Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Episode 28 Approved!


Whew. I thought we weren't going to make it before Halloween to finish our horror trilogy. So, the episode should be up sometime tonight. This update finally makes use of the spider web. Drop a pygmy into it to trap him. Then tap the Pygmy to bring out a small spider that cocoons the Pygmy. Then tap again, to break the cocoon and bring out the baby spiders. Then, the giant Barking Spider leaps out to come after the pygmies. And yes, it barks just like a dog! You can thanks Alex Parent (a.k.a. MetalBear) for that one. He figured out we were making an update about a giant spider and sent that title in. We thought it was hilarious. Not only is it another play on a movie title, but Barking Spider is a euphamism for a fart. However, it also really is a type of spider in Australia that makes hissing noises when threatened. But we thought it would be funny if it growled, barked and whined like a dog when struck.

Furthermore, we've modified the battling system to include a new achievement. The objective is to beat the spider (or T-Rex) in as few spear throws as possible. The top achievement is if you can get it under 10 throws. It might seem hard at first but it just takes a little practice and figuring out the trick of it. Both the Spider and T-Rex's hit areas have been limited to their heads in order to make it more challenging. So if you don't hit the head, (from behind or front), the spear won't connect. People will also notice that once a battle begins (when the first spear connects), you can no longer poke the T-Rex or Spider off the screen. This is intentional because it would make the game too easy. If you want to start over, simply go to the Island menu and turn the spider off and on again (or you can go to another island and come back). Finally, the T-Rex has been sped up and the spider moves pretty fast. This is to keep it challenging. There are some good tips and tricks in the touch arcade forum.



Also included with this update is the Halloween Skin Pack. This reskins some of the Pocket God pieces into a scarier Halloweenized version. The Dodo is a skeletal Dead Dodo...the volcano is an evil Volcano of Death, Pumpkins and cobwebs are scattered around the islands. Again, this is for the people who would like to support Pocket God as we continue to release free updates but doesn't affect the episode content. It was our way of continuing to develop PG without charging. Or we could go out and make a cheap knock off of someone else's idea instead :) Just kidding.

Thanks for everyone's patience! When the iTunes description goes through, we included the title of the next update! And while you're there, why not give us a good rating. We need a little help lately since our thunder has been stolen a bit. You KNOW what I'm talking about.

54 comments:

  1. YAY FIRST COMMENT AND UPDATING RIGHT NOW WHOOOO!!!

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  2. Ha wow...I haven't been on the App Store in a while, but I immediately understood how your thunder might have been stolen. Lame they couldn't come up with an original thought for a name (or app, I guess). But I like the feel of an island with Pygmies as compared to Hell with devils...I mean really? Is it a comparison at all?

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  3. In-app Asks me a sandbox test account... why?
    I have firmware 3.1.2

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  4. Wow i love the new update n i figured out the battle straturgy ( i think i spelt that wrong)
    the new skin pack is so worth the money hopefully the following ones are as good as this one
    also finally your doing the ice island i cant wait to freeze the pygmys

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  5. i cannot buy in app purchase it says

    this is not a test user account.

    please create a new account in the sandbox environment

    [Environment: Sandbox]

    what should i do?

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  6. i think its a cool update, but its really glitchy,when i lift a pygmy to the top, the screen doesnt go up, meaning ooga jump is inaccessible, and sometimes theres black parts in the sky and they dont go away until i switch to storm and back, fix please!

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  7. First, AMAZINGLY AWESOME UPDATE. As usual.

    Second, I am SO PISSED at Eyecrap... err... Eyedip. Seriously, I never thought anyone could stoop that low. I sent some pretty bad hatemail to them. Couldn't resist. I also rated you guys five stars and called them out for the idiots they are in the review. Half of me wants to buy the app just so I can give it a one-star (or no-star) review, but I hate to pay those morons any money.

    You guys are still rockin out though. You'll always have the BEST app, no matter what anyone else does. It's obviously true. Great job, love you guys.

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  8. I would just like to say the spider update and skin packs are awesome. Yeah I'm pretty mad too that pocket devil people are doing that to you guys bu hold on there PG will be number one sooner or later.

    -BAD

    And ps it's tough to kill that dang spider or t Rex because once you throw a spear on it the dang things eat the Pygmy and get the Heath right back LOL love the update and keep up the good work. I think I know what the next update is but I don't wanna ruin it for the others because a few individuals have been waiting for this for a while know.

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  9. can't wait to download! looks awesome!

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  10. just got the spider in 6 throws... no joke... pic at twitpic.com/nelix

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  11. Bolt Creative,
    Ok right off the bat let me say that although i can't currently download this update due to unfortunate transaction mishaps with apple, this looks like a great app. Now that aside i have something to say. Bolt Creative you guys are wonderful. I love Pocket God..... Pocket God rest on my dock on my Ipod Touch, Thats how amazing it is to me. we have a problem though.... and it's name is NOT Pocket Devil. Obviously the creater.. eyedip.. is or was a fan. Now what does this mean? Don't hate on Pocket Devil... see if you can work with them to create something simply amazing.... besides your already amazing app Pocket God. But if your really set on seeing Pocket Devil as an annoyance than i understand. I m a loyal fan and wish to help in anyway but Pocket devil is like a new epsiode to me and thats hat i want much like many others. And the Death concept was great. So please if you take the time to read this and care enough about my opinion, if it makes sense at all, take this into consideration.

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  12. Actually I don't know what you're talking about. What ARE you talking about?

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  13. Hey Bolt Creative PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS IDEA!!!
    I love the new update, it makes the T-Rex and the spider a lot more challenging and fun, once you figure out the patterns.

    But the problem is, when I battle the spider and I try to pick up my Pygmy to get him out of the spider's way, sometimes he gets stuck in the spiderweb and there is no way to get him out except killing him or turning off the spiderweb.

    My idea is that you should have to FLICK the Pygmy into the spiderweb when they are in front of it, in order to avoid accidentally activating it when you pick up a Pygmy. This would also be good because it would be only the second background interaction by flicking pygmies, and I think there should be at least one on each island.

    PLEASE PLEASE ANSWER THIS POST!!!

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  14. Hi Dave & Allan, Just wanted to show you this pumpkin I made! I call it a "Pygumpkin"......"Pumpygmy" anyway, Enjoy!

    http://thespiritseekers.blogspot.com/2009/10/hey-guys-just-posting-something-little.html

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  15. yay Pocket God EP is out i will buy DLC when Next update out =D

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  16. Some assholes made a ripoff of PG and called it pocket devil.

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  17. pocket devil is awesome, or so it looks lol

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  18. Allan, would you mind telling me the song that was used in your recent Pocket God IGF Entry Video?

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  19. developer called eyedip released a spinoff called pocket devil
    you basicly kill these little devils in very evilr mannors suh as
    beheading,impalement, and a lava storm
    but u can also send them to heaven, now they could have been nice and at least ask the devs if this was cool or not but as of now i gess they didnt
    pocket devil as of yesterday was 3 spaces below PG

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  20. Hey guys, Dave told me that if you're getting a Sandbox account error when purchasing DLC....and don't take this the wrong way...its because you are using a bootleg download? if this is definitely not the case, I'll ask Dave again what could be going wrong.

    and Congrats ExZackly! Proof it isn't as hard as some people think. it just takes figuring it out :)

    thunderclaw....the song is called "Anthem" by a band called Superchick.....believe it or not, I think its a christian rock band, which might be considered strangely inappropriate. I don't care much about that. I just like girl singers in heavy rock song :)

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  21. ok i swear on my life i bought the in app purcheses for halloween but for some reason before i could sync it with my comp something VERY misfortunate cam up and i had to restore my ipod and i dont have the skin pack anymore :(

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  22. oh ya and what happened to the least thrown spears in the leaderboards?

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  23. is there a way to petition Apple to remove Pocket Devil? The fact that they copied your idea is pissing me off (especially the fact that it is ranked higher that PG. At least the majority of people gave it a 1 star)

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  24. Hey guys! The new update update is awesome! I updated last night. It took me 20 minutes to update (I was having problems with my wi-fi on my iPhone.) The new Halloween pack is awesome! That was my first thing I did when I went on PG, buying the pack. My favorite was the statue on the first island. Still was, is, and always will be my favorite app! I think you guys deserve a pat on the back. Keep up the good work!

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  25. ok, i have 2 admit, i got PocketDevil i was just so interested! i couldn't hold back. but just so u know the app totally sucks! and is filled with glitches. not interesting glitches but annoying glitches. u guys are gonna be fine

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  26. I must be a little slow but help me understand--once the pygmies turn to ghosts I am unable to turn them off--they keep floating--I go to the menus and try to turn them off but no luck.

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  27. No i definitely do not have a boot leg version but i cant buy it what should i do.(i had bought the t-rex one but i had to restore my ipod and lost it would this make a difference?)

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  28. Nobody buy pocket dvil. lets have it die...
    love the new update. I appreciate how much work you guys put into this.

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  29. hey, sorry if this is a little of topic. I want to download the pocket god dlc packs, but there is no wifi anywhere near me to use for my ipod touch. is there a way to download the dlc pack straight from itunes?

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  30. update brilliant bolt creative

    it's just none of the packs are working for me

    i have 3rd ipod touch and every time i press but for the DLCs it says in app purchase unavailable. I've done everything, the repurchase trick it won't work :(

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  31. Brilliant update bolt

    i just can't buy the DLCs when i try and buy them it says in-app purchase are not allowed. I have done the repurchase trick and everything else.

    Could you please post a blog to help

    thanks

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  32. The update is greate, and so is the skin pack. the redisigned volcano looks really cool

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  33. Hey, when you are done "cleaning up" the app make it 2.2.1 compatible for one update so some unwilling people can have the rest of the halloween trilogy!

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  34. How do you get 6 spear throws?

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  35. Hey Bolt Creative, now you just need put this icon with the others.

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  36. Hey guys you should do a werewolf eposode and call it "howl's it going"
    also it would be very cool if you could possess the spider with a ghost and make it climb the tree and stuff
    and when you touch the spider to send it away a bit, if you listen carefully you can hear the trex roaring

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  37. Am I the only one who can't play the update due to crashing?? Help!
    What's weird is that it worked the first time I played it. Now it just crashes shortly after I start it :/

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  38. okay so i updated it and bought the skin pack and now it crashes every single time i open it. i re-purchased, restarted, reset, restored, everything and it still WONT work please help!

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  39. @cake 215 add me (exzackly) on open feint and exzackly7 on Twitter

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  40. I made a blog called the Pocket God Group and want all Pocket Godders to check it out!

    Here's the URL:

    http://pocketgodgroup.blogspot.com/

    I am also officially starting the Pocket War: Team Pocket God Vs. Team Pocket Devil. I have all of the details on my blog and a poster I made for the war. Check it out!

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  41. The dpear keep on missing and ending up falling in the water, out of 50 throws, at least 20 missed

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  42. Hey, Bolt Creative..... I noticed you just have one picture in your app store photo section (where you can see the pics of the game). Could I perhaps email some pics to you? Or is it to late for that? If I can email the pics, where can I email you?

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  43. Hey, Bolt Creative... I was wondering, could I email you some pics for your iTunes app store pic section? If I can, where can I email you? Bolt Creative, please reply.

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  44. I really wish u guys could add more add ons to the previously purchased DLCs! I bought both for support, but I would like to see more in the updates, like maybe more "accesories" added to the Halloween pack! They dont have to be halloween, just anything!

    I LOVE POCKET GOD, THANKS FOR THE GREAT UPDATES!

    Luke

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  45. i say you should make an update where they go down to heck, see how they like being copied!

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  46. Suggestion:
    I'm not exactly a good strategist/ipod gamer, and (don't laugh) I've not once been able to kill either the Trex or the spider after the new update. Maybe, in the next update, you could add back in the easy way, and add a menu option to switch from "easy" mode to "hard" mode. I think a lot of people would appreciate that.

    Let me know if you will or won't, please.

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  47. Hey guys. Once you get the hang of it, its way too easy! here's a hint on how to take down the spider (or T-Rex). Use only one pygmy (you might put one in the web to avoid falling into it)..and don't let him just stand in one place too long. There's a little more to the strategy than that, but hope that points you in the right direction!

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  48. oh, and you might turn off a few features that get in the way!

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  49. HI Guys!!!

    I'm a little late to the update butI was on vacation :), but know that I've got it and is so great! I love the new battle strategy! But I'm having a little trouble I want to buy the 2 skin packs but When I try to buy it is telling me that I'm in sandbox mode or something like that,I was reading up here that it was because you have a "bootleg" version, So I redownload it from the AppStore (officially! and Paid!!) but I'm still having this trouble. Any thing else that I can do??

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  50. Very good update. Hard to follow up such a good one as Good Will Haunting, but it is a very solid effort. I have a few complaints. First of all, why are the spider and rex so hard to kill? Also, you should let the little spiders do more to pester the pygmies. In another note, the welcome screen explaining the update is a wonderful idea.

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  51. Ever since I downloaded this application it crashes as soon as I pick up one of the pygmies. Could you please fix this problem on the next update? And yes I did reboot my iphone.

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