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Agent Simon

Train Conductor 2: USA – iPhone 4/iPad graphics, upcoming improvements/bug fixes

Train Conductor 2 USA (TC2) is the best game we’ve ever made. We’re really proud of the way it looks and plays, especially when compared to the original Train Conductor. However the launch hasn’t been without issues. In fact, we’re quite embarrassed by some of the bugs that crept into the game before we submitted it to Apple.

We are really sorry that the graphics on iPad and iPhone 4 were not up to scratch. The complaints are totally warranted – we are and have always been listening. It’s completely our own fault for wanting to get the game onto iPad and iPhone 4 right away, but not having enough time to stick to our own quality standards.

Here’s how we’re planning to adress the iPad and iPhone 4 issues:

We’ve been working nights and weekends and, fortunately, we’ve been able to fix many, many bugs while giving the HD graphics a major overhaul! On both iPad and iPhone 4, all text is now crisp and hard edged, buttons are pixel-perfect, train models have increased detail, particle effects sparkle at high resolution, the HUD is cleaner.

We’re pleased to say that this major “World Leaderboards + bug fixing and graphical improvement update” was submitted to Apple just *yesterday* and it will arrive on the App Store shortly as a free update soon!

Graphical improvements in the 1.1 World Leaderboards update:

Tutorials

You're looking great Penny

Trains models

The trains sparkle in the sun!

Miami Beach

when HD and SD collide...

HUD and pillars

I score better in HD

Main Menu

Train Conductor 2: USA all crisp and clean

What’s next:

Since submitting the update we’ve continued to improve the HD iPad and iPhone 4 graphics — they will be prioritized and made better with each subsequent update. We’re really hard at work developing techniques to make better use of the screen space and to have the graphics render more cleanly on all resolutions and devices – not a simple task for the first major game to be distributed as a Universal App.

These improvements will arrive alongside new locations (such as Seattle), a bevy of achievements to keep you busy for hours, and some exciting new gameplay that we are still hush hush about.

We read every single bit of feedback that we can find. We believe in making super fun, tight experiences that feel great to play and so it means a lot to us when people aren’t happy. Here’s a list of feedback to date, and what we plan to do about it:

  • “I miss the multiplier” (Georgina, TouchArcade) – We can’t satisfy everyone on this one. There were complaints from the original game arguing that the multiplier system was too complicated. We tend to agree that it needed simplification. Ultimately though, with endless play mode that old system just couldn’t work. Your multiplier would be reaching numbers larger than human beings have ever imagined. We wanted to start with a simpler scoring mechanism, and build on it. Stay tuned.
  • “Missing the PROGRESS METER. Now we have no visual indicator of the requirement for unlocking the next area” (thespaciousmind, iTunes user review USA) – We agree that the experience points of Train Conductor Australia were a motivator. With TC2 we really wanted to focus on high scores and sharing and competing with friends. We felt that high scores didn’t receive anywhere near enough attention in the first game, yet they were a core part of the train conducting experience. We will fix this issue in a future update by giving more feedback about what you have to do to unlock the next level.
  • “I was surprised about lack of Plus as well. Perhaps they are holding off in anticipation of Game Centre?” (eugekav, TouchArcade forums) – Two reasons; first, Game Center is on it’s way and we didn’t want to have Plus+, Game Center and Facebook – it would have been a complete mess. Secondly, we wanted to integrate the leaderboards into the experience a lot better than we could with Plus+. With Achievements (a.k.a. Awards in Plus+ speak) we’ve actually got all of the important Plus+ functionality anyway. World Leaderboards will arrive in a couple days, and Achievements shortly after. What features of Plus+ you’d like to see in TC2? Let us know in the comments.

There are some big things coming, so keep your eyes peeled and your fingers ready 🙂

Please keep posting with suggested improvements, levels you liked best, questions about design decisions, etc… We plan on keeping an active conversation going so we can keep improving the game.

Thanks
TC2 Development Team

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15 Comments for Train Conductor 2: USA – iPhone 4/iPad graphics, upcoming improvements/bug fixes

David | July 26, 2010 at 3:03 am

I bought it, played it, liked it. It is gone…can’t find it.!

Agent Simon

AgentSimon | August 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Hi David, The problem you describe is pretty weird! Hopefully I can help. Send an email to support@thevoxelagents.com describing in as much detail what hapened before it disappeared and I’ll tackle it myself. Cheers, Simon.

Hermann abraham | September 24, 2010 at 1:30 am

Es ist zu schwer alles auf englisch zu begreifen haben Sie keine deutsche Version?

sandi ashenfelter | November 14, 2010 at 12:05 am

nothing worse than being hooked on a game and suddenly not being able to play it. ok .. you got me hooked, and now it won’t play. click on the city and it closes. pls help quickly.

admin | November 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

Hey Sandi,
I’ve sent you an email describing how you can fix this problem.

We’ve already submitted an update to the App Store which will fix this for all users and it should be live within days.

Thanks for letting us know about it! I hope you have fun playing Train Conductor 🙂

Maria | November 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Any sense of when new cities might be coming? I’m totally addicted to this game but Las Vegas is starting to drive me batty!

Thanks, and great job!

Natalie | November 19, 2010 at 7:53 am

The updAte just installed19/11 has stopes me playing the games no longer loads but chucks me completely out on my iphone4. Shame I enjoyed the game!

Gokhanbagci | November 20, 2010 at 7:19 am

Not work after the update

Kim | February 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm

what about Roswell, what are the criteria to get to next level?

admin | February 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

Seattle is coming very soon! Until then, Roswell is the highest level available in the game.

I’d suggest checking iTunes for updates in the next 3-4 weeks which is when Seattle should hopefully be available.

Jan | February 13, 2011 at 2:03 am

How many trains must I deliver to unlock Seattle?

admin | February 14, 2011 at 7:24 am

Seattle has not yet been released. It will become available in the next few weeks.

Augusto | April 30, 2011 at 4:35 am

Hi, I don’t find a way to win Seattle, No matter my score, I can’t beat that one.. Can it be a problem with my game? Thank you in advance

Agent M | May 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

Seattle is currently the final level in Train Conductor 2: USA. There is no further content after that level.

Unlocking all of the levels doesn’t mean that you’ve finished the game however, as the main focus of the game was always for players to get higher scores. The pacing of each level continues for quite a while, so the longer you survive in each level, the more content you’ll be presented with in the form of train formations and puzzles.

If you are seeking more levels, the original Train Conductor is currently still free on iTunes for a limited time as part of a FreeAppADay.com promotion.

Steve | September 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I love both TC1 and TC2 and can’t wait for TC3 and beyond. Well done. Brilliant games fun to play and replay.

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