BlastZone 2 is now available on the PC for $4.99 and Android(tm) for $2.99!
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Welcome to the website for BlastZone2, the action packed side-scrolling shooter game set on redefining the genre. Now available for Steam and Android!
Gameplay Trailer 3 - NEW!
8/18/15 – BlastZone 2 v220.127.116.11 Steam Update released! - Level addon pack support
The next big update has been released for the Steam version of BlastZone 2! The big new feature for v18.104.22.168 is level pack addon support. Now it is possible to download or create new packs of levels and choose which pack to play in-game. An example level pack has been included that has two short levels, a boss, and a handful of misc cutscenes and extra effects. However, keep in mind that this release is only one part of a larger content creation rollout. I will soon be releasing documentation and tools to create levels with, which will require v22.214.171.124 or higher to work correctly. More information about the next stage of the rollout will be released soon. I am also exploring the possibility of adding Steam Workshop support, but I cannot officially confirm support for it yet.
Other changes for this update include fixing a small hitbox bug for regular player bullets, and screenwipe and fade improvements. For the full list of changes, check out the Steam announcement HERE or the release notes HERE
8/18/15 – BlastZone 2 v126.96.36.199 Android Update released! - Bug fixes and improvements
A new update has been released for the Android version of BlastZone 2! The main purpose of this update is to bring over all the bug fixes and improvements from recent Steam version development. These include a fix for the small hitbox size for regular player bullets, screen wipe and fade improvements, better timing for the wave splash screen, and others. This update is now available on the Google Play Store and Amazon App Store. Check out the full release notes on those pages. Enjoy!
7/27/15 – BlastZone 2 Trailer 3 released!
A new trailer for BlastZone 2 has been released! This showcases a ton of new content that has been released for the game since Trailer 2 was released a few years ago. This includes showing off many of the new weapons, Blitz Mode, the new HUD, and improved level designs, as well as other lesser known features such as Retro Graphics Mode. Take a look to see all the exciting new content you've been missing! The trailer is featured at the top of this page. Enjoy!
7/27/15 – BlastZone 2 Android HUD and Menu Update v188.8.131.52 Released
As promised, the new v184.108.40.206 update has been released for the Android version of BlastZone 2! This brings over the recent HUD and Menu overhaul updates from the Steam version. These updates make the HUD much easier to follow and greatly improve the visual fidelity of the HUD and Menus. This update is now available on the Google Play and Amazon App stores. Enjoy!
7/27/15 – The advanced play video series has been released!
The BlastZone 2 advanced play video series has been released! These videos serve both to showcase the other game modes in the game besides the flaghsip Mission mode, and to show how advanced play looks in the game. I've noticed that most player-made videos on YouTube are at more of a beginner level, and since there are many subtle features for expert-level play, this is a great way to show them off. If you're new to the game, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with each of the game modes. These videos also include developer commentary by me, Matt Edzenga. Enjoy! Here are links to every video in the series:
VIDEO 1 - Blitz Mode Advanced Play
VIDEO 2 - Classic A Mode
VIDEO 3 - Classic B Mode
You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel to get immediate updates! Please note that these videos were done using v220.127.116.11
7/27/15 – The Weapons DLC video series is complete!
The complete Weapons DLC video series has been released! These videos go through every ship in the game and show off their entire weapon loadouts. There are a total of 15 weapons in the game spread across 7 ships, and most ships have their own signature weapon that no other ship has. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the recent huge update and decide which ship is right for you! These videos also include developer commentary by me, Matt Edzenga. Enjoy! Here are links to every video in the series:
VIDEO 1 - Showcases "The Phalanx" ship
VIDEO 2 - Showcases "The Eviscerator" ship
VIDEO 3 - Showcases "The Obliterator" ship
VIDEO 4 - Showcases "The Behemoth" ship
VIDEO 5 - Showcases "The Devastator" ship
VIDEO 6 - Showcases "The Vorpal Fighter" ship
You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel to get immediate updates! Please note that these videos were done using v18.104.22.168
7/19/15 – BlastZone 2 Steam Update v22.214.171.124 Released! Huge HUD and menu overhaul!
The new v126.96.36.199 update has been released for the Steam version of BlastZone 2! This update completely overhauls the HUD and menu borders! Now, the HUD is much more intuitive to follow and looks much better. Icons have been added for all weapons and dynamically shows which weapons are available as you play. The lives are now icons and all health and charge bars use a more stylized and compact design. All the menus now have graphical borders on them as well, making them look much better. Numerous other updates been been included as well. For the full release notes of this update, check out the main release notes HERE and the Steam Announcement and additional release notes HERE. This update will be brought over to the Android version soon, so watch for it! Enjoy!
7/19/15 – BlastZone 2 Android Update v188.8.131.52 Released
The new v184.108.40.206 update has been released for the Android version of BlastZone 2! This brings over all the recent updates from the Steam version up to and including v220.127.116.11. This includes a big explosion creation optimization, a greatly improved Area 3 cutscene, and new storyline dialog for Areas 2-8 of mission mode; among many other updates. However, there was one Android-specific issue that has been fixed recently. This was a startup crash that affected some devices in certain situations. This bug was tough to track down and existed for a while, but I'm happy to say that its finally been fixed. So, anyone who had issues running BlastZone 2 on their Android device, give it another go and I apologize for any inconvenience. These updates and more are now available on the Google Play and Amazon App stores. Enjoy!
As noted above, the huge HUD and Menus update that has been released for the Steam version will be brought over to all Android versions very soon, so watch for it!
6/15/15 – BlastZone 2 Steam Update v18.104.22.168 Released!
The new v22.214.171.124 update has been released for the Steam version of BlastZone 2! This update upgrades the game to Full Controller Support on Steam! The last keyboard-required element was accepting Steamworks Multiplayer invites, but that is now possible using the controller by pressing (Fire3 + Pause) at once. Other updates in this patch include some weapon balancing and greatly optimizing explosions. Explosion particles are now multithreaded, which allows slower multicore machines (such as netbooks) to turn up the particle detail with minimal slowdown. Explosion creation has been greatly optimized as well, eliminating hitches when many explosions are created at once. For the full release notes of this update, check out the main release notes HERE and the Steam Announcement and additional release notes HERE. This update will be brought over to the Android soon, so watch for it! Enjoy!
6/7/15 – Catching up...
There has been a huge amount of BlastZone 2 news during the last few months, but I apologize that the main BlastZone 2 website hasn't been updated lately to reflect that. I will rectify this going forward by making sure all news and updates are posted here as well as by other means. As the first step, I am posting several stories on this site to summarize all the significant developments that have occurred for BlastZone 2 in each area. Check back here for all future updates for all platforms!
6/7/15 – A new series of videos are being released on YouTube showcasing the new features of the Free Weapons DLC released on Steam and Android
To showcase the plethora of new features, weapons, and abilities in the new Weapons DLC released for free on Steam and Android, I have begun releasing a series of videos on YouTube. There are many videos planned for this series and it will follow a release schedule of 2 videos a week. There have been 2 videos released so far, and here are the links to them:
VIDEO 1 - Showcases "The Phalanx" ship
VIDEO 2 - Showcases "The Eviscerator" ship
More links will be posted here as videos are released. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel to get immediate updates!
6/7/15 – BlastZone 2 free Weapons DLC update released simultaneously for Steam and Android! - v126.96.36.199
Announcing the availability of the biggest gameplay content update ever released for BlastZone 2! This update has been released completely free and adds 9 new weapons to the game and completely revamps the weapon loadouts and stats for all selectable ships in the game. This update greatly enhances the variety of playstyles in the game, ranging from high speed machine guns for fast/light ships, short range power bursts for close combat, exploder shots and cluster grenades for medium range combat, and increased accessibility to beam weapons for power ships. There is also a force field that can be used both defensively and to intentionally smash into your enemies! The feedback I've received for this update has been great and I urge anyone who hasn't tried it yet to do so! This update was developed and released as a big thank you to the thousands of supporters on Steam Greenlight. BlastZone 2 literally wouldn't be where it is today without all of your help! For the full release notes of this update, check out the main release notes HERE and the Steam Announcement and additional release notes HERE
6/7/15 – BlastZone 2 Steam Updates v188.8.131.52a and v184.108.40.206b – Cutscene improvements
Simultaneously released for both Steam and Android are a few updates that improve cutscenes. First off is v220.127.116.11a that greatly improves the Area 3 intro cutscene of Mission mode by adding camera movement and polishing the player ship movements. Also, for v18.104.22.168b, dialog box text has been added to all cutscenes in the game. This adds context to every mission in the game and a much greater degree of purpose behind many of the events that transpire during the levels as well. The storyline has always existed for Mission mode, but now its a more self-contained package. Enjoy!
6/7/15 – BlastZone 2 Steam Updates as of v22.214.171.124
Since the big Steam release in February '15, there have been numerous updates released that add Steamworks Multiplayer Support, improved Steam Cloud support, and other bug fixes and improvements to the game. The Steam version of BlastZone 2 has seen a great reception and I will continue to support this platform with future updates. Check out the BlastZone 2 Steam page: CLICK HERE Enjoy!
6/7/15 – BlastZone 2 Android Updates as of v126.96.36.199
Numerous improvements and updates have been released for the Android version of BlastZone 2 to match the improvements in the Steam version. However, there have also been several improvements specific to the Android version, such as improved sound quality, better lighting and graphics quality, various optimizations, and gamepad support. Moga branded bluetooth gamepads are now fully supported for Android, but general gamepad support isn't complete yet. The majority of code has been implemented for general gamepad support already, but it will take additional time to complete it. For now, enjoy all the recent improvements to the Android version HERE Enjoy!
2/22/15 – BlastZone 2 is now available on Steam!
I am excited to announce that BlastZone 2 is now available on Steam! The game has recently passed Steam Greenlight, so I'd like to give a big thanks so everyone who voted for BlastZone 2! I literally couldn't have done it without huge support from the community and I have very grateful and humbled by it. To celebrate, there is a 10% launch discount in effect until February 26th, so grab it while its hot! Also, you may have noticed the lack of updates to BlastZone 2 for quite a while now. Well, the release on Steam and its great reception there has spurred me on to resume full-time development again! Several updates have already been released for the game and a few really big updates are planned for the near future. One of the bigger recent updates for the Steam version includes Achievements support for 55 new achievements. More announcements are to come regarding future big updates, so keep an eye on this page and the steam page for details! Here is a link to the Steam store page: CLICK HERE Enjoy!
7/25/13 – New PC version released - v188.8.131.52
The v184.108.40.206 update patch and demo for the PC version have been released. This is a maintenance release that brings over recent fixes and improvements from the Android version. This includes a startup memory allocation fix and defaulting the fps lock to 60 to prevent some system config/hardware combinations from having potential overheating issues. Also, versioning of the PC version has now been changed to match the common codebase version between the PC and Android versions to prevent confusion. Head to the downloads section HERE to download the new patch and demo and check out the release notes. Enjoy!
7/25/13 – New Android version released - v220.127.116.11
A new update of the Android version of BlastZone 2 has been released! The last few updates since 18.104.22.168 have been mainly bugfix and platform target releases. This includes startup fixes for some devices, and issues with putting the phone to sleep while playing the game. Also, newer devices and tablets are being targeted better, including higher res icons and making it so these devices don't need to use compatibility modes for the game to run well.
For more details on this update, check out the Google Play store page HERE. This update is now available on the Google play store and will be available on the Amazon App store very soon. Enjoy!
7/6/13 – New PC version released - v1.12i
The v1.12i update patch and demo for the PC version have been released. This is a maintenance release that brings additional optimizations and bug fixes over from recent Android development. This includes a big enemy bullet rendering optimization that cuts render time per bullet by 30%-50%. Along with this is a significant image quality boost for all bullets and especially for when there are large bullet counts on screen. A few other minor optimizations for the space background and graphic tweaks round out the update. Head to the downloads section HERE to download the new patch and demo and check out the release notes. Enjoy!
4/23/13 – New Android version released - v22.214.171.124
A new version of the Android version of BlastZone 2 has been released! This is another big performance focused release. Enemy bullet rendering has been optimized to render up to twice as fast as the previous release, which already saw a big performance improvement. Between these two releases, worst case scenarios with tons of bullets on screen sees a performance increase of over 400%! Test devices have shown the framerate go from 15fps in v126.96.36.199 in these scenes up to a solid 60fps! This makes a big difference for these intense scenes and ensures constant smooth gameplay. Also, while the previous update only optimized those most intense scenes, this optimization works in all situations. Other optimizations in this update include a few for the outerspace background rendering.
For more details on this update, check out the Google Play store page HERE. This update is now available on the Google play store and will be available on the Amazon App store very soon. Enjoy!
3/25/13 – New Android version released - v188.8.131.52
A new version of the Android version of BlastZone 2 has been released! This is a big optimization release that has a noticable improvement across a wide range of devices. The biggest improvement in this update is when large quantities of bullets are on screen. For example, using a Galaxy S3 test device, some of the most intense sections of mission mode have been boosted from running at below 15fps to over 40fps! This speed boost will be even bigger on lower end devices. A side benefit of this is reduced battery drain for the most intense sections of the game.
Also, the startup sequence of the game has been greatly improved, switching focus to the game much quicker than before, showing a loading screen, and improved overall startup time. An issue in previous versions was that the game would be starting up normally once the icon was pressed, but may appear to have locked up the device for a few seconds before the game is finally shown. This issue has been addressed, giving much better feedback on startup. Also, a help screen bug has been fixed when starting mission mode for the first time. For more details on this update, check out the Google Play store page HERE. This update is now available on the Google play store and will be available on the Amazon App store very soon. Enjoy!
3/25/13 – New PC version released - v1.12h
The v1.12h update patch and demo for the PC version have been released. This is a maintenance release that brings a few optimizations and bug fixes over from recent Android development. This includes a big bullet optimization that allows for hundreds of more bullets on screen while keeping performance high on even the lowest end machines. There is also a help screen bug fix when starting mission mode for the first time. Head to the downloads section HERE to download the new patch and demo and check out the release notes. Enjoy!
3/4/13 – New PC version released - v1.12g - Unlocked Classic survival for Demo players!
The v1.12g update patch and demo for the PC version have been released. This is a maintenance release that brings several bug fixes and improvements brought over from recent Android development. This includes online multiplayer improvements, fixes to firing delays, message displays, and more. One big thing to note is that the demo version now includes a fully unlocked Classic survival mode! Now, everyone can enjoy unlimited levels and all weapons from the remade version of the original BlastZone game. Also, Demo players can now compete with full version players on the leaderboards. Enjoy!
3/4/13 – New Android versions released - v184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11
Over the last few months, a few updates have been released for Android. These include particle optimizations, text fixes, multiplayer communication fixes, and the fully unlocked Classic survival mode for Lite players. For full details on these versions, check out the Google Play store and Amazon store pages for the game. These updates are already available at these locations. Enjoy!
9/5/12 – PC version up for review on Steam Greenlight!
BlastZone 2 is now up for review on Steam's Greenlight service! I encourage everyone to uprate and favorite the game on there so BlastZone 2 can get a permanent spot on Steam! Thanks a lot for all the support and comments so far! You can access the page HERE. Also, the PC version is now on sale for $4.99, so grab it while its hot!
9/3/12 – PC version on sale for $4.99 - Steam Greenlight promotion!
The PC version of BlastZone 2 is now on sale for $4.99, thats 50% off! I would greatly appreciate everyone's help and ratings for Steam Greenlight!
8/29/12 – New Android version released - v1.12.4
The v1.12.4 update for the Android version of BlastZone 2 has been released! This update adds a new battery saver feature. When enabled, the game will be limited to 30 frames per second, greatly reducing battery drain and allowing the device to run cooler as well. This compromise in performance still keeps the game action packed and fun to play while maintaining all the benefits listed. This mode is most effective for higher end devices but will still try to save as much power as possible for mid and lower end devices without degrading performance below 30fps.
This update is now available on the Google Play Android store and will be available on the Amazon app store in a few days. Have fun!
8/27/12 – New PC version released - v1.12f
The v1.12f update patch and demo for the PC version have been released. This is a maintenance release that fixes an online multiplayer Blitz Survival bug and rolls up all the recent improvements made to the base engine from Android development. This includes a few optimizations and improved Z buffer precision. Head to the downloads page to get the new patch or demo update. Enjoy!
8/22/12 – New Android version released - v1.12.3 - Big multiplayer update!
The v1.12.3 update for the Android version of BlastZone 2 has been released! This update is completely dedicated to improving multiplayer in the game. All data communication now has much better compression, which greatly improves responsiveness and reduces battery drain. Also, all communication now strictly adhears to the transfer limits of bluetooth, which greatly reduces disconnects and crashes. A few other multiplayer specific bug fixes are in the update as well. The multiplayer experience is much better now, so enjoy and any feedback is welcome!
Also, keep in mind that this update is not backwards compatible with previous versions, so both players need to get the update to play. This update is now available on the Google Play Android store and will be available on the Amazon app store within the next day or so. Have fun!
8/9/12 – New Android version released - v1.12.2
The v1.12.2 update for the Android version of BlastZone 2 has been released! This update adds music to the game, which was brought over from the PC version. It also fixes a reported bluetooth multiplayer bug. In previous versions, there was a bug that if a very fast device hosts a multiplayer game and a slower device joins, the client device will eventually be overloaded with network data and crash. This update addresses this by making the multiplayer tickrate configurable by the host with a default rate of 30hz. For most combinations, 30hz should provide good gameplay without overloading slower devices. However, there is a 20hz option if there are still issues at 30hz, and a 60hz option that reverts to the old method of sending data very rapidly to provide the smoothest gameplay possible for devices that can handle it.
In addition, this update reduces the filesize of the lite version by about 18% without any sacrifice in game content or quality. A few optimizations have also been applied to improve performance. This update is now available on the Google Play store for Android and the Amazon App Store. Enjoy!
7/30/12 – New Android version released - v18.104.22.168
The v22.214.171.124 update for the Android version of BlastZone 2 has been released! This update along with the previous v126.96.36.199 are primarily bugfix releases. All dependencies on an external SD card have been removed in favor of using internal App storage. It was discovered that some devices that didn't have an SD card wouldn't be able to save at all or would crash on startup, so this has been addressed. Please note that anyone upgrading from a previous version with save data will have their data automatically migrated from the sd card to internal memory so nothing will be lost. Also, the amount of save data used for internal memory is extremely small and the move to SD card option is still available, so internal memory usage shouldn't be an issue.
The latest update also fixes rendering issues with recently released phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X. A few other tweaks, bug fixes and optimizations round out the update. The latest version is now available both for the Google Play store and the Amazon App Store.
I apologize for the delay in version updates for the full version on the Amazon App Store, but all platforms are now updated to the latest version. Enjoy!
7/3/12 – New Android version released - v1.12.1
The v1.12.1 update for the Android version of BlastZone 2 has been released! This update adds a new game mode "Blitz Survival"! This mode is very intense with lots of enemies on screen, but your ship starts fully powered to combat them all! This mode is also intensive in terms of performance requirements and takes advantage of the latest phones as well. This update is available for Lite version players as well, which gives support for the new Blitz mode in multiplayer if a full version player hosts the game and the Lite player joins. This mode isn't available to Lite version players in singleplayer mode. This update also brings the code base up to the same version as the PC version. This means the new game mode hotkeys, updated descriptions, and performance improvements are in this update as well. It is now available on the Google Play store and will be available on the Amazon App Store within a few days. More updates to come! Enjoy!
6/25/12 – New PC version released - v1.12e
The v1.12e update patch and demo for the PC version have been released. This is mostly a bugfix release for a few issues found with the new Blitz Survival mode but also includes a new shortcut to view the details page for each game mode. During the gamemode selection screen, press the Fire3 button to access it. Head to the downloads page to get the new patch or demo update. Enjoy!
5/31/12 – New PC version released - v1.12d
The v1.12d update patch and demo for the PC version have been released. This is a maintenance update that fixes a Classic survival mouse autofire issue and adds an option to the gameover menu to more conveniently see how you stack up on the world leaderboard. World leaderboard support is now available to Demo version players as well so everyone can compete. Lastly, this update includes a newly reworked model management system that speeds up load times and improves general performance. Head to the downloads page to get the new patch or demo update. Enjoy!
5/28/12 – New Android version released! Adds multiplayer and leaderboards to the lite version
The v188.8.131.52 update for the Android version has been released! The most notable changes are enabling multiplayer and leaderboard support for lite version players! Lite version players can play with full version players as well, but you can only play the first two levels of any game mode together. However, if a full version player hosts the game, it enables Classic B or Enhanced survival matches to be played for both players. Also, the kills needed to beat multiplayer survival waves have been increased to balance out the game. A few bug fixes and optimizations round out the update. This update is now available on the Android Google Play store and will be available on the Amazon app store soon. Enjoy!
5/28/12 – New PC version released - v1.12c
The v1.12c update for the PC version has been released! This update increases the kills needed per wave for multiplayer survival modes. This improves pacing for the game as some waves would go by too quickly in multiplayer before. Head to the downloads page to get the new patch or demo update. Have fun with the new update!
5/12/12 – Android version is now on sale - 40% off!
There is now an early bird sale for the Android version on the Google Play market place! It is a 40% discount on the game, bringing it down to only $2.99! Get it now while its hot!
5/12/12 – New Trailer Released!
There is a new BlastZone 2 trailer now available on YouTube! You can use the embedded version on this page to take a look. This new trailer includes all the new graphics and gameplay content released since the PC launch of the game, and it really shows how far the game has come! Share this video with all your friends!
5/10/12 – New Android version v1.11.4 - Adds multiplayer!
The v1.11.4 update for the Android version of BlastZone 2 has been released! This is a big update, which adds multiplayer support over bluetooth. This means that both devices must support bluetooth and be in close proximity to eachother for it to work. Internet play is currently not supported. Also, bug fixes and several updates have been included from user feedback, such as move to SD card support, configurable touch controls opacity, and new ways to quit the game. The update is now available on the Google Play Android Store and will be available on the Amazon App store in a few days. Enjoy! More free updates and content coming soon!
5/1/12 – New PC version released v1.12b
The v1.12b update for the PC version of BlastZone 2 has been released. This update brings over the recent balance changes from the Android version for Mission mode Area 1, 2, 3, and 4. These changes focus on making the game more fun to play and provide a more strategic experience for attaining high scores. Download it HERE and see the release notes HERE.
4/23/12 – New Android version released v1.11.3
The v1.11.3 update for the Android version of BlastZone 2 has been released which adds world leaderboard support for all game modes. The leaderboard page on this website has been updated so Android leaderboard scores can be viewed outside the game. Also, this update makes numerous balancing tweaks to Area 1, 2, 3, and 4 of mission mode and to Classic A and B survival mode to make the game more exciting and fun to play! There are also a few bug fixes and tweaks included. Download the update on your device from the Google Play store. More free updates coming soon!
4/18/12 – The Android(tm) version of BlastZone 2 is now available!
The Android(tm) version of BlastZone 2 has been released! This version has several improvements over the iOS version including new graphics effects, improved environment quality, a new font system with clearer fonts, and performance improvements in several areas. Also, the mobile control schemes have been tweaked and improved for the best gameplay experience! Several new features and free addons are planned for the Android(tm) version as well, so watch for them! The Lite version is available for free and the standard version for $4.99. See the game on the Google Play store HERE
4/18/12 – New PC Update v1.12 - New game mode and mouse support!
A new Patch and updated Demo v1.12 for the PC version has been released! This update adds a new game mode called Blitz Survival. This mode starts the player with a fully powered, unlocked ship that can charge hyper mode really fast. However, there are tons more enemies to fight in the mode, so you'll need all the power and weapons you can get! Also, this update adds mouse support, so the game can now be played with higher precision and allows for local multiplayer without a game controller! A few tweaks and bug fixes round out the update. Download it HERE and see the release notes HERE.
3/21/12 – New PC Update v1.11a
A new Patch and updated Demo v1.11a for the PC version has been released today. This update addresses a recently discovered multiplayer highscore bug and includes a new non-shader water effect brought over from recent mobile development. Download it HERE and see the release notes HERE.
3/19/12 – New PC Update v1.11
A new Patch and updated Demo v1.11 for the PC version has been released today. The primary purpose for this update is to replace all fonts in the game and improve the text system in general. Also, all texture files in the game have been replaced with better compressed versions of identical quality to reduce the total game filesize by about 25%. There are a few other bug fixes and tweaks as well. Download it HERE and see the release notes HERE.
3/14/12 – PC Leaderboard security improved, breaks compatibility with PC versions below v1.05
Server side leaderboard code for the PC version has been updated to improve security. However, this breaks compatibility with PC versions below v1.05, so anyone below this version will need to update to continue submitting leaderboard scores. Everyone is strongly encouraged to update to the latest version anyway, so this shouldn't be an issue.
3/14/12 – Forum spam cleaned out
I apologize for the inconvenience, but recently the forums became full of spam. I have deleted all the offending posts and removed all users from the forum. I have also updated the forum with better security and anti-spam countermeasures, and will continue to actively monitor the forums so the same problem doesn't happen again. Anyone who wishes to post in the forum will have to reregister. Thanks for your patience.
2/23/12 – Status of the iOS version and downtime
The new v1.10.4 update for the iOS version of BlastZone 2 is officially complete internally and is ready to send to Apple for approval. This is a huge update that adds multiplayer support over bluetooth or wifi via an Ad-Hoc connection, or over the internet using Apple Game Center. This update also includes several tweaks, bug fixes and a few big optimizations and graphics improvements. However, I regret to inform everyone I have been notified by Apple that BlastZone 2 has been removed from the App Store, citing very vague reasons. I am currently talking to people at Apple about this matter and will post updates here as things progress. Sorry for the inconvenience, I will work to resolve this matter as soon as possible.
2/23/12 – New PC Update v1.10a
A new Patch and updated Demo for the PC version has been released today. The primary reason for this patch is to update the credits page to have more specific licensing information. There are a few other minor bug fixes and tweaks along with the new game icon originally created for the iOS version. Head to the downloads page to get it!
1/22/12 – The iOS 4.x compatibility update released and continued iOS development
Last week, the new v1.10.3 update for the iOS version of BlastZone 2 was released on the iOS App Store! This update adds iOS 4.x compatibility and a few other minor tweaks. Please note that the game will work on iOS 4.0, but requires 4.2 and above to enable GameCenter functionality, including leaderboards and achievements. Use the icon on the left side of this page to view the iOS app store page. Development on the iOS version continues, with multiplayer support being the next big milestone. A lot of progress has been made so far porting over the PC multiplayer netcode and adding GameCenter integration for it. More annoucements will be made soon on its progress!
1/9/12 – New update for BlastZone 2 now available on the iOS App Store! - v1.10.2
The new v1.10.2 update for the iOS version of BlastZone 2 is now available on the iOS App Store! This update brings a lot of improvements the community asked for, such as relative touch controls, auto-fire, 47 achievements, and several other improvements and bug fixes! Other recent updates since release include Game Center support and leaderboards as well. This update is available for free for both the standard and lite version of the game. Check it out on the App Store HERE and the Lite version HERE. Also, I can confirm that the iOS 4.0+ compatibility update will be here soon as well! Enjoy!
12/15/11 – BlastZone 2 is now available on the iOS App Store!
BlastZone 2 is now available on the iOS App Store! Two versions on the game have been released today, the Standard version for $4.99 and the Free Lite version. Try it out and tell all your friends! The game requires iOS 5 to be installed on your device. There will soon be free updates to the game adding support for the Apple GameCenter, leaderboards, achievements, and online multiplayer! Announcements will be made when the free addons are released. Check it out on the App Store HERE and the Lite version HERE
12/15/11 – BlastZone 2 Holiday Sale - 20% off the PC version!
The BlastZone 2 PC version is now discounted 20% off for a limited time for the holidays! Just enter the coupon code "HOLIDAYSALE" (without the quotes) on checkout to get your discount! This discount is also available at the Indievania marketplace HERE. Get it now before this sale ends!
12/9/11 – iOS version of BlastZone 2 to be released on 12/15/2011!
Announcing BlastZone 2 will be available on the iOS App Store on 12/15/2011 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch!! This version of BlastZone 2 contains several exclusive features such as 3 new control schemes, the ability to save your progress through the game, and a battery saver option so you can play all day! The amazing 3D graphics in the iOS version contain all the detail from the PC version, making it one of the best looking games on the platform! The game plays great on an iPhone 3gs/4, original iPad, or 3rd/4th generation iPod Touch, and even takes full advantage of the brand new iPhone 4s and iPad 2, providing the smoothest experience ever!
12/6/11 – New PC version released v1.10 - Numerous engine improvements
The new PC Demo and full version patch v1.10 have been released for BlastZone 2! This update brings the PC version up to the same game engine version as the upcoming iOS version. Most of the relevent changes for the PC version include greatly optimized performance in several areas and greatly reduced memory usage without any quality loss. Download it HERE and see the release notes HERE. Enjoy! In other news, a new blog entry has been posted today, so check it out HERE at BlogSpot! Also, a big announcement regarding the iOS version will be made very soon!
11/28/11 – The BlastZone 2 Blog is up and other updates
The BlastZone 2 blog is now up at http://BlastZone2Game.blogspot.com! This blog will follow the process and events during BlastZone 2's development and a few technical tidbits along the way for those who are interested. Check it out and follow it! As a side note, a lot of progress has been made on the iOS version of BlastZone 2 and it will be released very soon! Check back on this page for more updates! Also, the new v1.10 PC patch and demo is currently in the testing phase and will be released very soon as well.
11/10/11 – Announcing BlastZone 2 for iOS coming soon!
This is the official announcement that BlastZone 2 is currently being ported to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch! Results are looking really good so far, being able to maintain almost all the graphical detail from the PC version while maintaining great performance. The current target for release is during the holiday season, but further posts will be made as progress continues. Also, there will be a new v1.10 free patch and demo for the PC version coming soon which will incorporate most of the updates being made to the underlying engine for iOS. This includes numerous performance optimizations and greatly reduced memory usage without any reduction in quality. More info coming soon, but here is a screenshot of the progress so far.
10/29/11 – New review from Bytten.com awards BlastZone 2 a 84% score!
The indie game review site Bytten.com has awarded BlastZone 2 a score of 84% and praises the game for its fun gameplay, good graphics, and varied game modes! Read the full review HERE.
Here is a quote from the review: "If you like horizontal blasters, this is going to work well for you, and you'll find plenty of variation to keep you entertained for a while."
10/29/11 – New version released v1.09b, maintenance release
10/19/11 – New version v1.09 with water shaders and shader comparison shot
The new v1.09 update has been released, which is available both as a new free demo and a free update for the full version. This version includes a new rippling water shader for the homeworld environment among others. Also, below is an image that shows the difference between the new shader updates and the way the game used to look before them. Click on it to see a larger view. Notice how the metal reflects light much more realisticly and the added definition and shadowing to the model surfaces. Download the new version HERE and see the release notes HERE. Enjoy!
10/13/11 – New version released v1.08, new graphics effects and Pixel Shader support
The new free v1.08 patch and demo have been released for BlastZone 2, which upgrades the graphics engine to support OpenGL 2.0 and Shader Model 2.0! This provides much more detail for all player and enemy ships in the game and makes them shine like very realistic scuffed metal. Included is an option to turn off the new shaders to compare for yourself! Download it HERE and see the release notes HERE. Enjoy!
9/30/11 – New version released v1.07a, more graphics updates
The new v1.07a patch and demo have been released for BlastZone 2, which includes more graphics updates for the cave environment. There is now also an option to disable texture compression if needed. Download it HERE and see the release notes HERE. Enjoy!
9/27/11 – BlastZone 2 reviewed at GameTunnel.com! Gets a 8/10 score
BlastZone 2 has been reviewed at the well-known indie game review site GameTunnel.com! Among the reviewers, an 8/10 score was awarded and online multiplayer support was noted one of the big strengths of the game. The game was strongly recommended by them as well. It was critisized for the repeating backgrounds, so the recent v1.06 patch was developed to make sure the backgrounds are as breathtaking as the gameplay. Take a look for yourself! Read the review HERE
9/23/11 – New version released v1.06, huge graphics update!
The new v1.06 patch and demo have been released for BlastZone 2, and it is a big one this time! This update vastly improves all the terrain backgrounds, having much more detail and variation than before. Also, there are numerous optimizations to the terrain handling code which offsets much of the increased requirements for running the new backgrounds. This update is really a must have for fans of the game! Download it HERE and see the release notes HERE. Enjoy!
9/15/11 – New version released v1.05
The new v1.05 patch and demo have been released for BlastZone 2. This update focuses on difficulty balancing and leaderboard security. There are also several optimizations and bug fixes. Download it HERE and see the release notes HERE. Enjoy!
9/9/11 – New version released v1.04 and extended trailer posted
The new v1.04 patch and demo have been released for BlastZone 2. This update adds bonus filler enemies to mission mode levels if a section is completed quickly. There are also several balancing updates including more potent stat upgrades along with the usual optimizations and bug fixes. Download it HERE and see the release notes HERE. Also, an updated trailer was posted recently that includes extended footage and weapons from the full version. Enjoy!
8/26/11 – New version released v1.03
The new v1.03 patch and demo has been released for BlastZone 2. This update adds the ability to view the leaderboard from within the game and better feedback when uploading a new score. There are also a few optimizations and bug fixes in this patch. Enjoy! Download it HERE and see the release notes HERE
8/16/11 – New patch released v1.02c
8/4/11 – New patch released v1.02a
A new version of BlastZone 2 has been released, bringing the version number up to 1.02a. This includes several bug fixes, balancing changes, and enhancements. The release notes are included with the patch, go to the downloads page to download it. Please note that the patch only applies to the full version of the game, the demo must be redownloaded to get the latest version. Enjoy! See the release notes HERE
7/17/11 – BlastZone 2 is released!!
Finally BlastZone 2 has been released! Click on the buy link in the left panel to get it!
6/23/11 – New Website launched!
The new BlastZone 2 website has been launched at http://www.BlastZone2.com !! We are currently ramping up for release and a final release date for BlastZone2 will be announced soon!