Version 1.1

Mai 9th, 2012
will be submitted on May, the 17th and will feature more blocks, the fix for the chunk loading lag and some further graphical improvements. It will be available in the week from 21th - 27th.

Working on next update

April 22nd, 2012
After version 1.0 has hit the market, I'm already working on the next version 1.1 that will again bring a good performance boost and make the game much smoother, especially when moving/flying around in the world while loading new parts of the world.

Furthermore this update will bring more content to the game, which I'm currently implementing. I will post more infos next week.

'Discovery' on 2nd gen phones

April 16th, 2012
Offtopic:
Today I had the chance to test 'Discovery' on a Lumia 800. I was really amazed how fast it was. With all options maxed out it still had 50-60 FPS which is mainly the FPS cap of Mango. Together with the amazing OLED display it was totally different gameplay compared to my good old HTC HD7 with its 15 FPS @ same settings. I think I have to get a 2nd gen phone for 'testing' :)

Lag on Discovery ... fixed!

April 13th, 2012
2 users have reported that there is some kind of "lag" when building complex structures. I guess that is due to the light refresh in combination with torches. I will check this, but it will take some time. Furthermore I will add some world sharing functionality such that future bugs can be eliminated faster.

Stay tuned! :)

EDIT: ok i can reproduce the lag now. will provide fix soon!
EDIT2: just sent the fixed version to Microsoft for certification. Should be in the market in a week or so! Thx to Alex for helping me with this.

Trailer for Discovery

April 11th, 2012
here's a video featuring some gameplay of "Discovery"

get it here

New game "Discovery" released for WP7

April 8th, 2012

After around 5 months in development, we're proud to announce that our new game "Discovery" has been released for Windows Phone 7. "Discovery" is a 3D block world game with focus on creation of buildings and atmosphere. Currently it is COMPLETLY FREE! So you should get it as soon as possible here

Discovery

Auroris Version 1.3 submitted for verification

Oktober 30th, 2011
Guys... just finished version 1.3 of Auroris which adds glow to the image. I honestly must admit that it looks awesome on iPad!! I hope that it passes verification in the first try and that you will receive the update in a week or so.

MadPix and Aurora 1.4 arrive at the Marketplace

Oktober 22nd, 2011
Today "MadPix" and "Aurora" (with glow support) have arrived at the Marketplace. It may need some time to propagate to all markets. There's an image attached to demonstrate the new glow feature of Aurora and 2 pictures that have been done with MadPix. Get them now with these links and do some unbelievable things :)

MadPix - Zune Marketplace

Aurora - Zune Marketplace

Aurora for WP7 with glow support...

Oktober 17th, 2011
has been submitted for certification. It looks so damn hot :)

New App "MadPix" for WP7 has just been submitted for certification

Oktober 13th, 2011
Hopefully it passes certification before the weekend.

Windows Phone 7 now supports 32bit color

September 30th, 2011
Good news for everyone having Aurora on WP7. WP7 now supports 32bit rendering and thus we can finally finish the next version of Aurora supporting the glow feature. Stay tuned!

Updated Auroris to 1.2

September 6th, 2011
Update: Version 1.2 is now available at the AppStore and also the downloaded version works on my iPod touch 2G.

A further compatibility update for Auroris has been submitted to the AppStore. It has been tested on an iPod touch 2G with iOS 4.2.1. So this one should finally enable running Auroris on older devices. I expect the update to be available for download around next tuesday.

Update Auroris

August 23rd, 2011
A compatibility update for Auroris has been released. This should enable starting Auroris on older devices and fix the crash of the save-functionality on some devices.

Auroris available at the App Store for iPhone/iPod/iPad

August 10th, 2011

After some name conflicts with another app on the App Store I had to rename Aurora to Auroris. But ... I'm quite happy to announce that Auroris has passed the review in its first try and should be available in the App Store in the next 24 hours. So everyone get ready to download it and try it out. IT'S FREE!!!

Auroris on Apple App Store



Aurora - future updates

Juni 24th, 2011

Update1: (06/28/11) Full and Lite version 1.3 are available at the Marketplace.

Update1: (06/27/11) The Full version has passed certification and will be available in a few hours.

The Full and Lite version updates that contain the new high-resolution engine have been submitted for certification. They will approx. be available at the Marketplace on monday.

As already mentioned in a previous post, the glow feature is already implemented and will be submitted when Mango update for Windows Phone 7 arrives. This will be the next update for the Aurora versions. So expect it around august/september.

Release Aurora Lite

Juni 21st, 2011

Last Saturday, we have released the lite version of Aurora. Aurora Lite is fully functional except of saving being restricted. This restriction will be removed with the next update such that you'll be able to save your images in 640x360 which is a little lower than the original 800x480 available in the full.

For compensation the full version of Aurora will get the high-resolution update which will allow to save images in 1600x960 instead of the default 800x480.

The update will be submitted for certification tomorrow.

More Colors and next features

Juni 17th, 2011
More Colors and next features

The first real update to Aurora enables the user to choose between 24 colors instead of the initial 3. Furthermore we added a new help screen that is shown each time the application starts.

The next update will bring "high-quality, high-resolution rendering" which should dramatically enhance quality of saved images.

Unfortunately the "glow" update has to be delayed until Windows Phone 7  gets the "Mango" update which hopefully brings 32 bit rendering instead of the current 16 bit one. Although the "glow" feature is already implemented, we're not satisfied with the results on real devices. There is a small teaser image attached that has been rendered with the desktop version of Aurora (which supports 32bit).


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Aurora available at the Marketplace

Juni 17th, 2011

Aurora is finally available at the Windows Phone Marketplace. To get an impression about the work-flow, you can watch the following video.



Aurora is available as Trial version without restriction (except that saved images will have watermark). If you want to get rid of the watermarks you can buy it for $0.99. See links below.

Aurora on Zune Marketplace

Aurora in Marketplace Browser (for people without Zune)