough reviews to be officially rated.  I don’t do any review stuffing or buying reviews, so it took a while, and I’m certainly glad to see they were all 5 star reviews.   I hope everyone is finding it useful.

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Rift Character Builder updates coming soon!

The Rift Character Builder was just updated to allow the saving of up to 8 different builds.   This was a major feature request of users, and because of the importance of getting this feature into the system, the app was updated as soon as possible.

In making sure this update got into the hands of customers quickly, the character builder’s abilities and skills were only updated for the cleric archetype.  Some corrections are still needed for other archetypes.

Those corrections have now been finished, including small changes from the Rift patch (1.01) that occurred today.  The new version has been submitted to the App store and is awaiting the approval process, which usually takes from 4-7 days.

This new update should make all souls accurate, but if you spot any inaccuracies, feel free to email Nations Software with the ability name and the soul it is found in and it will be corrected in the next release.

Don’t have the Rift soul builder for the iPhone?  You can download it here.

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Marbles Invasion for iOS and Android

Marbles Invasion is a connect the marbles game where you shoot marbles up at an invading force of marbles. Connecting three or more same-colored marbles will result in destruction of those marbles, points for your score and a few more precious seconds of life for the planet.

Similar to games like the classic Space Invaders and puzzle games like Bubble Shooter, Marbles Invasion combines the puzzles of a marbles game with the action of an arcade game. Those marbles are coming whether you do something or not!

But the marbles don’t just come in normal colors. There are also two special marbles: the wild marble, which will take on the color it is hit with making it easier to shoot down, and the black marble, which cannot be shot down. Luckily, the black marble is worth a lot of points, so if you can blast out the marbles above it, you can rack up the points.

You can download Marbles Invasion on iOS and Android.

Mobile app developed with Corona SDK for iOS and Android

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