On Sale Now

Discussion of the life-sim game 'Kudos 2'. What did you achieve in your ten years?
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On Sale Now

Postby cliffski » Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:00 am

Kudos 2 is finally released! here is the official announcement thingy:

http://positech.co.uk/cliffsblog/?p=115

At last, it’s all done and dusted and the game is ON SALE! This is the first game I’ve released since doing the whole ‘talking to pirates‘ thing. It’s also the best game I’ve ever made, and the one that’s taken the longest, cost the most and involved the most effort to get it the way I want. I’m really extremely proud of the way it has turned out.

All I need now is for people to like it, and buy it, so I can pay the bills! There is (of course) a free demo if you aren’t sure if it’s your kind of game. here is the demo link:

http://www.positech.co.uk/kudos2/demo.html

Here is the website with screenshots etc:

http://www.positech.co.uk/kudos2

The game is set at $19.95 which is a price that’s just low enough that it makes me panicky and Fidgety. I’m hoping that all the feedback I got about the price of games actually makes sense and that more people buy a $19.95 game than would buy a $29.99 one. (and a big enough difference as to end up making more overall). If not, I’m kind of screwed :D I also made the demo more than twice the length of the original games demo, because that was another, possibly fair criticism aimed at modern games.

Obviously there is no DRM on the game, you just download it, install it, run it and have fun. Any feedback on the games purchase process is much needed, as are any bug report because this is day one, and let’s be honest, there is bound to be something that I’ve forgotten due to extreme tiredness, stress and tunnel vision.

Now go try the demo!

Edit: If you could digg this (http://digg.com/pc_games/Kudos_2_On_Sale_NOW) It would really help get the word out, as I’m just an invisible indie game developer unless people get to hear about it. Much appreciated.
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Re: On Sale Now

Postby Count_Strangle » Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:54 pm

Just bought it direct from the site and downloading now!
Didn't need the demo, I already know it's gonna be good! :)

Thanks Cliffski!
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Re: On Sale Now

Postby jordi » Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:51 pm

Congratulations on the release Cliff!

Just finished playing through the demo, so I bought it.
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Re: On Sale Now

Postby Eddy » Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:19 pm

Played the demo and bought it on the spot. Looking very good. Can't wait to see all the goodies in it.
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Re: On Sale Now

Postby Kadayi » Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:23 pm

Good job. I tried the demo first as recommended and that worked fine and dandy (Vista 64) so just bought it (download did fail a couple of times, guess your taking some hits) . Have to say the game looks and feels very polished. The comic book style and font work exceptionally well together (more of this would be no bad thing). Well done, huge success I hope, and enjoy the beer money ;)

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Re: On Sale Now

Postby Count_Strangle » Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:39 pm

Been playing almost solid for the past couple of hours. Great work! It was just what I was hoping for! :)
I'm already looking through the data files to plan my own mod, but it does look a little more complicated than K1.
I remember you said in your blog a day or two ago about possibly doing mod tools or improving mod support with a patch, but don't rush with it. Enjoy a good long rest. You've definitely deserved it!
... oh! and enjoy the extra cash! :)
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Postby cliffski » Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:41 pm

It has more modding potential because a lot more of the game is controlled by scripts. Although ironically the only known crash bug right now is also a script related one. ho hum :D
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Re: On Sale Now

Postby Food » Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:37 am

Bought it today, and so far I'm likin' it a lot! More detail in just about everything, same good fun!

Props all around!
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Re: On Sale Now

Postby SomeGuyInABikini » Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:57 am

I just bought Kudos 2 after just recently squeezing the remaining life out of Kudos 1.

If I knew K2 was being released today I would've taken the day off! I mean, those blind peasant folk and homeless orphans can be helped tomorrow, right? :D

One thought though: from a K1 player, I couldn't find much information on why I should buy K2 (at least on the official K2 page). Perhaps listing off the differences (xx new jobs/activities/skills/items, improved GUI by adjusting xx, FANCY CHARTS) would help some of those fence-sitter K1 owners to buy it.

Wayno, as apolitical ever

P.S. BIG thanks for the DRM-free game. I've actively avoided buying great games like Mass Effect purely on DRM grounds. Also, thanks for the $19.95; it's RIGHT on my impulse-purchase-no-real-questions-asked borderline.
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Re: On Sale Now

Postby Food » Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:24 am

I just noticed that Kudos 2 keeps my favorite sound effect.

YOO-BAR-AAAAGGGHHH!!!!...whish, whish.....whish!

I love it! :D
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Re: On Sale Now

Postby UNIVAC » Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:19 am

Count_Strangle wrote:Just bought it direct from the site and downloading now!
Didn't need the demo, I already know it's gonna be good! :)


I did the same thing and wasn't proved wrong. Played for an hour or so before dinner and had great fun. The new art alone is worth the $20 upgrade over K1. I feel less creeped out by other characters now and am more prone to socialise. I'm kind of hoping the changes in K2 will spread to the Rock Legend sequel (*gently nudges Cliffski's ribs*)

No DRM, no third-party-loader nonsense - pure game. A bloody triumph of independent game development.
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Re: On Sale Now

Postby Eddy » Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:42 pm

SomeGuyInABikini wrote:
P.S. BIG thanks for the DRM-free game. I've actively avoided buying great games like Mass Effect purely on DRM grounds. Also, thanks for the $19.95; it's RIGHT on my impulse-purchase-no-real-questions-asked borderline.



Agreed. I go to bigfishgames.com for casual games because they are nice and cheap but after a couple of new hard drives, a crash or two, and a computer upgrade I discovered the joy of DRM. I bought the game but I ran out of reinstallations? Oh hell no! This really infuriates me. Why is it that I can use a game CD I purchased ten years ago to reinstall a favorite but I can't install a game I bought a year ago? The fact that DRM is not a part of the game makes me want to buy it just so I can support producers who expect me to act like an adult and behave the way an adult should. I recognize the work that goes into a product like this so I respect the developer.
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Re: On Sale Now

Postby ThijssjihT » Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:24 pm

I'm from holland, and don't speak English fluently, but I hope I can make myself clear:

I bought Kudos and Kudos Rock ledgend, and enjoyed those games, so I waited long for this release. Unfortunately, it's not yet available for mac. Is there a possibility to buy Kudos 2 for the PC, and exchange it for the mac version when it's ready?
I hope so, becouse the FAQ says: "We don't treat our customers like criminals, or make it difficult to play the game. You can install it on your home and your work PC if you like." and "Please buy the game if you like it, and help support customer-friendly indie games companies :D". I think I proved to be willing to support by buying 2 games for my mac. Still I don't expect such exeptional service, but trying can never hurt...
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Re: On Sale Now

Postby cliffski » Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:31 pm

Hi, you could do that, there is intended to be a mac port, which is under development now, but I hesitate to recommend anything until the port is actually done, because I hate making promises about stuff outside my control.
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Re: On Sale Now

Postby jimrad1 » Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:37 pm

Awesome! Having bought a ton of games the other month, Im in for this one. I really enjoyed them all and sending word out to friends. Keep up the great titles, I dont normally bookmark a game company but I have yours handy all the time along with Stardock.

P.S. Thanks again for your DRM policy, it keeps me coming back now let me place my order and get going.


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