Urban Tycoon going 3D this December

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  1. TouchSoft macrumors newbie

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    Urban Tycoon (App Store Link) - Will be going from a 2D isometric game to a full 3D game for the iPhone and Desktop this December. Not only will you build your city in 3D but you will also be able to walk your city streets in 3D. We have decided to use the Unity 3D game engine for Urban Tycoon and future game. Below are some building models that will be in the game.

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  2. stevearm macrumors 6502a

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    As long as it's better than the AWFUL 2D urban tycoon, which fully deserves its 1 star average rating on the app store.
     
  3. TouchSoft thread starter macrumors newbie

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    awww, Sorry it didn't live up to your expectations. I did work hard and I did try my best.
     
  4. Eric Isaacson macrumors 6502

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    Actually it is 3 1/2 stars not 1 and just because you don't like it doesn't mean it is "awful".

    I look forward to the 3D version, will this be a free update for those of us that already have a previous version?
     
  5. TouchSoft thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Eric! And yes it will be free for those who already have it now. And the price will stay at $1.99 for new users.
     
  6. Rojo macrumors 65816

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    Looks VERY cool! :D

    However, the biggest complaint I've heard about this game so far is not the graphics, but rather the gameplay -- which sounds a bit too simplistic so far. I hope improvements are being made to the game itself too, and not just the way it looks...
     
  7. TouchSoft thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You're right rojo .. the biggest complaint I have heard... is gameplay! And to be honest, I didn't think it would be so difficult to create a game economy that worked... but it was. Also players have been asking for feedback on their city.

    So those are things that will be released/fixed in updates over the next week or two. As I mentioned on another site... this whole app-store, gaming thing has been a major learning experience for me.
     
  8. Macjames macrumors 6502a

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    Looks really great, when this arrives i will be picking it up.
     
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  10. Eric Isaacson macrumors 6502

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    Great, I look forward to the updates

    Eric
     
  11. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    Looks great keep up the great work I look forward to the update!
     
  12. stevearm macrumors 6502a

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    UK store is 1 star average.

    I find it awful. Internet message boards would become pretty cluttered if everyone had to post the words "in my opinion" in every single post they ever make.

    The biggest complaint you've received is about "gameplay"? That's a pretty big part of the app wouldn't you say?

    I personally find it boring, there's nothing to do and it has NONE of the interest the Sim City games have. Build, refresh, refresh, refresh, build something else, refresh, refresh etc etc...

    Sorry not for me, but I hope you made a fair bit of money from it anyway
     
  13. TouchSoft thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's fine.. and yes it is doing very well ... been in the top 100 paid apps in the USA and now within the top 50 paid games.

    So yes it's doing well ... sorry you didn't enjoy. :D
     
  14. chrisjonny macrumors member

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    Can't wait looks great already love the game can't wait for 2.0 this is just icing on the cake:D
     
  15. TouchSoft thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hey again everyone! Just posted a youtube vid of our FIRST DAY of development for Urban Tycoon 3D .... The 3D engine looks great! I actually lowered the poly count for this video and it still looks great. We are very excited about this project. (Subscribe to our YouTube channel for our developer's diary).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRkWAjh4iXI
     
  16. efp1 macrumors 6502

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    I look forward to purchasing this game in the near future when it gets some updates :)

    I'm glad you're doing well with the game and that it's so popular! You deserve it, it's not an easy task to create an application and especially a very popular one.

    Keep up the good work!
     
  17. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    what is this game?? kind of looks like sim city but without the traffic haha
     
  18. TIMT57 macrumors newbie

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    The 3D looks awesome... The game is fun we all got in on thr ground floor and are enjoying we also got in because we knew what lay ahead:) Great work!!! Going to subscribe to the Utube updates.
     
  19. liptonlover macrumors 6502a

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    I subscribe to the philosophy "graphics don't make a game, gameplay does" or something like that. That being said.... WOW those are amazing graphics! THAT being said...
    Your gameplay needs some work. Right now all there seems to be to do is to build buildings that do nothing, and to build buildings that make money. Also the notification windows are kinda laggy when opening/closing. ALSO the 5 turns per minute limit is absolutely stupid unless the game becomes a real-time game which it isn't right now, and it's too limiting even then. But when I read "an update a week" I was given hope, and hopefully it'll become an awesome game. Great work so far and good luck!
     
  20. defender macrumors member

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    When I first bought this game I was bitterly disappointed. I just couldn't believe it had been released in that state. But now after reading touchsofts posts that he is learning what we want by releasing it in the current state, I feel much better about it. I suppose its quite a good idea really releasing a game early and then getting feedback, as long as you listen to your customers and improve on it. I really look forward to V2! And thanks Touchsoft for being involved with us, your humble customers!
     
  21. liptonlover macrumors 6502a

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    You should probably have been more clear that it's a beta though... I was expecting a full game, whether it was stupid or not. It changes the reviews you get an what people perceive of you and your app.
     
  22. efp1 macrumors 6502

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    I don't think it's a beta.... He's simply just making it better with future updates, that's all.

    I think he's doing a great job. He's trying hard to make his app better and is humble enough to come on here and discuss his app with us and try to find out how to make it better. He's giving us sneak peaks at future updates. I think more developers should be like him. :)
     
  23. isimon1207 macrumors member

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    Please make animated citizens. Its so boring if its not like that. Also you shouldn't hit a button to make money it should be accumulated over time. That would be amazing if there was a day/night cycle in a future update!
     
  24. TimothyB macrumors 6502a

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    I think the dev said one of the new gameplay modes in 2.0 is a sort of realtime mode, no more turns.

    I agree about animation. It seems within the iPhone's ability to add that for the 2D version, people and cars, but I hope the switch to 3D doesn't make it impossible.
     
  25. TouchSoft thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The 3D version will have two views "Bird Eye" and "Street View" ... You will see cars driving around in "Bird Eye"... and people walking around in "Street View".

    Because we are making this switch to 3D it gives us more creative freedom. Unlike the current Urban Tycoon... I'm not working on the game play and game logic..... which is a good thing because I suck at it. My focus will be graphics and animation.
     

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