Big Changes to Lair Editing

Posted by – October 31, 2013

 

We have just been working on a big overhaul to the lair editing system which should make editing lairs a lot clearer. We’ve removed most of the restrictions on lair editing so now you can:

Build single width corridors…

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Build rooms within rooms…

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and hopefully have a bit more fun designing your lair.

As another update we’ve changed the camera controls to allow you to adjust the camera pitch (drag the middle mouse button) while playing. The reason for the previously high angle was mostly improved performance (a low angle means rendering many more poly’s which isn’t ideal when you’re working in flash). Instead of limiting it we thought we’d let you guys choose how fast you want the game to run! On top of this we’ve increase the maximum zoom out distance. Check it out.

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Final thoughts….

Posted by – October 29, 2013

Well it’s been 1 week now since beta was released.  I can say I’m mostly done with Evil Genius Online.  I really tried to give it a chance, but I can’t find a reason anymore to open the game.

It’s just a grind when you open the game:

  • Click to get your gold
  • Click to ask other users for resources you can’t get otherwise
  • Assign them to new tasks
  • Send minions to bed or they are useless
  • Only build basic items as anything nice cost diamonds (real money currency)

After doing the above you close the window and wait.  A few hours later rinse and repeat.  What’s the point?  There isn’t anything fun about it that makes me want to come back.  I really wanted to get behind the game and support it if/until an Evil Genius 2.  I’ll keep reporting on the development and watch for a real Evil Genius 2, but I won’t be playing as much unless they go through some major changes.

EGO Build Notes – Closed Beta #004

Posted by – October 29, 2013

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- 161832: [Errors & Warnings] ActionScript error when loading a lair with a Metal Foundry in it
- 161997: [Missions & Objectives] Text on rewards screen for Health & Safety does not make sense
- 161749: [Lair & Environment] Unable to upgrade my Metal Foundry
- 161451: [User Interface] Update the Inbox graphics and align the text within the buttons
- 161988: [Marketplace] Buy button still active and charging you gems in the marketplace after reaching the resource limit
- 162181: [Database] Vending Machines are more powerful than Money Launderer
- 161782: [Text & Localisation] Chemical Shortage – Slight inconsistency between text in mission objectives. Max/ Maximilian
- 162194: [Missions & Objectives] Chemistry Lessons not completing
- 162147: [Text & Localisation] Increased Evil – Full stop required after one of the objectives
- 162150: [Text & Localisation] Raking It In – Question mark required in Penny’s objective dialogue text
- 161938: [Marketplace] Recruitment drives cost more to hire a minion than using the roster ‘plus’ button
- 162069: [Text & Localisation] Certain resource descriptions require full stops at the end
- 162057: [Marketplace] Paint Stripper is not for resale
- 162059: [Server] Crash on attempting to sell x99 paint stripper
- 162203: [Database] Make Keystroke Logger value 1 Gem
- 162180: [Missions & Objectives] The Roulette Wheel opens too late
- 162079: [Gameplay] Using a Pistol to execute a minion raises the player’s exp by 11 Points
- 161915: [Missions & Objectives] Hitting a limit of revival elixirs stops mission progress
- 162125: [Missions & Objectives] Health and Safety contains poor English
- 162116: [Text & Localisation] Eye for Art – “Have a Easter Island Head in your Lair” should be “an Easter”
- 158194: [Audio] Audio QA session to improve quality and feedback to user input
- 161852: [Social Elements] Adding to your syndicate form the community doesn’t always add you to their social bar.
- 160681: [Sign Posted Events] Sign Post Event camera did not focus on my minion who was levelling up

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- 162038: [Database] Early equipment takes too long to build

Evil Genius Online – 20131024_EGO_CB004.00

- 161283: [Functionality] Context error crash on IE
- 161450: [User Interface] Old font being used in the ‘next’ box
- 161452: [User Interface] Update the font used on alert boxes
- 155398: [Edit Mode] Tabbing out of game while placing a prop
- 160179: [Sign Posted Events] Out of world camera when minion levelled up for the first time
- 161662: [Functionality] Item Limit breaks mission system
- 161906: [Camera] Camera shows out of world as a minion levels up
- 159017: [Sign Posted Events] Minion level up to level 2 results in minion level up sing post more than once.
- 161846: [Missions & Objectives] Send and Complete buttons are overlapped for ‘Wake up’
- 158407: [Animation] Completing an assignment before a minion has got to the prop causes their animation to be offset
- 161796: [Minions] Minions will continue to run towards an assigned task after it has been completed by hurrying assignment
- 161758: [Graphics] No reflection of the “On Strike” picket sign on the floor
- 161756: [Graphics] Alpha maps not applied in the reflection of rotating discs on the Data Stealer
- 159566: [Task - Art] Check new minion types for bad weight maps
- 160633: [Task - Code (Client)] Implement encryption of the .swf
- 156712: [Animation] Can we add some audio and lights to the command centre cutscene
- 158058: [Social Elements] Posting a request for a resource on your wall displays a gifting message
- 161469: [Minions] Striking minions are not getting the full amount of obedience from assignments
- 161486: [Gameplay] Minions levelling up should receive an obedience boost
- 161660: [Task - Code (Client)] Log client and server latency
- 161563: [Graphics] Water cooler showing a few texture seams when placing it in your lair
- 161026: [Graphics] Could Rat and Spy Camera Junk get a Reflection?
- 161484: [User Interface] Touch screen – The buy/sell arrows are very hard to hit with touch controls
- 161370: [User Interface] Clicking ‘recruitment drive’ button on the busy minions message results in ‘build more lockers’ message appearing too quickly
- 161557: [User Interface] Don’t Go Slack – Collect 20 pieces of Data for Max – Send button is partially hidden behind the Complete button
- 161463: [User Interface] Update the Photo UI so that the outer box resembles the other windows
- 161357: [Gameplay] Junk spawning shouldn’t happen on AI lairs
- 161457: [Lair & Environment] Assignments are not greyed out on props when your minions are on strike
- 158330: [Gameplay] Build and prop placement is not allowed
- 161392: [User Interface] Parts of the UI remain on screen during a Time Portal

New features on the way

Posted by – October 28, 2013

These are the coming soon features that the team will be working on in the coming weeks; this is just the start:

- Improved and intuitive obedience system
- Improved lair digging system
- Traps and interrogation furniture
- Global Domination
- More expansion space and multiple lairs per user
- Infirmary, Armory and Training rooms all with a selection of furniture
- Starter packs. special offers and seasonal items
- More missions including ones that expire and ones that involve syndicate member cooperation
- Shen Yu and a new Super Agent a selection of Henchmen
- Training up different minion types such as the Mercenary and Scientist
- Leader boards, who is the evilest syndicate member
- More Loot items to show off

More to be announced shortly!

Hot Fix Incoming

Posted by – October 25, 2013

Minions!

Just heard from the dev team, they will be implementing a hot fix for the game shortly. Sadly this means the game will be entering maintenance more for no longer than 1 hour.

Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause :(

Patch notes to follow!

Minion Types

Posted by – October 24, 2013

It appears there are at least 3 tier levels of minions.  You start with yellow, they are the basic.  After doing enough tasks you then get auto leveled up to red dressed minions and finally I just leveled up to a purple tier minion.  I’m not sure how much more effective some are than others, but it keeps saying they are less useless.

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 Has anyone gotten a higher tier minion yet?

Another hour in…

Posted by – October 23, 2013

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Well I haven’t given up as of yet.  It seems there is quite a bit to do, but the build times are screwed.  Every item you construct takes a certain amount of time.  I mean 10+ minutes to build a food bar unless I spend real money to speed it up?  Again not a fan, but I know it’s how these type of games work.  Almost seems as though it would be a grind to build all you want then once you have it all built you would quit the game.  Can’t confirm obviously at this point, but just a hunch.

Will continue on tomorrow.  Again leave your feedback here!

EGO Beta…Initial Thoughts

Posted by – October 23, 2013

So at this point I’ve played the game for approximately 1 hour.  At first it was tough to even understand what to do, but after hovering and clicking through everything I started to follow.

You start with a basic abandoned lair with 3 guys in black suits.  I assumed they were my minions at first, wondered why they were not yellow, but then was told they were agents.  You click on them and click execute and they are auto killed, not by other minions, just out of thin air by a gun.  That’s a little strange to me as the immersion is missing on this part.  After they are dead you spam click on trash and other things in your lair, your minion then runs around vacuuming the messes.

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After that you install a Money Launderer as that’s your source of gold income.  It’s not self sufficient as each time the green icon pops above it as in the image below you have to click so your minion will go harvest the gold out of it.  With that said it looks like you have to have the game open and running to earn gold, but that’s no different than any other game.

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Below is an image of a goal of building your barracks.  They build almost immediately, no tnt required.

 

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Now here is where it show’s it’s Facebook style nature.  As you can see in the image below, the mission takes 15 minutes to run and you do nothing but sit until it’s done unless you speed it up with diamonds that you can purchase with real money.  Not a fan of that.

 

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That’s all for now.  I’m going to continue playing and provide feedback/screenshots.  It seems like a lot of clicking without much strategy.  Even though it’s not what us EG2 fans were hoping for it’s a start.  Now if only it can earn as much as a Farmville type game we may just get our true EG2.

Make sure to leave your feedback here!

Beta is up and running!

Posted by – October 23, 2013

Just confirmed the beta is working now.  For those of you that are having issues (getting the 4or4 page) you have to leave the Facebook group then rejoin.

I’m going to run through it for a bit and report back my findings after I get a feel for the game. Stay tuned!

Beta Invites

Posted by – October 23, 2013

In the event that Rebellion let’s the current beta testers for EGO invite others I thought I would start this thread.

If you would like an invite please post it here.

As I get extra invites to invite others to the beta I will send them out in the order received.