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Vala Alpha
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Save the world from rabid llamas in the new 3D shooter for Windows Phone

While aliens, monsters, and zombies have attempted to take over the world in several movies and games, a new 3D shooter game for Windows Phone has pegged the doom on hordes of llamas!

Developed by Matt, better known as RogueCode, Vicious Attack Llama Apocalypse: Alpha, or VALA: Alpha is a full 3D top-down shooter for Windows Phone 8 devices where your aim to save the world from rampaging llamas. Matt is a Microsoft MVP for Windows Phone development, a Nokia Developer Champion for Windows Phone and even used to write for us some time ago.

VALA: Alpha

The game is set in post-apocalyptic New York, Rio, and Dubai, where you need to fight for your life across six unique levels. A funny touch is linking to the maps and Wikipedia pages of the three cities showcasing how the cities were before the apocalypse.

You have a gun with unlimited bullets, but only one life, and can move around a playing area where llamas charge you from all directions. You’d want to keep moving as you kill the rabid llamas, since they appear in never-ending waves. Some of the llamas drop energy cubes which you can collect to build various types of sentry towers on three specific locations in every level.

VALA: Alpha

VALA: Alpha is a good-looking game, with an interesting gameplay. You can download the game for free from the Windows Phone Store for free. (Windows Phone 8 only - 69MB - works with 512MB hardware). Give it a spin and try to save to save the world from a llama apocalypse. Let us know how you like it, and how many llamas you manage to kill.

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amol071 says:

Awesome!! :D

ahmedjan87 says:

Lammas
So this is the future, huh ?

bozvandam says:

Somewhere Jeff Minter is smiling furiously :D

paulheu says:

^^ THIS

 

Would LOVE to see some of the LLamasoft games on WP, mainly Attack of the mutant camels, Matrix and Gridrunner..

RogueCode says:

Haha, thanks for that :)

Rico says:

First thing I thought of. :-)

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Came here to say that :¬)

Rob Paige says:

I can see I'm not the only person here whose first thought was of Geoff Minter.  Made me all nostalgic for Revenge of the Mutant Camels on the old Amiga.

peachy001 says:

Nice little game.

jaymin1 says:

Seems good,going to try

dreonedon says:

Im going to give it a try

Please bring the game to the Windows Store

RogueCode says:

Got lots of plans, but at the moment it is exclusive to WP for 90 days.

And after 90 days?

RogueCode says:

Probably Windows Store, but will see what users say and decide from there.

That'll be great! I'll wait for that too. I'm sure people will like it.

musarator says:

yes please.. :D

Nabkawe5 says:

My credit card hasn't been renewed yet, and I'm glad its free but it looks too good to be free is it ad supported?

RogueCode says:

It is completely free, with no IAP or adverts. Thanks :D

ebin5 says:

Good to see 512 mb support for a 3d(graphics) game after a long time.

RogueCode says:

We worked hard to get this working on 512MB devices and will continue to optimize it. We're really happy with how good it looks even on the low end devices. Enjoy!

Thanks Rogue. 'm gonna give it a spin..... (*heading to store*)

Dat 69 Mb tho,lol.

amol071 says:

Dat 69 huehue

RogueCode says:

Working on it! Brazil is the next country we aim to get it in once in China. Will do this ASAP.

RogueCode says:

Needed that space to fit the sexy graphics. ;-)

ebin5 says:

I always wondered how dredd vs zombies was only 25 mb.

That was my first WP game! Loved it :) I wish they had optimised their other games for 512mb devices...

Rogue Code: please make your games available here in Brazil. I can help with this.

RogueCode says:

Seems my reply got attached to the wrong person. Here is is again : Working on it! Brazil is the next country we aim to get it in once in China. Will do this ASAP.

If the game already has a PEGI or ESRB certificate all you need to do is upload this certificate in the place of the Brazilian one (DJCTQ) and choose a age rate that matches the certificate. If you don't have a certificate you can get one ESRB certificate instantly here: https://autoratingtool.esrb.org/ARTclient/WindowsPhone.aspx

RogueCode says:

You rock! I've got the cert and will submit it as soon as the China submissions passes(or fails). That means it should be up during next week.

Great! You can also acquire a PEGI certificate instantly on internet: https://wp-rating.pegi.eu/Games/Submit. And then publish in even more countries. If you have more games you can also publish them in here. :)

RogueCode says:

Sweet, got this one too now, so will submit to all the regions these are applicable for. Thanks again!

Do you know that you don't need to update the whole game to add a new certificate? You can just add the news certificates and the game will show in the stores within 24h. ;)

RogueCode says:

Not sure if you have subscribed to replies, so I hope you see this.

The game is now available in Brazil, Russia, and China :-)

The latest update (Brazil, Russia, and some bug fixes) actually went through in under 24h.

Fortunately I check just now and realized that is available!!! Thank you so much!!
I will spread the news. :)

vinay27 says:

You rock, saw you helping dev

saket87 says:

He's always helping devs to bring games to Brazil. Kudos to that

Though I'm from India but glad to see such approach from an individual to help his nation. Good job! :)

Thanks guys. I am always here to help! :)

peachy001 says:

Kudos to Guilherme.

DVELOPinc says:

Took a second to figure out exactly how to work it but, after getting started, good god that was alot of llamas, lol. Pretty good so far.

People should check out his site. The guy is really talented on different levels.

RogueCode says:

Thanks a lot :)
For others reading this, here is my site: http://blog.roguecode.co.za/

Nice blog. Read two articles and bookmarked for later reading!

http://blog.roguecode.co.za/Windows-Phone-controlled-car-with-Netduino-a... was really creative. It was something beyond the "code" thing... :)

Aashish13 says:

Good grpahics im loving it. Waiting for telegram now and watsapp major update.

rponting says:

And humans on mars

I always find it strange whenever i see 512 mb ram support written at the bottom of an article..tells you how important it is for a game to have 512 mb ram support..

RogueCode says:

Yeah, lots of people don't realize just how many people have the 520/521/620. Enjoy!

625 and 720 also. :)

Agree and even if they realize, they are too lazy to optimize it (Rockstar, for example)... And some games just can't really fit in 512mb devices.

ltjordan24 says:

  Looks cool. Downloading now.

920Walker says:

Puts shame to anyone who installs and plays Fapping Bird.

That game has its own importance despite its size. But that fake version really annoys me...

Kaushik Dash says:

Looks awesome. Thank you for providing this game for 512 mb devices RogueCode

RogueCode says:

It's a pleasure :)

Downloaded game earlier today. Great game. Make more games for wp!!!!!! Lol

RogueCode says:

I plan on doing just that!

Can we expect updates for game with more content 'soon' ?

Fizoto says:

A game after my own heart.

silentshot says:

Mate, great job.. Lots of fun, really enjoyed playing it, you should reach out to Llamasoft and let see if they will let you do Gridrunner, Andes attack (my age is showing) or the revenge of the mutant camels. Of course WP8 version if them. Your game rocks.

paulheu says:

Gridrunner, Matrix and Revenge would be so cool to have. I actually mailed Jeff Minter on this but got no response..

PBV7 says:

Awesome game....Really love playing it...Looking forward for lot more from you...Really talented developer..

RogueCode says:

Glad you're liking it! Got a long list of stuff to add in the next updates!

vinay27 says:

Thanks dev, specially for 512mb supported mobiles

peachy001 says:

Kudos to the dev.... Loads of feedback from him here. Good to see. Any chance of achievements? Yes I realise they actually don't help pay the mortgage, but I like them.

peachy001 says:

Just gone on to his site... Even more impressed now.

RogueCode says:

Thanks :)

Are you meaning Xbox Achievements? Unfortunately that is not something under my control. That's up to Microsoft.

peachy001 says:

Yeah, Xbox ones. Thanks for the reply. Incidentally, nice sparkler pic with the 1020. I tried something similar on New Year's Eve, with far worse results. Wish I had the time to try those bits of coding on your blog. Quality stuff. The Bluetooth remote was nice.

RogueCode says:

Yeah, wish I had used a tripod though.

If you ever do get some time, this will get you started easily with Netduino + WP dev: http://blog.roguecode.co.za/Post/ControllingaNetduinooverBluetoothwithWP8

peachy001 says:

Cheers for the heads up... Sadly, my programming knowledge is nil. So I may struggle. Although I like the way you play around with very cheap components. I thought the Raspberry Pi was low cost. I may have a go. Got your blog saved to my favourites, so I will check back. Very good.

RogueCode says:

Cool, let me know if you have any problems or need some advice. I'm on Twitter at @roguecode, or use the email link in the game.

peachy001 says:

Too kind fella. Kudos, again. Would live to give it a go.

coip says:

For those gamers interested in helping indie developers like RogueCode here be able to release their games as Xbox games on Windows Phone, please consider joining the #SaveXboxWP movement, described here. One of the primary goals of the movement is to convince Microsoft to expand the ID@Xbox program to Windows Phone. That program makes it easier for indie developers to make Xbox One games and there is no reason why Microsoft shouldn't extend it to Windows Phone and Windows 8/RT. That way, everyone wins.

peachy001 says:

I applaud your efforts, but I'm not on Twitter, or even anything similar. I love achievements, they work for me. Thanks for your efforts.

RogueCode says:

For some humor, this is the first teaser-type video we made of the game right at the beginning to help pitch to investors.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TIBR5UFhpg

LOL! That was funny and I thought Llamas were cute... Thanks for the game! It's really nice against its size! :D

peachy001 says:

Video was great too. Good job fella.

slimshady97 says:

Looks good will definitely give it a try!

Good see the developer replying to almost every post here just for that effort i am downloading your game will come with the feedback in a while cheers

RogueCode says:

Looking forward to hearing what you think! Please also remember to rate the game in the store if you get a sec :)

saulgould13 says:

Damn u lammas! So tough!!

RogueCode says:

Don't get stuck in corners, build a health tower ASAP, and KEEP MOVING! :)

coip says:

I checked out the game. Played the first Dubai level a few times. Killed about 100 or so llamas before dying. Tried to build some towers but it wasn't clear to me that they were built. A few questions about the game: does each level have an ending--as in, you kill 1000 llamas and it's over, or you build all the towers and it's over? Or is it open-ended--you just kill as many as you can before you die and basically are just aiming for a high score (like Pac-Man)?

Do later levels have any other changes? I would love to see some different weapons--some more powerful ones, like rocket launchers--as well as different llamas (perhaps some faster llamas or even more llamas on screen at once; not that the game needs to be any harder, so the extra power of stronger weapons can offset any llama speed gains). Excuse me if this is the case and things do change, but I just couldn't seem to get past the first level or quite understand what I was supposed to be doing other than shooting llamas and building towers (which I couldn't seem to do). Perhaps some more onscreen prompts would help clear up confusion.

The controls are okay, but many times I got a tad annoyed that the mech didn't shoot in the direction I wanted and I had to spin him around (in the meantime, getting attacked by llamas). Perhaps it's because I'm used to Halo: Spartan Assault's controls, which I think are the archetype of what twin-stick shooter controls on a touch screen should be--it just seems a tad easier to aim where I want to aim in Halo: SA than in Vala.

Overall, though, it's a very nice game. Good job! I liked the PSA video you guys did too.  You should incorporate that into the game, kind of like a pre-game movie to provide background story, because the PSA was pretty funny, with the llama newspaper headlines and such. I don't know how hard it is to add in that movie, but if you download the trial to Spy Mouse, you can see one example of how they incorporated a pre-game movie. Halo: Spartan Assault is another example. Since you already made the video it shouldn't go to waste on YouTube (lol, I hate YouTube), so put it into the game if it isn't already!

 

RogueCode says:

OK, so basically, we decided that instead of developing it for another year to release just the game with "survival" mode now. The levels are all open-ended, and goal is to get a high-score.

I should make it a bit clearer in the UI, but the button next to the play button on the home screen is a tutorial. Check it out, it will help explain the towers a bit better.

Our next steps now that the game is out is to start updating with extra content like weapons and powerups. I will also take a look at how to make the controls better. Someone suggested moving them inwards abit so they don't touch the left and right. I'm waiting for a MOGA controller to get here too and will be adding support soon.

The PSA video is a bit "unprofessional" unfortunately, and was just thrown together, so I wouldn't want to put it in. The thought of having an opening video is good though, so will see if we can get a better video made now that the game actually exists :P

Thanks for the great feedback!

xTmX Korrupt says:

Game seems epic!

Oubeid says:

I'ma try this one!! I need to kill some llamas looool!!

BattleHammer says:

This guy's a visionary, zombies/birds/machines? nope LLAMAS will end our world

And how come birds? And coming to real life, I think only humans will end this world...

KrisJoeEll says:

@RogueCode Keep this up buddy. AAA mobile game developer status awaits you!

nlm says:

Looks cool. I'm curious: why llamas?

RogueCode says:

Because LLAMAS!

Really though, it's because 9 out of 10 of the imaginery fortune-tellers we asked predicted that llamas were a greater real-world threat than zombies.

Nursetiawan says:

Great idea for llama

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