About Dyson

 

Dyson is an ambient real-time strategy game with abstract visuals.

Remotely command semi-autonomous self-replicating mining machines to take over an entire asteroid belt.

The original game was made in one month for the TIGSource Procedural Generation competition. Much of the game’s content is procedurally generated.

We are entering Dyson into this year’s IGF! Wish us luck!

 

News

 

Dyson 1.10 released!

posted by Alex on 4th February, 2009 | permalink | 31 comments

Hello everyone,

Dyson v1.10

DOWNLOAD DYSON v1.10

We released version 1.10 of Dyson! It is the public demo that will also be made available at the IGF site for the Audience Award.

This version contains new music from Brian, which is really superb. We love it. We think the new version is worth the download purely for the music.

We also reworked the font code so now the game has really smooth fonts instead of the old pixel font, which was hard to read and didn’t really fit with the theme.

This also meant we had to redo the tutorial, which is now a bit nicer again.

There is a new level (level 2), which is designed to help people understand more how the attributes work. We also changed some of the balancing in the levels.

There are a few other tweaks that you may discover if you’re a seasoned Dyson colonist :) see if you can spot the changes! Don’t be looking in the build log! I know your tricks!

Have fun!

 

Dyson nabs Bytejacker “Free indie of the year” 2nd spot!

posted by Rudolf on 12th January, 2009 | permalink | 5 comments

The Bytejacker crew organised a vote for their viewers to determine which free indie of 2008 they liked most and we were more than happy to find ourself skyhigh with Dyson nabbing the 2nd spot!

You should go have a look at the countdown, check out all the great games, and see if you can guess who got first place :-) Check it out: Bytejacker Free Indie of the year!

 

Dyson nominated for the IGF Grand Prize; TunaSnax interview up

posted by Alex on 7th January, 2009 | permalink | 4 comments

We’re going to the IGF. We’re going to the IGF!

That news is still sinking in. But there it is: Dyson is a finalist for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. We’re really pleased, and personally I’m pretty daunted and mildly surprised! But it’s great to have Dyson acknowledged in this way, it’s an honour to be up there with the other finalists (I’ve played Blueberry Garden and it’s *awesome*). Good luck guys!

Rudolf and I were recently interviewed by Sarah from TunaSnax, who have also nabbed a finalist nomination for Excellence in Visual Art, for Cletus Clay. It was great fun, and now the interview has been put up on the Snax website for all to read :) VISITER LE LINK Thanks guys, and congratulations on the nomination! Looking forward to playing Cletus Clay at the IGF (finally - been waiting to play this for years now)!

Also stay tuned for more news soon, hopefully :)

 

Dyson on Bytejacker!

posted by Rudolf on 10th November, 2008 | permalink | 10 comments

Now this is very nice. Anthony Carboni and co. host a web show dedicated to reviewing and promoting indie games, and the show does it with gusto and a nice professional sheen. It is called BYTEJACKER and I have embedded the current episode at the top of this post.

They genuinely love games and review them fairly, in my opinion, so I decided to drop them a line about Dyson the other day. As it turned out they knew the game anyway and decided to include it in the current Monday episode. The Monday episode introduced three different free indie games, people can then go on an play them an vote for the one they like best on the Bytejacker blog. The THURSDAY show will then take the game with most votes and review it in more detail as the “Free indie of the week!”

Have ago at the three games yourself and pick the one you like best! :-)

Rudolf

 

Linux version required packages

posted by Alex on 5th November, 2008 | permalink | 2 comments

Oops! We messed up and the Linux README did not include the packages required to run the game. If you downloaded the Linux version and don’t know what packages to install, these should be the ones you need:

  • mono
  • libmono-i18n (and perhaps other basic mono stuff)
  • libgdiplus
  • libsdl
  • libsdl-gfx
  • libsdl-mixer
  • libsdl-image
  • libvorbis
  • libpng

Please let us know if you are still having trouble. Cheers!