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TinyWars Theme Song is Released

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This weekend, we have released the official theme song for the game. We hope to begin the transition from our gameplay prototype on to more substantive content relating to the game’s incredible story that will hopefully be a memorable journey for everyone.

However, TinyWars is not all about cute anime girls fighting cute monsters. As you listen to the song, imagine not only the cuteness, but also the journey the characters will go through. Imagine the loss and hardship and the beautiful things they will discover along the way and try to remember that there is a lot more beneath the surface of this game.

Album Cover Artwork

The album cover artwork depicts Mary standing on the sheet music. You can very clearly observe by the sewing needle in her hand (as the conductors wand) and the size of the sheet music, that Mary is a tiny person. We tried to make this cover artwork something that would look very simple and processional, something we could envision as a CD cover for an official music CD.

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The TinyWars Official Soundcloud page can be found here.

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We have a lot more to discuss regarding sound design and how it will help to tell the story of our game, but for now please enjoy our theme song! Be sure to get the latest updates, follow us on Facebook!

TinyWars Prototype Publicly Available on Android and PC Download

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For too long we’ve been teasing character artwork and music without any point of contact with an actual product, finally we are happy to announce the public release of our gameplay prototype! The prototype is available for both Windows PC and Android devices, and can be downloaded here.

Feel free to play our prototype if you want!

What’s Next?

Here’s a break down of the development timeline:

  1. Implement the new menu systems and visual theme. (As close to final as possible, what you see in the prototype is only temporary)
  2. Begin work on assets for the cutscenes and story elements. (The next demo will feature the first chapter of the game, including story and gameplay.)
  3. Develop/Program the new story cutscenes
  4. Build out the tutorial level (There will only be one tutorial level, then the player can jump directly into full featured gameplay.)
  5. Build out the first levels’ gameplay sequences.
  6. Finish animation frames for units and enemies.
  7. Compile everything together into the game and release the first official demo. (What is currently released is a prototype, what we plan to release will be an actual representative demo.)

New Visual Theme

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Imagine somebody has been collecting hints and evidence for the existence of “tiny people” and has been compiling all this evidence into a scrapbook: This is the theme of TinyWars in terms of menu design as well as how we plan to deliver the story. It is slightly complicated to explain without a video or some better visuals, but in terms of the TinyWars story, there has been a lot of events that happened before the main game that lead up to this tiny “war.”

Part of the purpose of this book is to help deliver an account for all the events that have happened. Of course, if the player has no interest in this, they don’t have to explore the journal entries. You can play through the entire game of TinyWars and experience just the story of Mary and the girls saving the kingdom without having to read any of these entries. However, those who take their time to read through the entries might experience a totally different story. And perhaps, some elements and references in the game’s cutscenes will be clearer.

Any extremely key events will be included in the game’s main cutscenes, but other story elements that I deem optional will be put into the optional reading. If the game is able to raise a larger budget, ideally I’d like to have all the journal entries animated or at least in some form of interactive cutscene, however I think most of these smaller entries will be text format. Sorry, I know it doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing in the world! I promise that I will do my best to at least give justice to at least some of the bigger key events.

Is the Story Really That Good?

The game looks so cute and happy right? How could it possibly have a deep and interesting story, it’s probably some cliche anime girl story right?

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While I am in no position to brag about the story which has yet to be materialized into the game, all I can say in response is that I will be very surprised if the game does not receive an “M” rating after all the story elements and visuals are put into the game.

Anything Else to Say About the Game?

I really wish I could say more about this project, without having the game released, most of what I discuss is just concept at the moment. There’s a lot of material here that I would love to discuss! We will be releasing some official music tracks to help build up some excitement for the game.

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This is just a mockup image of the music “cover.” There will be more to discuss when the soundtrack is released. I hope you will enjoy our live recorded orchestra, some beautiful violin pieces, and some great action/boss fight background music!

 

TinyWars Gameplay Prototype Ready for Testing This Week!

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After all the teasing, artwork, and seemingly “random” cast of characters, we are pleased to announce that officially NONE of those connections or story will be clarified at all! This gameplay prototype serves one purpose, the backbone of the gameplay for TinyWars and gameplay, as a mechanism to deliver our story! Sorry, that has to wait for the real demo! It would be an injustice to the story if we released a buggy game attached to it!

Screenshots

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How to become a Beta Tester

Beta testing will begin this Thurdsay, October 20th, 2016. We have a pretty hefty list of volunteers to conduct the beta testing, however we are happy to have more!

Beta Tester Signup:

Send a message to TinyWars with your email address! That’s it!

https://www.facebook.com/TinyWarsGame/

If you don’t have facebook (which is the easiest way to get in contact with us), you may also contact us via the contact form on this website!

Plans for Beta Test

We plan to release the beta downloads in waves, once per week until the beta testers have run out! First wave will test the first beta, after we have a few days to address some common issues or bugs, we will release the revised beta to the next wave, and continue this for a span of 2 – 4 weeks before the bug free beta is released to the public!

The beta will be released on a first come first serve basis, beginning with our closest personal contacts first, then branching out to the volunteers on our beta testing roster, beginning with those who were added earliest!

Unfinished Aspects of the Beta

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Many animations in the current gameplay prototype are totally incomplete! As you can see from the picture above, a lot of love and car goes into every single animation frame! We can not spare enough time to incorporate the full animations. We need to get people playing this game or else I fear that some may loose interest and hope in the project! The prototype will be the first manifestation of TinyWars as a video game.

Up until this point, all TinyWars has been was a bunch of images and characters with supposedly “interesting stories” but nothing to deliver the story. This prototype will do nothing to clarify this! But it will have somethings in it to look out for, mainly gameplay experiences.

What is in store for the future?

After the gameplay prototype has been thoroughly tested and perfected (and I don’t expect it to be 100% perfect at this point, but polished up enough), We will begin work on the actual, official, real TinyWars game! The idea being that, once the first few levels of the real campaign have been developed, we can release that as a true TinyWars demo and give the players a real experience of what is in store for them!

I hope people will get a taste for the unique story telling and tower defense/siege gameplay we want to bring to the table. Anyways, this is all for now, if you are interested in beta testing be sure to contact us!

TinyWars Fan Art Contest 2016 Winners!!!

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Congratulations to everyone who entered this contest! Judging this was really hard, there were so many incredible entries (more than we ever expected!) but only 7 winners to choose. Here are the winners!

 

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If your entry was one of the 7 winning entries, you may feature this badge on your DeviantArt entry description! It would help us a lot. Congratulations!

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Feel free to include this little badge in your DeviantArt entry description if your piece was featured as an Honorable Mention! ūüôā

Honorable Mentions are also included in the slideshow above as well. Please check to see if your artwork was awarded!

Additional Honorable Mentions:

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Shoutout to Citaru

Another great and dramatic pose for Suzu!

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Shoutout to  DrawXAngel 

Love your take on our character posters!

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Shoutout to emiyana

The size, the pose, and Kumo’s expression is so fitting!

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Shoutout to  Annacchii

This is one cute Eve!

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Shoutout to Ithieldaer

The happiest looking tiny artwork!” – Chibionpu (Contest Judge and Artist)

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Shoutout to  MiahWolf for this very cute piece of Kumo! 

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Shoutout to Raisence

The idea is super cute! I never thought about tiny people traveling with balloons like that!

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Shoutout to abrina Moody. This is lovely!

 

 

All Our Main Character Have Fan Art!

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Whooo this is really awesome, all of our main characters finally have at least 1 fan art! That is really, really cool. Honestly, this is something we would have never expected since the game, the demo, isn’t even released yet! It is so cool that we have managed to build an awesome fan base that interacts with us and I really hope we deliver an awesome product for you guys!

Here are the main girls:

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From left to right: Kim, Amy, Mary, (Older Sister), Suzu, Kumo, and Eve.

Feel free to use this file for reference of the main characters!

Main Girls: Fan Art Edition!

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Artist credits from right to left: LaDollBlanche, Moriartea-Chan, Loliroripyon, Bunniikitty, Easoka, Lolitakitty1, DrawXAngel.

In a previous posting, we mentioned that Eve and Kumo were the only two characters who haven’t received any fan art yet. By some miracle both Eve and Kumo received fan arts the very next week! Really awesome!

There are more than these characters in TinyWars, but these are the main girls! There will be some side characters, villains, and monsters. You know we have succeeded when even the monsters from the game get fan art!

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TinyWars Fan Art Competition

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Pictured above is a sample wallscroll mockup. We have ordered an actual wallscroll and once it arrives we’ll see the quality and everything. I really want to host some kind of art competition and giveaway. I want to give out a couple of wallscrolls and other prizes to people who make fan art for us.

This competition should be timed at some point before the demo will release, so we can build some traction before the demo launches! We have received a ton of positive feedback on our social media pages from fans who said they would totally enter a fan art competition!

There is no official competition dates or deadlines yet, will post an update when the wallscroll arrives.

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I was having some trouble deciding which wallscroll would be best, after asking the fans, a lot of them said #2 was fine, and #1 was good also. I think I will end up ordering both of them to see in person, but for now, the sample that we ordered was from #1.

Thanks for following the development of TinyWars. Unfortunately I have no significant updates to report on the demo progress, but it is getting closer and closer to completion everyday. Want to make sure we release the demo this year but we also want to make sure it is polished up a bit and presentable, optimized, etc!

 

What is TinyWars All About?

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TinyWars is about people that are tiny, and their wars, which are also relatively tiny.

A Tiny Story

TinyWars is, at its core, a story, a journey and discovery of the “tiny people” as they journey through their world and learn about things which are greater than themselves. TinyWars is both a tale about the tiny kingdom, which is under attack throughout the game as it is also a tale of the main character, Mary, as she learns to grow up, fight against those who think she is small and young, and as she pursues her journey to save the tiny kingdom.

 

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This is Mary!

Tower Defense

The game is a tower defense game, featuring not hundreds of small, easy levels but rather a few carefully designed levels all different in their own way. We aim to bring the challenge level of TinyWars to a higher degree, requiring users to not mindlessly place towers but to carefully think, budget, and place their units wisely. All the aspects of a tower defense game ingeniously parallel the aspects of the story and “learning to grow up.”

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Parallels with Life

Part of growing up means one must learn to manage their finances wisely. One must learn when to speak up and when to be quiet, when the right time to act is and when it’s not the right time to set out your most powerful unit! And where to be at what time. Careful consideration must be put into all of your “moves” in life. And that it can be at times, impossible to predict what will be in the “next wave” that life throws at you. All these things must be taken into account, whether you are playing a tower defense game or just growing up.

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Irresistibly Fascinating

I hope you will find the story of TinyWars to be¬†clever, enchanting, cute, and irresistibly fascinating! Though we do go into great depths and folklore, most of the story is easy to digest and very accessible to any casual player. The deepest and darkest pits of the story are available to those who truly want to know more, in the form of in-game notes which can be collected and read. And sometimes these notes may contain secrets or tips on how to beat a future level. – Just another fact of growing up, those who read may be able to get an advantage or more insight over those who don’t!

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How Can I Learn More?

Who are all these cute girls? How can I know more about them when the game is still very far from release? And this is something we hope to be able to tease, explore and release various bits and pieces of the story for all to enjoy! Perhaps it will curate interest in our game and perhaps it will give people a better idea of the game before they know if they really like it or not. Seeing pictures of cute girls may not be enough to get people to like our game of course! But if you see the cute girls, hear the amazing soundtrack, and know a little about our story and still don’t like TinyWars, then I’m afraid something may be wrong with YOU! (not sorry…)

Feel free to join us on our development journey and see all the bread crumbs and updates we post along the way!

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