FortressCraft Chapter 1 has been released for 240 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live Indie Games section of the XBL Marketplace. It has been released to some controversy, with some people charging it’s an attempt to cash in on the popularity of MineCraft (which is itself credited by some, accusingly, of having been inspired by a game called Infiniminer). The author of FortressCraft, for his part, credits yet another game, Dwarf Fortress, as a key inspiration for his game.
FortressCraft’s supporters, however, point out that it is a nicer looking game than MineCraft in addition to having a somewhat different feature-set. FortressCraft is also undeniably more reasonably priced, at about 1/7th of Minecraft’s price.
But is it a good game? The WMD review will have to wait until a day when FortressCraft is no longer well represented in the top-50 lists on the Xbox Dashboard, as per my self-appointed rules for the blog.
In the meantime, the author of FortressCraft asked that the following note be passed along about a potentially crippling bug that has been identified and won’t be patched for at least a week:
“Please try and tell people about the big bug tho – if you go into a multiplayer game, it loses your single player save. I’ve been suggesting a work around of using a USB stick for multiplayer games. It’s resolved locally, but I can’t get it onto the market place before the 17th of April. I am horrified that people might lose their awesome worlds, and I’m telling EVERYONE to pass this info on! :(”
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