Hey everyone! You probably already know this but Pocket Heroes is out all over the world and thousands of people are playing it! It’s been a crazy couple days and I wanted to let everyone know how things were going and also offer a few tips for everyone with the game.
First of all I just want to thank everyone who has picked up Pocket Heroes, a double Thank You to everyone who has invited their friends to play along, and whatever the biggest possible kind of Thank You is to everyone who has said great things about us online or in an App Store Review.
It’s been great to hear about so many people having a great time with the game and really loving the old-school Role Playing style that we were going for. So, once again, Thank You so much!
While we’ve received a lot of great feedback we’ve also heard from people who aren’t enjoying the game because they are having trouble finding people to play the game with. I know a lot of people think that our decision to leave out random match making was a bad one, but we were really afraid that it could create even more situations where people would get into a random game and then never be able to move because the other characters weren’t really interested in playing. However, we’ve heard your thoughts on the matter and we’re now working to get a random match-making solution in place very quickly. We’re working through the weekend to get an immediate fix in for random games and then we’re going to follow that up with a more robust character driven system that I think will add a lot to the game even for players that have no interest in creating a random party. I’ll have more to say about that after we get this first update out but rest assured that we’re working on it and we’ll have a solution for you soon.
We’ve also been getting bug reports from some of you, and I really appreciate the time and effort you’re putting into letting us know when things aren’t working. We were obviously never able to beta test with thousands of players and there are a lot of things that have come up which we never experienced in our testing. I’m cataloging all of these requests and we’re going to get fixes in for as many of them as we can in this first update, and then we’ll follow that up with more updates as quickly as possible.
Nasty Bug Warning!!
There is one particularly nasty bug that I want to let you all know about so that you can hopefully avoid it. I’ve had a few people tell me that upon returning to a game they are presented with a ‘The Party has Perished’ popup when there doesn’t seem to be any reason for the party to be dead. On this popup the only option is to hit ‘Restart’ and, if this happens to you, I highly advise that you DO NOT hit restart. If you were in combat, and you see a replay where the monsters killed the last player in the party then, obviously, your party really did perish and you can safely hit restart to jump back to the last campsite you had visited. However, if this appears out of the blue it appears to be a network error and hitting restart will likely take your party back to the very first level!
If you do run into this bug, try the following. Instead of hitting restart, tap on the menu button in the upper left and tap either back or resync. Because we believe that this is a network issue I believe that re-syncing with the server will fix it and allow you to continue playing the game. If you do run into this bug please let me know! If you try the resync solution please let me know if it worked for you or not. This is definitely something that we are working to fix but it is probably going to require an update through the app store and I don’t want anyone to lose their quest progress in the mean time.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s share some tips with everyone! Some of these are ‘gameplay tips’ and some of these are helpful advice to solve some problems you may be having. Again, we’re working to fix these issues and to better explain the game but I wanted to go ahead and share this info with those of you who are playing right now.
- The email field on the register page doesn’t like capital letters in your email address. If you’re having trouble getting it to recognize your email make sure you’re using all lowercase letters.
- Also, there is currently no password confirmation field on the register screen ( we’re going to rework this whole screen to make this more clear ), the last field is for your username.
- To use some of the abilities like Pray, Horn Blast, Camo, etc. you need to target your own character. To do this, double-tap on your character and it will place you in the ‘target square’ in the lower right. Then you can choose the ability you want to use and perform it on yourself. This is also how you heal yourself with an ability.
- Equipping Rings and Amulets is different from other equipment. When you hit equip on these items you need to choose from one of the two bottom equipment slots ( which are highlighted in yellow ).
That is all the tips I can think of off the top of my head. I’ll continue to add to this list as more come to me and if you think of anything that wasn’t obvious at first let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the main list as well.
Again, thanks to everyone for supporting Pocket Heroes. We’re going to continue to work on the game so we can make it the best co-op RPG out there.