After nearly a month of delay, StickWars 1.5 is live with important bug fixes and a few new features, including a few achievements. Luckily I’m all ready to push out v1.6 which includes a new boss enemy, the giant stick figure. I also added a lot of small fun features, so as the ability to throw and slam stick figures into one another to kill them. You can also now kill the more powerful enemies by slamming many small stick figures into them. I think this adds yet another way for talented players to save money and reach higher levels and scores .
In addition, I’ve re-written parts of the code for the basic functions behind levels and sound, and somehow I managed to fix a bug that I didn’t know existed. The game no longer crashes sometimes when you attempt to load a new level–the bug before was due to my background sound engine, except none of my debugging tools had located it there. Basically the last crash bug has been fixed, and since I’ve been adding features to this version for the past week I have not seen it crash once. I’m really proud of the stability of the game now.
There is a new loading screen that I’m particularly proud of–it allows me to include short hints that answer the most common questions I get from users based on reviews, emails, and forum posts. It’s a lot nicer to be able to read a short hint while you are waiting 3-6 seconds for the level to load, and maybe help out your gameplay, rather then just looking at the word ‘loading’ over your current screen. I can also throw in a few words about upcoming versions, such as my brief request for feedback about charging in game $0.99 for the new multi-player challenges coming in the next version. I’d love to get some player feedback on this–I feel most people are happy paying only $0.99 for StickWars, and I don’t want to raise the price for the same basic game (campaign mode), but these multi-player challenges are a whole new ballpark that I feel deserves another $0.99. However, I’m willing to listen to my users who feel strongly enough about this to contact me. I will be providing a few of the challenges free so a player can test them out.
The bad news is StickWars has fallen off the top 10 for the first time since it first rose up there in April. But sitting at #11, I’m hoping these new features and fixes will bring new life back to the game and drive more players to it.