my only take-away from this thread is:
It's far better to pre-release games as alpha, and incorporate many sales to attract a wide-player (tester) base. This game was released in August 2012, so by the time I encountered the bug I saw, it had already been released over half a year. I was playing what was promoted as a released non-alpha, non-beta, polished, clean product.
By telling players "this is just alpha code" - all sorts of bugs are forgiven. It just changes the whole tone, and it also scares players like me away. I don't want to be anybody's alpha or beta tester and pay for it unless the game is extremely compelling. That's just my personal approach as a consumer.
So I don't know if my review is a troll. If anyone asked me "do you recommend this game" - my review is exactly what comes to mind when I see this game, especially when I visit the forums and get that dirty message in red at the top. It was a power play by the dev "you didn't follow protocol. Nananana." Or at least that's what it felt like for me getting banned.
Today I played 2 multiplayer games, and I didn't see the issue that had happened before. It's quite possible that the issue has been addressed.
And there's really no point in dwelling on "here's what so and so did wrong". I'd rather find a solution, and for me that solution is, it's much safer to call a game alpha than go through this sort of mess.
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You have been permanently banned from all Tower Wars discussions.
You were banned by a Tower Wars developer.
Reason: "Not following protocol to submit a bug report."
This is how this developer treats customers. If the customer runs into a problem with the product, ban them from the forums. Permanently. Which leaves a pretty bad taste in my mouth. I can't recommend a game by a dev who treats people like this.
And for the gory details: my mouse would lock up attached to an object in the middle of games. I couldn't
go to the menus, NOTHING. Multiplayer games would log me as having quit the game, when it was a bug.
Of course NOBODY else saw this bug. Well it turned out, eventually, that I figured out (no thanks to the
devs) that this only happened when my video settings were maxed out (monitor is 2560x1600). So there
was a workaround - and they might have addressed this too.
But I'm still banned from their forums.
[EDIT: It looks like they have indeed added a single player campaign, so I've removed the statement that signle player is missing.]
Avoid this one.