Deflecto - A Mobile Arcade Game for iPhone and iPad

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  1. zxy

    zxy Well-Known Member

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    #1 zxy, Jul 6, 2015
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    Hi TouchArcade,

    This is my first post, but I'm a long-time reader and big fan of the site.

    I've been developing this game on the side of my full-time job for the past two years, and I'm finally ready to share it with the world. I started with little-to-no experience in unity or coding, so it's been quite a journey from a rough idea in my head to this almost-finished product. My background is in art direction, video and motion graphics for advertising. I was also a passionate hobbyist musician for years (before fatherhood :), so all the music and most sound effects in the game are mine as well.

    I hope this will be the first of many mobile arcade games for zxy. And if there's enough interest, I'd love to refine Deflecto to be a great game, so any feedback is much appreciated. My plan is to release it before the end of July, so stay tuned and thanks for your time.

    Brian Williams
    zxy

    Here is the teaser trailer:
    https://youtu.be/PwrABEvWdGw

    Deflecto - A Mobile Arcade Game Coming Soon for iPhone and iPad

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    Defend tiny, peaceful cities from menacing enemy clouds. Your weapon is your finger; It has the power to deflect anything these angry clouds drop.

    Tap the meteors to send them back toward the clouds and ultimately destroy them. Drag your finger over multiple objects to deflect many with one swipe. Find hidden eggs and collect their falling gems to boost your city’s health. The more clouds you destroy, the faster and trickier they will become; And so must your fingers.

    Test your reflexes with intense, fast-paced arcade action. Beat 9 insanely difficult levels; Defend 9 minimalist 3d isometric cities.

    - many different types of meteors to deflect
    - power-ups that boost your deflection power
    - realistic physics simulation
    - charmingly animated mini-cities
    - original chip tune soundtrack and sound effects
    - Game Center achievements

    Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/zxygames2015
    For beta testing or more information contact zxygames2015@gmail.com
     
  2. Stephan0711

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    Looks interesting, email sent for beta.
     
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    Deflecto Concept Art

    I built most of this game digitally, but I just ran across some concept sketches I did in the very early stages. Enjoy!
     

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    Deflecto personified

    What Deflecto might look like as a character
     

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  5. bigbearballs

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    Could I get a deflecto mini fig?
     
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    thumbcapes promotion

    minifig, eh? I was thinking more along the lines of little thumbcapes with face stickers for your thumbnail.
     
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    Time for Beta Testing

    Good news! A rough-around-the-edges version of Deflecto was approved for beta testing today. Shoot me an email with your apple id email address and device type/generation and I'll sign you up for beta testing.

    thanks!
    Brian
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    So Sayeth Greg the Sphinx!

    send me an email and I will invite you to beta test. requires ios8 and a relatively new device.
     

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    Noob Dev

    For humor purposes only, this is one of my first attempts to understand how the game mechanics could work. I imagined some hexagonal prism with all the cities parented and rotating/sliding. I guess that could've worked but seems ridiculous now.
     

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    Graygor New Member

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    The sounds in the trailer take me back to Astroids. And I like that FarmVille is under attack, but I vow to defend.

    Send me beta instructions, pot favor! Email sent.
     
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    Invited

    Thanks, Gary! You have been invited via Testflight. Let me know what you think when you get a chance. Cheers!
     
  12. romanwilly

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    A Blast! Unique game

    I've been beta testing this for the last few days, it's a blast! Very fast-paced, intense and super difficult. Controls are great. Especially after playing the "how to play" level. Ads are not too intrusive.

    I've never seen anything quite like this...it definitely mixes game genres, brick-breaker but more like a shmup with a retro feel. I really dig the isometric camera view

    I'm curious, how did you build this?

    I'll be happy to review it on the app store when it hits. good luck!

    rw
     
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    Making Deflecto

    Thanks Roman, that's great to hear! So awesome when people get what you were going for.

    To create Deflecto, I used Unity3d with an add-on called Probuilder - it allowed me to build all the geometry within unity. I highly recommend it. Aside from that, I used UnityScript with a twist of iTween for some animations.

    Here's an early screenshot from mid-2014 - I was still discovering the tools but I could see the potential.
     

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  14. Graygor

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    Cool game- I need to practice

    Thanks for the invite- my son, 8, and I have been enjoying Deflecto for a few days. After saying "cool!" He commented, "This is hard!"
    A buddy and his son came over today and all four of us Airplayed Deflector on the big screen- ''twas pretty cool!

    Few questions from the boys: When the sky flashes, is that the end of a round/level? Will you add score, health meters or badges with the release?

    Looking forward to the release- thanks!
     
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    minimalistically difficult

    Thanks for the feedback, Gary! I’m so glad you expanded your beta testing to multiple users, and multiple generations.

    These are great questions:

    The concept is intended to be a very minimalistic approach to arcade game design. While there is no written indication about moving to the next stage, you learn in the first level that there is a pattern of defeating three clouds - what you’re seeing is the sky brighten between clouds. Deflect is kind of a learn-as-you-go experience. The how level gives you limited training and you have to figure out the rest.

    There is no numeric score displayed. This is just a personal decision, those huge arbitrary score numbers never made sense to me. For Deflecto, it’s all about surviving the level and unlocking the next.

    There are health bars at the top and bottom of the screen. The top is for the current enemy cloud, and the bottom is your city’s health. The cloud’s health bar fills back up when the next cloud descends.

    There are GameCenter achievements for completing levels, completing levels with no damage, and finding hidden eggs.

    I’m glad they think it’s hard. I was aiming for a donkey-kong level of difficulty and hand-eye agility.
     
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    Beta testing final release, launching July 30th

    Beta testing has begun on what I hope will be the final release of Deflecto. Fingers crossed on a speedy approval from the Granny Smith gods. Aiming for July 30th!
     
  17. Graygor

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    Frustratingly fun

    Thanks for the thorough replies; a little more attention and practice and maybe we'll figure this one out!
     
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    In Review! Last Chance for Beta Testing, lots of spots open! Launching on July 30th!

    the latest version of Deflecto has entered In Review Status. If I hear back soon enough, I'll be launching tomorrow.

    If anyone wants this free, become a beta tester.

    peace,
    Brian
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  19. romanwilly

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    thumbs crossed

    great news! i have my deflecto thumbs crossed for your approval :D
     
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    Deflecto is approved for the app store!

    I just read the three words all first-time wanna-be noob iOS developers long for…pending. developer. release. It’s like Apple saying I love you.

    Deflect0 coming really soon now. I guess I need to post in that other forum, eh?
     

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