Update to the game:
- Level editor added. See patheditor.txt for instructions. You can now create and play custom levels and campaigns. You can use the editor only in the full version, but can play levels created in the editor in the trial version provided they only use enemies from the first two campaigns.
- Fifty new example custom levels were created (by RinkuHero and Wynand) using this editor, raising the level total of the game from 100 to 150. These include an eight-level campaign called "Raberata's Challenge" (included with the demo), eleven short three-level campaigns for each of the Points (full version only), and a nine-level campaign called "The Murderer," a side-story written by Wynand. (full version only).
- Circuit Points work very differently now; they can now connect to the mouse cursor as well as to one another, and are significantly stronger and more useful than they were in 1.0.
- Several other Points have had changes and slight tweaks to their power levels; Turning Points were a bit overpowered in 1.0 and have been weakened slightly; Fear Points and Pride Points now fire faster. Strategist Points now do more damage to the defense of a creature than previously, and do a higher percent of damage than they did previously, but they now fire more slowly. There were minor changes to the others as well.
- Background images have been added, changing from a plain black background to a more textured background. If undesirable to those used to the old way, these can be turned off in the .ini file by setting Backgrounds=0 instead of Backgrounds=1.
- There has been a change to how the paths are drawn, which hopefully looks better. It looks better to me, anyway. It is slower, however. If it's too slow for, you can change the method used for drawing the paths back to the old method by pressing the 'N' key during play (press it again to return to the new way). You can also change the method used in the .ini file, by changing OldMethod=0 to OldMethod=1.
- There have been some slightly changes to the special charge attacks of the mouse cursor. Nothing major, but they were tweaked.
- A track of music which was left out of v1.0 due to being unfinished is now in, the game now has a specific final battle music, Winter's Journey. (full version only)
- The mouse cursor now has 'visibility lines' on the sides of the screen, which may help those who tend to lose track of the mouse cursor in the heat of the game.
- Removed encryption on the save file, which may reduce some problems some users have been having with saving their games. If you'd like to keep your old saved game from v1.0, you must convert the safe file. To do that, run the included "ndefense-savefile-v1-to-v1.1.exe" program on your "ndefense" save file.
- Created a message at the end of the demo version of the game which tells player what the full version contains; this can be skipped by pressing escape. (demo only)
- The lifebar graphic on the enemies is slightly larger and more visible.
- Added a few useful hotkeys: space now shows the prices of all the Points, Ctrl now shows their kills. This can be useful for strategic decisions.
- Pressing Shift now speeds up the game temporarily if you hold it down. Note that using the Shift key to speed up the game will only work if your computer can actually handle the game at a faster speed. Changing the path draw method to the old method helps improve the maximum speed that the game can be sped up. On a fairly good computer, the game will speed up to 100 fps (3x the normal frame rate) if you hold down Shift, which can be useful for getting through boring parts of the game quickly.
- It's now easier to "drag" Points from the Point palette at the bottom to their spot without selecting other Point types if you drag over them (even though dragging wasn't intended as a way to place Points). Thanks to Jason Rohrer for that suggestion; he's an independent developer himself -- http://jasonrohrer.n3.net/
- The game now saves at what difficulty level you successfully completed each mission, and shows that data on the stage select screen. The average challenge level is shown during the ending. This can be useful for people who want to try to finish every level at 100% difficulty.
- Several minor bugs fixed, such as the bug where the shields of Nightmares would sometimes not disappear when you killed the Nightmare, and the bug where the final Hellspace level led to a blank level, and the bug where the first few levels were impossible at 100% difficulty. Made the triad flash enemies not become invulnerable unless the shot that damaged them does at least 10% of their maximum HP.
- There are various other minor changes. As an example, I changed the colors on the "debris" objects, making them less saturated, which I think looks nicer. The Panopticon boss is a bit easier, the "star" indicator at the beginning of the level now slows down at curves in a way similar to that of the enemies, etc. -- But these tiny changes would be tedious to document so I'll skip them.
- Added a preview of our next game, Saturated Dreamers. Accessable by clicking "? ? ?" on the title screen.
Let me know if any bugs slipped through in the new version! I've also temporarily lowered the price to $14.95, just as an experiment.