Tonight, we celebrate — I’ve finished enough of Distant Star that I’m releasing a copy to my beta testers tonight. I spent most of the weekend putting the finishing touches on a *ton* of polish — the game now has attractive victory/defeat screens and a framework for tracking and reporting gameplay stats, plus a really useful report that you can access after each combat showing you how well your ships fared in battle.
“Beta test?” you ask.
But of course — my posts to a couple forums generated a little buzz, where a dozen or so happy iPad gamers took me up on my offer. They beta test the game and let me know what’s good/bad/broken before I release it to Apple; I send them free copies of the final version once it’s ready. A pretty sweet deal all around.
So, Ludum Dares (“Darers?”) — any iPad gamers among you care to lend me a hand with this thing? Information (plus more screenshots and updates) after the jump.
Another thing I’m super pleased with in Distant Star is the audio. I’ve put together a solid Creative Commons-licensed soundtrack; the title track is “Two Swords” by _ghost. There’s some truly amazing stuff over on ccMixter just begging to be dropped into games. Free culture FTW.
If you want to help me out with the beta, here’s the plan:
- You send an email with your iPad’s UDID (Ad Hoc Helper is a useful utility for finding this, or you can get it from iTunes) to “doches@LEAVETHISPARTOUT.gmail.com”.
- I send you back a copy of the game that you can install and play.
- You play it and send me your comments/criticisms/cool ideas.
- I finish the game, submit it with your name in the credits, and send you a free copy to boot.
Let me know if you’re interested.