May 21st, 2012 | By Chris Priestman
We’ve played Cloudberry Kingdom and as you can read in our preview, it’s pretty great. Want to play it yourself? Well, it just so happens that we have 450 codes to giveaway on a first come, first served basis. So listen up!
If you haven’t checked out Cloudberry Kingdom yet, then do so by watching the trailer below. It looks hardcore but it’s actually very accessible and very fun. We would also like to tell you that if you don’t win a free version of the game from us then you can always get access to it by funding it over on Kickstarter, you can even get a Wii U copy for doing so! There’s less than a week left to get yourself a copy though, so be quick.
Pwnee, the developers, want you to test out the beta of Cloudberry Kingdom, hence why we’re doing this giveaway. If you get a Steam code you’ll have immediate access to the game in it’s current state and will continue to have access to it through updates, including the final version as well.
ALL OF THE CODES ARE NOW GONE! CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE FAST ENOUGH. REMEMBER, YOU CAN STILL GET ACCESS TO THE BETA BY HELPING TO FUND THE GAME OVER ON KICKSTARTER.
All of the codes need to go today so they will be sent out as the emails come in – you’ll need to be quick!
Any emails sent before the stated time will be disqualified and not win a code at all, even if they send a code after the stated time. Only one email from each address will be accepted, any more than one email from the same email address will lead to an automatic disqualification. If you don’t enter the Subject Line correctly then your email won’t get through, so be extra careful.
Here’s a message for those who are successful from Pwnee:
“Hail beta tester!
We’re excited to finally get the beta rolling for Cloudberry Kingdom. We’re making rapid progress on finishing the game, but we need your help to really polish it and make it shine.
We’ve just signed on an art studio to redo the game’s art, so expect regular art updates moving forward. For now we want to focus the testing on the game play and general functionality. Let us know what’s cool and what sucks, what’s too easy and what’s ridiculously impossible. We’re really striving to make a game that can scratch everyone’s itch for an awesome platformer.
Join us on reddit to talk trash, report bugs, make suggestions, or give us virtual hugs (aka programmer fuel) reddit.com/r/CloudberryBeta/
Unfortunately, we are currently functional on PC only.
There are a couple of things you need to download before you can run the game. First you’ll need the Microsoft .NET Framework 4, which you can find at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17851 Second you’ll need the XNA Framework 4.0 which you can find at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20914.
We’re working on integrating an installer for these frameworks into the game, which should be ready by next week.
In order to use the beta key: open up Steam and click on the Game’s tab, select “Active a product on Steam” and enter your beta key. That’s it!
How to play:
Arrow keys move, duck, and jump. Press up to go through doors. Spacebar is quickspawn. Escape/Backspace will bring up the main menu or navigate backwards. Enter selects something on a menu. Enter during the game brings up the powerup menu.
A lot of menus say ‘press A’ or ‘press X’. That’s for the Xbox version (PC version coming soon). If you’ve got a gamepad you can plug it in and use it (you can plug FOUR in and play multiplayer!)
To customize you character, press the “H” key, and to randomize your character press “C”
What to play:
The game is a bit unstructured now. The campaign is still under construction, but the arcade games are good to go. We recommend starting with Escalation. Hero Rush is our favorite, but it’s a bit confusing at first. We’re still working on an intro-tutorial to smooth it out.
Updates to expect soon:
Optimizations! If the game is running slow on your computer, fear not! We are constantly streamlining our code, and already have a lot of optimizations in the pipeline for an update later this week.
Leaderboards! Think your score of 563,279 on Hero Rush is impressive? Wait until you see our programmer’s 1,000,000+ scores show up on the leaderboard. We’ll be announcing some beta tester only competitions in the coming week, so start training!
Prettiness! We’ve partnered up with Tigar Hare Studios, the guys that did cinematics for games like Call of Duty, Red Faction, and Lord of the Rings Online. Expect some awesome updates to the graphics over the next few months!
PC Version. Right now you’re playing the ‘Xbox’ PC version. We’re wrapping up the code for a real PC version, with mouse support, multiple resolutions, fullscreen/windowed options, and keyboard remapping. Expect this within a week.
I’m looking forward to getting feedback! I hope you enjoy the beta.
TJ Lutz, Team Lead and Community Manager”
More information on Cloudberry Kingdom can be found over on the developer’s official website.