Added: When you lose connection to the server, it now tells you and lets you retry.
Changed: Different artwork for prize chest vs in-game swap chests, so that it's less confusing.
Changed: Made it harder to hack your score.
Fixed: When tiles fall in to make a match, they now always join into the one that fell most recently.
Fixed: Leaderboard not showing to new users after their first play.
Game Update May 8, 2020:
Added: New level! Isle Castle.
Added: Now can arm the castle's towers with arrows!
Added: More castle art and water art.
Changed: Tier 2 defenses are not iron anymore, they are now bronze. Tiers are now: 1. The resource with some wood, 2. Bronze, 3. Silver, 4. Gold.
Changed: Ice Wall and Ice Cube instead of Crystal Tower.
Fixed: Notification amount display.
Next update might have: options to deal with losing connection to the server.
Game Update April 25, 2020:
Added: Match-4 and Match-5 sound effects.
Added: Can now buy resources, not just defenses.
Added: Show preview of next challenge on friday night.
Fixed: Using the same inventory item twice.
Fixed: Display of chest menu while unlocking a different chest.
Fixed: King display duplicated on tutorial and on ad chest gold.
Next update might have: Inventory management page, which will be your home castle and you'll be able to upgrade defenses there. If you collect 3 iron towers, you can match them to start a level with a silver tower.
Game Update April 10, 2020:
Added: Weekend battles! Every weekend there is a global tournament playing a different level.
Changed: Better speech bubbles.
Game Update March 19, 2020:
Added: Lords of the leaderboard! Top 3 scorers in your clan get gold bonuses when other players in the clan play.
Added: Scrolling menus.
Added: Notifications menu.
Changed: High Scores only shows the best 1 for each player.
Next update will have: New level that you can play only for 1 day?
Game Update January 25, 2020:
Added: Chests as rewards!
Added: Personal inventory of defenses you can use when you start a level!
Added: Shows how many goals you've achieved on each level icon.
Next update will have: New castle? New leaderboard bonus for being at the top, each time someone else in your clan plays that level, you get gold?
Game Update November 21, 2019:
Added: Shows the score rank you just got even if it's not in the top 9.
Change: Castles repair instantly.
Change: Only show top 9 scores.
Change: Overworld zoomed out again so you can see all levels.
Change: Removed twitter link. They suspended my account for no reason. I have never even tweeted. I appealed and and no respone.
First they claimed that you don't have to supply a phone number to use Twitter. This is a lie.
If you don't confirm a phone number they lock your account and say your account did "suspicious" activity. This is another lie.
And you must confirm a phone number.
They do this on purpose for the goal of harvesting user information.
Next update will have: New castle? New leaderboard bonus? Or just a bunch of bug fixes.
Game Update November 8, 2019:
Change: New ledge art.
Change: New shallow water art.
Change: New cloud art.
Fix: Scrolling clan list of members all the way down.
Next update will have: New overworld layout? New castle? New leaderboard bonus? Or just a bunch of bug fixes.
Game Update October, 2019:
Added: You can now buy starting defenses with gold!
Added: You can now scroll clan member list when there's a lot of members.
Change: You can now repair the castle past 5 hearts. This will make repairing with stone more useful.
Change: Silver and gold chests give more swaps. This will make it worthwile to save up chests.
Next update will have: New ledge art. New overworld layout? New castle? New leaderboard bonus?
News September 19, 2019:
Switched to AWS! The database loads much faster now!
I really had to switch from HostGator because they have a security module in effect that you can't disable.
It's supposed to help prevent hacks, but what it does is block any input that contains a left arrow and a quotation mark. So if a user enters "hi <3" the request is blocked and your PHP never runs.
News September 9, 2019:
Working on converting the server to Amazon AWS. This will speed it up. The host right now is pretty slow.
And it's annoyingly slow to go into the database.
Game Update September 2, 2019:
Tower Swap is now running on OpenGL! Now it should be 60 FPS on all devices that are supported.
My old Android tablet used to run the game at 11 FPS, now it's 60!
The game used to use the CPU to render the images. That was bad because on Android it doesn't give the full CPU power to web pages.
My Android tablet can run a 3D canvas game with a lot of polygons but it can't even display a simple 2D canvas scrolling tile map without lagging.
Gotta make use of that GPU.
Also, now when a dragon gets hit with an arrow, it turns red, instead of blinking.
This is now possible because I'm using a webGL shader that supports color tinting.
Hopefully all this openGL stuff didn't break anything for anyone.
Game Update August 8, 2019:
Fix: Prevented your browser from recommending your password when it shouldn't.
Change: On the tiny isle level, it now only requires 1 dirt to expand the ground. The level was too hard, impossible to get all 3 trophies.
Technically not impossible actually, in theory it could just keep dropping gold 1000 times in a row and then you get 600 swaps.
Game Update July 2019:
Added high scores! Added clans!
Game Update June 2019:
Added the tips on the loading screen:
Towers shoot at dragons in all directions.
Drag things off the side, if you don't want them!
It's a puzzle game!
Dragons come every night!
Defend the castle!
Dragons are fascinated that your mouth can make water!
Don't let the dragons burninate the countryside!
Always remember that you can repair the castle with stone!
Don't tickle a sleeping dragon!
Rome wasn't built in a day.
When you match-4, you get an extra swap.
Match 3 wooden chests to get a silver chest!
You can quickly open a chest to stop night from falling.
Drag dirt into shallow water to increase your land space.