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AppGameKit Showcase / Firebird [RELEASED]

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Posted: 18th Mar 2018 17:34 Edited at: 18th Mar 2018 17:35
Hi all,

I'm calling this a WIP, although it's 99% finished, really just finalising some music.

Firebird is an older game of ours, based on the space invasion, alien shooters of the 1980's. We've revisisted it this week, upgraded the visuals and audio effects, improved the front end and updated the pickups. We're hoping for a public release in about 3 weeks.

We'll get a video together early next week, once our musical director finally agrees to a soundtrack he's happy with .

For now, enjoy a screenshot of the alien menence being blasted into space.


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Posted: 18th Mar 2018 19:16
Looks awesome! Hope it plays the same! I'll pick it up on Steam when its ready.
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Posted: 18th Mar 2018 19:41
The ships are great, but why dont you use an additive mode for particles ?
Your fx would be better I think
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Posted: 18th Mar 2018 20:45 Edited at: 19th Mar 2018 08:23
Quote: "Looks awesome! Hope it plays the same! I'll pick it up on Steam when its ready."


We think so, as I say, we will get a video together this week and hopefully all will become clear.

Quote: "The ships are great, but why dont you use an additive mode for particles ?
Your fx would be better I think "


Nice idea, I'll be tweaking the particles this week as I'm still not 100% happy with them. Thanks for the feedback.

Here's another quick preview, this is level 6 when we first encounter the Firebirds. Not the best screenshot, but the action was frenzied



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Posted: 19th Mar 2018 08:08
Looks very nice, Scene! Congrats!
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Posted: 19th Mar 2018 08:24
Quote: "Looks very nice, Scene! Congrats!"


Many thanks.
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Posted: 20th Mar 2018 12:06 Edited at: 20th Mar 2018 12:18
Hi all,

Here's another update, this time, the much promised gameplay video! Enjoy.



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Posted: 20th Mar 2018 15:27
Looks good..
But not sure about the explosions?
Maybe a nice animated sprite explosion with the particles?
And the larger enemies maybe could flash or something to indicate that they are hit?
Looks god anyway
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Posted: 20th Mar 2018 16:29
Quote: "But not sure about the explosions?
Maybe a nice animated sprite explosion with the particles?"


There actually is a sprite explosion, I think I need to tone down the particles

Good idea about the flashing.

Thanks for feedback.
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Posted: 20th Mar 2018 18:38
I think the particles from bullets and explosions need to fade away faster. The screen look very busy very quickly.
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Posted: 20th Mar 2018 19:51
This looks really cool. I like the eye candy

Solid work.


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Posted: 21st Mar 2018 05:53
Hi All,

We've a few more tweaks to make on Firebird following some very useful feedback (thanks all), but in the meantime, we've been approved for release by Steam and have now started the countdown to release. If you know anyone who loves retro, please spread the word!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/829490/Firebird__Steam_version/?beta=0

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Posted: 3rd Apr 2018 13:04 Edited at: 5th Apr 2018 19:38
Hi All,

We're pleased to annouce that Firebird - Steam version releases today and is available at a 15% discount for the next few days.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/829490/Firebird__Steam_version/

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Posted: 4th Apr 2018 12:36
It seems the link is not working, SC. Can you check? Btw, congrats by publishing your game on Steam!
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Posted: 5th Apr 2018 19:38
Quote: "It seems the link is not working, SC. Can you check? Btw, congrats by publishing your game on Steam!"


Thanks for congrats and hopefully the link is fixed..

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Posted: 7th May 2018 09:26
Hi All,

We all like free stuff, so if you fancy a chance to win a free copy of Firebird, we've teamed up with IndieDB to give you a change to do just that.

http://www.indiedb.com/giveaways/firebird-steam-version

Good luck,

SC and the JimJams Games team.
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Posted: 10th May 2018 17:03 Edited at: 11th May 2018 04:22
I'll try to grab it again tonight. For some reason Steam website has been agonizingly slow for me the past many weeks.

Not sure if anyone else is seeing this? But truly every page takes a long time to load especially the game pages I try to check out. Literally I have waited 10 minutes on some of them and still the thumbnail images have not all loaded in. I was pretty much thinking that will be the end of me buying games on Steam.

But I will try it again tonight. I may need to point to different DNS servers. I think maybe the ones I am using are throttling down on Steam for some reason. Not sure because I have also read they have been hit with DDOS attacks in the past so maybe that is it BUT I don't think it is either because on my cell phone the site loads super fast using the same Internet connection. It is just weird. Maybe I will try killing the Steam Client and see if that is interfering with the website somehow.

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UPDATE
It seems to be the content delivery network they are using. Because I notice on every page in the lower left corner I see transferring data from steamcdn-a.etc etc and so forth and I see that message for about 10 minutes as a page loads.
I found an option inside Firefox "Digital Rights Management (DRM) Content -> Play DRM-controlled content" that was enabled by default. I thought perhaps this was causing each and every image and video to be validated or something. I have no idea. But I unchecked it and it definitely made everything much faster loading.

So I just grabbed it. I will check it out this weekend.
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Posted: 11th May 2018 18:53
Excellent, I hope you enjoy it.

Funnily enough, I'm having issues with the Steamworks backend. It's very, very slow to update sales figures, so I'm wondering if there's a larger issue.

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Posted: 12th May 2018 00:48
i would just try a different browser, i used to use firefox for everything but in the last few updates it got super slow so i've swapped over to chrome and have to say it's so much more responsive i won't be going back to firefox.
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Posted: 12th May 2018 09:15
Hi All,

Can I ask anyone who has bought Firebird on Steam to please post a review, they really help with exposure.

Thanks,

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