Mysterious Castle has reached v1.8! Along the way stupid mistakes were made, insights discovered, and epic battles waged. In this version I've finally updated the Windows version, although music is still a TODO. The list of changes is really darn long, so I'll just point out some of the more obvious improvements.
CHANGELOG wrote: Totally new world generation algorithms. Forests and caves are now more mazelike and intertwined, with hidden glades only accessible through caves. Towns are layed out differently.
The world generation algorithm has changed since the last version, a lot. The world is filled with hidden caves and glades. Caves are no longer just dead ends, but rather important passageways between areas.
CHANGELOG wrote: Reduced base armor class by 2, everything is now a fair bit easier to hit, including your party members.
No one likes to miss over and over again, why drag out a battle? Fights are a little more fast paced now.
CHANGELOG wrote: New attack type 'power strike', takes a full round and gives a bonus to attack and damage.
The holy grail of a tactics game is deep and interesting... tactics! This new tactical choice allows you to plant your feet firmly on the ground and deliver one good smash to an opponent.
CHANGELOG wrote: New monster types, including angels, elementals, and gryphons. New monsters, orc champion, orc lord, and ettin.
Who doesn't like more variety? Ok, so variety for the sake of variety is not always good, but I needed to balance out the difficulty after adding some awesome weapon powers. For those of you who've played previous versions: Angels are the new Demons, when you see one... RUN!
CHANGELOG wrote: Some creatures carry a little loot, which allows for... You can now pick pocket creatures that you're friendly with (town guards) and monsters that haven't noticed you (when you're sneaking).
First off, let me admit that this is not the most useful ability in the game... yet. It's just baby steps towards making a more well rounded RPG like experience. I've been playing a human singleton (no party mates) who's managed to do some stealthy stealing and it's pretty fun.
CHANGELOG wrote: Implemented dynamic framerate adjustment for much improved heat generation and battery usage.
iOS players will appreciate this. I think I can guestimate that energy efficiency has approximately doubled on my iPod 4G.