Zen Island is finally on Google Play, available to everyone with an Android device!
I am going to keep this sweet and short!
You can download Zen Island HERE.
Test it out, and have fun! If you have played Zen Island before, it might have updated on its own, that is if you kept the application. If it looks like the screenshot above, you have the right version!
Afterwards please take your time to answer a quick survey HERE.
Enjoy and have fun =)
Quick note, we are not dead. Sorry for leaving you hanging like we did, but we really tried to focus on creating a pleasant experience for you all, thus focusing 100 % on just improving the game.
A lot has changed. And I do mean a lot! The game took an interesting turn after our alpha testing, and all of you deserve credit for that. Thanks for providing all the awesome feedback you did, and helped us see the light at the end of the tunnel.
We are not done with the game. But we are taking a break over the christmas and new year to spend time with loved ones and family.
We are releasing an open beta early tomorrow! That means that everyone can download the game, so please, if you have any friends you think would like to try out the game, just tell them to download it on Google Play!
We will provide a survey with the game as usual. If you have some spare minutes, the questions really help us develop the product even further, so please take some time to answer the questions in the survey tomorrow!
We want to wish you all a merry christmas, and a happy new year. We will be back in january for the next milestone in our journey towards a finished product!
Adam, Ara, Morgan & Andreas
We know it has been a long time since we blogged, but we have been very busy working on the game but here is a small update on what we have been working on!
So first of all I want to talk about the camera. Since last time we have done a few improvements on it. The entire camera code has been rewritten for a smoother experience. Truth be told, the camera code has been rewritten about 3-4 times now. As the game is in full 3D the need for a smooth camera is very important, one of the reasons of why decided on creating the game in 3D is so that you guys could rotate and move around the camera freely to view your garden in any angles you like. This means that the camera has to be just perfect, and after several tries, we were able to create the best camera movement so far. AND we also added panning to it! This means that you can not just rotate and zoom, but you can move the camera sideways which allows you to get in much better angles to line up your trees and stone formations just the way you like.
Not only did we add improvements to the camera, but we also added a day and night cycle, which you either let run automatically or set manually. With this you can take a beautiful screenshot of your garden at sunrise, midday, sunset or even during the moonlight.
We have read your feedback and we hear you, the whole floating island thing wasn’t to every ones liking, so we have worked hard to create new backgrounds for you, though it has been difficult to create something with the limitations of mobile devices. We don’t want to spoil anything yet, instead we will let it be a surprise for the release which is set to be sometime late december (shhh…don’t tell anyone I told you that!!).
One last thing before I leave you, we have found a sound effects designer who is excited to do some sound effects for us, which is super appreciated as non of us know anything about sound design. So we are super excited to work with him and we will all do our best to really bring your garden to life!
Until next time,
Ara & the dev team