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AirMess R8 is now available, on Widows 8 RT, Windows 8 Desktop and of course Windows 7 !

Windows 8 RT

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Windows Desktop (Windows 7 and 8)

AirMess Desktop 1.8

AirMess Desktop 1.8

As usual, if you are using it on Windows 7, you’ll need to make sure to have the latest updates:

What’s in the box?

This time, the revolution is for the Desktop 🙂

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The AirMess August (R7) Release is available, and is the first to be available both on Windows 8 RT, Windows 8 Desktop and Windows 7 with the same features! 🙂

Windows 8 RT

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Get AirMess (Windows 8.1)

Windows Desktop (Windows 7 and 8)

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AirMess Desktop 1.8

Note that in order to play on Windows 7, you need to ensure that your OS is up to date with the latest DirectX and .NET Framework updates. You need to have at least:

Windows 8.1 already includes all of the needed dependencies so it will work just out of the box.

What’s in the box?

Lots of new features in this release:

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AirMess on Desktop

August 2, 2014

Starting from just now, AirMess is also available on Desktop 🙂

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AirMess Desktop

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Deep Blue

July 25, 2014

Again, a new stage that was in the previous AirMess (at that time, Frozen Canyon) completely redone for this version. Will be included in the August update 🙂

Icarus

July 14, 2014

Just trying out the new (old, as it existed in the previous AirMess) Icarus track that will be available in the next AirMess Release (sometime in August :))

I haz motion blur :)

July 6, 2014

Motion Blur

I coded a little motion blur effect that will be available in the next AirMess release (if you are running a DirectX 10+ level graphic card). It was implemented using this technique from nVidia.

I also greatly improved the performances of the game when running on down level graphics by having both a DirectX 10+ renderer and a DirectX 9 renderer but … this isn’t a perfect solution:

  • The rendering quality it obviously less than the DX10+ one
  • Can achieve a solid 30 fps on some x64 tablets but I couldn’t get more than 12 fps on the original Surface RT. On that one I’m actually CPU bound rather than GPU bound …
  • The game will try to auto-detect the best settings but you can still override them later on

But still, the next monthly release should happen this week and also brings new weapons 🙂

AirMess – Release 5

June 10, 2014

AirMess June (R5) Release available in the Windows Store!

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This time:

  • A completely new MENU UI (yep, the old one was ugly anyway)
  • HIGHSCORES!!

To emphasis a little more on the actual work that happened on the UI, it went from this:
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To this:
AirMess 5 UI
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And now the game is actually rendering 2 DirectX surfaces, one for the background of the menu and the other one for the game content. Each one is activated at the right time not to be burning the laptop away 😉

Special thanks to Alexandre Saint Martin who helped with the design.

Have fun! 🙂