Just a quick update here on one of my favorite iPhone developers, Peter Hirschberg, author of the retro-inspired Vector Tanks and Adventure [App Store], and owner of the Luna City Arcade which is, without a doubt, the most amazing arcade ever assembled (if his office isn't cool enough for you).

Peter has recently setup his own studio, BlipTime Studios, and through it has released an update to Vector Tanks known as Vector Tanks (Classic Version) [App Store] at $0.99.  As one might suspect, denoting the current game as "classic" indeed betokens the near-term arrival of a rather revamped take on the original, to be known as Vector Tanks Extreme. Peter is splitting the game into two versions to provide, as he tells it, a version that delivers the "retro-simplicity" of the original, along with a version that's "a Vector Tanks experience WAY over the top for those seeking a bit more of a challenge."

Vector Tanks (Classic Version) appeared in the App Store in mid-January, with a version 1.3.2 update that appeared last week.  The updated classic version delivers the following changes to the original Chillingo release, as Peter details:

  • New enemy tank added! The H6 "Heavy Sixer". Capable of driving directly over obstacles and having a fully turret-mounted cannon, this is a much more deadly foe than the regular tanks!
  • Big fixes in responsiveness of the controls!
  • Removed in-game music
  • Now publishing the game directly through my own game company, BlipTime Studios (tm)
  • Price reduction to $.99 (was $2.99)
  • Rebranded as Vector Tanks Classic

Unfortunately for owners of the original, published by Chillingo, the updated BlipTime Studios' classic version cannot be downloaded as a free update. As Peter explains,

...I apologize that there isn't a way to upgrade. I worked with Apple to try and establish and upgrade path for my current customers but the final answer from Apple was that once you change the account under which an app is published, it will always appear as a "new" app and upgrading is NOT possible. I sincerely apologize. I did try and I know it sort of stinks. My hope is that the reduced price will serve as a good-faith gesture to my current customers who wish to pick up this updated version of Vector Tanks.

...though Peter hints that, in celebration of the release of Vector Tanks Extreme (which is expected sometime this month), iPhone gamers might just get an opportunity to grab the classic version at a price that's a bit less than $0.99 for a week or so, to even the score on the Chillingo situation...

I've been playing a few early betas of Vector Tanks Extreme for some time now and, I must say, Peter's use of the term "bloodbath" to describe the gameplay of the new title is an apt one. This one demands some real dual-track savvy.

Peter indicates that both Vector Tanks (Classic Version) and Vector Tanks Extreme will run natively on the iPad when it makes its 1024x768-pixel debut. He's already got Extreme running in the Xcode iPad simulator and promises it looks "glowy gorgeous."

We plan to take a close look at Vector Tanks Extreme when it goes live in the App Store and share details of the formation of BlipTime Studios through an interview with Peter that will accompany the review. Stay tuned.

App Store Link: Vector Tanks (Classic Version), $0.99

  • http://twitter.com/wilhelmr WilhelmR

    When will apple allow publishers to migrate users? This is becoming a massive pain in the neck since lot's of devs are either going solo, or joining publishers.

    :(

  • http://twitter.com/wilhelmr WilhelmR

    When will apple allow publishers to migrate users? This is becoming a massive pain in the neck since lot's of devs are either going solo, or joining publishers.

    :(

  • Bruce

    I own Vector Tanks original and it is a very good take on arcade BattleZone.
    The controls in particular are very well done.

  • Bruce

    I own Vector Tanks original and it is a very good take on arcade BattleZone.
    The controls in particular are very well done.

  • E

    Hopefully there won't be any idiots in the forums or in the App Store bellyaching about the fact the dev couldn't make the upgrade for free (but I know there will be), especially when he tried as hard as he could. But seriously, he's done so much in this update, it really seems like a reboot to the original game and is definitely worth a monetary price rather than being just a 'free update.' I never had the pre-update version of this game but I will be picking this new one up because it looks and sounds so dope.

  • E

    Hopefully there won't be any idiots in the forums or in the App Store bellyaching about the fact the dev couldn't make the upgrade for free (but I know there will be), especially when he tried as hard as he could. But seriously, he's done so much in this update, it really seems like a reboot to the original game and is definitely worth a monetary price rather than being just a 'free update.' I never had the pre-update version of this game but I will be picking this new one up because it looks and sounds so dope.

  • blackHorse

    Oh cool, a price reduction! Almost $0, so my next question is: when will it be free? ;)

  • blackHorse

    Oh cool, a price reduction! Almost $0, so my next question is: when will it be free? ;)

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Cool. I'll give this one a try finally. :)

    If the dev is watching. One of the screenshots on the App Store is in portrait mode.

    @blackHorse: read the article. :)

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Cool. I'll give this one a try finally. :)

    If the dev is watching. One of the screenshots on the App Store is in portrait mode.

    @blackHorse: read the article. :)

  • http://www.tastysoil.com Chris

    i just noticed on the blipstudios website that they are porting "ADVENTURE" to the iphone. Is this out yet?? One of my favorite games from when I was a kid! Can't wait for this...

  • http://www.tastysoil.com Chris

    i just noticed on the blipstudios website that they are porting "ADVENTURE" to the iphone. Is this out yet?? One of my favorite games from when I was a kid! Can't wait for this...

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    @Aaron - thanks for pointing out the portrait screenshot! Jeez, how'd I miss that??

    @Chris - "Adventure" has been out for over a year now. Get it now before Atari takes it down! :-)

    I've been waiting a year for them to come after me and so far not a word from them. Which doesn't surprise me too much since I've been trying to reach their licensing department or SOMEBODY in charge at Atari for about 6 months now and it's a BRICK WALL. HELLO ATARI!!! KNOCK KNOCK!!! If someone who works in licensing at Atari is reading this, PLEASE contact me. Mkay??

    Anyway, Adventure can be downloaded (FOR FREE!) from here:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adventure/id296563933?mt=8

    Still need to add D-Pad support. Maybe once the iPad version comes out I'll have the screen real estate for a D-Pad.

    Thanks guys!

    -Peter Hirschberg
    BlipTime Studios

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    @Aaron - thanks for pointing out the portrait screenshot! Jeez, how'd I miss that??

    @Chris - "Adventure" has been out for over a year now. Get it now before Atari takes it down! :-)

    I've been waiting a year for them to come after me and so far not a word from them. Which doesn't surprise me too much since I've been trying to reach their licensing department or SOMEBODY in charge at Atari for about 6 months now and it's a BRICK WALL. HELLO ATARI!!! KNOCK KNOCK!!! If someone who works in licensing at Atari is reading this, PLEASE contact me. Mkay??

    Anyway, Adventure can be downloaded (FOR FREE!) from here:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adventure/id296563933?mt=8

    Still need to add D-Pad support. Maybe once the iPad version comes out I'll have the screen real estate for a D-Pad.

    Thanks guys!

    -Peter Hirschberg
    BlipTime Studios

  • trystero

    Whoa... what?!? Adventure??? Over a year?!??? *goes off to download*

  • trystero

    Whoa... what?!? Adventure??? Over a year?!??? *goes off to download*

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    Head to head wifi???????
    Plzzzzzzzzzz...... :)

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Head to head over bluetooth will be in Vector Tanks Extreme, but unfortunately will not make the 1.0 release (I'm submitting it in the next 7-10 days and the networking will be at LEAST a month).

      Soon.

      I apologize it will not be in 1.0 but have had several frustrating false starts with getting the feature added that basically killed it for the initial release.

      -Peter

      • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

        If its included in a future free update ill certainly be grabbing extreme on release :)

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    Head to head wifi???????
    Plzzzzzzzzzz...... :)

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Head to head over bluetooth will be in Vector Tanks Extreme, but unfortunately will not make the 1.0 release (I'm submitting it in the next 7-10 days and the networking will be at LEAST a month).

      Soon.

      I apologize it will not be in 1.0 but have had several frustrating false starts with getting the feature added that basically killed it for the initial release.

      -Peter

      • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

        If its included in a future free update ill certainly be grabbing extreme on release :)

  • Corey

    Why not just offer a promo code for the new one to anyone who can prove they own the original-like me.

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      @Corey - How about 40 promo codes? No proof necessary:

      RNME36HHREN7
      E9MK797YKWHP
      3MA9H6RPR446
      KW7JFY3TK3K9
      LLW963FWRHL6
      HK37HWANJNYM
      XMFYMWPWLR74
      49ANLYPJ9M9E
      YLL6W7ME9N3R
      L6MFYJELLKX6
      9YY4YPWLNNLN
      KKJKWJP4LH93
      FFJN76W76NEP
      64AJHNX6YMMX
      NXXPPKP3LFJL
      6YMPXAK4NL64
      K9L6HJF3WRKR
      EAKJMLWATXJA
      E3RNLHE7K77H
      FX9AM9XYMHTW
      M4N936P4T9JX
      4RPYT9JTKXNN
      6JTFF9FWAL6E
      R94WFFWNY46H
      ANKFKERFYX76
      HJ4N6YFX4YYY
      FYRAMA6TRN4F
      66KJYFH7YXTA
      FFNAJ9MN36EP
      JHK43LXFLN6W
      X9J4YYXH9AY4
      MK9TLKX3EJX9
      FA63ARFMMJPW
      JNAME94ANXF3
      PWM9PAK33EMH
      FXJAKPP4J3PR
      FRHWXYNNFAY4
      PLAL74TN6YTK
      Y7AHXLNJ497N
      3EJP4MRFEMWL

      Note from Apple:
      They are for non-commercial use and will expire four weeks after they are requested. These codes can only be used in the U.S. iTunes Store.

  • Corey

    Why not just offer a promo code for the new one to anyone who can prove they own the original-like me.

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      @Corey - How about 40 promo codes? No proof necessary:

      RNME36HHREN7
      E9MK797YKWHP
      3MA9H6RPR446
      KW7JFY3TK3K9
      LLW963FWRHL6
      HK37HWANJNYM
      XMFYMWPWLR74
      49ANLYPJ9M9E
      YLL6W7ME9N3R
      L6MFYJELLKX6
      9YY4YPWLNNLN
      KKJKWJP4LH93
      FFJN76W76NEP
      64AJHNX6YMMX
      NXXPPKP3LFJL
      6YMPXAK4NL64
      K9L6HJF3WRKR
      EAKJMLWATXJA
      E3RNLHE7K77H
      FX9AM9XYMHTW
      M4N936P4T9JX
      4RPYT9JTKXNN
      6JTFF9FWAL6E
      R94WFFWNY46H
      ANKFKERFYX76
      HJ4N6YFX4YYY
      FYRAMA6TRN4F
      66KJYFH7YXTA
      FFNAJ9MN36EP
      JHK43LXFLN6W
      X9J4YYXH9AY4
      MK9TLKX3EJX9
      FA63ARFMMJPW
      JNAME94ANXF3
      PWM9PAK33EMH
      FXJAKPP4J3PR
      FRHWXYNNFAY4
      PLAL74TN6YTK
      Y7AHXLNJ497N
      3EJP4MRFEMWL

      Note from Apple:
      They are for non-commercial use and will expire four weeks after they are requested. These codes can only be used in the U.S. iTunes Store.

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    How does one use the promo code (sorry, im new to these...)

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Launch iTunes and in the upper right under "Quick Links" (depending on your version of iTunes I suppose) there should be a link titled "REDEEM". Click that, enter one of the above codes into the box, and it should grant you the free download of VT1. If the code you try has been used already, try another one.

      Hope that helps!
      -Peter

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    How does one use the promo code (sorry, im new to these...)

    • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

      Launch iTunes and in the upper right under "Quick Links" (depending on your version of iTunes I suppose) there should be a link titled "REDEEM". Click that, enter one of the above codes into the box, and it should grant you the free download of VT1. If the code you try has been used already, try another one.

      Hope that helps!
      -Peter

  • Corey

    WOW THANKS-I'll make sure to rate the game-Hint Hint Best Game on my iPod

    I used E9MK797YKWHP

    Once again-THANKS!!!!

  • Corey

    WOW THANKS-I'll make sure to rate the game-Hint Hint Best Game on my iPod

    I used E9MK797YKWHP

    Once again-THANKS!!!!

  • DotComCTO

    Peter,

    Thanks for the promo code! I used 4RPYT9JTKXNN.

    ...and for the record, I *do* have the original Vector Tanks published through Chilingo! That was an insta-buy for me.

    ...and don't forget...Major Havoc still needs to make it to the iPhone! :-D

  • DotComCTO

    Peter,

    Thanks for the promo code! I used 4RPYT9JTKXNN.

    ...and for the record, I *do* have the original Vector Tanks published through Chilingo! That was an insta-buy for me.

    ...and don't forget...Major Havoc still needs to make it to the iPhone! :-D

  • MarcG

    I can't use a promo code, and I own the original, but $0.99 is a small price to pay to a developer who has put in so much effort so have just paid for it.

    Still wish you'd do Star Wars Peter....

  • MarcG

    I can't use a promo code, and I own the original, but $0.99 is a small price to pay to a developer who has put in so much effort so have just paid for it.

    Still wish you'd do Star Wars Peter....