Author Topic: Beta 0.414 Released (water mode refinements)!  (Read 946 times)

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Beta 0.414 Released (water mode refinements)!
« on: May 20, 2010, 11:25:52 PM »
Full release notes here: http://arcengames.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=Tidalis_-_0.414_Beta_Release

Yesterday we released water mode, and we had it down to one known issue at the time of release, but today that issue list climbed to 10 fairly significant issues with it.  I said this was the most complex mode we've yet implemented, and it was definitely bearing that out.  At any rate, all of the known issues with water mode are now fixed with this new version, and in general that mode has been rebalanced and even extended a bit.  It's definitely coming into its own, and feels a lot better now in practice; one issue with the mode as it was yesterday was that it was incredibly difficult, which has been fixed today.  It's still more challenging than the basic mode, but not so brutal now.

The other big new feature today is the in-game help, which gives context info for... everything on the screen at the time, but in a concise windowed format.  This combines the best of contextual help with index-based help, and the result is something that makes it easy to look up just what the heck that block/item/button/whatever does, if you're not familiar with it or are rusty.

The new Temple music theme is really cool, and much more fitting for the temple (while keeping the same awesome melody from before).  And we've got three new items, the ability to see old cutscenes via a history index in the adventure mode, and a number of other smaller tweaks and fixes.

Pretty cool release, if I do say so!
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