Bowmaster Winter Storm Beta Update 0.2.4

A noble Dragon has joined in your fight! Enlist him into your army at the upgrade shop and watch him patrol the skies, unleashing righteous fury upon your foes. Play Bowmaster Winter Storm.

Updates

New Unit: White Dragon. Armed with a unique light elemental attack that can home in on enemy targets. He also features unique AI that grants him increased mobility when flying. He can stay airborne longer due to his increased mana pool and mana regeneration compared to enemy dragons.

XP and hero rank rebalanced. Increased the level of xp required to Level Up. Max Rank set to 60.

Added improved Level Up graphics and animation.

Changed xp bar color from blue to gold to improve contrast.

Allied Attack Mage magic attacks are no longer blocked by elements such as fire, poison and ice.

Fixes

Allied Mage and Priest Shields no longer block cure arrows

Fixed issue that prevented players from acquiring the Trebuchet and Shield Grunt

Next Week

New Allied Unit: The Ninja. You’ve seen the enemy ninjas and soon you’ll be able to give them a taste of their own medicine with this new friendly unit.

Planet Burster

Planet Burster! Defend your planet form spontaneously appearing planets. This is another Flash experiment for the mobile platform. This time it’s to test the touch functionality of the phone and how to detect and use touch events.

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If you have an Android phone with flash installed you should be able to play with this little toy by simply navigating to the following link using your phone’s web browser:

http://www.lostvectors.com/mobile/test6/

Note: this toy also works with the desktop because it detects whether or not to use touch inputs or mouse.

How to play:

Press or click anywhere on the screen, drag, then release. The velocity is fixed, so the dragging only effects the angle (the length of the drag line does not matter, except that you might find it easier to aim the longer the line is).

Technical Features:

Random Planet Generator: I used a set of layered clips to accomplish this effect. Layers: Ocean, Continents, Clouds, Polar Caps, Shading. The ocean, continents, and clouds have random color transformations and filters applied to get the random colors. I manually drew a set of continents in a long strip and then offset the strip and mask it using a circle outline of the planet (same for the polar caps and clouds). Just a few simple tricks and I get some pretty cool looking random planets. Some of the random planets look weird but occasionally they are very interestingly color coordinated.

Planet Burst Effect: This was also a major technical milestone that I’ve been working on in a different project that I integrated into this demo. I was inspired by the Tron Movie character death effects: how they broke up into a bunch of cubes. After studying and experimenting with the Bitmap, BitmapData and Matrix classes I was able to achieve cool burst effect. Many developers before me have already figured this stuff (the Bitmap and BitmapData classes have been out for some time now), but it was cool to finally get around to playing with these classes.

Screen Layout Autosize: If you rotate your phone the screen will automatically adjust. This toy will work on any screen size (it is not biased towards a particular phone).

Bowmaster Winter Storm Beta Update 0.2.3

Fresh new snow. New Allied Units: Priest and Attack Mage. Improved skill book information layout. Enjoy the latest weekly update to Bowmaster Winter Storm!

Updates

New Unit: Priest – Heals injured allies.
New Unit: Attack Mage – Attacks enemies with magical attacks.
Random chance of there being snow on trees.

Fixes

Improved the Skill/Upgrade Book information text popup so that it doesn’t cover up the Skill Icon that the mouse cursor is over.

Next Week

New Allied Unit: White Dragon. He has an untainted soul and will ally himself with your cause. He is on a mission to free his brethren from the evil spell that has caused all other dragons to fight as slaves for the side of evil. This and more next week. Stay tuned!

Bowmaster Winter Storm Beta Update 0.2.2

New graphical improvements to the Skill and Upgrade Books. New game mode – “Gather the Artifacts.” Stay tuned for more updates to come! Play Bowmaster Winter Storm

Updates

Upgrade Window layout improved. Popup text size increased to improve readability. Book size maximized to fill more of the screen. Added hero image, name, and rank. Minor changes to graphics to make it easier to distinguish between locked, unlocked and purchased upgrades.

In Game Skill Book graphics improved. Added silver border to drag icons. Changed book colors to be consistent with the upgrade window graphics. Improved default position of skill book.

Added hero rank dependencies for skills. This has no effect on already purchased upgrades, but for new purchases from now on you may see a minimum rank requirement before being able to purchase the skill. Disclaimer: the hero rank system still needs to be tuned a bit (e.g. there will be a max rank and the xp per rank may change) . The current rank requirements on the current upgrades may also not be perfectly balanced (i.e. too generous or too strict). Feel free to let us know.

Next Week

New allied units and upgrades including a friendly healer unit. Snow season graphical changes. And More!

Bowmaster Winter Storm Beta Update 0.2.1

Some new GUI graphics and introducing the new shooting mode ‘Drag Anywhere’. Read more below for details. Play Bowmaster Winter Storm

Updates

Update Graphical UI Layout – Added hero icon with hero rank number next to health and mana bars. Shortened mana and health bars to make room (you’re hp and mana values are not affected).

‘Drag Anywhere’ pull string method allows people using the ‘Pull String’ shooting style to drag from anywhere on the screen (as long you don’t click a button). No need to change anything in the settings if you’re already using Pull String — You can now either click and drag from the green circle OR click and drag in an open area outside of the circle. The choice is yours as you play. The aiming indicators work basically the same and are relative to the hero’s point of view. This mode of shooting could be helpful to those that think the green circle is too restrictive when playing near the edge of the screen. Note: the bow power will max out when the green line on the hero no longer extends. The drag anywhere line (gray) is just a reference to help you adjust your angle and will be drawn from where you started your click to where your mouse is dragged to.

Note: Christmas decorations and ‘Save Christmas’ mode will remain active until next update. But don’t worry, the new game mode will be converted to something similar in the future. Until then, enjoy those last minute gifts!