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Deus Shift

rated 4.25 / 5 stars
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Jan 3, 2013 | 12:59 AM EST

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Basics 5 Points You beat the tutorial. You might even know how to play!
Friends 5 Points You beat someone in multiplayer. Winning is the best part of having friends!
Vanquisher 10 Points You beat the Beginner AI. Vanquished your first foe!
Master 25 Points You beat the Intermediate AI. No computer can stand against you!

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Deus Shift is a competitive, two player strategy game. With nine unique units, and tons of possible strategies, outsmart your opponent and defeat their heart while defending your own.

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*NOTE:* Deus Shift is not a casual game. You will enjoy the game a lot more if you take the time to learn it (by playing the tutorial) before jumping in. The beginner AI will destroy you if you don't know how to play.

1/11/13 (1.81) - Added the ability to share and browse records of other players.

1/11/13 (1.80) - The AI will now never take more than one minute. It has been optimized some, and if it takes a minute, it goes with the best plan it's thought of and trashes all other plans (this means the AI might not be as good on older computers).

1/5/13 (1.79) - added medals and highscore api. Unfortunately, medals and highscores made before this update will not be displayed.



Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Way too challenging. This is a flash game. The vast majority of flash game players want to play something for a few minutes then move on. Not spend hours learning everything about it.


Rated 2 / 5 stars

laggy game with poor controls (frequently causes missclicks). Fun when it works. 2/5

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davidmaletz responds:

The UI can be a little clunky, but did you notice the undo button? If you make a mistake, there is no penalty to undo and change your moves (there is only a time limit in multiplayer mode that restricts how much you can do/undo).


Rated 2 / 5 stars

Very cool concept and it's fun while it works. Problem comes in when you stump the AI and it can't figure out a move, it'll slow the entire game and your computer down while it counts down to 0 and never makes a move. I'm unable to complete an intermediate game because of it. The AI really doesn't like when I block a couple of the entrances to a circle with berserkers (Best defense unit).

So I have to rate this poorly for now because I wasn't able to play it completely, it surely needs some bug fixing.

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davidmaletz responds:

The Intermediate AI can take some time, especially when it has a Deus. It's never taken more than 30-60 seconds or so on my machine, but I've heard it can take a few minutes on slower machines. Part of this is because flash actionscript is slow and there's just a lot of "thinking" it needs to do (there are more options in Deus Shift than in Chess every turn!) The only real solutions to this "bug" is to release the game for PC (not flash), and/or optimize the AI algorithm.

Thanks for the feedback! Maybe you can try some multiplayer games? The game shines best when played against another human player (although, the room list always seems empty, so you'll have to schedule a match with someone).