Zenith
Project

Project Status: Dormant

Zenith is currently dormant (with a slight itch). We might resume development with some gameplay enhancements that are unique to this game.

Feel free to suggest features you'd like to see, using the feedback form.

News

Notice 24 Oct 2010

We've been playing with the code, and devising some extra bits of gmameplay fun. No release is planned, but if we do something that seems good enough to share, we'll make a release.

Release 14 Jun 2009

Freeware v0.9.10. Changes: (1) Sounds for Sentinel/Sentries moving. (2) Improved game balance at Levels 80+. (3) Bug 11 fixed. (4) F1 displays essential keys, F5 displays random hints.

Notice 10 Apr 2008

After nearly a year of development holiday, we think it's fair to announce that Zenith will not be seeing any planned development in the near future. This is because the author is dedicated to other projects, not because the author has run out of ideas. In the meantime, enjoy the game!

Advice 09 May 2007

Applies to Freeware v0.9.9.r3 or later, re. bug 10. The addition of sound using OpenAL has meant that some players have experienced "unexpected Exception" errors when starting Zenith. This is because an old version (or no version) of OpenAL support was found on your computer. Downloading Creative's OpenAL installer for Windows solves this problem.

Release 23 Apr 2007

Freeware v0.9.10.r3. Small bug fix: Variations can now be zero for full replayability of landscapes.

Release 21 Apr 2007

Freeware v0.9.10. Preloaded resources, minimises delays when starting a game.

Latest Build 20 Apr 2007

Freeware v0.9.9.r7.

  • Tweaks to Sentinel's pedestal height.
  • Faster fade-in.
  • More robust application.
  • Updated Command Console help files.
  • Any errors occurring are reported in the Command Console window.

Request 09 Apr 2007

Testers needed. A bug 10 has emerged on version 0.9.9.r3, and only appears on some configurations, i.e. testing here does not reveal the bug. If you find that the current version does, or does not work, please provide feedback using the Feedback Form

Latest Build 09 Apr 2007

Freeware v0.9.9.r5. More robust detection of sound capabilities, reducing occurrence of bug 10)

Latest Build 02 Apr 2007

Freeware v0.9.9.r4. Landscape colours, new Player Guide, bug fix.

Latest Build 18 Mar 2007

Freeware v0.9.9.r3. Option to lock cursor on mouse look (enabled by default).

Latest Build 17 Mar 2007

Freeware v0.9.9.r2. Atmospheric 'heartbeat' to add tension, and some changes to effects.

Release 03 Feb 2007

Freeware v0.9.9. Sound effects added. Not all effects are yet present, and some sounds are temporary.

Release 31 Jan 2007

Freeware v0.9.8. Minor update: 'Tweaks' tab in New Game box (Change behaviour and speed of Sentries, and available resources).

Release 30 Jan 2007

Freeware v0.9.7. Minor update: Some transition effects, user scripting options, program folder structure. Major improvements held for future release while testing.

Coming soon 28 Nov 2006

Almost everyone has commented that it would be nice to have sound, so audio is being added.

OpenAL and Ogg Vorbis seem to be worthwhile and suitable technologies, and initial tests are proving successful. After this exploration phase, sounds and music will be designed.

Announcement 12 Oct 2006

Now listed on download.com. Please submit your review there, to help build up a balanced representation of your experiences!

Announcement 28 Sep 2006

C-NET download.com listing scheduled for mid-October (assuming all is well).

Release 26 Sep 2006

Freeware v0.9.6. Beta label is now actually removed (no new features).

Announcement 14 Sep 2006

Beta label will be removed with the next release. It has been decided that the current release (0.9.5 Beta) satisfies our requirements for a non-beta product.

Release 12 Sep 2006

Freeware v0.9.5

  • Bug 8 solved. Corrects a problem typically seen at levels 50+, where absorbing Sentries sometimes caused an error; Zenith could not recover.
  • Bug 2 solved. Robot's view is correctly restored when returning from the Map View.

Roadmap 31 Jul 2006

Beta Builds

To help manage small updates, it has been decided to maintain a 'latest build' that contains the latest features (possibly buggy), and to only update the main download occasionally.

The Latest Build can be found on the Project Page.

Release 30 Jul 2006

Freeware v0.9.4

  • After winning or losing a Landscape, simple choices are presented to continue playing (easier, same, harder), Exit or Configure.
  • Slight modification to landscape generation, now more likely to generate the same landscape when Variation is 0.

Files 28 Jul 2006

Changes to distribution:

  • One of the mirrors has been removed, because it advertised unsuitable content.
  • The ZIP file for v0.9.3 (26-Jul to 28-Jul 13:00 GMT) was badly-structured, and only readable by 7-zip

No actual content has been changed.

Release 26 Jul 2006

Freeware v0.9.3 (Beta)

  • Bug fix: Landscape Number box now works; it previously did not remember its value, and did not allow all possible numbers to be entered.
  • A change to the distribution: Documentation (Player's Guide) is now in a separate download, to help reduce the bandwidth burden on the website. Note that the documentation has not been updated on this occasion.

Release 23 May 2006

Freeware v0.9.2 (Beta). Improvements:

  • Landscapes and game balance are about right now. Levels 40-70 are mostly possible now (previously the landscapes were too high in the 40-70 range - the starting position was often 'walled-in").

Note: there is a lot of strategy in 'climbing' with limited energy - if you think you can't complete a landscape, have a good look at ALL possible moves - including retreat to lower ground for a better position.

Release 22 May 2006

Freeware v0.9.1 (Beta). Improvements:

  • Likelihood of 'impossible' landscapes has been reduced.
  • Splash screen.

Release 21 May 2006

Freeware v0.9.0 (Beta). Improvements:

  • Refined rules for absorption.
  • Landscape difficulty, and game balance improved.
  • Symbols in the energy display.
  • Removed non-functional New Game and Configuration options.
  • Removed non-functioning console options from Help.
  • Persistent 'Hints' switch in Configuration.
  • Landscape numbers can be used to replay games.
  • Lighting and transitions more realistic and pleasing.

Roadmap 15 May 2006

June 2006: Self-complete Freeware release.
July 2006: Licencing terms and distribution methods for an enhanced version.
This roadmap is no longer active.

Release 14 May 2006

Dev Demo 7. Control preferences (reverse mouse, reverse zoom). Preferences remembered. Bug 3 solved.

Release 11 May 2006

Dev Demo 6. Player Death sequence. Bug 1 solved. Bug 4 solved.

Release 11 May 2006

Dev Demo 5. In-game hints added, to get you started. Improved scan warning. Improved game balance (Sentinels and Sentries become much meaner in mid-level play). Bug 5 solved.

Release 07 May 2006

Dev Demo 3. Better game balance and difficulty progression between games. Bug 6 solved.

Release 05 May 2006

Dev Demo 1. This shows basic gameplay, but has no continuity between games. See Bug list, below.

Release 06 Dec 2005

Development has progressed sufficiently to warrant a project announcement on the website.

Start 11 Aug 2005

Project started.