I think I’ve finished development of Dwarf Fortress Remote for iOS for now. Below is the list of things that will most likely be missing from the first release. They may be important for advanced players but anyway I expect there will be bugs and more things I’ve forgotten about, so I will implement remaining features along with bug fixes.
There will be no support for workshop profiles, stockpile-workshop links, hauling side menu, routes creation. Stockpile settings are somewhat incomplete (third level of settings is not available, whatever it is on it). Some other minor things may be missing here and there but they should not affect gameplay that much. Also, embarks larger than 5 embark tiles are not supported, and no creature graphics and multi-level rendering, however these are likely to be fixed in first place.
Now I just need to do more testing and fix some non-gameplay related issues like UI on iPad, proper error messages, automatic check for server updates and so on. Then I will send the application to App Store for review and in the meanwhile will complete work on installation instructions and in-game help (remember, there is/will be short help for each screen, building and other gameplay elements).
Crash reporting feature is broken in Parse.com for a month already according to reports from many people. Status page shows that all services operating fine, engineers are supposedly investigating the problem all this time. Now, how can we be sure that other more critical functionality doesn’t stop working silently one day?
Fact 1. I almost always just skip all free (=with IAP =stupid) games featured on the front page.
Fact 2. Developers whose app for 3-5 yo kids sends push notifications “come play, I’m missing you” are idiots. Of course, any other push notification spam is bad, too.
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