New action game seeking beta testers

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Good morning everybody,
I’ve been working on a new iPhone-iPad game called Westopia and I’m glad to announce that I have finally something to show you!

The game is almost finished but before releasing it in the AppStore, I’ve decided to show it to those of you that want help me to improve the game experience overall.
There are some little issues that have to be corrected, I would like to adjust also the difficulty of the game.

The game has passed already the Apple control and is ready to be downloaded via TestFlight. TestFlight is an Apple App that allows testing the game only by following the instructions from this link:

https://testflight.apple.com/join/hoRi2HrS

The test are available for everybody and are 100% anonymous and don’t have any direct contact with me. Your suggestions can be made via the TestFlight App or emailing me to fruitpot@icloud.com
The idea is to weekly release new test versions with all the improvements that you suggest; and hopefully in a few weeks release the AppStore version.

Thanks in advance for those of you that will test the game, and thank all off you for your patience.
The introduction to the game is the following:
Westopia is the name of a small town in the Old West, where sometimes, the outlaws try to steal from the citizens.
Your goal is to fight the bandits to make them leave the town.
The game is a crossover between a boxing or street fights game and a heroes card game.
On every level you get around six different hero cards, each one with their power, speed, brains and stamina.
Then you fight the group of bandits, the combats are one against one and you have to select an adequate card for each bandit.
Anytime you can tag another fighter, as can the bandits.
No internet connection or login is needed.
This game is 100% accessible with voiceOver.

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Submitted by tunmi13 on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

I'm glad you're back in the loop of things. Downloading this now.

Submitted by Igna Triay on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hi, I'll test it out and give you my feedback

Submitted by alex wallis on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

I have already written in with feedback, its an interesting game but I had no idea what on earth I was doing, biggest thing it needs is a proper structured tutorial to explain game basics. also my x got quite hot when I was playing.

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Thanks to all the testers! That's a summary of the more relevant issues you've found, and I'll try to fix them asap.
1. After finishing the battle the buttons have weird labels.
2. Close buttons on certain dialogs, do not respond to double-taps.
3. A proper tutorial is missing.
4. Inside Tag Team, increase the Skills and add fighters doesn't work with VoiceOver.

Submitted by Ishkabibble on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hello,

I downloaded the beta version a few minutes ago and have some preliminary feedback. This is a great game with good execution, but a few things could be improved:
1. The story-writing could be more polished. I was really confused about Banana Alley and Arnold. I could somewhat understand what was happening at that part (Arnold was getting attacked in Banana Alley and the player has to fight the attackers), but the wording of the narrative was clunky.
2. All game announcements such as the narrative and the welcome message are spoken with the selected Voiceover voice, but at the 50% speech rate. It would be great if the game were not self-voiced so that the story and intro could be read using the preferences selected by the user for the VoiceOver voice.

Thanks for creating another engaging game!

Sincerely,
Maddy

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Really cool once I finally get the hang of it. Really great. Yeah, the close button thing is an issue.
Also, after a fight I find some strange buttons.
Not exactly sure wht I am doing since there is no tutorial.

Submitted by HarmonicaPlayer on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

downloading game asap:)

Submitted by Laura Tosetto on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Downloaded the beta and played a bit with it. Agree on all the comments above. I've encountered all the issues that others mentioned. Also, it seems that the game drains a lot of battery: it took about 20% in, say, 20 minutes of gameplay.
One more thing: I noticed that the game is partly self-voiced, but I found that during fights, it speaks with two different voices. I find this a bit confusing, as I don't understand what the different voices are supposed to mean. Also, I agree that the narrative could just be text that could be read with VoiceOver. Finally, next to the defense-attack slider in the fight screen there is a button which reads "CoachHard" which seems to do nothing when double-tapped... I don't quite understand what it's for. However, this game is interesting and has potential, and thank you for reaching out asking for feedback on accessibility.

Submitted by Maranatà on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hi, thank you very much for creating this game. Please could you add other languages? Perhaps Italian, French, Spanish and German. I ask you this because unfortunately not everyone understands English well and therefore would struggle to fully enjoy the game, adding more languages ​​would make things easier for you. Thank you!

Submitted by Yvonnezed on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Welcome back.

I'm having all the issues above, as well as a lot of crashes flicking through the controls. I'm using an iPad Pro if that matters at all.

Submitted by ming on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

wow! I am glad.
and I will download it soon!

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

5. All voices should be spoken by VoiceOver, in order to be able to change speed.
6. Random but frequent crashes after changing the fighter.
7. High device temperature and battery consumption.
8. Polish the automatic storyteller and sportscaster.

I'll try to fix all this issues for next's week version.
Thank you all for your kind words and your feedback.

The fight scene looks like this: You are facing the bandit (man or woman), who is wearing some kind of mask or a bandana and maybe a hat. The bandit is standing in front of you with his arms in position of defense, with his elbows bended and his fists covering his face, until he throws a punch or slaps or kicks. On the bottom of the screen your closed fists move vertically covering more or less the surface of the screen that represents your body. Your body is only shown when you are hit. When your fighter punches or kicks the bandit, he loses his hat or mask and shows pain gestures.
There are two fighting modes: fighter and coach. In the fighter mode you move a joystick and have to aim at the head of the moving opponent, on the coach mode you are the coach of the fighters. Only this mode is enabled with VoiceOver and it works as follows.
During the fight you should watch two things
1. Your card should have similar values ​​(power, brains, speed and stamina) as your opponent. You can change your cards and tag another fighter.
2. The defend-attack slider works as follows. 0 percent is low attack and big in defense, that means that your fighter has his fists covering his face often and sometimes throws a powerful punch or a punch combination. The 100 percent is big attack and low defense, that means that your fighter is constantly throwing little punches but protects poorly.

Trick, for the moment, until the difficulty is tuned, I think 100 percent attack works better.
If you get some hardware supply you can throw it to the bandit and make it confuse for some seconds and hit him or cause him direct K.O.
The throw hardware button is wrong labeled, but next week many of these problems will be solved and little by little, the game will be 100% accessible and 100% fun. Please have some patience.

Submitted by ming on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

I think the fighter mode also can use some gestures. to play it!
looking forward to play it more!

Submitted by Hannes on Saturday, June 1, 2019

Hi i have played the game it is pretty good I can not wait to see how you improve it.
Regards
Hannes Fouche

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Good news! I’m glad to inform you that the second beta version of westopia is ready to download. Many of the bugs that you have reported should be solved by now. There is also an extensive user manual in the first page taping westopia. The skills and tag team windows should work properly. I’m sure that there will be still some bugs and the difficulty should be tuned to make the game funnier.
As in the first beta version, please report me the bugs in this forum thread or by mail to fruitpot@icloud.com
Thank you all. Have a nice day.
PD: You should find the new version by open te app TestFlight.

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

* App crashes first times saving settings.
* Devices gets still quite warm.
* Supplies fight button doesn’t say correctly purchased items.
* Difficulty of the game has to be tuned.

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

* Fighters purchased in Tag Team do not appear on the fight.
* Sometimes the fighter gets stuck and stops hitting.
* Some items and menus not properly centered.

Submitted by cityhall on Thursday, June 6, 2019

hello, i am playing this game always.
this is time killing game.
anyway, i have a 2 suggestions.
1. upgrading power, stamina etc
in that screen, if i upgrade, phone freeze for a few second.
and sometimes, it crash.
so, can you fix this problem?
2. name change and creating hero card
can you add name change of hero cards?
if you can, please make a namechanging function and i want to know if you can make a hero card creation system?

Sorry I didn't see your post until now.
1.The new version is pending of approval, hopefully all Tag teams bugs are solved.
2.The change of names would be easy and I think it would be a good addition.
Thank you very much.

Submitted by cityhall on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

thanks for the comment.
i am having so fun playing this game. i can't wait new version. wow.

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

This third beta version comes with fewer bugs and two big new additions:
1. When VoiceOver is activated, You will find a detailed description of every fighter inside the Supplies Tag team button and, during the battle, in the tag fighters selector
2. There’s a new combat mode based on gestures. Instructions to use this mode are not in the app for now, that's why I've attached them in the next lines.

Instructions to use te gesture controls mode.
To activate this mode, you should pick it in the Settings, by tapping the control options button.
Once in the fight, you’ll find the top bar buttons, fighter, bandit and menu but there’s no joystick, hit buttons or attacker slider. Only a square in the center of the screen that covers the whole width in iPhones and around two thirds in iPads.
This square detects the following gestures with one finger, long press, tap and drag. Long press moves the fists to defend your fighter, tap prepare for new drag action, dragging gestures punch, kick and throw hardware and make combos.
Imagine the square divided in nine equal keys, like a phone keyboard. 1,2,3 in the upper row, 4,5,6 in the middle and 7,8,9 in the lower. Yo can draw the following gestures:
1. The long press in the upper left columns (1,4,7) moves the left defensive fist, the central both and the right only the right fist. The upper the row the higher the defense.
2. When tapping you can start a new drag gesture and, when VoiceOver is activated, you get the number of the tapped key. The drag actions are experimental, and might change. For the moment you can try te following:
3. Drag 1,4,7,4,1 repeatedly to punch from the left and 3,6,9,6,3 to punch from the right. You can also move horizontally 7,8,9,8,7 to hit repeatedly.
4. Kick gestures are L shaped: 1,4,7,8,9 or 3,6,9,8,7.
5. Throw hardware is G shaped: 1,4,7,8,5.
6. Combination hits or combos are like a inverted C: 2,3,6,5 or 5,6,9,8.
- An effective combination is to move thru the square drawing a U: 1,4,7,8,9,6,3, back and forth.
The difficulty is not calibrated for now and, once you master the gestures, you will find probably easy to destroy your enemies.

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

For some reason the game keeps crashing and I still have no clue how to do anything. But this mode seems awesome. The problem is that I tend to get crashes, especially when dragging.

Submitted by alex wallis on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hi, its great to have a user manual, but the button for this should actually be called user manual not westopia, in fact why not merge this into the help button so there is one user manual option not two different buttons.
next the user manual needs to be properly broken up and made so it can be navigated by VoiceOver, at the moment when the user manual is opened that explains how to play the game its one huge block of text on a single line which makes it very difficult to read or refer to different parts if a player wants to.
I would like to see the option to actually play a practice fight where your sort of given a tour of the different functions of the game where you have like a practice fight, can practice buying stuff for it and using it etc.

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

In reply to by Sasha Stride

Sorry for the crashes, that's always a displeasing surprise, hopefully soon eradicated. I'll try to find why and where they occur. Thanks for your nice words.

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

In reply to by alex wallis

You are completely right on the user manual, next week will be inside the help and I'll try to make it in separated sections for Voiceover navigation. The practice fight is a very good idea but for the final version, i'm still making big changes like this new gestures mode. Thanks for your feedback.

Submitted by Hannes on Thursday, June 13, 2019

Hi i am experiencing the same problem .
regards
Hannes Fouche

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Hello there,
This fourth beta version includes two new features and some improvements.
First new feature is the option to customize your fighters, not just their skills but also their name and clothes. You will find this customization in the tag team section from supplies.
Second new feature is te option to customize your teams, there you can change the names and members of your teams.
There are improvements in the help window, settings and overall the game. Because of this changes, when installing this version, all the progress is reset.

Hopefully next version will finally come with fights between nearby devices. I wanted this to be ready for this week, but it's a tricky feature.
Despite there are not big noticeable changes, below the surface this multi device layer is already there and not finished, please excuse possible new bugs.

As always, send me your feedback to fruitpot@icloud.com.

Have a nice day!

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Saturday, June 29, 2019

Do I need headphones for this?

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Sunday, June 30, 2019

No, you don’t need headphones. Some of the fight effects, sound right or left depending on the position of the fighters but your punches will usually go toward your opponent. Have a nice day.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Monday, July 1, 2019

I'm just coming back to iOs. Is it too late for me to joino? If it is, that's fine, but it never hurts to ask.

Thanks so much.

P.S, it's ben a while since I dealt with test flight, 2 years in fact, so if I stumble, give me a bit of time for me to get back on the bicycle. Lol!

Of course, you are welcome to participate in the beta.
Remember to have test flight app installed first, and then click this link:
https://testflight.apple.com/join/hoRi2HrS
The beta tests are going great, the game is fully operational with some minor bugs.
Although I'm adding some features gradually that sometimes come with new bugs.
Thanks for your interest, have a nice day.

Submitted by Slaughter on Monday, July 1, 2019

Could you Translate this game in German please?

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Monday, July 1, 2019

In reply to by Slaughter

Guten Morgen, probably in the future the game will be translated to more languages, but first, it must be finished ;)

Submitted by Joel on Friday, August 2, 2019

When is the next beta test release? I’m asking because there hasn’t been a release in over a month.

Submitted by Maranatà on Friday, August 2, 2019

Hello! Truly a very nice game, thanks for everything! I would however have a suggestion regarding the combat mode. Instead of drawn gestures, what do you think of creating gestures like in A blind legend? In this way it would be enough to use simple movements with a finger to the right, left, back and forth. However, even the mode of gestures you have created is just fine, but I think that a mode like in A blind legend might be easier to manage.

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Friday, August 2, 2019

You are right, I haven’t upload the latest improvements: fights between nearby devices, improved customization and tuned difficulty. That’s basically because after this additions, I’ve played the game and I think it needs changes regarding the the importance of the cards value in the fight. I have some improvements in mind that I want to add before the next update, that should be ready before the end of this month. Thanks for your patience and your support.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Saturday, August 3, 2019

Hello. I just got a new iphone. Do I need to resign up for the beta or can I still test?

Take care and thanks.

I also reported some crashes earlier, How are those coming along in beeing fixedz

Take care and be blessed.

Submitted by alex wallis on Saturday, August 3, 2019

testflight should be able to remember what your signed up for, in fact the game won't reinstall over icloud, you will have to get it to do it through testflight, I think you will have to sign in but not sure on that but once you have installed testflight it should remember what your testing.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Saturday, August 3, 2019

yep, I was able to test. in fact I'll be uploading my diag files from this phone later as the game I believe was able to crash.

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Good news!
Westopia is been renamed to "Smash the Gangs" and is ready to download on the App Store.
The game is 100% accessible by VoiceOver and should provide many hours of fun.
I would appreciate it if any of you publishes a new entry on the AppleVis App Directory to spread the word. There, I could follow the posts and answer questions and suggestions. Thanks a lot.

https://apps.apple.com/app/id1480406018

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

I am in Sweden and cannot find it.

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

I saw the link. I missed out of that.

Submitted by Eduardo FruitPot on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

In reply to by Sasha Stride

The game was released only a couple hours ago and I’m not sure if it has arrived everywhere. I cannot find it by searching by the name, only with the link. Good luck.

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

I found it when following the link. I am downloading it now. I was a beta tester and loved what I saw. I will create an entry in a bit.

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

After playing around with it I decided to create an entry. It is a really cool game.