[Original post on domipheus.com 27th July] It’s been quite a hectic couple of months. As you will have seen, Gears of Glory: Apex Ace is not available...
The pick-up-and-play competitive racer - GEARSOFGLORY.COM
Gears of Glory: Apex Ace is a challenging top-down technical racer on PC aimed at racing fans who want a no-nonsense pick-up-and-play experience for when they have a few minutes of spare time available.
If you are the type that enjoys racing games such as Forza, Gran Turismo, and F1, but want something small for when you are limited on free time, and that doesn't require hour-long blocks to get something out of the gameplay, you will probably enjoy this.
Whilst the gameplay is currently stripped right down to time-trial modes, the game has much more technical racecar handling than the usual arcade, drifting, casual racer. It's a completely level playing field and skill is required to master. The car squirrels under braking, the brakes will lock up, understeer/oversteer etc.
Whilst in a singleplayer mode, it feels like multiplayer as the Dynamic Opponents system picks other players in the standings above your own position in leaderboards to race against you. All player laps are kept in cloud storage and are downloaded automatically. Beat those players and rise in the standings. It's always in an asynchronous multiplayer state.
In this mode, players race all of the season circuits which currently stands at 24. As they race, setting best laps and finding better lines to rise in the leaderboards, opponents appear alongside the players own best lap replay.
This is the first part of the Dynamic Opponent system at work - the opponent you face is usually the person directly above you in the leaderboards. As you progress, new opponents appear - and this happens on the fly.
So regardless of where you are, the singleplayer element revolves around racing other player laps, which have been raced at any time.
This mode is very simple - when you view the season tier leaderboards, you can browse the ranking, and race any lap on the boards. Any. If your friend is above you in the leaderboard and you just cant find the time to beat them via the season time-trial, race directly against them and check out where they find time on the lap.
This mode is very difficult, and if successful players receive many trophies( the XP/Score unit in the game) for the accomplishment. It is exactly as the Player race, apart from the fact the replay you are racing against is not a ghost but an interactive, collidable, car. So to beat their lap, you need to find and maintain space to overtake. You can jostle, however, the game does not let you influence the lap time of the other player. If you try to ram, or jostle to an unacceptable level, you will crash and be left with a bad lap. Because of the trophy reward associated with this, only players around or above your current ranking can be raced.
Unlike most racers, the leaderboards are based on who got that lap time last, rather than first. So as the top end of leaderboards begin to normalize as the perfect racing line is discovered, it becomes much more a test of consistency as well as speed.
Coming in an update is an in-game circuit editor, with options to publish to the game community. Every published custom circuit will come with a global leaderboard.
If you are knocked down the standings by others, challenges are generated which offer trophy rewards if you regain your original position in the leaderboards. You are also notified immediately when you go up or down in the standings.
Most up to date information will be at Buy.gearsofglory.co.uk .
It is currently going through Desura publishing operations.
You need to register for an account on Services.domipheus.com to play, as that is your login for all the cloud storage, leaderboards and achievements.
The developer(me!) twitter: @domipheus
GEARS OF GLORY: APEX ACE OUT NOW - RACING FANS SPIN OUT IN EXCITEMENT
For Immediate Release.
EDINUBRGH, UK- October 3rd, 2012: Gears of Glory: Apex Ace, the pick-up-and-play top-down technical racer, has been declared fit to race by Domipheus Labs and is available to purchase and play now on PC from Buy.gearsofglory.co.uk.
A Demo is available to those who register for OnlineServices, at Services.domipheus.com. A test race is also available which gamers can use to test game performance and handling before registering for the demo/purchasing.
Features of the release to buy today include;
- 24 Challenging circuits which increase in difficulty over four tiers.
- Time-trial gameplay with car handling more technical than your typical top-down racer.
- Earn trophies by achieving fast laps and completing dynamic challenges, rising in overall standings.
- Get the multiplayer kick in singleplayer - race anyone on the leaderboard, any time.
- Dynamic Opponents system deploys other players on the racetrack to race as players improve, outrace them to rise in the standings.
- Player Challenge: Pick an opponent, and race against their physical car. Find and maintain space to overtake, or spin out in a collision.
- No upgrade trees or paid-for performance perks - everyone using the same racecar - a truly level playing field.
- No AI whatsoever. All opponents on track are other players in the racing community. Opponents don't need to be online for players to race them.
- FREE 24 hour demo with access to 12 circuits when registering for Domipheus Labs OnlineServices at Services.domipheus.com
Racing fans can grab the game from our distribution partners IndieCity, Desura or Indievania, as well as direct from the developer at Buy.gearsofglory.co.uk for £2. Friends can buy four licenses together and save 25% when purchasing direct.
Domipheus Labs have used the Open Beta route, choosing to release at a discount now and add Online Multiplayer and In-game track editor at a later date. More information on these features will be available in due course. Buying now entitles players to these updates as they are made available.
For more information, see Buy.gearsofglory.co.uk
About Gears of Glory: Apex Ace:
A casual, yet challenging experience, Gears of Glory: Apex Ace merges technical racing and pick-up-and-play. Gears of Glory: Apex Ace is the game in which players race competitively against the entire community to achieve glory. Its top down style allows for perfect racing lines to be sought out and achieved – perfection will be required if players are to become race legends, topping global leaderboards, creating custom tracks and winning heats of multiplayer challenges. With single-player containing no AI - laps of other racers in the community are available any time for racing, challenges, and more. Available for PC.
About Domipheus Labs OnlineServices:
OnlineServices is a completely bespoke web-based frontend for the management of purchased games from Domipheus Labs. It allows games bought on various different distribution outlets to be tied to the same community of leaderboards, achievements and cloud storage. OnlineServices handles Gamer Services, but also for publishers, user management and Licence Key generation and analytics.
About Domipheus Labs:
Domipheus Labs is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was launched in 2012 to bring to market the hobby work of Colin "Domipheus" Riley. Domipheus Labs is purely a spare-time endeavour as Colin releases game ideas and concepts that have built up over years of prototyping. Colin is the sole designer, programmer and artist on all titles. Domipheus Labs' first title, Gears of Glory: Apex Ace, is launching soon.
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