Monthly Archive for May, 2011

DETOUR Patch v1.1

It’s been an incredible and ridiculous two weeks since we released DETOUR! There have been some crazy bumps, bugs, and so forth. But of course, we like focusing on the good stuff. And good stuff there is. On top of the ridiculous fun, DETOUR released in a state some would call… Ridiculously buggy. But those bugs are being squashed left and right. Today marks the first milestone in Operation: Make DETOUR Work Properly and Add Cool Stuff. DETOUR Version 1.1 has rolled out on Steam today, and all shall be wonderfully delighted at the changes in store. Not including all of the little things we’ve fixed, here is a list of the major changes, for your listful eyes.

DETOUR v1.1 Patch Notes

- Trucks no longer act strangely in multiplayer games. This is a very large fix and should smooth over the entire multiplayer experience.
- Random/Rare crashes some users were experiencing should no longer happen.
- Numpad keys should now work in text chat.
- Choose Team button now shows up properly in lobby when host has selected a team gametype.
- Sound should no longer default to 0, and sound preferences should maintain properly.
- Truck bubble cooldown increased from 18 seconds to 30 seconds.
- Nail cooldown increased from 15 seconds to 26 seconds.
- Holding backspace key now properly deletes characters in text chat.
- Rare error where player would be in the wrong factory on a Singleplayer Challenge.
- Graphics option added for “Use Hardware Mouse”, for players experiencing sluggish mouse cursor movement in the menus and game.
- Forest now has the proper item description in map editor.
- Player is now returned to Challenges menu after a challenge is completed.
- Certain challenge descriptions no longer pour over the edges of the menu.
- Lots of fixes involving different resolutions. This includes the hovering ‘tell-tales’ above trucks (pulled over, popped tire, EMP icons) now show up properly over the truck they are marking.
- Pressing T and Y in game no longer clears announcements and text chat already on screen.

Your multiplayer experience (you know, the one where you and 3 of your friends beat the tar out of eachother) will be better than ever! Remember, you can always pick up a 4-pack of DETOUR on the Steam store for you and your friends! (Or 4 random strangers!)

Here are some things we plan to address soon here-after.

- Various bug fixes and other issues we’d like to address
- Steam Achievements!
- Unlockable Truck Themes for use in multiplayer! (Via unlocking the Steam Achievements)

And last but not least, we can not thank those enough for selflessly have laid their gameplay experiences on the line to pick up DETOUR, submit feedback, report bugs, and help make it a better experience for the entire world.

Pardon Your Dust. You’ve earned it.

DETOUR has been released!

We have very little news today. Oh right, except that we just released DETOUR on Steam!

Let the long-awaited carnage begin! Click the image below to purchase DETOUR, Sandswept’s first-ever game, right now!

New here? THIS is DETOUR.

Pick up a copy (or four! discounted 4-Pack now available!) and let the rockets fly! Play it with friends, play it with foes, play it with siblings, parents, or bros! Don’t miss this experience of a lifetime that you can have in your lifetime!

There’s so much to cover, so we’ll try our best through the day. Let’s just reiterate. You could be playing DETOUR in under 20 minutes, we’re not kidding. Go pick it up! It’s an amazing multiplayer game! Get your friends to pick it up too, they’ve earned it!

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Youtube Description:Now available on Steam! Buy it here!

DETOUR is an exciting construction-based war game in which players pit their minds and their might against one another in order to safely guide a hapless delivery truck across a deadly battlefield! With DETOUR, Sandswept Studios puts a colorful twist on the RTS genre, creating a game that is both simple to learn, and complex to master — like a chess game with bombs! DETOUR sports endless amounts of unique strategies, a built-in map editor, AI opponents, 5 distinct modes of play, 27 singleplayer challenges, unlockables, online play, an epic soundtrack, and much, much more!

Key Features:
- 4-player multiplayer/coop
- 5 distinct game modes
- AI opponents
- Easy to learn, complex to master
- Built-in, easy to use map editor with map sharing
- 27 singleplayer challenges
- Unlockable visual truck themes

Let the carnage begin!

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We wish you all the best experience in the very first game from Sandswept Studios (That’s us!). Swing by the forums if you run into any first-day woes, questions, need assistance, or anything of that sort! We’ll be supporting, fixing, and assisting you through the day to ensure the launch goes smoothly! Register on the forums right now and you’ll receive a little something special!

Happy playing, happy posting, and Pardon Our Dust! See you online!

Truck 12 of 14: Hippy

The population of an endangered species is dwindling on this planet we call Earth. We humans have neglected them for far too long, and their numbers are now dying out. Fairly soon there won’t be many left at all. Yes, I speak of the ever-declining Hippy population.

Will you help us save them?

If this isn’t a hybrid, the irony is going to be so funny or something, man.

And now, we present the eco-friendly, entirely edible and bio-degradable wallpapers, for your consumption, or lining on your natural, soy-based compost bin.
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DETOUR - 10% Off!
Now that we’ve balanced our pink-to-flower ratio of trucks, we have some news you simply must read.

DETOUR releases May 16th. That’s in like, not that many days. Purchasing DETOUR on Steam during the first week will result in knocking 10% off the price! Pick it up then! That’s like 9 bucks, instead of 10 bucks! Who else would give you a game 1 dollar off during the first week? We would. That’s who. Buy yourself a candy bar. You’ve earned it. And then buy DETOUR. You’ve earned that too.

Pardon Our Hippies!

Truck 11 of 14: Girly

Ah yes. So someone had this theory that girls played video games, and we’re not really in a position to argue about video games and who plays them. We just make them. So for all the ‘girls’ out there, we made a truck for you, and we think you’re going to like it.

Like, totally.

Oh, I looooove pink!

Do you?

While we were out shopping at our favorite shoe outlets, we picked up these cute (pronounced caaa-yooot) little wallpapers. They come in 3 distinct colors; fuchsia, fandango, and cerise. If you download them now, you’ll find a hint of puce to highlight this wonderful display.
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DETOUR - 10% Off!
Hold on, you’re not going anywhere yet. Read this.

DETOUR releases May 16th. That’s in like, not that many days. Purchasing DETOUR on Steam during the first week will result in knocking 10% off the price! Pick it up then! That’s like 8 bucks, instead of 10 bucks! Who else would give you a game 2 dollars off during the first week? We would. That’s who.

Pardon Our Pink!

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