About the Game
Kingdom Commander is a turn based multi-player strategy game planned for release on PC, Mac, and mobile devices.
Kingdom Commander pits you against your friends in skill shot strategic turn based combat. Battle against rival kindgoms, destroying everything in your path with an arsenal of cannonballs, magic spells, and so much more. Hone your skills, perfect your strategies, and with a pinch of luck, you can command it all.Why should I care?
Heavily influenced by a cult classic, Moonbase Commander, considered to be "the best game no one played". We saw hope in bringing back this style of game and infusing it with modern sensibilities, tech, and great new features to really help revitalize this facet of a genre that has been sorely neglected in recent years.
Many over the years, including Tycho, have praised Moonbase's unique combat style and we hope to create what we deem the true Spiritual Successor.penny-arcade.com/2002/06/10penny-arcade.com/2005/11/28Who is making this?
Kingdom Commander is being developed by 3 veteran developers calling themselves Old Owl Games. We worked on a number of great titles including Titan Quest, Titan Quest: Immortal Throne, Dawn of War: SoulStorm, Rockband 2 as well as indie titles Natural Selection2, Overgrowth, and Grim Dawn. We have worked on Kingdom Commander for close to a year and are ready to get some feedback from fans and newcomers.Can I play this now?
The game is still in early pre-alpha stage but definitely playable. Currently, we're hosting these early builds at http://www.kingdomcommander.com
. We still have a number of features we want to add to the game but if we don’t have the core working all the new features in the world won’t matter. We only ask you sign up on our forums and let us know how it goes! Better yet we’d love to see live streams or video of you playing with your friends.
Old Owl Games
Pre-Alpha Ver. 0.3.3.0
Try the Pre-Alpha right now!
So what's in this build!?
We have a large set of updates for the latest build of Kingdom Commander.The focus of this build was to pump up the visuals. All the FX have had an overhaul with new explosions, animations, ground decals, new sounds, and a new music track. Another large feature was weather. The player can now pick and choose the type of weather (rain, snow, etc) they want in the game and the amount. The UI is still in progress but we're reworking menus and layout. Finally, with game play we've added the much requested timers to the turn base mechanic, as well as player requested tweaks.In the coming days, we'll be posting our road map for the development of Kingdom Commander. As we'll be diving into AI and exciting new features.
Thanks again for your support!
Old Owl Team
0.3.3.0 Build List:
[Change] Modify some effects.
[Fix] Networking issue in Medium_02
[Add] Timer for player turn.
[Fix] The cord blink toward to the hub.
[Add] Weather setting.
[Add] Popup, "Your Turn" message
[Add] First pass on new sounds and new combat music demo.
[Add] Improved effects, decals to explosions
[Add] Range indicator for anti-air
Steam Community Group:
I will try this out when I get home tonight and give more feedback.
So far, this is fun! I am also terrible at it. But the only person that knows that is me.
And I guess you guys, too
That's great! The green button is hypnotizing isn't it?? We're keeping it browser based for now as we push frequent updates to the build. We also find the browser version is much easier for newcomers to try the game without a lengthy install.
If you like we'd love to hear what you and your co-workers think of the game on our forums.
My first thought is that I love the concept, though I wonder if it wouldn't be more fun and tense with timed turns. Perhaps as a "tournament mode"? I think timed turns, perhaps with times based on how long the game has gone on (adjusting upward, as people get more and more things they need to do per turn) would add a really nice sense of tension to the game.
The only complaint I have, if you want to call it that, is that I feel like the mouse interaction with the aim circle is odd. I know what you were going for (the aim circle rotates around the axis of the mouse as it moves), but I find myself wanting to place the mouse on the screen where I wanted the pointer to go. Perhaps this could be added as an alternate input mode, because I feel you're going to find players who are veteran gamers are going to want that sort of input. It's much more precise in a game where skill shotting matters. That said, it's also easier to aim and perhaps that's why you left it out. My counter argument to that would be that if people wanted to line up perfect skill shots anyway, they could just use a ruler or piece of tape on the screen. Extreme, but people do crazy things to win games. I think the addition of the power meter also offsets the advantage of click-to-aim wold give. At any rate, something to think about.
Overall, great job so far, and I'll be keeping an eye on this.
I had issues with the rotation system too. Felt...unnatural. But I loved the concept and the game has potential.
Gnometank: You want the ability to click on the circle and where you click the arrow will line up. Right?
Prime: Can you explain how this felt unnatural?
TheRoadVirus: So you were unable to get the game to load? Or unable to create a game from the lobby? If you can't find someone online to play with, you'll need to try "HotSeat" mode as that allows you to play locally against yourself. I'd recommend finding a co-worker to play against during your lunch hour;)
(I just tried it now at home, and it works fine. There go my plans for a lunch hour showdown! Maybe I can still figure something out...)
Also, @Parnell, if you want to get someone's attention, simply put the @ and then their name (use quotes around names with spaces in them, like @ "example name"(minus the space between @ and ")) and it will give them a notification, even if they don't have the threat subscribed. May make it easier to ping people for their input on things.
@parnell: Effectively, though clicking right ON the circle is probably cumbersome. More effective would be, when I click, simply draw a straight line from where I click to the center of the circle, and line it up to that.
Ignore me, I gave it a little bit more of a play and realised that I could click and drag anywhere INSIDE the ring to rotate, originally I was trying to grab the thin radius loop (been using 3D modelling programs a lot recently...thats my excuse anyway.)
Played some hotseat and actually had a blast. One recommendation for anyone with a vs hotseat system. Between players turns have a screen blackout for 3-5 seconds. Just makes keeping things easier to hide.
I'm not sure how hard it would be to implement, but a turn-based game like this would be great for it.
Maybe have a game name/password and be able to "register" a password for whatever team you're playing. Then you can just type the game name, enter your password, and see if it's your turn or something.
I haven't played this yet (planning on it though!), but for turned-based games, asynchronous play is a really nice feature. Also, as I think someone mentioned above, being able to specify (before the game starts) a time limit for turns is also nice.
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Chess, probably the most popular "timed turn" game, is different in that the set of things you can do each turn is relatively fixed.
Free Moonbase Commander remake @ http://code.google.com/p/tether
It's always great to see more MBC fans. I've tried my best to track down as many of the original fans as I could, so my apologies as I was unable to reach you earlier. If you have friends that liked MBC please let them know about Kingdom Commander:) We have a steam group too that we hope to get some more fans on.
The pre-alpha version of Kingdom Commander is browser based because we find it's a more streamlined way for us to update builds while we test the initial versions. We want anyone to be able to play when they like without having to worry that they are not up-to-date or need to download a patch, etc. It also makes it a bit easier for us to track bugs and get feedback, as the log files we receive from players that submit them are the same version # with the build we are testing. Currently, we're planning for PC/Mac and mobile. We originally began development for this on IOS and shifted to PC as fans we talked with requested PC over IOS. We still like it on touch based mobile devices and want to release there too. However, at this time were focusing on getting the game tested and feature complete.
Glad to hear that there will be a client, I'm a little hesitant in investing in online only games. Although the project itself is in hibernate the one and only remaining Moonbase Commander "fansite" I know of is Project Tether (it's in my sig) which has been working on writing an open source version of Moonbase Commander the past five years. Sadly the one result (MoonPy) is pretty sad and development has stalled looking for more developers before doing a rewrite which is why it's in hibernate status. This is why it's currently little more then a fansite and mailing list even though thats not the intention. They are currently aware of Kingdom Commander by the way. I doubt it but any hope on opening the source code? That'd *really* get project tether going again! (c;
Free Moonbase Commander remake @ http://code.google.com/p/tether
Thanks for trying out the pre-alpha build. We're still early in development and hope you understand that we're still fleshing out the game. We've been working on a new build update and should have it out in the coming weeks. If you can't find any friends to play with I'd suggest trying out the "HotSeat" setting as it is a simple way to play against yourself, or with a friend locally.
Actually a lot of the descriptions seem like they could use a once or twice over to make them less vague.
We'll get that fixed. Actually, I believe it's already fixed in the new build we're planning to roll out. (hopefully this weekend)
Any specific descriptions that you feel could use work?
As always, we want your feedback so feel free to post on our forums, what you like, dislike, etc.