See, I’ve got a bug in the terrain morphing. It looks great, but it kills the frame rate and if you move and morph at the same time the camera goes out of control. I know I can fix it with just a little work.
Plus, if I get some sounds in, the whole game will be SO much better.
So here’s the thing. I’m going to keep my promise.
You can click here to download the current version of Planitia.
But! I will be releasing another version of the demo this weekend that will be greatly improved, so please don’t judge this one too harshly.
W, A, S, D – Move Camera. You can also move the camera by moving to the mouse to the edge of the play window.
Q, E – Orbit Camera
ESC – Quit
On the first GUI Panel, the following buttons work:
Flatten – Flattens out the terrain and raises or lowers it to city-building height.
Stone Rain – Paints “ruined” terrain onto the map.
Lightning Bolt – Click this, then click units to throw them around. Does not do damage and has no associated effect yet.
Bless – Paints “blessed” terrain onto the map.
Volcano – Pulls the terrain into a volcano shape…doesn’t do anything else yet.
Clicking any of these buttons puts you into an associated “mode”. Right-click to go back to selection mode.
None of the other buttons on this panel work yet.
On the second GUI Panel, you can left-click the general button to select your general (no matter where he is). Right-click the general button to zoom to your general. You are the green player and your general has a green cape.
None of the army buttons work yet.
On the third GUI panel…the Quit button works 🙂 It’s probably the best button in the game currently.
So what can I do?
Flatten out the terrain around the villages and watch them grow. The villages won’t grow unless they have enough flat terrain to do so.
Deform the land to your heart’s content with Flatten and Volcano (although as you do so you will see your frame rate drop to crap temporarily).
Move your general around.
Throw units around with Lightning Bolt. I find myself unconsciously trying to keep one in the air as long as possible.
I’m not going to ask for feedback on this demo…though if you have trouble running it I would certainly like to know that.
NOTE: If the game complains that you are missing d3d9_**.dll then you need to update your DirectX.
– rectangle instead of circle might work better as the 3d cursor
– I can command folks to move in the minimap but I can’t move the view from there?
There’s naturally lots of things that are clearly unfinished which I won’t even mention like possibility to walk on water..
No, can’t move the view on the minimap. You’re not really commanding units either…you’re moving them to the point on the terrain behind the minimap 🙂
SEE? SEE? I said it was unfinished!
Yes, drowning is not in yet.
Sigh…so much work.
ah, my bad =)
but yes, it’s surprising how much work a simple small game can be.
Still no Planitia love for me. I get the “This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.” error message.
I can see it it my mind Clark and it’s breathtaking
What hardware are you running on, WonderMellon?
It’s a dell. Older Dual core with ATI video card and a gig of ram. Nothing special, or too low end IMHO.