Only 12 Hours To Pay What You Want for Blasted Fortress

Several days ago, Blasted Fortress went on a Pay What You Want deal at Indie Game Stand; we’ve experienced some great success during that time, boosting our Greenlight votes and raising money for Charity: Water.

Now’s the time to get in on this great deal if you haven’t already, as there are only 12 hours remaining. You can get Blasted Fortress for as little or as much as you want, and you’ll also gain access to exclusive bonus levels available only to Indie Game Stand buyers who have beat the average price (or who have bought the game at full price when the deal is over).

What’s more, the Top 10 contributors to the Pay What You Want deal will all be receiving 2 additional free game keys in their e-mail after the deal is over; you can give these keys out to your friends, and they’re Indie Game Stand keys so they’ll have access to the bonus content, too.

The success of sales like this matter and have had a real, tangible impact for Dapper Swine Games. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be using 100% of these funds to upgrade our engine software; this means bigger, better games in the future as we continue on our path. Thank you!

Blasted Fortress 1.14 Out Now, Here Are The Details

Right in time for the Indie Game Stand 1-week Summer Sale, Blasted Fortress 1.14 has arrived! From now until next week, the game will be 40% off at Indie Game Stand. To celebrate, let’s get some patch notes together! Here’s everything we did.

  • Added even more new sound effects to things that were a little too quiet.
  • Added mouse control to the cannon. This replaces keyboard controls. The cannon now automatically rotates to face wherever you’re aiming the reticule with your mouse. Right mouse button charges and fires the cannon so that left click can still be used to click different ammo types and to click the voodoo power buttons.
  • Updated the engine to Unity 4.5. Some changes to the physics engine necessitated a few tweaked values so that physics would behave the same. However, the engine update should provide an overall boost to performance.
  • Found many instances of unoptimized code (usually in scripts written over a year ago) and optimized them all. Performance was always super good, now it will just be super good-er.
  • The cannon will now fire projectiles far more powerfully when fully charged. We did this so that a fully powered shot would (more or less) fly wherever the reticule is pointing. As a side effect, where a shot will land is a little more predictable and sieges should feel a little more action-y.
  • All block health was increased across the board to compensate for the fact that projectiles will now be shot faster (and thus deal more impact damage). Blocks will still break faster from impacts overall, but will break slower from barrel explosions, fire, etc.
  • There is a serious bug with physics inertia and bouncing in Unity 4.5; we have temporarily plugged the problem by adding our own rudimentary inertia and bounce calculations, and hopefully we can hotfix later with an engine update when these issues are repaired internally by the Unity team. Gameplay shouldn’t be too noticeably affected in the meantime.
  • The game’s intro/tutorial text has been updated to reflect the new mouse-driven cannon controls.

As promised, mouse control is now the new way to control the cannon. You’ll enjoy much more precision and many less key presses.

We will post a hotfix for the inertia calculation bug in Unity as soon as the Unity team patches the engine, so expect that as soon as possible too.

What’s Coming in Patch 1.14 for Blasted Fortress

The 1.14 update for Blasted Fortress doesn’t add new content like many of its predecessors, but it’s no slouch either. This particular update, slated to drop sometime this week, handles one issue in particular.

Blasted Fortress is ultimately a mouse-driven game. Menus and clickables abound, but then we do something strange and plunge you into a siege with nothing but your keyboard to do battle. It lacks a tactile feel, and doesn’t use the strengths of PC controls.

In 1.14, the cannon will be converted into being controlled exclusively with the mouse. A right mouse click will charge and fire the cannon, and during a siege your cursor will become a reticule; where it goes, your cannon automatically aims. Cool!

To help smooth over this change, we’ve also increased the speed at which projectiles are blown out of the cannon so that at max power, a projectile should fly more or less where you’ve aimed the reticule.

We’ll have some other changes ready for the 1.14 update, but we’ll save those for patch day later this week. Take care until then!

Host migration complete!

If you’ve been unable to access the site for the last 48 hours or so, it’s because we were migrating to a new host. The last one was slow and a lot of people were unhappy with it (as were we), but now everything is quick and snappy. Hopefully you like it!

Some pages and elements are under construction, so if something is broken, please don’t fret. We know about it! In the meantime, our Community Forums are back up and you can sign up if you like.

Blasted Fortress 1.13 Hotfix Now Available

We’ve just dispatched the 1.13 update to Itch.io, Desura, and Indie Game Stand.

This is an entirely Beast-centric update focusing on punching and kicking some nasty bugs and issues away, hopefully for good. Here’s the breakdown directly from the change log:

  • Fixed the Beast AI shutdown bug. We apologize for letting this bug get through, as it prevented the unlocking of ammo types. Luckily, the community brought it to our attention and it should now be fixed. If it ever happens again, please let us know!
  • Fixed a bug where Szalec’s name was misspelled on his health bar.
  • Fixed a tooltip error on the Random Beast button that made reference to a feature we pulled after version 1.1.
  • Greatly reduced the lifetime of Szalec’s magnetic boulders. There was no way to defeat Szalec easily except to wait for him to roar.
  • Fixed the wrong text appearing when beating Szalec, Nemmel, Genix, and Lumamon for the first time. Their respective ammo type was unlocking correctly, but the message would state that you already unlocked their ammo type and would reward you with 500 Gold on top of it. The first time you defeat any of the named Beasts you should get the unlock, but no Gold. Gold is only awarded for subsequent victories.
  • Fixed a bug where you could keep putting Talismans into the Juju Pot after it was full, thus wasting the Talismans. You’re no longer allowed to do this.
  • Added sound effects to Szalec’s magnetic boulders and to the magnetic cannonball.
  • Gave all Beasts a mild sedative; their poor little brains would sometimes try to think twice as often as intended and they would go into a wild frenzy of screaming and throwing things nonstop. (This was a bug.)
  • Slightly altered the velocity required for a flying cannonball to register as a hit against a Beast. On rare occasions you could strike a Beast while he was vulnerable and he would completely ignore it, and that shouldn’t happen anymore.
  • Random Beasts that rolled both the Tough and Regeneration affixes together were nearly impossible to beat, especially if they roared often (which heals the Beast). Beasts across the board should now take ~1-2 more damage, and Regeneration ticks happen a little less often.

Blasted Fortress Demo Now Available

Some people have had trouble grasping just what Blasted Fortress is, and so we’re happy to announce that we released a demo yesterday.

The demo cuts a few features, but lets you try out the game enough to get the gist of it.

You can download the demo from Desura or from Itch.io by clicking the respective links.

Blasted Fortress was never meant to be a game that remained static; we have proven through all the past upgrades that we’re dedicated to improving the game, and want to continue to do so as long as the player feedback keeps flowing.

To those who don’t own the game and are only trying the demo, we’d of course like to hear from you as well. Suggestions from the community are taken seriously, and we read every single one of them.

Thanks for the votes to those who have voted, we appreciate the support!

Blasted Fortress 1.2 Will Contain New Core Game Modes

We discussed the Legacy System in one of our previous announcements regarding what patch 1.2 will bring to the table, but we wanted to talk now about adding new game modes.

In the current state of the game, there is only 1 main game mode for doing sieges; that’s the timed mode where you destroy buildings, break resource crates, and earn experience for doing so (as long as the timer doesn’t run out).

In 1.2 however we’d like to add Puzzle Mode.

It’s already known that different blocks yield drastically different purposes. Stone blocks are meant to armor, wood blocks are meant to support, and there are various other block types that have totally unique behaviors, such as the plague blocks which replicate themselves across nearby blocks.

In Puzzle Mode, you’ll have as much time as you need to destroy a building. There is a catch, however; depending on the difficulty you’ve chosen, you’ll have access to a set amount of total ammo for that battle. This ammo amount is totally independent of your actual ammunition pool; you’ll expend no ammo by playing in Puzzle Mode.

On the other hand, there are also no resource crates in Puzzle Mode. Instead, you’ll earn Experience at a higher rate for destruction than you would playing the basic siege mode. The trick, then, is to use your limited ammunition pool to the greatest possible effect. Your final XP gain will be calculated by adding up your total destruction rating after running out of ammunition.

Puzzle Mode and the Legacy System aren’t all we have planned for the 1.2 update, though, and it’s certainly not going to take that long before you all see patches.

Sometime before 1.2 we plan on re-enabling multiplayer, which should be a great way to have fun crushing your friends.

But that’s all for now, have a good one and keep up voting us on Greenlight! It does make a difference.