Back in february we posted the first picture of Icy Tower Classic. For us here at FLD it feels like in a way we are coming full circle with this release. The response we have gotten on bringing the classic game that started the Icy Tower saga to the latest mobile devices also proves that a good game is still a good game, even long after it’s release.
And the release date? Well, not quite yet, but very soon …
And finally, we can announce that exciting things are going to happen to Icy Tower 2 in the near future as well, but we are not going to say anything else about that until we have landed Icy Tower Classic in a device near you!
A lot of you have been asking about why we always work on the iOS version of Icy Tower 2 first, and the answer is pretty simple. There is a review time on the iOS App Store and not on Google Play. So even if we test and submit the iOS version before working on the Android version, the Android version will still be available before the iOS version. The purpose of this post is to give you a little insight into what is actually going on in this process.
Icy Tower 2 is developed using Unity and we compile both the Android and iOS versions from the same project.
Even though the game was released for iOS in november and for Android in december, it is still being updated with new and changed features, and of course once in a while a bug is discovered that needs to be fixed.
Our developers Peter and Patrik emulate handheld devices in Unity on their desktop computers. When a satisfactory new version have been reached in Unity, they build a new version of the app for iOS, this version is tested against a testing protocol and in case bugs are found or features are not working as expected a new version is built and the testing protocol is run through again. When the iOS version is working as expected it is submitted to the App Store and they then move on to building the app for Android and another run of tests is completed before it is submitted to Google Play.
Starting today you can follow @PlayDarkNebula on Twitter, tweets from our lead developer and the Free Lunch Design social media team.
Next up is Dark Nebula Episode 2 for Android devices. The release date is not yet set, but it will be sometime this spring.
To celebrate that we are nearing release of Ep 2 on Android, we will be giving away Ep 1 for iOS on the 30th of January, and Ep 1 for Android will be cut to the lowest price possible (unfortunately Google Play does not allow us to make an app free for a limited time) the price depends on your region, for example $0.99 in the US and €0.50 in the Euro Zone.
We are getting a lot of requests for Episode 3 and we would surely like to make it. However there are some things that must be clarified. Free Lunch Design acquired Dark Nebula from 1337 Games in the beginning of 2012. Before we took over, 1337 Games made a statement that Dark Nebula Episode 3 was planned. Since we took over the game series, we chose to focus on developing both Episode 1 and 2 for Android, rather than going directly for Episode 3 on iOS.
We are also getting a lot of requests for an updated version of Ep.1 & Ep. 2 for iOS with support for the bigger screen on iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5th generation and this is another thing that we are currently talking about internally.
However, that being said, we hear a lot of our fans asking for Episode 3 and we would really like to make it in the future, but currently all our efforts are being out into bringing Episode 2 to Android.
Icy Tower 2 reached the magic one millionth Android user in less than one month from release. It also has an average rating of spanking 4,5 stars out of 5. That makes us happy… no thrilled! In fact, we are dancing in joy.
If you haven’t tried it already, download it now and see if it’s a hype or the real deal! Get Icy Tower 2 for Android right here!
Oh yes! Christmas comes early for Android users – Icy Tower 2 is now out on Google Play! It has all the features of the iOS version and is of course 100% free. Tell your friends and start jumping!
Get the game right now: Icy Tower 2 on Google Play
We’ve heard a lot of requests for an Android version of Icy Tower 2 and we have listened! All you Android users out there will get an early Christmas treat this year. The game will have all the features from the iOS version and it will be free. Oh yeah!
Follow us on Twitter for all details, like for instance, when the game is released!