Yep, you read right. I’m releasing Def on the OUYA first. I really like my little OUYA box, and once I refined the gamepad controls Def actually ended up playing very nicely on it. It’s not quite as easy as a keyboard and mouse (I’ve actually made the default difficulty on OUYA ‘easy’ rather than ‘normal’ to account for this), but panning around with the right stick and positioning the crosshair to place defences with the left stick and D-pad is more than accurate enough with just a little practise. In fact, playing with a gamepad just feels cooler for some reason – and this is coming from someone who can’t play an FPS using a gamepad to save their life.
Haters gonna hate
I’m always a little puzzled by the amount of hate that has been piled on OUYA in recent months. Sure the plucky little startup has made a bunch of missteps in the early days of their console launch, and some Kickstarter backers have a few legitimate reasons to grumble … but nothing’s perfect. Let’s not forget that from a developer and player perspective they are also doing a helluva lot of things right. Bottom line: there are a bunch of fun and unique games on the platform (soon to include Def !), it shines when it comes to local multiplayer games nights, and the hardware is cheaper than some AAA+ launch titles. I like my OUYA, and amongst a sea of naysayers I admire the tenacity of the ‘little console that could’. So Def will arrive there first, as a little nod to those trying to do something different.
Unless there is some unexpected delay, Def should be available on OUYA Discover on October 10th, 2013, with a special launch price of $1.99 to unlock the full game. That’s probably stupidly cheap, so get it before I decide I’m selling myself short and raise the price :) Oh, and check out the trippy trailer !
I just pushed a small update for Chomper Deluxe to the OUYA marketplace – it should go live soon. I’ve updated the input framework so that it should happily support wireless XBox, PS3, and several less common controllers. Minor bugfixes and performance improvements. Tweaked graphics. Added a donate button, where you can become a member of the SSoACS.
I just uploaded Chomper Deluxe to the #OUYA marketplace (yay!). It’s sitting at “Verifying APK” at the moment (hmmm…). I suppose that’s a good thing, since I assume that they might be doing a little malware scanning, or at bare minimum trying to catch broken uploads before they go out to review.
I presume that at some point soon that will change to “Verified” so that I can press the “Submit for Review” button …
Update: It finally finished verifying, after about 8~12 hours. I’m guessing the pipeline went down and someone in San Francisco was asleep when I submitted.
I presume there will be no issues in the review – it seems to comply with all of their fairly reasonable guidelines as far as I can see. I look forward to seeing you all beat my highscores on the 28th / 29th / 30th / whenever your OUYA arrives in the mail :)