Localisation progress

Sprechen sie Deutsch?

Quick progress update: Localisation has been performed for French, German, Spanish, and Russian. I’m currently integrating the translated text into the game. As of this writing, all four languages are basically functional, thanks to some localisation-related bug fixes and a quick font swap to enable Cyrillic support. However, there’s still a lot of work to do in sanding off the rough edges (overlapping text, for example).


Facebook giveaway, new version incoming, Linux/Mac support soon

Hey there, Mayhem Intergalactic fans!

As you may have noticed, things have been a little quiet lately at Mayhem HQ. The sirens only sound every hour or so, and it’s been days since we had a decent alien invasion to contend with. Well, all that is about to change…

First up, Mayhem Intergalactic v1.3 will be out sometime soon. While the list of changes isn’t finalised yet, I can confirm that v1.3 will contain some UI conveniences, a smattering of audio improvements, and miscellaneous bug fixes. More importantly, this will be the first version to support languages other than English.

I’ll announce the supported languages closer to release. Let me know if you’re keen to see a particular language in the list.

Secondly, in keeping with these times of cheap games, I’ve adjusted the price downwards to $9.99. It’s pretty clear that gamers want more value for money than they used to, which is fair enough. The new price is live here and at Desura right now. Steam and Impulse will be following suit any day now.

Three! Do you like Mayhem Intergalactic? Are you on Facebook? Have you ever wondered how to combine these facts into a delicious fact smoothie, possibly winning a FREE COPY of your favourite Mayhem Intergalactic game in the process? Click here and all your questions will be answered, on Mayhem Intergalactic’s shiny new Facebook page.

Once the page has 100 likes, one lucky Facebook fan will get a free copy of the game. Keep it, give it away, your choice.

Finally, I know there are some of you running Mac OS X or Linux who’ve been hanging out for a port to your platform. I’m pleased to announce that porting the game to other platforms is my next priority after releasing v1.3. If you’re interested in participating in a Mac or Linux beta test, drop me a line.

That’s all for now – stay tuned! Same Mayhem time, same Mayhem channel.

Mayhem Intergalactic: Highly Desura-ble

(I know, I know. I kill me.)

I’m proud to announce that Mayhem Intergalactic has been selected as a launch title for Desura, the new digital distribution platform from the brains behind sister sites Mod DB and Indie DB.

The Dingo taking a bite out of the Desura logo

I'm sorry, Desura! You're just so tasty!

If you’re not familiar with Desura, it’s perhaps best described as a cross between Mod DB and Steam. Like Steam, there’s a web store to buy games, and a client to download, update and play them on any Windows PC. However, thanks to its Mod DB heritage, it also comes equipped with all of that site’s functionality. You can write reviews and other articles, rate games, upload screenshots, post comments on just about everything, watch games for updates, and so on. And all that user content is fearlessly visible on the game’s main store page. Holy transparency, Batman!

Perhaps best of all, Desura also boasts a hefty selection of free content, including standalone freeware games and mods for commercial games, with a single click. No more messing around with zip files! While the list of available goodies is limited at launch, they’re promising to add at least one new mod every day so it should fill up pretty quickly.

If any the above tickles your fancy, you can grab the Desura client from here, or read more about it. And of course Mayhem Intergalactic can be purchased from this here fine webpage, starting right now. Not that you need to, because you already bought it, right? Right. Because you’re awesome.

Until next time, space fans!

A hand fan in a nebula.

I can't decide which is worse, the pun or the photoshop.

When Impulse Buys are Good Things (Unlike My Puns)

Buying Mayhem Intergalactic on impulse was always a good idea*. Now, if you like, you can buy Mayhem Intergalactic on impulse on Impulse!

Confused? Allow me to clarify: Mayhem Intergalactic is now available on Impulse, Stardock Corporation’s digital distribution platform. Available for purchase, that is. Hooray!

Dingo hearts Impulse

Get a room, you-- waaaait. This joke seems oddly familiar.

The folks at Stardock Corporation seem like good chaps, despite their ominous-sounding company name (doom doom doom Stardock Corporation doom doom doom), so don’t be afraid to entrust them with the 19.95 intergalactic space dollars needed to make an Impulse purchase of said video game. Go forth and Impulse buy! They probably won’t spend their 30% cut on a nefarious plan to conquer the known universe.

* Especially thanks to Inventive Dingo’s iron-clad, water-tight, 100%-flip-flop-proof 30-Day Money Back Guarantee! (To be clear, the 30-Day Money Back Guarantee only applies to purchases made via this website; it doesn’t apply to purchases made via Impulse or Steam, since I don’t work for either of those fine companies. Impulse’s returns policy is here, and Steam… um… doesn’t do returns. Sadness.)

Inventive Dingo at Freeplay

FYI, I’ll be attending Freeplay 2009 down in Melbourne this year. I’m not planning at the moment to have an expo booth or a speaking engagement or anything of the kind; I’m just going to meet people and have interesting conversations.

If you’re in the area and interested in independent games development, I hope to see you there!