Phew! Underworld: SweetDeal 1.1 has just been submitted to the AppStore. Hoping guys from Cupertino are going to approve it till the end of this week.
Ok, the main question, as always, is what exactly did we prepare for you in 1.1?
The first and the most important feature of this release is Facebook Connect support. As any other MMO, Underworld is not only about making progress, but also about socializing. Bring your Facebook account into the game to communicate with friends, observe each other’s game achievements and struggle to the top of Friends Cream of the Crop. More details on that will follow in a separate post soon.
Another highly demanded feature added is stock controls. Review your current stock and dump something if you need space quickly for another commodity.
Cream of the Crop now will let you open dealer’s profiles, view their details and communicate. Finally, we did that
The last, but not least — we have put a lot of effort to fix all the known bugs and improve the overall game stability. Yes, «black screen» bug is in the past too
As usual, we’ve put out already implemented features from the roadmap and about to add some new stuff we are getting from the suggestion box. The work has begun on the next version!
just a suggestion, but im pretty sure pretty soon people are gonna run out of things to do, after making it up the ranks and all. so i think the battling thing between dealers, or gangs, or missions, or something new substance-wise needs to be added, to keep the buzz going
Battle as endgame content would be alright, buy as wrany said, don’t change the essence of the game, and please don’t add gangs or missions. They will be crutches for the growing masses of players that suck. Don’t make this imob.
I like kimberly’s idea of hidden stuff in the map like $ maybe, that would be cool. Can’t wait for this update I hate the stupid blank bug. And andrey when I play UW it tends to crash very often why is that? I have reset,deleted sum stuff from cydia but nothing?
Selene, Underworld is a memory intensive app. If you do too many things without exiting it can crash. This seems to be more prevelent on jailbroken phones. Due to the nature of jailbreaking, we tend to place more items in memory. Such as Winterboard and Backgrounder. It’s the nature of the beast I’m afraid…
@Andrey Had a thought for ya. People are always asking if they could become a Lab owner or a junky.
If you were to add this feature you could make it so that only once you have reached the top level you are given the option to become a lab owner, but you must come up with double the amount of money it took to reach the final level, or pay 1500 points. (Another way to make extra cash). Then once they are a lab owner they have to get 2+ ingredients (Depending on the drug) to make the drugs. And in order to find the ingredients they have to buy them from junkies and combine them to make the items to sell. They can only start out by making low end drugs and as they level up they can make higher ones. (Same concept as being a dealer but starting over as a lab owner. Still need to do the upgrades and such to grow in rank.)
Next to become a junkie you just have to not pay your loan back, this drops you to a junky. You are then required to buy drugs from the lowest seller only, you can’t just buy the high priced drugs because you want to your a junkie and want cheap drugs. And according to how much they buy depends on how much ingredients they have to sell to the lab owners. (this is how the junkies will make their money). And again they can start off by only buying the low grade items and have to upgrade to get the better ones. Along with all the other upgrades. And once completed they are a dealer again.
This way all three (Junkies, Dealers, Lab Owners) support each other. And as the community grows you might be able to do away with bots all together.
Junkies support Dealers by buying the drugs, and Lab owners by selling them ingredients.
Dealers support Junkies by selling the drugs, and Lab owners by Buying the drugs
and Lab Owners support Dealers by selling the drugs and Junkies by buying the ingredients.
I like it, but how do junkies get ingredients? like, when they buy say 7 donuts, they get 7 of each ingredient required to create donuts, and then they in turn sell those ingredients back to the dealer?
what is the drive for a junkie to even worry about selling the ingredients?
they would need to sell the ingredients to get money to buy more items (And to move up in rank). and the ingredients they get would be more like they buy 7 of an item and they get 7 of one ingredient to make them.
I seriously belive that the pace of the game needs too be made a little quicker! There has been several times that I could be holding something( waffels) for several days without selling even after I attempted too lower my price down $1000 cheaper than eveyone else!!! I also work with several people who have the game and we attempted too test the game out on what it should do ( which is buy cheap and sell lower than your competition) and the people who were the highest price were selling more in bulk and more freaquently than the others who had their product cheaper by a good margin!!! What’s up with that???
@ imperial yes mines doing the same my fiancée is sas bud so yes we live together so same tile for selling and are rather competitive he has been doing amazing this week and I’m always undercutting him LOL but im struggling to make a few hundred thousand …….. he’s almost caught upto me and he was almost two levels behind, now theres only a million in it grrrrrr lol help audrey fix the bugs before he catches me up LOL
So i’m totally excited for the stock controls in the game, i’m just curious as to what price you’re ‘dumping’ your stock at. When you dump stock do you get back what you paid for it or is it just a complete loss??
Ye Ha! #6/20 and climbing. Bring on 1.1. Stock control would be great. So many times I’ve bought lower priced commodities because they were the only thing available at the time. Later on though, the labs and junkies will respawn producing and buying the higher margin products and I find all of carry space used up. I would gladly dump mints for waffles any day and not lose a minutes sleep over the associated loss of capital.
I too would love to hear more about endgame scenarios. At this point the game is just about keeping my head down and selling, selling, selling. It still feels competitive don’t get me wrong. I’m not about to rest on my laurels and let someone past me without a struggle. I just feel that it would be great to be shooting for the next big thing. Lab ownership perhaps. How about becoming head of regional cartels. Hook players in your area up in exchange for tribute money or something like this. I don’t know. Albe’s idea seems symbiotic enough to satisfy the economics on all levels. It would be interesting to see the whole game world become self-sufficient without the need for lab bots and junkie bots. Maybe even have people play the role of law enforcement by scavenging the maps busting everyone. All levels of players would have to pay for protection. In-game commerce could be taken to all kinds of new and interesting levels.
Keep up the great work. This game continues to consume way more of my work day than it aught too!
Selene! Thanks for the text about leveling up. I appreciate it. Just remember though, if you sell 125 kilos for $7000.00 and I sell 247kilos for $5000.00 in the same period of time, which one of us made more money??? LOL
this one always gets me you open the game, and it has a lab selling something cheap, you try to buy it and you get busted, maybe once, maybe twice before you actually buy it, thats part of the game I get it… what sucks is after you try to buy it and then it says “item or deal no longer available”
I think that the program needs to check it a deal is available before it checks to bust me. I don’t mind getting busted as long as I can eventually buy the product, but when it busts me and then says it’s not available, I get mad. and it’s not like the product was sold after I initially got busted, this happens too regularly for that to be the case. usually the deal is available again right away with a new lab name and price, but still a lab.. other times, I can go to the wifi screen and see the name of the new lab before it becomes available, so I’m sure that’s what is happening, the screen hasn’t refreshed yet, and I’m looking at an old lab, but I shouldn’t be punished for buying something when the game hasn’t refreshed yet.
That bust bug has been there for a while. You see it a lot when you travel around, and I reported it over a month ago. I think it’s a pretty big code change to fix it. You get busted when their technically isn’t any product left to buy. The serve is out of sync. You can do this also when it is updating slow.
Say there are 7 items for sell. You buy two, but it still says 7. If you try to buy all 7 it says the deal is no longer available, because you already purchased 2 of them, and it just hasn’t synced yet. Well do this enough and you will get busted and charged for all 7 items, even though only 5 are left. It sucks.
Yeah, I know you guys want to make money on selling points, but there are way too many busts; to the point where it’s becoming unplayable. I’ll probably stop playing the game before I spend anymore money on points. Maybe you could work on that bug. thanks
it shouldn’t be a huge code change, as a programmer I understand the logic behind it.
they just need to reorder the code that checks to bust you with the code that checks to see if the deal is available. they are just two conditional statements, just switch their location in the code and that should be it.
I also think think, and maybe it’s my imagination, but the closer you get to your next upgrade, the more frequently you get busted. it’s probably just my imagination because I’m getting close and the busts mean more to me at that point, but man I hate that. I’m approaching level 18.
Have the buy/sell/respawn characteristics of labs and junkies been changed or modified? I have been struggling to pull out any sales at all. I ‘ll get one really good day followed buy 5 or 6 mediocre days followed by 2 or 4 really horrible days. I move all over the map on a daily basis and play actively all day. I would be inclined to think that it’s just my area but, with the amount I travel, it appears to be more systemic. Andrey, any pearls of wisdom on this?
To add to Paulie45 and Riot Punk, maybe you could have the junkies get am option to raid A food mart for ingredients. Also have some kind of addiction meter showing that you need a sugar fix or something.
Anyone else notice a HUGE increase in busts. I have had 3-4 time the bust than ever before. I had less busts when i had lvl3 protection. I have lvl5 protection for about 1 month now and this week it has been mega over kill.
buying top items 1-3 and i will get busted 2-4 time in a row and then i can buy a few and then busted again.
I am even being busted on lower items just as much.
Van Nuys, CA Area
WHY THE CHANGE? I really don’t have money to go and buy point to try and protect myself. And I am not about to get hacked points.
Please change it back. I will never make money at this rate. (But I know you will. LOL)
It’s all a gambleof odds. I upgrade police evasion to level five, and the first two times n a row that I tried to purchase afterward were both busts.
I thought to myself that I chose the wrong upgrade, and was frustrated with myself, but then it took four more days of solid playing before I was busted again! This was over the same period that some of you say that you have experienced an elevated police presence.
I can SSH into phone and change stuff in the game myself. ie pictures and stuff. I have not tried, but I think It is poss that I can change my cash and rank just as easy. Maybe he has worked that out too.
Emporer - definately Police or tradable items… If you go for tradable items, you’ll be able to earn more cash than you can at the moment… But you will also get busted more… If you go for police, you will make less cash but get busted less….
Upto you dude! Personally I would go for tradable items…
I do not see Sweet Deal in my Apps. I am worried if something happens to my iPhone, then I will lose all my game stats! I’m Level 15 and don’t want to lose all this hard work. What do I do to ensure I keep score even if I upgrade iPhones or drop this one in water?
SaS_BuD, yes, we are aware of that, but no idea how that happened. The availability date was the same for all versions. But somehow, free version didn’t make it.
By the way, a new blog post was published: details on Facebook features.
I rode with a friend on a 110 mile round trip last night JUST so I could sell travel and buy/sell a lot of my goods. I sold a few. The server was mostly down for the trip and I was getting errors. I even had my 8 hours of QUIET. I launch Underworld about 40-60 times a day. yesterday, I had about 3-4 spurts of purchases. The rest of the time, no one bought or the server was down (?) I lowered all my prices on some items to attempt to (drop) them/ get rid of them. Nothing happened. I still have all these goods. I’m REALLY looking forward to 1.1
Thanks Dev’s!! Cheers~
Not really a complaint but i think the ability to dump stock needs a bit work for one it would make more sense to have it listed on the main buy/sell screen opposite the help button, or under money screen instead of the profile (the profile has nothing to do with buying/selling), the primary reason is it would be sound logic to see your recent deal to see if it’s worth dumping or not, for example if I’m selling ice cream like crazy i wouldn’t want to dump all of it especially if I’m carrying 20 or more. By putting it on the main screen we could dump stock just like we purchase it at the dealers price or even lower than dealer cost that would put money back into the economy instead of having it vaporize. Any one else agree?
^ i’m not selling anything either i’ve lowered my prices by 1000 for waffles and drops and everything else by the hundreds and I nothing is moving the same items for sale have been there for a 2 hours what’s the problem?
Hey… I haven’t sold anything in over 24 hours, doesn’t look like anyone else on my map has either… what’s going on? This would be horrible for people with a loan still. There’s junkies but no one is buying.
Also, what do you guy think of the labs not changing location so often? I think people needing to travel around to buy instead of waiting a day or so to find the lab they want back on the map (when you still might have the items in stock) is making the game unrealistic and too easy.
I have had a waffle junkie on my tile all day and haven’t sold any since yesterday morning. Also I don’t understand why we have to dump all or none in the inventory. I was gonna dump a few doughnuts to buy more waffles but did not want to dump all 55 of my stock to get 10 waffles. We should be able to select the quantity we drop like when we but them.
they need too seriously fix the game!!!!!!!!! It was much better as the beta version!!!!!!! I went 3 whole days without selling a dam thing!!! The most I’ve sold in 3 days is one donut!!! And the labs do not stick around as much as used too during the beta version too!!!!! And it’s not like this is a one time problem, this has been going on ever since they released too the app store!!! And not too mention of seems like they cranked up how much you get busted now like there trying too con ppl into buying points!!! There’s nothing wrong at all with trying too make money on their part but the game is starting too no longer be fun at all!!! And another thing I noticed is that everyone over seas is leveling up luke crazy but over here anyone who’s level 15 or higher is taking forever too level up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, Im am avid addict to the game, and recently I’ve felt like quitting. All of a sudden, no matter if the price is low or high, product is just sitting. It took over 3 days to sell my waffles!? WTF is that crap. I see other players in my area having the same problem. Their product just sit for days with no movement. If this market isn’t fixed soon I’ll be uninstallig game, as it’s a waste of time. Fix it!
Hey Andre can you sort out the labs and dealers respawning all day I’ve got the same junkies and dealers on different tiles I travel across about 8 to 15 tiles a day and the lab and dealers are following me they never refresh how are they following me are they stalkers I’m sick of getting no good products just Viagra and weed I’m almost ready to packup shop and move on
I’m quitting today, extremely dissappointed in how the game pan’d out with no response or concern from the developers. The only way to climb now is to cheat (cydia points) or team up with other people. Grats on losing one of your founding fathers.
I like the thing about becoming a lab owner but it should go like this
You start as a dealer once you get to top level you should add an upgrade “biology” biology will teach you how to make bud, cacti and other life orientated drugs and as you upgrade it maxing at ten or so you will be able to create more in one day then usual, assumming you have a cap on how much you are able to create. Another upgrade should become availabe after reaching mid point or so in biology and that should be “chemistry” which will allow you to creat man made drugs, ex. Meth herion and more complicated stuff such as exstacy.
While all this is going on you should have levels of risk of being caught,
When a dealer ties to purchase from a lab owner a dealer should be able to disagree or agree
Depending on the level of risk
If a lab does the deal and high risk he should then be demoted all the way to junkie and lose all money and investments
As a junkie you will receive money from “welfare”
Being a junkie means your a junkie
You will at first have to buy atleast a gram of weed a day
To feed your junkies thirst
You will have you eventaully move up ten ranks or so of drugs
From commonly used drugs to harder drugs
There will be a way to move through the drugs more quickly
You will have to use your welfare money to buy cheaper drugs
And sell them high just like a dealer
At the end of the day though you must have enough left over to fill your needs
There will also be a consume button that will allow you to consume extra
Allowing you to move up in ranks by the end of the day
You are pretty much a dealer but you have to have enough drugs at the end of the day to fill your self
If needs are not met you will need more the next day
And so on
Once you progress through the life of a junkie you will be able to start a new game as a dealer
While in junkie mode “new game” feature should be locked
For everytime completing junkie mode you get an extra $500 at the start of dealer
First life cycle = 0 extra
And so on
Therefore giving major bonuses to players that are comitted to the game
when they come arounf there second life cycle they will have a $2500 extra allowing them to progress a little faster each time
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Any updates to underworld. Should Put gangs in the game. Make your own gang invite ur friends. Everyweek a percentage of your weekly earnings goes in to the gang cash pot then gets spilt up between ur gang members monthly. Should let them put a gang name and even have ur own custom gangranks so by ur shouts if ur in a gang under ur shout it will say the gang name and rank if u have one
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