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  1. Hi, guys!   My name is Vladimir Alyamkin and I'm working on arcade pseudo-isometric action for iOS. I want to show you a little alpha version teaser  Here it is:    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTxo2shibAk[/media]   Player should try the role of a space marine, who landed on the mysterious Object 001. The contact with the secret laboratory, created under the slogan “the art in technology”, was suddenly lost. The soldier should investigate the weird incident.   The Kickstarter campaign is launched to fund levels creation and gameplay polish.    An enthralling story consists of eight large logically bound episodes and divided into three chapters. Exciting levels with many geometrical puzzles and secrets will become a real challenge involving marine’s combat skills and sagacity.   The soldier will face numerous dangerous monsters on his way to the mystery of the asteroid – cybernetic spiders, security bots, demons and even flying ball-shaped Creatures of Hell await for a prey in dark corners!   To survive in such difficult conditions the marine will be provided with a powerful set of weapons from a pistol to Big Freaking Gun. In the course of the game he will be able to use samples of the dark matter for improvement and modernization of his armor and inventory.   The captivating system of awards and achievements will allow the marine to challenge with his friends. Up to four soldiers will be able to take part in the combat. The following special online modes will be available: Co-op (cooperative walkthrough of the campaign), Arena (marines against endless waves of monsters) and Duel (rating match against each other).   Doomstalker is based on UDK (Unreal Development Kit) technology. The game will be available primarily for iOS devices (iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later) with possible port to PC and Mac.   Your comments will be very appreciated! I want to collect your feelings about the game to make it really cool and interesting!
  2. [quote name='Servant of the Lord' timestamp='1355863742' post='5012199'] You are part of the team that created the game, right? The way your previous post is written initially led me to believe you weren't involved in the project.[/quote] Yes, I am It's just because of that English is not my native language ( [quote name='Servant of the Lord' timestamp='1355863742' post='5012199']Regardless, it looks like a really cool game - so congrats! Some of the screenshots have a weird grainy effect - is that intentional, or are those JPEG artifacts? You might have your JPEG compression set to high. [/quote] Thank you! This grainy effect is combination of ingame post-effect and JPEG compression, as ingame post-effect it looks much better.
  3. Hey guys, Just boosting awareness of this game, SeaCraft, on IndieGoGo. I think that it's a good heritor of Silent Hunter and Navyfield series! http://www.indiegogo.com/seacraft Thanks
  4. Hi there! [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img] We're happy that the development of the SeaCraft project was relaunched! New website: [url="http://seacraft.sc"]http://seacraft.sc[/url] - here you can find few gameplay screens and cool warships presentations. The exciting video will be soon [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img] In brief, SeaCraft game is the online naval shooter with the original style of the second half of XX century. The game will drive you into the enthralling world of sea battles from equatorial latitudes to northern ices. Missle and torpedo boats, submarines and submarine hunters, cruisers and battleships and other deadly toys will become your instruments for achievement of global domination in the sea. The game uses UDK (Unreal Development Kit). SeaCraft will be available both for PC and iOS. While we working on gameplay we're also looking for new visuals. Few news screens are ready: [url="http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/seacraft_en_screen_game_010.jpg"][img]http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/tb_seacraft_en_screen_game_010.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/seacraft_en_screen_game_009.jpg"][img]http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/tb_seacraft_en_screen_game_009.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/seacraft_en_screen_game_006.jpg"][img]http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/tb_seacraft_en_screen_game_006.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/seacraft_en_screen_game_007.jpg"][img]http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/tb_seacraft_en_screen_game_007.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/seacraft_en_screen_game_012.jpg"][img]http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/tb_seacraft_en_screen_game_012.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/seacraft_en_screen_game_014.jpg"][img]http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/tb_seacraft_en_screen_game_014.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/seacraft_en_screen_game_008.jpg"][img]http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/tb_seacraft_en_screen_game_008.jpg[/img][/url] All screens can be comfortable viewed at [url="http://seacraft.sc"]SeaCraft's website[/url]. Some USSR warships (marmoset render): [url="http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/sc_en_screen_vh_proj205u.jpg"][img]http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/tb_sc_en_screen_vh_proj205u.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/sc_en_screen_vh_proj627a.jpg"][img]http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/tb_sc_en_screen_vh_proj627a.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/sc_en_screen_vh_proj1239_wip.jpg"][img]http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/tb_sc_en_screen_vh_proj1239_wip.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/seacraft_en_screen_vh_proj123.jpg"][img]http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/tb_seacraft_en_screen_vh_proj123.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/seacraft_en_screen_vh_proj205.jpg"][img]http://seacraft.sc/en/gallery/tb_seacraft_en_screen_vh_proj205.jpg[/img][/url] Also we will announce the USA warships soon ;) Hope you'll like them. Please follow us on Facebook: [url="http://www.facebook.com/seacraftonline"]http://www.facebook.com/seacraftonline[/url] [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img] [url="http://www.facebook.com/seacraftonline"][img]http://land.seacraft.sc/en/images/social/icon_facebook.png[/img][/url] [url="http://www.indiedb.com/games/seacraft"][img]http://land.seacraft.sc/en/images/social/icon_indiedb.png[/img][/url] We're looking for feedback, feel free to say what you think about! [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img] Cheers, HG team