The support that Hyde13 has shown us in the last month has been outstanding. First he posted about initial press release here. Then he sniffed out the news that we were about to release and posted about it here, with multiple updates. Not long after we released, he featured us in a piece about how some non-Xbox Live enabled WP7 titles were better than some that are Xbox Live enabled (read: ours is!). And finally he posted the wonderful review linked at the top of this post.
Square Avenger Cubeecraft by Paul Acevedo of WPCentral
You can read the full review here. I recommend you do as it’s very thorough, but also fair.
Paul also gave us some extremely valuable pre-release feedback that has led to significant improvements in the game. He raised things like improved ease of bomb throwing, more varied enemy colours and general improvements in the controls (including a critical bug). Much appreciated.
We posted the video review that goes with this review before, but here it is again:
The original post contains a short review which can be read here. Thanks M. Daou for doing the review. One little correction though: it’s a port of a Xbox Live Indie game (not Arcade). Also, you can hold your right thumb down if it gets tired doing the Rocket Riot style shooting for every bullet
We’re still waiting for the game to go live, but our first review is in. The Xbox Indie Games version was popular in Germany, and it looks like the Windows Phone version will be too. Read it here (if you can speak German, if not let google translate it for you):
Apologies for the delay in Square Off hitting the WP7 marketplace.
It’s currently held up in the Microsoft certification process. We were confident it would be ready by now but it’s taking longer than expected. Please be patient, you’ll get your dose of alien destruction soon. We’ll post here as soon as it’s available on the marketplace.
Well, sort of. We submitted the gold release on Wednesday for release on Friday, however we had a minor audio issue in the game that made it fail Microsoft certification :(. If the music was muted in the game, after exiting it kept the settings for the master phone volume!
All is good though, we have re-submitted and aim to release the game this Monday the 2nd of May. In the meantime, here is a release trailer of the game!
Recently there’s been quite a bit of press about our upcoming Windows Phone 7 release of Square Off. The most recent post on wmpoweruser says this:
Gnomic Studios, the creative minds behind the critically acclaimed Xbox LIVE Indie game Square Off announced that the same game will be available on Windows Phone 7 as Xbox LIVE title. The gameplay will be same as Xbox version while sharing stats like high scores, achievements through Xbox LIVE.
Unfortunately this is not true. Microsoft has not yet contacted us, so we are likely to publish it ourselves, meaning no support for Xbox LIVE Achievements. We have an achievement system in place, but without being LIVE enabled, it’s really not worth the testing that is necessary for these things to work well.
We’re still on track for an end of April release (unless Microsoft has a change of heart), so stay tuned!