Love the updated look!
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Thanks for the game! FWIW, in the dev forum Panic seemed receptive to my idea of an SDK function to do a full relaunch of the current game. They said they wanted to also have a way to pass a little message along to the next launch. Might help implement Classic mode in future?
Thanks—that sounds promising! Nice that it blocks search engines too. But that official guide make it sound like I'd need to send every past user a download key or a password? It doesn't mention pre=existing owners being an exception. (And it doesn't say whether pre=existing owners will still see it when browsing their Library.) Maybe the docs are just unclear? Don't want to find out the hard way!
(Ideally pre=existing owners owners would even see it when they do a search—I know that's how I always go to my games—but I doubt that's possible.)
Is it possible to make a game unlisted—not coming up in searches or category browsing—AND/OR... if someone does have the link to it, they can't download it UNLESS they already bought it?
I don't want to shut down the game for existing users—I want them to easily get to the game from their Library the same as always. I want them to be able to re-download at will, and I intend to even offer them future updates... But I'm considering stopping NEW users from getting it.
(Setting an absurdly high price to discourage new purchases is not very user friendly—so I won't do that.)
Thanks in advance!
This is great! A suggestion FWIW: make the double-size view a remembered setting? I can't make out the different tiles unless I use double-size and choose the Sports theme. Then it's nicely visible!
Failing that, there's some strangeness with using the crank to set double-size: when you go to stow the crank again (to get it out of the way) sometimes it reverts back to 1x. Sometimes not. I think because the 1x/2x cutoff angle is (sometimes?) right at the o° docking angle. Maybe that 1x/2x threshold could be at some other angle (45°? 90°?) so that re-docking doesn't interfere.
Looking forward to the final release!
Just reporting an issue:
Browsing the Playdate tag doesn't show any of the new releases that have come out in the last few days—nor can they be found by name in Search:
For example, here are three games I know of (from social media) that released in the past several days—all public and accessible by link, but not by browsing or searching:
There are probably others I don't know of. The Playdate tag hasn't listed any new games since about Tuesday.
Fun to see this game again! (How do you start the game in the browser version? I can choose controls with F keys, and cycle between No One and <create new> using W and S, but nothing I try seems to make the game start?)
The On Sale page for the Playdate page lists 28 titles at the moment.
But when I go through ALL Playdate games, I count around 31 individual sales, not counting a bunch of others in bundles.
So I'm thinking the On Sale view simply doesn't display behind the first page.
My paid Playdate title Playtime is in a month-long 50%-off co-op bundle which started a couple days ago.
When I view the Playdate tag, and then filter by "On Sale," I see various individual Playdate titles on sale for a %, as well as some "In Bundle" titles.
But my app is not listed under On Sale. (It does come up for the Playdate tag, and if you find it there it does show the expected blue "In Bundle" flag.)
What determines being listed under"On Sale?" Is it a human-curated thing and just takes time? Should I do something different as manager of the bundle?
Thanks in advance!
(Note: out of the bundle I only expect my one game to appear under On Sale: I understand they the other 3 titles will not show up there without some digging—because they are categorized as Tools rather than Games. It's possible they could change that categorization, since these are fun console apps for end users, not developer tools. In any case, if my title can be found and that informs people about the bundle, that helps those other devs too!)
Very nice! Feels like a large marble game with a big heavy ball--not like those tiny old Playdate-sized pocket games with tiny balls. And that's a good thing: those tiny ones were never much fun. A big maze like these with some inertia is!
Thanks for the report! I'll investigate if/when I can get access to a machine with Chrome. Is there room on your display for the additional rows, but instead you see empty space? Or are the missing rows off-screen and you just need to scroll down, but you can't? (I did implement a scrolling fix shortly after launch.)
By the way, each level is identified by a square size, like "10x10," but it will re-flow the tiles into a tall rectangle instead, when needed to fit on small displays. In that case, you might see a "10x10" level having only 9 (or fewer) columns across—but you'll still get the full 100 tiles, due to there being more than 10 rows vertically.
Mobile-friendly. The goal is to touch each emoji tile exactly one time, keeping in your memory the ones already found. The grid enlarges every other level, from 2×2 up to 12×12.
New emoji are continually added to the mix, and it’s a scavenger hunt to find them! There’s no time pressure, so take as long as you like.
Your skill is likely to improve rapidly with repeated plays!
It's been a week since first launch and my new app is still incorrectly listed as being released months ago. I'll email support of course, but i2 there anything I should be doing from my end?
And for future projects: is there any "safe" way to use the "In Development" status to show progress on an upcoming app, without this happening?
New apps only appear once every day or two for the "Playdate" tag, and many people use the "Most Recent" sort to find new releases. So people have been telling me they thought my app was never released.
Thanks in advance!
Thanks! But I already made that devlog a few hours ago, just after I set status to Released. Should I do it again now? I'm thinking I will wait a bit before doing that. (Especially since it sounds like staff are involved. Processing delay sounds reasonable.)
Most Recent is useful for Playdate apps since the platform is still so small and new—many users just keep visiting Most Recent and checking out all the latest releases.
My project Playtime, released this morning, is indexed on the Most Recent page—but it's faaaaar down the Most Recent page, alongside weeks-old releases. I'm guessing that's because I create the page weeks ago with status "In Development." And now I have added the download and changed the status to "Released." Is that what's happening?
If so, is there any way I can make my app's first release appear ranked properly by release date?
Or was making a page for an In Development project just a bad idea?
Thanks in advance! (This is my first itch.io launch, and I don't see this addressed elsewhere.)
Just released: something between a fidget toy and a clock. One Playdate app with over forty fun clocks of all kinds—analog, digital, and “low-state.” Some are more conventional, some resemble game screenshots, and some are more experimental, artistic, or puzzle-like.
With musical cranking sounds! Annoy your friends!
Overrides Playdate sleep—until reaching a battery level of your choosing.
Launch sale 35% off through 7/10.
I'll be using the "Collected by itch.io, paid later" payout mode for my app releasing shortly. I'm a developer in the U.S.
I'll be creating either a PayPal or Payoneer account, and using it for nothing but getting my itch.io sales transferred into my U.S. bank account.
I don't really care about the timeframes for payouts, so my decision will be based on the fees.
Is there a summary somewhere of the fees for both options, for U.S. itch.io developers?
Scouring both company's sites (and Google, Reddit, and these forums) hasn't led me to any concrete basis for comparison.
Thanks in advance!
Thanks, I think I understand now! I didn't grasp "square groups" (not even in the 2.0 demo animation) because the groups that highlight aren't 2x2, they are groups of 5 squares. If that's confusing to people, maybe they could be referred to as "2x2 groups" instead of "square groups" or something. (And/or the actual 2x2 square could be highlighted differently from the bolt when you match, so visually there is a 2x2 group to see.)
I learned to play the Melonphone when I was a teen--very similar to the France Horn, but played with the opposite hand and better suited for marching. Thanks for the attention to detail in recreating this classic instrument!
A fun new twist on tower defense! You yourself are the "goal" to defend from the creeps. Find side-alcoves to put towers in, leaving room to run past them and draw the monsters through their damage.
Neat idea, thanks for sharing this! What if only the numbers/ticks rotated, and the shiny middle areas stayed the same (static sprite overlaid on top of the rotated image) like a real object receiving reflections would?
I like the sideways orientation for a big playfield! And also the lack of time pressure. Crank controls work great. Thanks for the game!
Tip for beginners—there are 4 types of square, and two of those are "bolts," as follows: groups of light squares disappear when they touch a light-colored lightning-bolt. Groups of dark squares disappear when they touch a dark-colored lightning-bolt. Diagonal touches don't count.
One question: why do some matching squares not disappear? I see in the GIF on this page that sometimes a falling block will lead to a "chain reaction" but some matching squares are included in that, while others aren't. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what a "square group" means.
(Also, for what it's worth: maybe higher contrast might be helpful in low light? What if the darker color squares/bolts were closer to black, the lighter ones closer to white, and the lightning bolts were not square-shaped, so they stood out more?)