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C0lumbo

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Why don't modern GPUs support palettized textures

18 December 2015 - 02:12 AM

I'm just removing support for palettized textures from an engine at the moment as we're unlikely to release a game on any hardware that supports them.

 

It got me thinking though... why have palettized textures lost so much popularity that they're effectively non-existent these days?

 

I get that block compression is going to produce better quality and size results in typical cases, and I get that you could cobble together your own inefficient texture LUT support in a fragment shader.

 

But it seems to me that there are some textures where a 256 colour 8888 palette would do a much better job than, e.g. a DXT5 or a PVRTC4. There are also some cases where palette switching tricks would be a handy memory saving trick, e.g. for applying team colours to a sprite.

 

And GPU support for palettization seems simple (from my naive standpoint as a user of GPUs rather than a designer of one!) a 256 colour 32-bit palette would only take 1K of texture cache, texture unit hardware copes with far more complex encodings than a straightforward lookup table.

 

I guess I understand why texture palettes fell out of vogue, I don't understand why they are completely dead. I think I'm missing something.


Article on Lockstep Multiplayer

24 November 2015 - 01:10 AM

I wrote an article on lockstep multiplayer, with a particular focus on the steps you can take to prevent or catch the vast majority of desync bugs long before you write a single line of multiplayer code:

 

http://www.tundragames.com/minimizing-the-pain-of-lockstep-multiplayer/

 

 


Rapture - World Conquest released on Android

28 October 2015 - 12:43 PM

We've released Rapture - World Conquest on Android. It can be downloaded for free from here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tundragames.rapture_worldconquest

 

Trailer can be found here:

 

 

"4.5 out of 5 - ...there are plenty of world conquering strategy games out there, but this one has a fantastically frenetic pace that is perfect for on-the-go gaming." - TouchArcade.com

"Unlike other strategy games it gets your mind racing, reacting to what's happening, and before you realise it's all over and you're raring to go again." - Pocket Gamer

"Like Sid Meier's Civilization on a sugar rush, Rapture: World Conquest accelerates centuries of global conflict into mere minutes for a super-fast strategy experience the likes of which I've never seen." - IGN.com

The End is coming! Bombard the globe with devastating miracles and decimate the enemy civilizations. Guide your armies to dominate the planet and catch your people up to heaven!

Fast, frantic, global population annihilation!

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Features
– Fast, simple gameplay – squeezing 3000 years of civilization into a 5 minute blitz
– Play against 3 friends online or over local wifi
– 12 devastating miracles to hurl down from above - Meteors, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes and others
– 18 civilizations to take control of and lead to victory
– Fast strategic action as you battle to control the largest number of regions before the end of times
– New civilizations, globe shapes, skies and atmospheres to unlock
– Dozens of achievements and missions to complete

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Rapture - World Conquest is a fast paced real-time strategy game that puts you in the celestial shoes of a jealous god. Guide your followers through the ages and vanquish the unbelievers in the surrounding kingdoms. Send your armies to take over regions and expand your realm.

As your followers rise in numbers their adulation will provide mana allowing you to unleash devastating miracles – lightning storms, hurricanes, floods and other death from above. Conquer the globe and as the supreme deity you will lift your people up to heaven and leave your remaining enemies to the apocalypse.

Should you risk all on military engagements? On science and technical achievements? Or improve farming to boost productivity? Or perhaps your followers should spend their time praising you, giving you the power to unleash more miracles.

Inspired by classic god games such as Civilization and Populous, reinvented for short match times on mobile. There are dozens of missions, achievements and unlockable content.

You are a jealous god, wipe out the minions of your rivals, conquer the world and rapture your people

 

Free iOS version here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rapture-world-conquest/id912227668?mt=8

Premium iOS version here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id757766096?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4


Rapture - World Conquest switching from $2.99 to free on iOS

18 May 2015 - 01:31 PM

18th May 2015 - Oxford, UK - Tundra Games Ltd. has announced an update to "Rapture - World Conquest" making the game free on the Apple App Store.

 

The game also now supports the Apple Metal graphical API.

 

You can now play Rapture World Conquest totally for free. The game will be supported with subtle ads, reward videos and in-app purchases. Existing users will automatically receive the VIP pack which removes all ads and gives a bonus coin doubler and 10,000 gold.

 

We have also added support for the Metal API to super charge the in game graphics and provide silky smooth 60 frames-per-second graphics on high-end devices.

 

In Rapture you play a jealous god, intent on wiping out enemy civilizations with devastating miracles and carrying your followers to the heavens. Should you risk all on military engagements? On science and technical achievements? Or improve farming to boost productivity? Or perhaps your followers should spend their time praising you, giving you the power to unleash more miracles.

 

Our trailer can be found here:    and also via our website -  www.tundragames.com

 

The game is now available on the app store here  https://itunes.apple.com/app/rapture-world-conquest/id912227668?mt=8

 

"4.5 out of 5 - ...there are plenty of world conquering strategy games out there, but this one has a fantastically frenetic pace that is perfect for on-the-go gaming." - TouchArcade.com

 

" Unlike other strategy games it gets your mind racing, reacting to what's happening, and before you realise it's all over and you're raring to go again." - Pocket Gamer

 

" Like Sid Meier's Civilization on a sugar rush, Rapture: World Conquest accelerates centuries of global conflict into mere minutes for a super-fast strategy experience the likes of which I've never seen." - IGN.com

 

 


Rapture - World Conquest: New Trailer

02 September 2014 - 11:42 AM

We've made a new trailer for Rapture - World Conquest, coming soon for iOS,  We should be hitting soft launch within a week or two and hope to release worldwide in September!

 

 

It's like a super fast real-time Risk with sprinklings of Civilization, Populous, Mega-Lo-Mania and Galcon. If the timer-based monetisation systems have put you off Godus, maybe this will scratch that itch!


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