When I play it, I use my left thumb to press the up and left / up and right buttons together and as I am coming into land I release the left / right buttons to stop moving so I can land properly. Have you tried this and did this make the flying easier?
If I make the flying too simple, the game itself might be too simple (especially as I don’t have the jets to crash into you). I am a little concerned about simplifications.
I’m finding hostages are heading too far left if you destroy all the tanks and buildings your left flying out to nowhere for ages to find them.
I’m up to 63 hostages so far and posting on my phone whilst flying left.
Designing a game to rely on a single finger pressing two buttons simultaneously is not a good practice. Some people might have difficulty doing this. And, although it’s relatively easy on a real Arduboy, it may prove to be next to impossible on some home made systems or even the Arduboy DevKit.
Seriously? The Arduboy lacks a joystick so unless you are planning to write games that have no diagonal movements then you need to press two buttons at once. In fact, controlling the helicopter is the challenge on the ‘hard’ level.
As for the home grown Arduboys or the dev kit, I cannot concern myself with those. If they cannot play my game then they have a number of others to chose from. Maybe a home grown Arduboy might have a joystick on it in which case they will love the game.
Then, as a courtesy, you may at least wish to document that this technique is expected to be used, and may be difficult to achieve on non-official hardware, to save some people from wasting their time uploading it.
Surely if someone has an issue pressing two directional buttons at the same time on their clone they need to be reviewing their own design and adjusting it to meet their personal needs?
And of the 150 1st Edition and 250 2nd Edition Develoment kits produced, I would expect the majority of users would be in possession of the two-three fingers needed to play the game. Whilst it can be a little awkward at first it’s really not that hard once you’re used to it.
It’s even almost playable playing with one hand whilst filming with the other.
Playing some more I noticed you can’t crash into the objects so this is perfect in its current state for anyone with button pressing issues.
@filmote I just noticed that I also somehow managed to pick up a random group of passengers that stopped me collecting the second lot of hostages in this video?
It looks like I picked them up by flying into the second building.
Edit 4 or 5 or something:
Yep you can collect all the hostages by landing at an unopened building.
As @Keyboard_Camper says above, if someone has built a frankenstein of a clone using buttons salvaged from one cold war equipment and has managed to install them six inches apart thus preventing them from using one finger to press two buttons, then they probably are having problems with any action game on the Arduboy.
If you’ve never encountered modulo bias, I find this SO answer is quite a good explanation.
I can’t find the random implementation on the github code. I’m guessing the implementation varies between chip, so I’ll have a dig around my local files for a better clue.
Not sure what you mean by ‘too much space’ though, LCG state only needs one variable (most likely 32 bit given that random returns a long), the modulus, the multiplier and the increment are all constant values.