I'm developing Windows and XBox Indie games as Smudged Cat Games. I released an XBLA game last year called "The Adventures of Shuggy" and various other Indie games. I'm currently working on a title called Gateways.
Posted by SmudgedCat on May 25th, 2012
So, I've finally decided to let the world have a stab at Gateways by allowing those that pre-order the game access to a beta version. If you want to do just that then head over to the Gateways page.
I'm not sure how much the game will change between now and the full release on the 22nd of June. I guess it depends what kind of feedback I get from the beta. I'm sure there will be a few bugs in there that I haven't managed to catch yet but hopefully I won't be ripping apart the whole map and starting again from scratch! :) I'm still trying to get Shuggy ready for the Steam release next month so I'm hoping there won't be too much stuff I need to change in Gateways.
I'm excited to hear what people think of the game so if you've got any feedback then drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this blog. Constructive criticism is much more welcome than just "Ur game SUX dude!". I'm really interested to know what order people tackle puzzles in. It's so hard when testing a game that you're so close to to try and view it with fresh eyes and think how someone might find their way round.
I hope the map and help points make sure that no-one gets completely stuck. I just hope people realise that there is a map. The few people I've heard from that played the game didn't seem to realise there was one. A tutorial dialog pops up explaining it but all my tutorials appear in the background so they don't break the flow of gameplay leading to people just ignoring them! I've got a funny feeling that regardless of how they appear people don't read tutorials anyway.
I'm not sure why I ended up trying to release 2 game at roughly the same time. Switching between the two is proving trick at times but at least Shuggy is pretty much there and just needs integrated with Steam. I'm based in the UK and it seems like summer has just started so sitting inside watching everyone having fun in their gardens really isn't helping things either. Hopefully I'll get the chance to really enjoy the sun once Gateways and Shuggy are out there and the support help dies down.
Well, if you do play Gateways or just try the demo then let me know how you get on!