Mobile versions updates

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After almost two months of reviews and rejections, the App Store finally allowed to update the iOS version of Shoujo City 3D. In order to comply with numerous requests for content removal of the store, some content of the game had to be removed and changed:

  • Two equipment slots for underwear, and all underwear (including swimsuits) formerly sold in the game, are removed.
  • “Shirt” and “skirt” equipment slots are locked, so clothes in these slots now can be only swapped with other items, but not removed.
  • “Crawling” feature is removed.
  • The game was renamed from “Shoujo City 3D” to “Anime City 3D”.

The game now has 17+ rating on the App Store, but even with that rating, you’ll have to ride water slides fully clothed, since girls wearing swimsuits at a water park was considered too offensive and objectionable, apparently. Oh well, at least they didn’t force to dress all girls into non-removable burqa or something. Maybe that will be their next request, though.

All these changes (apart from changing the title) were also introduced to Android version of the game. I’m not really happy with these changes, but I didn’t have any choice, actually.

All versions of the game (PC, iOS and Android) now are at the same version 0.8.12.

Alpha 0.8.12

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Steam and Android version of Shoujo City 3D are updated to version 0.8.12. All updates for iOS version are still rejected by the App Store, and at this point it’s impossible to predict when iOS updates will be resumed.

Updates in this version:

  • Christmas decorations in all locations.
  • One new hair style.
  • In addition to squirrels, seashells and pine cones now can be exchanged for money at Shoujo Mart.
  • Improved textures for various road and building elements in all maps (pavements, railings, stairs, utility poles, pillars, floors).
  • Fixed an issue that didn’t allow to cancel a Ferris wheel ride if you had a water gun or swim ring in hands.

Alpha 0.8.11

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Steam and Android versions of Shoujo City 3D are updated to version 0.8.11. All updates to iOS version are delayed for an unknown period of time, since the App Store rejects updates to the game since October 23.

This is a very small technical update to remove temporary objects and decorations for two October events (Halloween and water gun mini-game).

Next major update will be a new Akihabara map, but due to complexity and size of the area it will take a few months as yet to prepare all required assets. That’s why, until Akihabara map is ready for release, next few updates most probably will be relatively small additions.

Updates in this version:

  • Water gun mini-game is moved to a new permanent place in the Summer Town map.
  • New clothes: tall boots (fashion store), miko dress (Shinto shrine shop).
  • Walking in shallow water now has a separate sound.
  • The mechanic of increasing relationship score to unlock girlfriend’s equipment slots is removed.

Google Play issues

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Today I got an email from Google informing that my Google Play developer account was terminated. Both 3D and 2D versions of Shoujo City for Android are gone.

I don’t know why the account was terminated – I got a generic auto-generated email mentioning that my account was violating Google Play policies, without any details and explanation. Until today, there were no prior notifications about any issues with my games.

I apologize to all people who played Shoujo City 3D and 2D on Android and were waiting for future updates. At this point I don’t know what to do about this.

UPDATE (November 3, 2018): my developer account was restored after an appeal. To tell the truth, I didn’t think it would be possible, since every story I found on the Internet said that all appeals for restoring banned developer accounts are always rejected. I still didn’t get any explanations for why my account was terminated, or why it was restored, and don’t know if there was some issue with one of published games or this was an error.

Halloween Event!

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This update is available in all versions of the game (including free). iOS version is delayed (waiting for approval in the App Store).

☆ Halloween Event

To start this event, use the pumpkin head icon in front of the school gates. There is not much else to say about it without spoiling all the walkthrough – so it’s up to you to explore and find out how to complete it.

☆ Other additions and improvements

  • New hair colors: magenta, yellow, light green (available in the beauty salon).

Alpha 0.8.9 update

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Alpha 0.8.9 update of Shoujo City 3D is published on Steam, App Store, and Google Play.

This is a very small update, and it’s released mostly to fix a water gun operation issue. In the previous version it was impossible to aim accurately if you attempted to shoot and run at the same time. Now aiming remains stable while standing, walking, and running.

☆ GUI and gameplay changes

The skills mechanic is redesigned. Now all skills are assigned to your character (in the past it was planned to assign them to girlfriend).

There is a new status window for your character, appearing if you click on the status button in the in-game smartphone, showing your current skills and achievements.

There are three skills and two stats in your status window (more skills will be added in future updates).

  • cooking skill is increased every time you cook any 100% food.
  • music skill is increased by completing piano challenges.
  • sports skill is increased by playing hide-and-seek and the water gun VR game.

All skills can also go down if you fail the respective activities. Right now skills don’t have any effect – it’s mostly a preparation step towards the final version of the game, where you’ll have to work on specific skills to increase compatibility with your girlfriend.

Girlfriend’s status window is moved from toolbar panel to the in-game smartphone, too, since it’s used during gameplay only occasionally, and there is no need to show it on screen all the time.

☆ Other additions and improvements

  • When you approach squirrels, now they will attempt to run away.
  • ATMs in several locations (used only for decoration).
  • Fixed a minor issue with hair color not updating correctly after changing hair type during character creation.
  • Fixed a small issue with arm positions while using the rocking horse.

☆ Translations

All translations are updated according to the Shoujo City Wiki.

Shoujo City 3D Android release!

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shoujocity.sc3d

Minimum device requirements:

  • Android 6
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Snapdragon 625 CPU

Recommended device requirements:

  • Android 6 (or newer)
  • 3 GB RAM (or more)
  • Snapdragon 650 CPU (or better)

And yes, I am well aware that most people who asked for Android version have devices below these requirements, and that not everybody can afford to buy a new and powerful smartphone. And still no, there is no magic in this world to make a game like that to work on every old and budget smartphone out there. Because every device has limits for what graphics it can process due to its hardware.

For instance, you can’t play Witcher 3 on Playstation 1, not even on PS 2 or 3. You’ll need to buy the newest, more powerful, and more expensive Playstation 4 for that. Why? Because only Playstation 4 has hardware powerful enough to process a game like that. It works the same way for all other video games. Games with higher quality graphics require higher quality and more powerful hardware.

If you have an old and budget smartphone, please check Shoujo City 2D instead. It has much simpler graphics, and that’s exactly why it can run on all old and budget devices.

Water Gun Event!

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This update is available in both paid and free versions of Shoujo City 3D.

☆ Water Gun event

A special water gun VR mini-game will be available throughout October 2018.

Water gun shooting mini-game was one of most distinct features of ai sp@ce – the discontinued MMO that always was the main source of inspiration for Shoujo City. This year marks ten years since official launch of ai sp@ce (October 15, 2008), so I wanted to make some special in-game event to celebrate this date.

To start the mini-game, you’ll have to buy a water gun, VR glasses and a ticket (sold in a stall near the convenience store). Two spots for the game are located on the school sports field and in the shrine. To fill your water gun with water you can use temizuya in the shrine, or one of hand washing basins in the school.

The goal of the game is to destroy all portals, while also eliminating cat soldiers spawning from them. After all portals are destroyed, you can collect prize boxes that will give you a random prize:

  • Mikan (consolation prize)
  • Mini-figurine of Cat Soldier
  • Golden Omamori
  • Bracelet Set
  • Summer Hat
  • Gunslinger Hat

☆ Other additions and improvements

  • Additional dialogues for dating scenes.
  • New wooden blinds (sold in the convenience store).
  • A few small additional details for school rooms.
  • Now you can sit down at all desks in the school.
  • All inventory items with 3D viewing mode are now marked by small white triangle in the top-right corner. All items from “snacks” and “drinks” categories now can be viewed in 3D mode.
  • Fixed a small issue with chest rotation angles during idle animations.
  • Summer Town music now doesn’t interfere with kissing mini-game music.
  • More accurate transitions for fixed camera views in rooms.
  • Holding one-hand items (e.g., leek) now doesn’t prevent picking up items (e.g., squirrels).
  • Fixed a few small errors for eating/drinking animations.
  • Fixed a bug with on-screen joystick disappearing on certain camera transitions (iOS version).

Graphics update (0.8.7)

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Update 0.8.7 of Shoujo City 3D is published on Steam Early Access and the App Store. Here is what is new:

☆ Graphics updates

All background buildings in apartment, school, and Summer Town maps were redone with higher quality, better textures, and more detailed 3D models. New street signs and rooftop air conditioners.

This is the third part of graphics updates (previous ones: 0.8.3 – new main buildings, 0.8.5 – new plants) done to get rid of all low-quality assets from early development stages of the game and bring all models and textures to consistent style and quality level.

☆ Other additions and improvements

  • Fixed a bug with incorrect placement of objects in hands that happened if you swapped some items in “hand” slot.
  • New stacked bracelet can be bought in the clothes store.

Looking for translators!

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A new Shoujo City video by different colors (Arabic language).

In addition to being the only designer, programmer, artist, modeller, and animator of the game, I also write all game texts in English and Russian, but that’s where my linguistic skills end. Translations for all other languages depend on volunteers. Shoujo City 3D is compatible with all existing languages and alphabets, so whether the game is translated into some language or not depends solely on whether there are people willing to help with translations.

In the sidebar menu on the right you can see all game languages and their current progress. If they are below 100%, that means translations are incomplete and waiting for people willing to resume work started by previous translator. If some language is not in this list, it means there are no people as yet who started to translate the game into that language.

All translations are done online in a wiki, and you can contribute as much, or as little, as you want. If you want to help translating the game into a language you know, please send me an email at laika16 [at] yandex.ru