Gunhouse is 49 cents on Vita. Here’s how you get it.

Gunhouse launched last year on Vita at $2.99, but since it’s free in Windows Phone, we figured we should deep discount this thing. We couldn’t make it free, because as per the terms of the store, it would’ve had to be free to play, so we chose the lowest possible price – 49 cents! Considering the WP version is vastly improved over the Vita one, that’s a pretty fair price, we think. That’s cheaper than buying a Homies toy in your local liquor store!

But man, how the heck do you find PlayStation Mobile games? There’s no link I can give you, because they’re not directly sold through PSN’s web store, you have to get it actually on your vita itself. They hid these games pretty well, so we’re going to walk you through it.

First things first, take out your Vita, apply the inevitable software update, and enter the PlayStation store. Once there, click on the PlayStation Mobile tab up top! This is the critical step beyond which most folks don’t venture. There are a whole bunch of games in that PSM tab that you’ll never see if you search the normal store. It’s wacky, but there it is! So yeah, click that thing right up.

Next, at least for the time being, you can find us in the Featured tab. Maybe some day we won’t be featured! But for now the easiest way to find us is to click on that tab right there, then scroll right the heck on down to Gunhouse. It’s down there somewhere!

Okay! Now you can click on this download honker right here and get a passable version of Gunhouse for 49 cents! Who are you to resist it!?

But hey, you say. I’m reading this way later than you intended and you’re totally not featured in the PlayStation Mobile store anymore. We’re sad now :( But also! Here’s the longer, more complicated way to find us since there’s noooo searching in the PSM store! First, click the games tab – the one below, not the one on top! The one on top takes you back to normal Vita games, where you can buy all the JRPGs. The kind-of-frog-thing I drew wants you to click the one below. He’s so happy!

Okay good! Now scroll down to puzzle games, because that is where we are located. Had to choose something! I chose that. It does have puzzles right in it! So yeah, click it on through.

Here we are again! Ready to download! Get it up in the Vita!

So there you go, this is how you can get hold of Gunhouse for 49 cents on your Vita. Again, please keep in mind it’s an earlier version of the game – the swiping is not great, you can’t choose your weapons (they’re randomized from a group of five – we fixed that for Windows Phone), and there aren’t as many enemies or bosses. AND you have to pay for it, whereas on Windows Phone it’s free! But I mean, maybe you don’t have Windows Phone. Maybe you want to try out what we might consider a beta of Gunhouse. If so, please do! We really do hope you enjoy it!

differently

Last week we decided to finally get it together and set up a press kit. Naturally our first thought was of dopresskit by Rami Ismail. We installed it, and while we really liked the idea of a democratized press kit creation tool, we found that this wasn’t the one for us.

We noticed right away that there were some sections that didn’t apply to us, like awards (we’ll get one some day), or article quotes. But when we deleted these sections, we found there were artifacts left behind, and we couldn’t immediately figure out how to solve this without modifying the php file. We also wanted to be able to change the order of our images, rename sections, and some other minor details, and the path to do these things was not obvious to us.

For what we wanted to do, if editing the source was the solution to our problem, it seemed better to just roll our own. So we did! We preserved the formatting and structure of Rami’s kit, which we liked, but our kit is actually written completely differently, and the process for installing and editing is totally different. So that’s what we called it – differently.

Necrosoft developer Shane Marks spend a couple days putting this together – here’s what he has to say about it.

<Begin Shane>

Once I started writing our own press kit, I decided to do a number of things differently.

Instead of using XML to generate the html page I decided to use markdown. Markdown for me is easier to use, and isn’t as brittle as xml. The page doesn’t explode if you forget to close a tag! I also made it so you can remove, rename, or add entire sections and add new sections without artifacts.

I also decided to simplify the process by using client side rendering instead of php. This means you don’t need to know if your hosting supports php, or what that even means! You can also do neat things like host your press kit on github for free.

The biggest downside to our press kit is you have to manually link your projects and images because it renders client side, whereas dopresskit auto-populates these things from folders. I actually rather prefer this though, because I can now easily arrange our projects and images as I like. I can’t really imagine this being a dealbreaker for anyone since it’s not like you’ll have more than a few projects or images to link to.

Want to use differently?

If you like the idea of this and would like to use it yourself (or tell us we’re terrible for making it), you can check out differently here. We’ve decided to license it as public domain so that everyone can benefit from it.

If you’ve any issues setting it up you should check out the wiki first. Failing that you can create an issue and we might be able to help!

Tips for using differently

Here’s some information that might be useful if you want to use our press kit!

</ End Shane>

So that’s our press kit! You can see our own results right here, or the generic page here.  You’ll note that it looks pretty similar to dopresskit, because we did like the structure of it all, but most of the difference is in the back end, and how you use it. We’ve created a landing page for everything here, but everything is stored on github for your convenience.

If you have comments or suggestions, do let us know! We hope this will be useful for all the devs out there who hate making press kits (that’s everyone, I think).

Gunhouse for Windows Phone! It’s free!

What are you, some kind of a jerk who doesn’t like free things? If you have a Windows Phone, there is no reason whatsoever for you to not have Gunhouse on your device. We didn’t even put ads in there! Wild and crazy!

You can get the game right here. We improved upon the PlayStation Mobile version by fixing the store a bit (now you can choose what weapons you take into a fight!), adding more enemy and boss colors (colors!), making the block-sliding action much cleaner, adding screen shake… lots of stuff! So yeah, have yourself a fun time, and let us know what you think and how you feel!