Isomer is an isometric realtime strategy game inspired by classic XCOM and other more recent sandbox style games. It's open ended, designed to be played in a variety of ways with world exploration, survival, crafting and strategy all blended together. Build up your forces by trading resources for reinforcements with passing resupply ships and mutate your troops into specialist units from scouts to warriors. Enemy forces attack periodically in an attempt to destroy your bases and facilities. How long can you survive? The worlds are procedurally generated, large and teeming with hostile forces, enemy bases, deep catacombs and life. On some worlds, extensive enemy facilities have sprung up and the inhabitants don't take too kindly to new arrivals attempting to poach resources from their backyard. Mined resources can be used to build structures, traps or fortifications as well as traded periodically.

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It's been a little quiet on the news front of late - most of the work has been under the hood which is somewhat harder to post news post about. Nonetheless, here's an overview as to what I've been up to.

Posted by Ionising on Apr 16th, 2013

It's been a little quiet on the news front of late - most of the work has been under the hood which is somewhat harder to post news post about. Nonetheless, here's an overview as to what I've been up to.

More than three quarters of these items on my 'pre-alpha checklist' are now complete with work continuing at a good pace and things are coming together nicely.


From a coding prospective, after spending a fair few hours pouring over game logic timing outputs like the one above, the AI and logic processing now far better utilise the available execution time between each game 'tick' thanks to some new time slicing code and a number of general enhancements. There is still a bit of work to be done on the enemy AI but all the basic behaviour is in place already. The underlying game engine also has received tweaks and enhancements. 

Along with this, I got the profiler working (finally) in Visual Studio. It turns out it was well worth the couple of hours of less than polite rhetorical muttering and painstaking fiddling as, once I managed to get Isomer instrumented and running, I discovered a few surprising hotspots in the code relating to pathfinding calculation and weapon projectile iteration. These are now fixed and the result is the game runs better especially on less powerful hardware. 

More artwork has been completed too, with new and updated block and item sprites making their way into the game. Music is also coming along nicely with one track completed and one well under way. 


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Released Aug 29, 2013
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