rogue_touch_charsChronoSoft has just released a significant update to Rogue Touch [App Store], it's iPhone adaptation of the classic dungeon crawler Rogue.  In celebration of the v1.5 release, the developer is running a weekend sale (4/10/09 through 4/12/09) of the game, now priced at $0.99, down from $2.99.

According to the developer, aside from various new features, Rogue Touch v1.5 fixes most every reported gameplay and stability issue.

ChronoSoft's list of new features in v1.5:

  • Find your previous game's corpse in the dungeon on your next play through! Maybe even find some of the goodies you were carrying when you died in the previous game
  • Chance to disarm a known trap when stepping on it. The higher your rank the more likely you will succeed.
  • Minor new features: Get experience for finding secret doors... Find loose gold pieces randomly on the floor while searching... Find scrawling on the walls!
  • Minor gameplay tweaks: Resting with the dedicated Rest button will heal you at a slightly faster rate than walking around. New message warning for treasure rooms. Healing and Extra Healing Potions now cure hallucinations too.
  • New rings (2): Disarming (to help give you a good chance of disarming traps!) and Narcolepsy (cursed, randomly... Zzzzzz!)
  • New scroll: Safe Passage- when read, it will reveal all secret doors and disarm all traps on the current floor.
  • 8 more new secret characters! Yep, even though you haven't found most of the last batch yet A hint for this batch- we had some special requests from female gamers!
  • D-Pad is now 25% more transparent. Your thumb is still 100% opaque!
  • Screen layout adjusts automatically for playing while talking on the phone with people when you'd rather be playing Rogue Touch (player status used to be obscured by green phone call bar, but not anymore)!

( Other tweaks, bug-fixes, and improvements are listed after the jump. )

Rogue Touch is really a dream-come-true for fans of the genre.  It's an impressive adaptation of a true classic that has gained quite a following thanks to its solid implementation and the degree to which its developer, active forum member 'CommanderData,' has listened to the community and let their feedback shape the evolution of the title.

See our review of the game, posted back in February.

App Store Link: Rogue Touch, $0.99 (weekend sale)

Major bug-fixes:

  • FINALLY- corrected the glitch that caused game to crash very rarely when going down a set of stairs!
  • Throwing worn rings left "ghost" ring on hand. Not anymore!
  • Popup menu of doom fixed (was an infinite loop).
  • Popup menu showing 2-3x in a row is now fixed.
  • Drinking potions of raise level at maximum rank could be trouble, fixed crash and give character 10HP instead.
  • Xerocs could show as normal sleeping monsters when disguised as a staff or wand. Not anymore!
  • Many other random crashing issues eliminated after squashing an overflow bug

Fast-Play: Major running improvements:

  • When you run towards a monster in a room (or run into one in a dark hallway) you will not blindly attack it now!
  • Running AWAY from monsters now works correctly, no more running one or two spaces and stopping again
  • Monsters no longer get a free move or attack on you when you make an illegal move, like hitting a wall

Inventory: Tweaks for handling your items and pack

  • When dropping a scroll of Scare Monster, you will only drop a single one if you have a stack of them
  • Item stacking works properly now when your pack is full! (no more need to exclaim "but I JUST shot that arrow, why can't I pick it up now?").
  • If your pack is full, and the item you step on is not stackable with an existing item in your pack, it will tell you what you stepped on so you can see if it's worth making room for! (Example: "couldn't pick up scroll of identify")
  • AlexMax

    Looks cool. Are there any other dungeon crawlers on the store other than this and the free (and nowhere near as nice) Rogue?

    • Spek

      Its on sale for under a dollar so just get it. And no there is no game that even compares to this.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      From my Feb Rogue Touch review:

      "Now, those who've been paying attention are perhaps aware that there's only one other version of Rogue available in the App Store: Rogue [App Store] from Gandreas Software, which is free. (We reviewed the game back in November.) Is Rogue Touch sufficiently superior to Gandreas' Rogue that it's worth the $2.99 asking price vs. the free alternative? To fans of the genre: yes. Rogue Touch delivers "that Rogue feeling" more faithfully than Gandreas' offering. Add to this the fact that several bugs have been noted in the latter title and not addressed since its November release, and Rogue Touch stands out as the recommended iPhone Rogue incarnation."

      I far prefer Rogue Touch. Well worth $2.99, let alone $0.99 to fans of the genre. It's one of the games I actually play for fun (and often) on my iPhone.

  • AlexMax

    Looks cool. Are there any other dungeon crawlers on the store other than this and the free (and nowhere near as nice) Rogue?

    • Spek

      Its on sale for under a dollar so just get it. And no there is no game that even compares to this.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      From my Feb Rogue Touch review:

      "Now, those who've been paying attention are perhaps aware that there's only one other version of Rogue available in the App Store: Rogue [App Store] from Gandreas Software, which is free. (We reviewed the game back in November.) Is Rogue Touch sufficiently superior to Gandreas' Rogue that it's worth the $2.99 asking price vs. the free alternative? To fans of the genre: yes. Rogue Touch delivers "that Rogue feeling" more faithfully than Gandreas' offering. Add to this the fact that several bugs have been noted in the latter title and not addressed since its November release, and Rogue Touch stands out as the recommended iPhone Rogue incarnation."

      I far prefer Rogue Touch. Well worth $2.99, let alone $0.99 to fans of the genre. It's one of the games I actually play for fun (and often) on my iPhone.

  • Spek

    <3

  • Spek

    <3

  • Adams Immersive

    Just this morning I was looking at the Reclaimed post-mortem (UDevGames) and had an inexplicable tile-based retro craving. Visions of Adventure Construction Set danced in my head, and I thought about looking up this very game for my iPhone. (But I'm not sure I have the loooong attention span for any full-scale RPG, retro or modern.)

  • Adams Immersive

    Just this morning I was looking at the Reclaimed post-mortem (UDevGames) and had an inexplicable tile-based retro craving. Visions of Adventure Construction Set danced in my head, and I thought about looking up this very game for my iPhone. (But I'm not sure I have the loooong attention span for any full-scale RPG, retro or modern.)

  • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

    Let me say the community here is fantastic! TouchArcade has been a great source of friendship and support... Thank you to everyone reading here for your thoughts and ideas (and even beta testing or bug reporting on occasion for us). We'll continue to announce and support our future updates and games here with everyone :)

    As I admit in our threads here, this game isn't all about the graphics... it's about your imagination, and ingenious ways to use whatever you have in your pack to survive against some crazy monsters! If you die, oh well... try again and it's a totally random new game every time. This game hooked me in many years ago and I always wanted to re-write it in a more modern fashion... Rogue Touch is the result.

    We put a much prettier face on it that the old ASCII teletype and keyboard control system, but at its heart the gameplay still rules after nearly 30 years!

    Blake, I'm really glad that you still enjoy it! I know you have a lot of games to play, so it means a great deal to me :)

  • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

    Let me say the community here is fantastic! TouchArcade has been a great source of friendship and support... Thank you to everyone reading here for your thoughts and ideas (and even beta testing or bug reporting on occasion for us). We'll continue to announce and support our future updates and games here with everyone :)

    As I admit in our threads here, this game isn't all about the graphics... it's about your imagination, and ingenious ways to use whatever you have in your pack to survive against some crazy monsters! If you die, oh well... try again and it's a totally random new game every time. This game hooked me in many years ago and I always wanted to re-write it in a more modern fashion... Rogue Touch is the result.

    We put a much prettier face on it that the old ASCII teletype and keyboard control system, but at its heart the gameplay still rules after nearly 30 years!

    Blake, I'm really glad that you still enjoy it! I know you have a lot of games to play, so it means a great deal to me :)

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    Wow....purchased it today and can't lay it down.
    Perfect game. Really! I fell in love!!
    Thanks!

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    Wow....purchased it today and can't lay it down.
    Perfect game. Really! I fell in love!!
    Thanks!

  • JCat

    The ultimate dungeon crawler. I bought it since day one, and it's one of the few apps that I always go back to. Many apps are like one night stands, Rouge is one of those you marry. ;-)

    Can't wait for battle sound effects one day (?) not that it's needed, as traditionally it never had it. I thing it sure would be welcomed though!

  • JCat

    The ultimate dungeon crawler. I bought it since day one, and it's one of the few apps that I always go back to. Many apps are like one night stands, Rouge is one of those you marry. ;-)

    Can't wait for battle sound effects one day (?) not that it's needed, as traditionally it never had it. I thing it sure would be welcomed though!

  • Jay

    One of the games I miss most is Mission Thunderbolt
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_Thunderbolt

    It had text commands though so might not work on the iPhone

  • Jay

    One of the games I miss most is Mission Thunderbolt
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_Thunderbolt

    It had text commands though so might not work on the iPhone

  • Jorlen

    Those of you who do not yet have this game (and I have to say, wtf??) have absolutely no excuse not to get it now. The developer is very active in the forums and they haven't stopped releasing update and update. Great pick up and play dungeon crawler, a must own for fans of the genre.

  • Jorlen

    Those of you who do not yet have this game (and I have to say, wtf??) have absolutely no excuse not to get it now. The developer is very active in the forums and they haven't stopped releasing update and update. Great pick up and play dungeon crawler, a must own for fans of the genre.

  • Mikey

    Another fantastic update! This game keeps getting better.

  • Mikey

    Another fantastic update! This game keeps getting better.

  • Masmo

    I just picked it up during the sale, it's a great game!

  • Masmo

    I just picked it up during the sale, it's a great game!

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    You guys just made me buy this game. Not big fan of rogue type games but big fan of good developers. So there goes my contribution CommanderData :)

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    You guys just made me buy this game. Not big fan of rogue type games but big fan of good developers. So there goes my contribution CommanderData :)

  • Christian

    CommanderData, any chance you could give TOME a similar excellent iphone treatment?

  • Christian

    CommanderData, any chance you could give TOME a similar excellent iphone treatment?

  • Sevallis

    Just purchased the game and it seems like a lot of fun. Thanks Mr. Patterson!

  • Sevallis

    Just purchased the game and it seems like a lot of fun. Thanks Mr. Patterson!

  • WeirdingWay

    CommanderData has been my favorite indie dev for the iPhone thus far. Massive interest in the feedback from his customers, constant updates with a lot of meaningful additions, and a healthy obsession with the genre to keep him coming back to make it the best RPG on the iPhone to date. There will soon be other competitors that make better RPGs in other ways, but I doubt their team will be as dedicated as he and his (don't know the relation) partner Jessica are to their app so I will likely be coming back to play more RT as well as checking out their new app offerings.

  • WeirdingWay

    CommanderData has been my favorite indie dev for the iPhone thus far. Massive interest in the feedback from his customers, constant updates with a lot of meaningful additions, and a healthy obsession with the genre to keep him coming back to make it the best RPG on the iPhone to date. There will soon be other competitors that make better RPGs in other ways, but I doubt their team will be as dedicated as he and his (don't know the relation) partner Jessica are to their app so I will likely be coming back to play more RT as well as checking out their new app offerings.

  • ramon raux

    Since it was on sale, I decided to give this game a go. Personally, I thought that this game was horrible. I tried to enjoy this game, I really did, but I thought that it was terrible. Not even worth the $1.

  • ramon raux

    Since it was on sale, I decided to give this game a go. Personally, I thought that this game was horrible. I tried to enjoy this game, I really did, but I thought that it was terrible. Not even worth the $1.

  • Mystic

    Way to put this on sale when half the viewership isn't looking. Got back to work today and noticed the sale was over. Lame.

    • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

      But the sale is not over! We extended it through Tuesday... you can go get it now :)

  • Mystic

    Way to put this on sale when half the viewership isn't looking. Got back to work today and noticed the sale was over. Lame.

    • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

      But the sale is not over! We extended it through Tuesday... you can go get it now :)

  • Xenoslayer33

    I just had to share this! I accidently stumbled upon a great secret! I named my character Drizzt, after the legendary fantasy character, and my character started off with Elven gear, an amazing +2,+2 longsword of freezing, and a ring of stealth!!

    How awesome!!!

  • Xenoslayer33

    I just had to share this! I accidently stumbled upon a great secret! I named my character Drizzt, after the legendary fantasy character, and my character started off with Elven gear, an amazing +2,+2 longsword of freezing, and a ring of stealth!!

    How awesome!!!