Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Idle Hands 2 is out


Surprise, again! We thought we had a few more days to prepare ourselves for the onslaught, but its here! Now, users of Open Feint (or just "Feint") can challenge each other to mini game duals! If you haven't found it, the buttons are in the upper menu. There is a new "community menu". From there, there is a link to Open Feint the in-game challenge screens (see graphic below). You must familiarize yourselves with both places to participate. Its not that hard, but you must go onto Feint, sign up and then add friends before you can access the Challenge Screen.



In the Challenge Screen you can pick a mini-game (Ooga Jump, Shark Snaps, etc.) and a friend from your list and then challenge them. You are then given one minute to get the best score you can in that mini-game. If you are in the middle of your game and the minute runs out, you may continue as long as the game is in progress. Then the challenge is sent to your friends. Push notifications lets people know the challenge came in. Also, the Challenge screen has a "Pending challenges" tab for you to view incoming challenges.



It might sound a little complicated, but its really pretty easy. That's the good news...the bad news is that we pretty much are already having reports of problems on some people's ipods/iphones. While we test on a broad variety of devices, there is always the unexpected issues out there! If you are having problems, please use this post to comment and let us know how its going! We will try to work out the kinks as much as we can before we submit the next episode.

Whew! I'm glad we're going back to the basics in the next update!

NEW NOTE: We are aware that some iPod Touches crash because of the conflict between the 2.2.1 code and 3.0. We REALLY apologize for this and are working on fixing it! The good news is that once Dave finds out the issue, we will be poised to submit the next episode with fixes very soon....PLUS we may be able to push an update through FAST because of the versioning issues (which isn't entirely our fault)

42 comments:

  1. I updated the app and when i try to use it it just goes to the logo symbol or start up screen and after a few seconds it exits the app and returns to the home screen, i tried re downloading it and tried downloading it on my PC but end up with the same results.
    Help!

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  2. yea has i posted on the last one my pg isnt working ive restrted and every thing i even uninstalled (gave it 5 stars :) and reinstalled it and at the loading screen it still kicks me out

    PLEASE HELP I CANT LIVE WITHOUT PG lol

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  3. Hey Bolt Creative, I love your app! It's my most favorite! The bad thing, I can't play it now. I downloaded the new update, restarted my iPod, opened Pocket God, and it didn't work! All it does it it comes up with the loading screen for about three seconds, then goes back to the home screen. I have tried to get it to work like, 10 times, but it won't! So now I can't even play Pocket God until this problem is fixed! Please please please fix it!!!!!!

    Thanks!
    Bye.

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  4. I am having trouble. Whenever i launch the app, it loads for about two seconds and just goes back to the home screen. And this really stinks because i was really looking forward to this update. I have restarted my itouch about five times, i have deleted the app and then redownled it several times! Bolt, please respond to this comment, i am really kind of annoyed about this!

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  5. I didn't get any glitches/crashes or problems I think it's fine also visit....... pygmieplace.blogspot.com just view it if you don't like it just leave if you like it follow it! (:

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  6. After getting this update app shuts down after the loading screens after aprox 2 seconds

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  7. When i try and start the app, it goes into the loading screen, then goes back to my home screen. Fix it please!

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  8. I updated Pocket God the second I saw it. Then I tried to open Pocket God to let the fun begin and it crashed one second into loading!!!! The same thing happened to my brother and both of my sisters!!!!! I can't believe that I won't be able to play this update!!!!! I was so excited to get it and everything. I have been checking every hour on the hour for a week now hoping that it would be there in the update section. I talked to PocketPlayer64 soon after and he downloaded it and is playing as we speak. He did however say that it was running kind of slow. It could be that he has a 16 gig and I have an 8 gig, but I doubt it. It also could be that I need to update my itunes to 3.0, but I doubt that too. Anyway, I'm thinking about deleting and reloading the app to see if that works, but I might just lose all of my achievements and still not get to play. I tried restarting my ipod but that didn't work either. I even tried syncing my ipod on my computer and that didn't work either. I'm out of ideas and need help. If anyone has a clue as to how to get it to work please comment back here or at my blog. Thank you.

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  9. crash on load...
    crash
    crash
    crash...

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  10. When I use Pocket God, the loading screen appears, then it goes back to the app screen after a few seconds. HELP!!!!!!

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  11. Patch doesn't work for me. Just returns to menu...

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  12. Doesn't work for me. Patch just brings me back to menu...

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  13. About the issue. I press pg then it shows the loading screen for like 3 seconds then closes. 1g ipod touch 8gb

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  14. That's weird about the crash thing :/ It works perfectly for me. Infact, PG has never ran smoother!

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  15. I just got the new update, "Caught With Your Pants Down," and when I clicked on it, the app started loading, and then crashed and went to the home screen. I tried three times and I can't play Pcket God. I have a second generation iPod Touch. Can you please fix this?

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  16. Yay first post hi guys I lived the idles u put In and the open feint challenges are fun keep up the good work.oh yea also I've created my own blog it's new I post about upcoming apps and releases.also about frequently updating games like pocket god doodle jump and harbor master it's called http://appblogs.blogspot.com

    the name this is posted as isn't realy my name it's just the name of one of my google accounts

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  17. what the heck i updated pocket god and now when i go to play it automaticly brings me out!!!!!!

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  18. i dont know if this is just me but i downloaded the new update and when i got to play pg it says it is loading and then it just goes straight back to the home page

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  19. Mandatory Mini-Update

    Rain Dance – When you make the Pygmies dance during a storm, a peaceful rain comes down and it counts as giving them “The Gift of Rain” rather than “The Gift of Dance”. This is pretty simple and I would be surprised if you didn’t consider it.

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  20. Also, put up the new icon in the sidebar please.

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  21. the update is awesome guys! the problem is i don't know anyone with pocket god so I'm never going to have the privilege of challenger friends or being challenged. We should be able to challenge anyone anytime by just finding a random person and challenging. This update couldve been awesome but i cant use it :-( can you find a fix??

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  22. The game every so often will start to lag and once actually exited on me.

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  23. I have a somewhat new ipod touch 2nd gen, 8GB. This is the first update that has crashed for me. I updated via wi-fi, and the icon changed, but when i open the app, it shows the loading screen for about 3 seconds, and then... BOOM goes back to the home menu! I was dissapointed, but i know that this isn't your fault. The app is amazing!

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  24. Hey guys....it sucks we know...believe me, this will probably burn as bad as far as sales. We are on it, but it will be fixed in the next update. Please keep reporting the crashes or any weirdness, but just want to let you know we feel really bad and are taking care of it. We expect this kind of thing, but it comes down to the conflict between 2.2.1 and 3.0 and its a growing pain we had to deal with sooner or later. What would appease people? a sneak peak at the next update maybe? haha

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  25. i've waited 2 weeks for this update, and now i have to wait another week to get it fixed... gah

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  26. Here Are A Few Update Ideas

    #1
    Name: Winter Wonderland
    Features: Tap storm cloud with two fingers and watch the snow and an igloo fall from the sky. Pygmies put Eskimo snow suits on. Pygmies build a snowman that, when aggravated, puts on a magic hat and turns into an evil snowman that jumps around and tries to jump on top of the pygmies. Islanders hide in the igloo by outrunning the slow jumping snowman. Snowman melts away with snow and igloo when both open sky (not stormy sky) and sun are up and showing.

    #2
    Name: Pygmy's Best Friend
    Features: Add in cats; dogs; or cats and dogs with the menu bar. They would be small little animals, about the size of the coconuts, which play with the pygmies or each other. When it snows, the pets also wear snow suits. Dogs and cats favor certain people, the ones on the island when they first appear. Try to eat the fish or coconuts before the islanders. They also scare the bat away if they are still awake when the bat comes to bite the islanders.

    #3
    Name: The Red Planet
    Features: An alien comes in a UFO (turn off and on in menu) when an islander is held above the clouds at the top of the screen. UFO sucks islanders up in a green beam that drops them back down as alien pygmies that act just like the normal pygmies while the dogs and cats bark at them suspiciously. There can be variations of types of alien pygmies. If an alien pygmy is dragged to the top of the screen a second time, they will become gigantic alien pygmies and start attacking the normal islanders and hit them off the island. The alien pygmies are killed like the other pygmies, and come back in their normal pygmy form, after pressing the plus button. Giant alien pygmies do not attack other alien pygmies.

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  27. sure but i just opend pg and it was not woring laster but now it worked for 2 sec then crashed and now when i open it it stops at the loading screen sight it crashes just in time for my 5 day lond road trip sinff sniff

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  28. I've just downloaded the update on my iPhone 2G. It works, but the framerate isn't right. The dodo will move, then stop, then move, then stop. This makes it really hard when doing challenges (which I'm loving!). Please fix this! It's really hard to play now :(
    Oh, and yes, a sneak peek would make me forget all about this... :rolleyes: lol

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  29. Mine opens without crashing but when i go to open feint or the trophy it says "No offline functionality has been enabled for Pocket God". Then i press "OK" and it takes me back to the island. BTW i'm using a first gen. iphone with wifi/no edge. and yes the wifi does work. i tested it by checking my email and loading safari. and i downloaded the update using wifi

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  30. Cool update!!!!!!!! I don't know if this glitch has already been found but if you have on the origenal island 6 sleeping pygmies and then you wake one up and place him on top of a coconut half and as he picks it up, get a bird to poo on him and he will eat a Pygmy instead!!!!!
    s

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  31. "What would appease people? a sneak peak at the next update maybe?" Hey that would not be such a bad idea. Cause bolt, you r pumping everyone saying that it is gonna be hilarious, i think that would be really cool. Or you could just realese a state of the island sooner. Oh and also, thanks for working on the problem with Caught With Your Pants Down!

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  32. Please fix I can't go on feint everytime I go it says no offline functionality enabled for pocket god. Is it because my iPod has 3.0?

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  33. i have and itouch 2nd gen 2.2.1 firmware and it wont open. would this change if i updated the firmware? also, my mom has a 3.0 updated iphone on the same itunes account, would i still have to pay the ten bucks for the update if my mom already updated her iphone like how if she buys an app i get it for free?

    -Will (beenthere0wndtht)

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  34. Bolt Creative, a sneak peek would be cool.

    I can't do anything about my crashing. I even deleted and reinstalled. I have to get 3.0 for my iPod. I've had Pocket God since the first Idle Hands and it's my fav app. I've been putting off getting 3.0 (ten dolaars for some software?), but now that I can't play Pocket God, I'm convinved, I need it.

    Pocket God is an AWESOME game! Keep up the great work. You probably could get more sales if you made a lite version with only the first couple episodes. Then people who aren't sure if they want Pocket God could see how great it is. And you'd never have to update, so it wouldn't be too much work. Just an idea.

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  35. I think you need to quickly release an update for it and the icon should be a pygmy squashing a bug

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  36. Hey, Bolt. I really should've emailed this, but here it is...
    I have a new idea that I've shared with other PG users and it seems to be a hit.
    It's a new minigame called "Rockslide".
    No, this may not be based off another app, but some originality is good.
    I'll begin. Do you remember dig-dug? That old-ish game?
    Well, this is somewhat like that. You tap the rock on the island three times, and a rockslide occurs, leaving only one islander on top.
    That Pygmy has to dig down and rescue the other Pygmies, along with bonus items. And they have to make it to the bottom.
    The whole event is scored and timed, and the leaderboards reflect both best overall time and best point amount. You can also challenge the other users for score and/or time. It's set up like an antfarm made of rocks.
    Did I mention this is on the second island? Forgot that.
    Hope you enjoy, guys. All best,
    Weston T. Holder.

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  37. Did that last idea go through? I sent it here...

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  38. the reason is that because it was made for i pod and iphones 3.0 and they spaced out the older version but theyre makin it for both kinds the next update

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  39. Hammer Time. actually we did NOT space and tested on 2.2 ipods and phones. BUT there's a glitch in the Developer software that causes the "release" build to pull code from a different place, which caused the incompatibility. This didn't happen in the "debug" version for us to catch it. Took us totally by surprise..caught us with our pants down, if you will.

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