Universal Cavernaut (by Einheit B)

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  1. Einheit B

    Einheit B Well-Known Member

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    #1 Einheit B, Sep 22, 2015
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    Hi there, Jan here, the developer of Cavernaut. I'm super excited to announce that this game is now available on the App Store. If it sounds like something you'd like to play, please give it a spin, and let me know what you think!

    Cavernaut

    Jan Schoenepauck
    Pilot your spaceship through a maze of caves on an alien planet. Try to reach the surface, while collecting luminum crys…
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    Pilot your spaceship through a maze of caves on an alien planet. Try to reach the surface, while collecting luminum crystals which you can trade for upgrades. Watch out for hazards like mines or laser batteries, and keep an eye on your limited fuel supply. Cavernaut is a cave flyer with its roots in classic arcade titles like Lunar Lander, reinvented for the iPhone and iPad: You steer your ship with simple touch and tilt controls through a cave that is randomly generated for every game. Each time you play, there's a new path through the caves, and all the items and landing pads are in different places. "... it all comes together into a tense, surprisingly strategic experience" (Nathan Reinauer, TouchArcade) "Cavernaut proves to be quite challenging yet satisfying." (Jennifer Allen, 148Apps) "A perfect coffee break title that has the addictive components of games from the old days." (Andre Eriksson, Cubed3) "With simple but addictive mechanics and a very efficient control system, Cavernaut is a small but truly enjoyable mobile game." (Fabio Palmisano, Multiplayer.it) FEATURES + A randomly generated cave that’s different each time you play + Simple touch/tilt controls for super-smooth flying + Five areas with increasing difficulty to master + Lots of upgrades for your ship + Cool neo-retro graphics + Game Center leaderboard and achievements + Old-school pay once & play, no free-to-play >>>>> Always running out of fuel? Collect luminum crystals, the universal currency in this part of the galaxy, and use them to buy a bigger fuel tank for your ship. Or reinforced hull armor, better shields – *anything* will increase your odds for success in a place like this. But there's more to discover: You can find pieces of alien relics that are scattered throughout the caves. Collect all parts of a relic to add it to your collection of precious artifacts. Now that's something to brag about in the orbit terminal's bar! >>>>> No in-app purchases. Ever. Pay once, play as much as you like, all future upgrades included. No free-to-play mechanics, just old-school gaming. If you need help or have suggestions, get in touch: http://www.cavernaut.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EinheitB
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    Seller:Jan Schoenepauck
    Genre:Action, Arcade
    Release:Sep 22, 2015
    Updated:Dec 03, 2016
    Version:1.0.2
    Size:52.2 MB
    User Rating: (27)
    Your Rating:unrated
    Compatibility:HD Universal
     
  2. metalcasket

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    #2 metalcasket, Sep 22, 2015
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    Digging this quite a lot. The atmosphere's great and I love that there seems to be quite a bit of hidden depth to the game. Also, the tilting's on par with Ridiculous Fishing, so you don't look like an idiot while playing the game.

    Einheit B, have you thought about maybe implementing a slider or buttons in there as an option in case people don't like the tilting? You could have the right side of the screen be the thruster side, with the left being the directional side.
     
  3. Einheit B

    Einheit B Well-Known Member

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    Hi metalcasket, thanks! And yes, I have thought about that, although I developed this specifically as a tilt-controlled game – put in a lot of effort to get the tilting working smoothly (which you noticed, phew :) )

    That being said, I will probably experiment with an alternate control method when the demand gets too high.
     
  4. metalcasket

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    I don't know about touch controls anymore, tbh. I mean, the more you play the game, the more it becomes evident the controls are practically flawless and would either just clutter the screen or be super annoying to use in portrait. Of course there are going to be naysayers, as with all tilt games, but I LOVE the way this plays.
     
  5. NOEN

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    Just ran into this game today while snooping around the AppStore. I'm absolutely loving it. At fist I was thinking "Ugh. Tilt controls!", until I started playing it. I don't think I'd like the game any other way. The controls are perfect as is. I did swap the inverted controls in the settings. I like it better that way, but yea. Enough about the controls. This game is really good! Well worth the buck. You can upgrade your ship, find collectibles. It's more than just getting through caves. There's always something new I'm finding.

    Very well done. I totes recommend this one.
    Oh, and no IAPs! Just a good old fashioned mobile game.
     
  6. Einheit B

    Einheit B Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your comments, metalcasket and NOEN. It's something I have already heard a lot from my beta testers & other players: It takes a while to get used to the controls, but after that they just works fine. And still I am SUPER HAPPY every time someone tells me that! :)

    As for being compared to Ridiculous Fishing – now that is hands down the most awesome thing I've heard today.
     
  7. noteatino

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    Hi, I'll defenitely give it a try, but do you have any video?
     
  8. Einheit B

    Einheit B Well-Known Member

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    Hi noteatino, sure, here's the launch trailer:



    And if you visit the App Store page with you iPhone or iPad, there is a preview video, too.
     
  9. Tankpuz

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    I'm absolutely loving it, great game great controls and really cool graphics keep on do such a good work
     
  10. Anotherkellydown

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    I like the sound of this. Gonna pick it up now.
     
  11. H4nd0fg0d

    H4nd0fg0d Well-Known Member

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    Pfff looks awesome, I'm in!
     
  12. Jetjet

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    Seems to be exactly the kind of old treasures I like to dig up !
    Waiting for a lot of reviews and then pick up.
    For only one buck, I can't be disappointed !
     
  13. VirtualBoyFreak

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    Is the game endless or has it got an ending?
     
  14. NOEN

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    I think it has an ending. Making it to the surface, but it all has to be done in one run. You play, you die, you collect money to upgrade each time and eventually you upgrade your ship enough to make it to the surface? I'm only speculating, but that's what it seems like so far.
     
  15. VirtualBoyFreak

    VirtualBoyFreak Well-Known Member

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    The gameplay video in your web page says "coming to iOS in 2013". We're in 2015, right? What happened? Time travel? :D
     
  16. Jayg2015

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    I hated tilt controls until this game. Great gameplay , controls, graphics, theme . It's a small game with lots of gameplay and content. I got a chance to try this early and can't put it down . It's not just a high score or see how far you can travel but it also has a collect and upgrade aspect which has me coming back everyday.
     
  17. Einheit B

    Einheit B Well-Known Member

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    Hi, official word from the dev: Yes, NOEN is right. There is an ending, if you make it through all 5 areas. It's hard, but doable. :)

    Almost. I underestimated how much work a game is. And I skipped 2014 somehow. ;)
     
  18. Anotherkellydown

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    #18 Anotherkellydown, Sep 22, 2015
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    Snuck in 3 runs at work :O and already I'm very impressed. It has so much that I love in a mobile game. Upgrades, Game Center leaderboards & achievements, casual, one-handed portrait orientation, great controls, and, most importantly, solid gameplay. You don't see (premium & only $0.99!) games like this around the App Store as much these days. Excellent job, Einheit B!

    Me too.
     
  19. VirtualBoyFreak

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    Ok, sold. Bought. I'm not too keen on touch controls... But I loved Ridiculous Fishing, and since someone mentioned controls feel as appropriate here as on that one, I've taken the chance :)
     
  20. Sponggy

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    That game is really good, cool artstyle
     

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