Euflorium – The Eufloria Community

Eufloria has always had a cult following and active community. The original game was frequently modded, and some people have even tried modding the iOS version.

This week we’ve completely revamped the forum, upgraded the software, and added discussion boards for other titles the various Eufloria crew are working on. Take a look, visit Euflorium.

We’ve also taken the opportunity to refresh the website content, particularly the FAQ.

Be Humble!

It’s here! The new Humble Indie Bundle Android is packed with amazing games, including our little wondrous game Eufloria.

This one is special as it also contains pre-releases of Eufloria HD for PC, Mac and Linux. Some superb OSTs as well.

 

Have a look at the video:


 

Here is what the HIB site says:

Six glorious games for your mobile entertainment. Humble Bundle for Android 4 features a handpicked selection of the finest portable gaming ever seen for Android. Pay-what-you-want and dive into the creative physics puzzler Crayon Physics Deluxe; the plant-based interstellar RTS Eufloria; the cell-splitting microbial puzzler Splice; the future-retro audiovisual concoction Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP; and the side-scrolling planetary adventure, Waking Mars. Customers who pay more than the average price will also get the fantastic mechanical point-and-click adventure Machinarium!

Desktop ready. Buying the Humble Bundle for Android 4 also gets you the games on Windows, Mac, and Linux! For your listening pleasure, all six games also come with an official soundtrack.

Pay what you want. On their own, buying this unbeatable collection of mobile and desktop games with soundtracks would cost around $119, but we’re letting you name your price!

The games are DRM-free and work great on Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux (system requirements here). Note that this is the initial release for many of the Android and Linux versions of the games. Please be patient while the developers fix any 1.0 bugs as quickly as they can, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you run into any issues!

Support charities and developers. Choose how your purchase is divided: to the developers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and/or the Child’s Play Charity. And if you like this promotion, a tip to the Humble Bundle would be greatly appreciated!

Well, I am not going to argue with that so go check it out people!

Eufloria iPhone and Universal Build Out Now!

The news iPhone and iPad 3 owners have been waiting for – not one but two new versions of Eufloria out today!

Not only can you now play on your iPhone,  iPad 3 owners now get to experience Eufloria with Retina support! We’ve added many other features too, including the much requested in-session save so you don’t lose those long games when you take a break.

Available on the App Store!

iTunes store links for Eufloria HD iPad/iPhone and Eufloria iPhone.

Eufloria continues to be developed and we have many more plans for the future.

Help us out!
We really need our fans again – please help spread the word about the release, and if you update or buy the game – firstly, THANK YOU!

If you buy the game and you like it, we would be undyingly grateful if you could help us out by leaving a nice review on the App Store. It really helps.

You can also tweet about the release really easily by clicking here!

 Journalist?

Are you a writer? Here’s a link to our press kit: LINK. Please ask about review copies by emailing contact@eufloria-game.com.

The full press release is below:

PRESS RELEASE

Eufloria for iPhone and Eufloria HD Retina display iPad update out today.

Developers Omni Systems Ltd and Tuna collaborate to bring acclaimed ambient space strategy game Eufloria to iPhone today, along with a major Retina display universal app update for Eufloria HD

23rd August 2012: Omni Systems Ltd announced today that Eufloria, its BAFTA-nominated ambient game of space exploration and conquest, is now available for  iPhone. Co-developed with Tuna, another UK independent developer, Eufloria for iPhone features the evolved iOS version of the beautiful, atmospheric strategy game, with Game Center support, a 25-level Story Mode, a Relaxed Mode for a truly chilled-out experience and a stunning original soundtrack by Milieu with iOS-exclusive tracks.

In addition, after listening to fans’ requests, Eufloria HD for iOS also receives a free major feature update today making it a universal app for iPad and iPhone 4/iPhone 4S, as well as including iPad Retina display compatibility for truly stunning graphics, game session in progress saving, iCloud support and numerous performance improvements. Eufloria HD has already been awarded Apple Game of the Week and become a Top Ten hit in the all-apps chart around the world, including the UK, China, Russia and the Czech Republic.

Eufloria first caught the attention of gamers back in 2009 with a critically-acclaimed debut PC release, and is continuing to evolve hugely with brand new levels, tighter gameplay, more varied game modes, improved visuals and more intuitive controls for the PlayStation 3 in 2011 and now iPhone and iPad touch-screen versions. Eufloria is a haunting, gorgeous-looking, easy-to-control and addictive strategy game that anyone can play.

What the press has been saying about Eufloria HD:

“It’s hard to express how much we love Eufloria” – Pocket Lint (App of the Day)

“Soothing ambient music, beautiful abstraction… one of the most enjoyably relaxing wars we’ve ever waged” – Mac Life

“The most stylish and unique strategy games you’ve ever seen” – AppAdvice

Eufloria/Eufloria HD features:

· iPad Retina display support in Eufloria HD
· iPhone Retina display support in both Eufloria and Eufloria HD
· Universal Build for Eufloria HD – iPad and  iPhone 4/iPhone 4S supported
· Beautifully designed touch-screen interface
· Game session in progress saving
· A 25-level Story Mode with many hours of gameplay
· Relaxed Mode for a more ambient experience which anyone can enjoy
· Skirmish levels that can be played again and again
· Dark Matter Mode for a stylish, more challenging way to play
· Original ambient soundtrack by Brian Grainger (Milieu)
· Procedurally-generated levels which are different every time
· 20 achievements for Game Center users and iCloud support
· More updates and great new features on the way!

Eufloria for iPhone is out now on the App Store for $2.99/€2.39/£1.99. Eufloria HD is out now on the App Store for $4.99/€3.99/£2.99 and is a universal iPhone/iPad app with additional retina screen support for the new iPad.

For more information on Eufloria and Eufloria HD:
Official website: www.eufloria-game.com
Twitter: @RudolfKremers

About Omni Systems Ltd
Eufloria is published by Omni Systems Limited, Rudolf Kremer’s indie media production company. Omni has been set up as a new kind of independent games (and other media) company, offering an alternative to corporate restraints and rewarding developers in a way that traditional game development often does not allow. Additionally Omni produces and develops other media including screenplays, comics, PS3 Dynamic Themes and more, while also offering consultancy services ranging from interactive software development to consultancy on creating virtual spaces. Current projects of note are two new games: StarLit and Neopolis, a series of Sci-Fi dynamic themes for PlayStation 3 and a comic called Spire.
www.omni-labs.com

About Tuna
Tuna is an international award-nominated boutique indie game production company who specialise in developing projects for mobile, traditional gaming and on-line platforms. With many years experience in the field, Tuna have worked with a range of partners including marketing and advertising agencies, independent game developers, universities, and solo artists. Services include digital consultancy, concept development, production management, software development and establishing software development partnerships. Brands Tuna has worked with include Family Guy, Big Brother, Cadbury, Asteroids, Boulder Dash, and indie hits Alien Hominid and Eufloria on platforms as wide ranging as iPhone, iPad, Android, Facebook, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PS3.
www.tunahq.com

Eufloria celebrates SavyGamer’s 5th anniversary with sale

Hi all! SavyGamer.co.uk is 5 today and we’re helping them celebrate this by discounting Eufloria for a week.

Use the code “SAVYGAMER5″ to get 75% off the game. Why not buy it for a friend?

We have also discounted the iPad version of the game, so if you’re interested in that, please follow this link!

Eufloria Crash Fix and Update

Eufloria 1.01 is on the App Store. Fixes:

  • L8 and L18 difficulty addressed
  • Relaxed mode was too slow on some levels making them difficult; now fixed

Note that this fix resets the App Store reviews so please can you re-review the game if you’re reading this and would like to support us.

For any of you having problems with Eufloria crashing on iPad 1, it’s related to iOS kicking out the app due to memory constraints. In particular, iOS 5 notifications can cause crashes if your iPad’s memory has become fragmented or lost somehow.

To fix:

  • Reset iPad – This has worked for everyone who has reported an issue and lasts multiple runs
  • Kill Other Apps – In general, try and kill other apps before running Euforia

We know a few of you have requested in-level saves but this helps mitigate problems caused by that. We will be looking at implementing an in-level save but it’s technically problematic which is why it isn’t in already. I can’t promise this will be implemented, only that we’ll do our best!

Eufloria HD for iPad is out now!

Hi everyone! Great news – Eufloria HD is now live on the App Store!

Available on the App Store!

That link may not work until the game goes live on the store in your region. We’ve scheduled this post for the time when it goes live in the UK – if you’re West of us, it may take a few hours before it becomes available.

This is awesome
We’ve been looking forward to this for ages. We’ve been assisting the amazing people at Tuna, who have worked SUPER hard on getting the interface working really well, intuitive and usable. We really think the iPad is the perfect platform for Eufloria.

*dance*

Help us out!
We really need our fans at the moment – please help spread the word about the release, and if you buy the game – firstly, THANK YOU! But if you buy the game and you like it, we would be undyingly grateful if you could help us out by leaving a nice review on the App Store. It really helps. You can also tweet about the release really easily by clicking here!

Join the throng!
Come and see us in the forum to chat about stuff, or visit the iOS subforum for support and troubleshooting if you are having any problems.

*shimmy*

Journalist?
Are you a writer? Here’s a link to our press kit: LINK. Please ask about review copies by emailing contact@eufloria-game.com.

*boogie*

The Eufloria HD – DAILY GIVEAWAY – Part 3

What’s It All About Then!?
Eufloria is an incredibly accessible strategy and exploration game; Explore and conquer asteroids in space with huge colonies of flowers. Easy.

Yet, that does not tell you much about the game at all really, beyond the superficial. Eufloria and its inspirations are not that easy to explain in depth. Abstract terraforming? Ambient gameplay? Floral colonies? Autonomous self replicating automata?? WHAT THE DICKENS??

So in light of that, when we were asked to give a presentation as participants in the Tokyo Game Show, Sense of Wonder Night “, we felt somewhat challenged (in a delightful way). We knew of the event already, as it shines a light on some of the most interesting and progressive games out there, so we were honoured to participate. We only had ten minutes to do the entire presentation though, including time for questions and Japanese translation. WHICH IS TOUGH.
Have a look:

Well, we did our best, it went quite well, but we still only managed to scratch the service. Still, it is the only detailed video out there. :-)  ANECDOTE: That quacking sound on the video? That was made by 300 people in the audience shaking their “Piko Piko” stick every time they felt a sense of wonder. (Piko Piko quacks loudly when shaken)
It was rather disarming.

 

Power To Da Point!
Too bad the picture quality is so poor right? Luckily we still have have the source files, which is part of today’s Daily Giveaway: The full power-point presentation and the written script we had to give to the Japanese translator. It may be of use to some of you out there.

 

The Ramblings of a Madman
We decided to enter some competition for mobile games a while ago, and in order to qualify we had to record a video explaining the game, to the judges. The file had to be insanely small however, and should not be a “marketing video” . This resulted in a rambling Low Rez chat under dire lighting conditions, but is kind of fun as well in its lack of pretension. Have a peek below to find the download link. (We never got nominated)

Details Details
As I said before, these presentation still only cover some of the game’s influences and mechanics, and frankly, we would have to talk for hours to go into all the big and little details that went into making the game. (I would not mind actually, I LOVE talking about the game)

We have a press kit that goes into a fair amount of detail however. So far we only made it available to the press, but that seems like a missed opportunity, so we decided to add that to today’s giveaway as well. It has loads of background info, screenshots, inspirations, mugshots (MUAHAHA) you name it. Have a peek if you want to know more.

So, here are today’s giveaways! (Please spread the word!)

Downloads:
File 1: SOWN Power Point Presentation + Script (Zip, 162 megs)
File 2: Competition X – Eufloria presentation video (.avi, 32 megs)
File 3: Press Kit (.zip, 40 megs)

The Eufloria HD – DAILY GIVEAWAY – Part 2

All Hail the Mighty Milieu!
One of the key ingredients of Eufloria is its wonderful soundtrack. Our friend and genius composer Brian Grainger, working under his moniker “Milieu” has created an aural experience that is so intertwined with the game that we recently received an audio award for it.

Do yourself a favour and check out his EXTENSIVE back catalogue.

 

Give The Gift of Music
To celebrate the audio quality of Eufloria we decided to make today’s giveaway about this wonderful music. Brian gave us permission to give away one of his tracks, and we picked one of the new ones he has created especially for the iPad release!
So, here is the WORLD PREMIERE of one of the tracks of the Eufloria HD OST, available as a FREE DOWNLOAD. (Too many caps?)

Personally I think this is a wonderful track. It brings to mind shades of early Autechre, but it remains a Milieu and Eufloria track through and through.

 

Loop De Loop!
There is more however. We used one of his menu loops to accompany the Eufloria presence on the PS3 menu bar, and received so much positive email about it that we decided to give that away too. (We recorded it looping for a few minutes and also provided a seperate wav with the loop region defined within the file)

Once again, please enjoy the Eufloria HD Daily giveaway, and if you feel generous about it spread the news of our game and its impending iPad release!

DOWNLOAD
• Free Track 1: Mother Tree (mp3), and as a .Zip
• Free track 2: XMB Loop recorded for a few minutes 
• The original loop as a wav file (loop region defined) – Loop

The Eufloria HD – DAILY GIVEAWAY – Part 1

Time to give things away! (No seriously…)
To celebrate the upcoming release of Eufloria HD on the AppStore we decided to start giving away little Eufloria related tokens of appreciation. We have had so much feedback and help and wonderful emails and mods and general good stuff that it would be fun to reciprocate in some way.

So, until the game launches, we are doing a DAILY GIVEAWAY, starting today.

Mooooooooo!
Back in 2009 we took Eufloria to the Independent Games Festival, because we were nominated for two major awards (Grand Prize and the Innnovation award). WE created 100 unique mini-cards for that occasion, showing off the artwork and vibe of the game, and had them printed up as tiny promotional cards by Moo. (Highly recommended service) Here is one:

 

 

We recently added a bunch of newer ones, and printed another batch for E3 when we went to promote the PSN release. Like this one:

Minicard 2011

Giveaway 1
So, for today’s giveaway, I spent some time tinkering and created a MASSIVE collage, of all 100 images combined. It is a 13080×5660 MONSTER image, and can be downloaded here. (39 megs zipped image) It could be fun to print your own set of cards however, or to create your own collage, so I am throwing in the source images as well!

 

Spread the love!  Now, you don’t have to do anything in return, BUT, if you like this giveaway, or the game, please post about it on twitter or your blog or other social media, and help us get some more exposure. :-) Just point people to www.eufloria-game.com, or to the current page. (Up to you of course)

Enjoy!!

DOWNLOAD:
Eufloria Collage
100 mini cards (source)

Ready to Launch!

Well almost. In February 2012 that is.
We are nearly done creating an iPad release of Eufloria that is as good as we can make it. Tunatech and Team Eufloria are applying some final polish, a few more tweaks, a nip here, a tuck there… Either way, the iPad release is imminent. Imminent enough to release our official trailer for it!

Have a look:

(Vivaldi really does work well for video games trailers…)

Press?
Lovely people of the press. I feel I need to stress again that we are just a tiny indie team (Alex and I are on core development, and Brian on music). This port has been co-created with another indie team, Tunatech.

(People often forget that we are not some big company or corporation.)

We focus on game quality, and since we spend so much time on development, and since we don’t have PR departments, marketing professionals, or other “staff” working for us it is a real challenge to get word out about our games. We therefore want to strongly encourage anybody in the press who finds our game interesting, either for previewing/reviewing/or writing directly about the game and its development, to please get in touch. :-)

Contact us at rudolf@omni-labs.com and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

iFloria
(I am going to put on my salesman hat now, so be warned.)

This is going to be a pretty major release. We have added new music, new content, new features, new interface… (NO VIRTUAL JOYSTICK but instead; a properly designed lovely touch-UI).

We will release the game fully functional; no hidden core features require in-app purchases to obtain. If we do add purchases later on it will be content devised after the game has shipped. Actual extra content. :-)

The initial release and update will be by far the most comprehensive and enjoyable release of Eufloria to date. And the price will be pretty darn reasonable. (I am not biased! Honestly!)

There is also additional content planned or lined up for the first update, including a new Ambient Mode, that is more about nurturing and growing, relaxing and playing with the new terraforming mechanic. (Yes, you can terraform stuff)

Anyway, I don’t want to give away too much, but hope that many of you will be happy to try the game once it is out and explore its content. If you do let us know what you think?

See you then!

Rudolf