Category Archives: DSP

Defense Station Touchable Released!!!

Today I am proud to announce that Defense Station Touchable has hit the iTunes store!

Defense Station Touchable is the iPhone/iPod version of Defense Station Portable (PSP Homebrew).

Now containing 5 maps, each with 50 waves of enemies for a super happy fun time!

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Head over to the all new Ironshod Websiteย for details! Or jump straight onto iTunes and buy it now!

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The PSP version should be released in the next week or 2, so keep an eye out ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are a level designer, then go to theย Ironshod Websiteย and get the PC version to start developing and testing your levels for the DSP release. Contact me with any questions you may have.

DSP (not) Release Announcement

As you’ve obviously seen, DSP isn’t out yet and it is past the 1st of May.
Well I admit, I sort of fibbed a bit when I said it was going to be out on the 1st. The 1st was actually the date that DST had to be finished.

DST is Defense Station Touchable, DSP for the iPhone!

Wooooooooo!

On the 1st of May DST was submitted to the App Store and is currently awaiting approval for release ๐Ÿ™‚

The PSP version needs some more work before it can be released. The main menu needs updating and the Achievements system needs linking in.
I’m not sure how many of the Maps I’ll bring over to PSP, probably not the 5 that will be released with the iPhone version, but definitely more than the 1 of previous versions.
There will most likely be some memory issues to deal with, but I’ll find out when I have a look at how it runs.
I’ll be testing aga

More detail will come later this week as I work on getting the PSP version up to scratch.

PS: Sorry I didn’t post this earlier, I drafted it and forgot to publish >_<

DSP Update – March 24th

Seriously late update here….. Anyways >_>

The menu is now mostly implemented, it shows the level name and description as well as the level image.

I’ve fixed up all the issues I’ve encountered related to the new font being slightly wider, text wasn’t fitting on some buttons, tower upgrade menu was a total mess.

Pathfind now looks more natural: enemies will continue travelling in the same direction so long as it is the most efficient path.

Begin work on end game handling (What to do when you win/lose)

I also have a firm final date for the new release… So the next DSP will be out BEFORE 1st of May.

I’ll have some more awesome things to announce over the next while as I get nearer release ๐Ÿ™‚

Next weeks todos:

Finish end game handling: high score entering and recording, show high scores on main menu.

DSP Update – March 2nd

During the week I pretty much finished off save/load. Currently pathfind enemies don’t load correctly, I still need to fix it. everything else loads perfectly! ๐Ÿ™‚

During the weekend Surreal came over and we integrated most of the new menu:

This required updating the fonts, and as the existing font system was…. unweildy, surreal forced me to rewrite it to use freetype. So now plugging in new sexy fonts is easy as!!!

Surreal provided a new font, so I plugged it in. Then as the new font system takes coordinates to draw at differently, I had to update everywhere text was rendered… zzz….

Anyway, an example:

Next week will be finishing the menu, fixing save/load for pathfind enemies, code cleanup of the new font system, perhaps some minor improvements to the pathfind system, end game handling and more….

Edit: Crossing out items I’ve now done.

DSP Update – 23rd February

An update on time-ish for once!

This week I drafted aย  main menu for the mouse UI, then Surreal created something that looks incredibly sexy based on my requirements. I haven’t integrated this yet, hopefully during the next week.

Instead, I implemented Save/Load. So when you have to quickly power off your PSP or quit your game, you can resume right where you left off!

This isn’t yet complete, currently Shots don’t save, but I’m part way through implementing it, so I should finish it tomorrow.

No screenshots this week, as Save/Load doesn’t make for an interesting screenshot…

DSP Update – 15th February

Got a bit more done on DSP this week, it finally cooled down enough that I could sit in front of my computer comfortably!

The PSP interface is now as functional as the mouse interface. It reuses all of the same interface components with some minor changes. Shown here is the tower upgrade menu. It looks relatively the same, but has the addition of the selector thing to the left to show you how to control it.

What is left on the todo list… hhhmmmm…..

  • Level select menu.
  • End game handling (What to do when you win or lose)
  • Minor balancing of River TD.
  • Create a path find level.

I’ve drawn some drafts for the menus, will go through them and create something this week hopefully ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m still hopeful of a February release, but it looks like it will probably slip to early March.
When I get the engine complete I’ll release a test level for level developers to pull apart and get cracking on their own levels ๐Ÿ™‚ This should be a week or 2 before the release.

DSP Update – 13th February

Wow, this weeks update is even later than the last!

Anyways, I’ve been updating the PSP interface to look like the mouse one:

The bottom menu disappears when it is not open. I have to still add the popup menu and an indicator for fast forward, will be doing these next.

I’ve got quite a bit done in the short amounts of time I’ve had, hopefully I’ll get more time soon >_<

DSP Update – 3rd February

Sigh, another late update.

Have been working on making the UI components generic enough they can be used for the mouse and gamepad UIs. This has taken longer than I hoped as I haven’t been able to sit down and work on DSP as much as I planned.

Hopefully I’ll have more time next weekend…

DSP Update – 27th January

Woops, forgot to write an update yesterday!

This week I’ve…. uh….. been playing Diablo 2… lol.

But in actual DSP news, I’ve fixed up the gamepad (PSP) interface so it builds again. I plan to spend the next week bringing its usability in line with the Mouse version.

DSP R312

DSP R312

No visible changes, the laser tower gets the wrong icon… Something else that needs fixing!

Next weeks update will be much more exciting hopefully ๐Ÿ™‚