ZaciSa’s Last Stand is now officially 1 year old! It launched exactly 1 year ago on this date, July 3rd 2014. It has been an incredible year. Every single week of that year has been an excellent learning experience and I have learned a lot. With the 2nd patch now officially out and with a big positive reaction to it, I am looking forward to another exciting year!
Though there are no numbers associated with this chart, you can clearly get a good glimpse of how the downloads went at different points in time. Launch week was very packed with my game being 1 of 6 indie games. 2 of which were high profile games. Not to mention a big VC game as well. So as you can see, launch sales were rather lower then what I was expecting. Competition when you are unknown can be tough.
I also learned that Wii U eShop owners really love sales, and as you can see each sale gave the downloads a big spike. I also learned that the total number of game sales going on at one time will influence mine. For example, the 3rd sale (Thanksgiving till New Years) had many games on sale and resulted in fewer sales overall due to competition. On the opposite of this was the 4th sale (2 weeks mid Feb) which was the 1st $0.69 sale that got huge coverage and downloads, thanks a little due to fewer sales. The last and current sale, the 7th sale at $1.19, was during E3 and the craziness of that. During that time, there was at one point over 65 games on sale on the North American Wii U eShop. This resulted in a very crowded marketplace with little room to stand out. If you look closely at the very last week, you will see sales went up due to fewer sales.
Overall, I am quite happy with my game’s sales. It has been a very exciting ride and am looking forward to releasing even more games!
Now that ZaciSa’s Last Stand new patch and content is finally out in North America, the game’s regular sale price of $1.99 will be increasing to $3.99 to reflect all the new content and addition to the game. This new price will go live on July 30th, a little over 4 weeks from now. I have mentioned my interest in raising the price of the game occasionally for the last few months as well, but wanted to make this post official for all to see. So if you are currently interested in the game, you still have plenty of time to get in on the current cheap price before it increases.
Along with this new price change, I also plan to do fewer sales for ZaciSa’s Last Stand and other future games. Looking back over the last year, I ended up doing a sale essentially for 45% of the year. While this did lead to more sales and being noticed more often, I feel that in the long term this ended up hurting the game’s value overall. So I now plan to do only do occasional sales. For ZaciSa’s Last Stand in North America, I don’t plan to do another sale until at least late this year.
I am currently working on a new small patch for the North American version of the game that will fix minor bugs and other issues. This new patch will not add anything new, but will improve on the game. For example, the gameplay will be even smoother, even the more hectic scenes will become very stable and smooth. Another thing that has been changed is game balance. A few maps like PING 1.5+ and BLOK DROP U have their starting money increased. The Tesla Coil bot also has been slightly adjusted to make it a little more powerful. Bot upgrade costs has also been slightly altered so that later level upgrades will now cost less, allowing for higher level upgrades. Game over scores have also been changed too, the money you have left over no longer influences your score as much, and is capped off at a certain big number. For example, if you had $1 billion left over, it would only add to your final score the same as having $100 million left over. Bank Loans also no longer penalize you as much and are more lenient in game over. Both of these game over changes have been made to allow for more even and fair scores overall. This patch should be submitted to Nintendo within the next few weeks and should be expected for a late July or early August launch.
Even though I am now hard at work on my next big game, I am still planning a big patch for the end of the year for ZaciSa’s Last Stand in all regions. This new patch will feature a bunch of brand new maps, including a few new indie cross-over maps. It is possible this patch might include new bots and enemies, but so far the only thing I am sure about is that the patch will add new map and other changes. One new thing that will be added, is a new area called Challenges. This new area will take certain maps and give you a specific challenge to fulfill. For example, one such challenge might be to achieve a score of 100,000 on the map Space Station 001 by only using 3 Drones. Another new change will likely be the introduction of DLC for paid maps. These DLC maps will be an addition to the already planned free maps I will be working on. Each DLC map will be planned as big maps that are worth your time. Some DLC maps will actually introduce a new type of maps that I plan to call Big Maps. These will be more complex larger maps then what you are used to now. These large maps will require you to use more strategy and planning to stay alive. Price and details of these potential DLC maps will be announced at a later date.
To celebrate ZaciSa’s Last Stands brand new patch that not only improved the game in various ways but added a lot of new content to the game. I am now going to do a brand new eShop contest for the game! To make this a special event, there will be 4 winners! Each unique winner will receive a $20 eShop card code to be used on the Nintendo Wii U eShop.
How do you enter and win? Between now (June 20th 2015) and end of Saturday, July 11th 2015 (11:59:59 ET) play any of the current 12 maps listed below on Insanity Mode only and try to reach one of the four score goals without actually hitting it. Once you reach the Gameover screen, use the “Post to Miiverse” button to post your result to Miiverse. By doing so, this will show what map, mode and score you achieved.
What are the Scores you need to aim for? -250 thousand, 1.5 million, 25 million and 150 million. Yes, that 1st one is a negative number. Using the “Loan Bank” feature and not paying off the loan before gameover will result in points taken off, so use this to try to aim for that number! You will need to use wisdom to determine when it’s best to end the game early. Don’t forget the money you have left over does give you points! One last important info: Reach the exact score does not count. Meaning if you reach 1.5 million exactly, that score will be disqualified and you will have to try again. Only scores that are within 25% of the goal will qualify.
You may enter any of the different Score Goals as you wish and as often as you want to. Only your best scores will be counted, so feel free to enter as many times as you feel fit. Each Score Goal is limited to 1 unique winner. So you can only win 1 of the contests.
Mode: Insanity Mode Eligible maps: All 12 Maps are allowed! Scores To Aim For: -250,000 | 1,500,000 | 25,000,000 | 150,000,000. Time Frame: 6/20/2015 – 7/11/2015 Award: $20 eShop Card (4 Possible Unique Winners) Open To: United States & Canada users How to Enter: Use “Post to Miiverse” on Gameover screen to post your score.
After nearly 8 months in development, the new 1.2 patch for ZaciSa’s Last Stand on the Nintendo Wii U eShop is finally approved! Featuring a lot of new content as well as major improvement to the game, this update brings about a whole new feel for the game. Not only have I spent a lot of time to help ensure all these extra content is welcomed, but also spent time going over the code line by line to make the game improved, faster and better for all to enjoy. This patch will release for everyone in North America on June 11th, 2015!
To mark the importance of this big patch, I am putting the game on sale for 40% off at $1.19 starting on the same date, June 11th, 2015. This special sale will last 4 weeks and will all mark the game’s one year anniversary as well.
This giant patch includes:
60 FPS Gameplay and other major game improvements.
GAF – Fun extra map. Be sure to upgrade to GAF GOLD!
Pollux System – Defend your outpost station orbiting the Pollux Star. Watch out for those solar flares!
New Game Mode: Insanity Mode
Focusing the game on speed and the chaos it brings,the mode starts out with faster enemies and more enemies to keep up with. Designed with chaos in mind, each level features a random Special Event that can either help you or harm you. This Special Event can help you, such as enemies for that level having reduced health or enemies giving you double the money or score points. Or, this can possibly sink you with enemies moving at much faster speeds or the dreaded Double or Triple Enemy Spawns to overwhelm you. How lucky are you?
All maps will now have Online Leaderboards for each of the following Modes: Hard, Insanity & Endurance.
Can you crack the top 100?
Top Five Average!
Another new Online Leaderboard feature is the Top Five Average! This new ranked feature will take your top 5 Online Scores in each of the eligible modes (Hard, Insanity & Endurance), combine them and average them to get your new score. This combined score will be ranked among others in each of the modes mentioned. Allowing for a new way to face off against your friends and strangers across the world!
Want to show off your brand new score on any of the maps? Use the new Mivierse Post button to post to Miiverse! Will automatically attack a screenshot of your game’s map last second before total destruction to show off your strategy.
New Weapon Bot: Tesla Coil Bot
Brand new high level bot that zaps at enemies quickly and forms chains to reach enemies well beyond its range. As you increase its chain ability, this will become a very powerful new weapon to unleash on your enemies.
2 New Enemies
Not to be outdone, the enemy has some brand new tricks up it’s sleeves. These brand new enemies are featured later in the game to help ensure their universal dominance.
Spe’d Bug: A fast little ship that does little damage but is capable at moving fast and is a pro at cutting through your defenses like butter.
The Destroyer 2.0: The mothership. Even though it’s very slow, its capable of doing a lot of damage to your bases. Better watch out, as it will spawn brand new enemies to distract you.
5X Game Speed
Want to watch each level fly by? Well, now you can. This will allow you to reach higher levels even quicker then before. Due to the chaos in Insanity Mode, 5X Game Speed is omitted however.
GulAtiCa Bank Loans
Need a little extra pick-me-up? GulAtiCa’s Services are here to help! For a small service charge of course. Take out a new loan to help fight off those nasty evildoers. While a loan is active, rewarded money & score from enemies is reduced until the loan is paid off. Once the loan is paid off automatically or manually in advance, things will return to normal. Better pay off that loan before gameover though!
Other various game improvements and changes.
You can view a brand new trailer for the game below:
Thanks to our awesome graphics artist, it is now time to reveal our brand new Nintendo Wii U title, ZaciSa’s Last Hand™.
In this thrilling sequel, ZaciSa has decided to give up his days as a space ace and instead play Texas Hold’Em with his former enemies. However, he has bet everything he owns, and is now down to his Last Hand™. It’s up to you to help him win back all his stuff. As a ZaciSa game, we knew players would expect some tower defense elements, so we didn’t put any in. Also, as far as I know this game will be the FIRST to support multiple Wii U GamePads. In order to accurately simulate poker, you must hold two GamePads in your hand at all times, each of which will have a card on it. Note that in multiplayer, you will require two additional GamePads for each person.
I hope you all look forward to playing it when it arrives exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on 6/31/15.