We’re pleased to announce that Save The Pencil v1.4 and Save The Pencil HD v1.4 are both now available in the App Store. As usual the update features lots of new stuff, so let’s get to it.
Firstly, there’s a brand new chapter, Printer Paper, with 15 new challenging levels. We listened to your comments on the previous Blueprint update and hope we’ve done an even better job on this latest release. Printer paper introduces a new Stapler enemy, and also a new kind of dot, but we’ll let you find out about them yourself!
We’ve added a new Bonus Level pack, this time for Loose Leaf and there’s a new character to be unlocked, Ralph the Cat Pencil! What’s more we’ve taken your suggestions on board and reduced many of the store prices including Bonus Packs and level skips/completes and we’ve added an option in Chapter Select for you to follow us on Twitter and earn yourself 500 additional Blue Dots, for free!
Finally, there’s a few minor bug fixes, most notably the one many of you experienced regarding collision detection in Square Paper Bonus Level 5.
We hope you all like the update and as always, please get in touch with us here, on Facebook or on Twitter and let us know your feedback.
Celebrate With Us! It’s Competition Time!
We’re exceptionally proud to announce that Save The Pencil has now been played over half a billion times. That’s right, there have been over 500,000,000 level attempts by our 3.4 million users! So we think it’s about time we gave something back, and we’ve come up with a pretty cool idea.
We want to produce an awesome video for Save The Pencil. Not a video of gameplay, but a video of YOU guys, your parents, your children, your friends, your grandparents, maybe even you’re exceptionally talented pets actually playing the game. We’ve received some really funny clips over the past few months, and would welcome a bunch more so we can put together a great little trailer. The reactions of people playing Save The Pencil make fantastic viewing, so if you get super happy, super mad, or somewhere in-between, we’d love to hear from you.
We’ll do our best to use every single video we receive, and of course, there’s prizes to be won for the best entries! The winner will receive a $50 iTunes Gift certificate, with selected runners up receiving smaller denominations. In order to enter, please email video clips to firstname.lastname@example.org. If it’s easier you can mail us a youtube link to the video instead.
Not able to take a video? Well, we may be able to use some still images too, so feel free to send us pictures of you playing Save The Pencil, or anything else that is Save The Pencil inspired!
We would also like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that work has begun on Save The Pencil 2, which we hope to release later in the year. We’ve learnt a lot from the original Save The Pencil and can promise you all that the second version will be better in every way! We take all your Facebook / Twitter comments and your emails on board, so please keep them coming.
Also, no need to worry, development and updates on the current Save The Pencil will continue.
In the changes we made in v1.3 of Save the Pencil, we redesigned the pencil sprite implementation to handle different characters. We forgot, however, to update the help section to utilise these changes resulting in the app crashing when users tried to enter help…whoops!
Really sorry about this and are pleased to let you all know this has now been rectified. In v1.31 you should be able to read help until your heart’s content.
Thanks for your patience and apologies again.
Just a quick update on Convertizo….you may have noticed v3.1 is now available. This added retina support for the new iPad, and fixes a couple of other minor issues including the flow icon on retina iPhone/iPod screens.
If you have any unit requests, remember, you can get in touch and we’ll add them for you.
Since the Blueprint update we’ve had a number of users get in touch or leave negative reviews in the App Store claiming the touch detection in Blueprint is poor and the game does not work properly. This is actually incorrect, but we can understand why they feel this way. In Blueprint, we introduced Scissors. Playing against Scissors is like playing a game of Chess. You move, they move, you move, they move. You CANNOT move whilst the scissors are cutting, and it is for this reason users incorrectly feel the dots have become unresponsive. They are trying to move before the Scissors have finished. And if they are playing with the sound off, there is no way for them to know their touch has been detected.
So what have we done to resolve this issue? Several things. Firstly, we’ve increased the speed with which the scissors move to their next cutting point. Secondly, we’ve increased the speed with which the scissors move having completed a cut. And finally (and perhaps most importantly), we have added a visual warning message which appears if you try to move whilst the Scissors are still cutting. We hope this helps everyone out, and we’re sorry we were unable to communicate the way the Scissors worked in a clearer fashion.
Now onto the good stuff…
Lots of users have gotten in touch and asked if we could add not just new enemies, but also new pencils you could play with. So we have…v1.3 features two new characters, Miss H, a pink pencil with a pink lead, and Professor Prop, a propelling pencil with a green lead. We’ll be adding a new character in each update. To access the character select screen, simply go to Options and tap the Characters button.
Finally, we have lots of requests for new levels already, and we are, as always, working on new levels. As Blueprint was just released however, the next chapter won’t be out several weeks.