August 29th, 2014
Dog Days Of Summer 2014 Event is now Live! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

It's time for the last hurrah of summer, so relax poolside (you just have to build it first!) and experience the joy of fostering an adorable puppy!

Once the pool is built, there are three turn-in stations and new quest lines have been added to the event this year to keep things fresh and interesting. Make sure you have reached the Commons via the Mysterious Forest so you can take part in all the new questy goodness!

Let's break this event down:

Who Let The Dogs Out?

You can get started right away on the Dog part of the event, just speak to Nate and give a home to one of the 'surplus' puppies Nate managed to order for himself. These puppies can be adopted permanently at the end of the event (please see your platform for the appropriate cost/tax). Once you've adopted your chosen pup, Nate will give you the first of six daily quests (which repeat if you miss them!) and get you on your way to raising a proper pet!

Ain't No Party Like A Poolside Party!

Talk to the Pool Builder to get started on building a pool in the event area, as that will allow the rest of the event to unlock. She'll have you go through three quests of finding pool parts, and once the pool is totally finished, residents will filter in to take up their appropriate spots. We've added three new quest lines, which will unlock over the course of the first ten days of the event.

Keep your eye on the Bush Whacker Facebook Page and the Codename Entertainment Twitter for updates as quests and activities unlock!


POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!! - Achievements

There are EIGHT possible Achievements in the Dog Days of Summer 2014 event:

Repeating Achievements in 2014:

  • Pool Digger - Build the Pool for the Dog Days event. (Large Energy Pack)
  • Safety First! - Help at each pool-side station during the event. (Large Energy Pack)
    • Safety to the Max! - Help at each pool station 50 times (Title: Summer Saver) - must first complete "Safety First!"
  • Doggy Daycare - Complete all the doggy dailies (Large Energy Pack)
  • Man's Best Friend- Level your doggy pet up to level 10 (Large Energy Pack)

Added/Changed for 2014:
  • Training Day - Complete all the puppy training quests (Large Energy Pack)
  • Dog Days Outlet - Buy all the custom items for 2014. (Large Energy Pack)

We have 1 achievements from last year's event, which may be earned by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present/didn't earn it during the initial year:
  • Dog Days Sale - Buy all the custom items and pool items (Large Energy Pack)

* The Dog Days Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the Dog Days Outlet achievement, and therefore it is not a required purchase.


2014 Pet Packs


Hot Dog Weiner - Increases your chance to win event turn-in items by up to 20%
Firefighter Dalmatian - Gives you up to a 20% chance to double non-multiplied power wins!
Corgy - Gives you up to a 20% chance to double non-multiplied mana wins!

2013 Event Pets available for Bush Bucks:


The first of his kind, the 2013 Weiner Dog increases your chance to win event turn-in items by up to 20%


Got it? Awesome! Head on over to the Commons and meet up with Nate and the Pool Digger to get started - but remember, NO RUNNING AROUND THE POOL! The Dog Days of Summer event runs until Friday September 12, 2014 at Noon PDT!


Adopt a dog and build a pool to relax by now!
August 29th, 2014
Change Log: Changes released August 29, 2014 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

New Content:
Added: Dog Days of Summer 2014 Event (Blog here)

General Updates:
FIXED:
- Bug where gold amounts in the store showed up red even when the player had enough (Hotfixed on Monday)
- Bug where the cliff in the latest Kaine adventure was not climbable. (Hotfixed on Monday. Persistent little bugger.)
- Typo in the Gem Hunt quest on Amicus Isle (ever -> even)


General Updates:
FIXED:
- Glitch where "Perpetual Motion" VIP Power would not award the special energy pack if the user unlocked it with a VIP Voucher.(Hotfixed on Monday)
- Glitch where players would get an odd pop-up about quests being reset after they finished growing a pet with Misty.(Hotfixed on Monday)
- Fixed the Fire Sprite in the VIP Store to display the correct bonus amount at max level


General Updates:
FIXED:
- Bug with the Decoder Ring inventory icon (Nate mountain adventure)
- Adjusted the capitalization in several trinket bonus descriptions as well as for XP and Pet XP in the quest rewards dialog (no effect on the actual rewards or bonuses)


August 22nd, 2014
VIP Program and a Summertime Bush Buck Sale! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Attention Dedicated Bush Whackers:

We're adding a new VIP Program to Bush Whacker 2, starting today! Purchase a membership by clicking the VIP icon near the options menu; once your membership is active, every subsequent Bush Buck purchase will award you VIP Tokens, which you can use to activate awesome VIP Powers!

Not sure if the membership is right for you? You will occasionally find VIP Vouchers in Quester's Satchels that will let you activate a limited selection of VIP Powers to try the system out. We're also running a Summer Bush Buck SALE until Tues., August 26th at Noon PST!

VIP at a glance:

  • Redeem VIP Tokens and activate cool buffs
  • Use Tokens to buy luxury items/pets from an exclusive VIP store or spin the "Wheel of Fun!"
  • VIP exclusive Leaderboards
  • Not sure if the Membership is for you? Find a VIP Voucher in a Quester's Satchel and try one of several buffs for free!

VIP Membership Details:

  • Premium purchased membership for 30 consecutive days; each 30 day membership earns you 3 VIP tokens
  • When a Membership is active:
    • Purchases of Bush Bucks will award VIP Tokens which can be used to enable super cool buffs (minimum $5 purchase).
    • Number of Tokens received scales up with the size of larger Bush Buck packages
    • Successive purchase of Bush Bucks earns the player progress on towards greater awards.
  • Bush Buck purchases made without a membership will not earn VIP tokens
  • Players who made purchases before the VIP Program was added to the game will receive a number of free VIP Tokens, based on the number of previous purchases; players will receive these tokens the first time they open the "VIP" dialogue - they do not have to have an active membership to earn these tokens, but a membership must be activated to redeem the tokens
  • VIP Tokens may very rarely be found in Quester's Satchels

VIP Powers

  • Redeemable for VIP Tokens
  • Multiple powers can be active at any given time, but a VIP membership MUST be active for a power to have effect (except when activated by a VIP Voucher).
    • If membership runs out while power is still active, power will continue to run down to its stated expiry. Membership will need to be renewed in order to regain the buff. Renewing your membership will not regain lost time.
    • If a player's membership is about to expire and they attempt to redeem a Token, a prompt will appear to indicate the Membership's expiry date, and prompt for renewal.
    • Powers can only be activated if a Membership is valid (except when activated with a VIP Voucher).
  • Buff Powers cost 1 VIP Token and unless otherwise noted, last for 14 days:

    VIP PowerPower DescriptionDuration
    Leveller's Boon(Receive full bar's worth of energy when you level-up, regardless of current energy.Lasts 14 Days.
    Quester's BoonHigher chance of receiving uncommon or rare items in Quester's Satchels.Lasts 14 Days.
    Perpetual MotionAwards a free bonus 25% energy pack every day.Lasts 14 Days.
    Maxed OutAdds +10 max mana/power, +20 max energy.Lasts 14 Days.
    Furious FisherDecreases time before fishing bobs by 2 seconds.Lasts 14 Days.
    Fishing QuesterQuest items from fishing will be fished up at a much higher rateLasts 14 Days.
    Farming NutFarm crops ripen 5% faster and provide 5% more energy/gold.Lasts 14 Days.
    Eventer's Boon20% bonus to holiday item drops.Lasts 14 Days.
    Daily Quest ResetInstantly reset daily quest cooldowns.One time use.
    Speedy BootsIncreases player speed by 100%Lasts 14 Days
    Can be toggled on and off.

How VIP Works:

  • Each time the player receives VIP Tokens, they earn points towards leveling up their VIP level
  • When a player levels up, they receive a one-time reward of VIP Token/Bush Buck rewards
  • All VIP members start at Level 1. At:
    • ...Level 2 = 10 Tokens; Rewards 1 extra token.
    • ...Level 3 = 20 Tokens; Rewards 2 extra tokens and 50 Bush Bucks.
    • ...Level 4 = 40 Tokens; Rewards 4 extra tokens and 100 Bush Bucks.
    • ...Level 5 = 60 Tokens; Rewards 6 extra tokens and 200 Bush Bucks.
    • ...Level 6 = 80 Tokens; Rewards 8 extra tokens and 300 Bush Bucks.
    • ...Level 7 = 100 Tokens; Rewards 10 extra tokens and 400 Bush Bucks.
    • ...Level 8 = 200 Tokens; Rewards 20 extra tokens and 800 Bush Bucks.
    • ...Level 9 = 400 Tokens; Rewards 40 extra tokens and 1200 Bush Bucks.
    • ...Level 10 = 800 Tokens; Rewards 100 extra tokens and 2000 Bush Bucks.

VIP Exclusive Store:

  • Custom luxury items for player and ranch including Mini golf piece and a new farming item, the Seed Spreader: can be used to instantly plant all available plots with a selected seed
  • 4 unique pets
  • Each item costs 5 VIP Tokens

The "Wheel of Fun" (1 Token per spin)

  • Win Bush Bucks, gold, energy, mana, power, or gems.
  • A large Bush Buck jackpot can also be won.
  • Jackpot grows as players spin the wheel.
  • Each spin awards points on the "Wheel of Fun" leaderboard.


VIP Vouchers:

  • Can be won uncommonly in Quester's Satchels.
  • Does not contribute toward VIP levels.
  • Can be used to activate certain VIP Powers:
    • Leveller's Boon for 5 days
    • Quester's Boon for 5 days
    • Perpetual Motion for 5 days
    • Maxed Out for 5 days
    • Farming Nut for 5 days
    • Eventer's Boon for 5 days
  • Can be used to activate Powers even if a membership is not active. Powers activated with a Voucher are not affected by memberships expiring.

VIP Leaderboards

  • VIPs with an active membership will gain access to unique leaderboards, which track:
    • ...getting to max level after new content is released (Membership must be active prior to reaching cap to be included)
    • ...holiday completion percentage
    • ...Wheel of Fun wins (each spin is worth a certain number of points based on what you won)
  • People who become VIP are placed on the leaderboards at that time (in the case of the max level board, their "time" that they reached their current level is set to the time they became VIP)
  • If membership expires, a player will be removed from the leaderboard until their membership is reactivated. When the membership is reactivated, they will once again appear on the appropriate leaderboards.


Got questions? Need clarification? Ask here! 
August 22nd, 2014
Patch Notes: Changes released August 22, 2014 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

New Content:
ADDED: - VIP Membership & Summer Bush Buck Sale (Blog here)

General Updates:
ADDED: - If you try to use at least 10 energy packs at once there will be a confirmation window.
FIXED:
- Glitch where players may have not been able to climb the cliff in the Kaine Jungle adventure after reloading the zone.
- Several typos on the Kaine Jungle adventure.
- A really really really minor graphical glitch in the Jungle Temple.
- The twitter link in the news now links to the correct place.
Pet Updates:
FIXED:
- Vincent (PAGAS guy) now counts released current generation pets towards the requirement of 5 current gen pets hatched in order to purchase current gen eggs.
- Fixed the left walk cycle of the Spider pet.

Feed the feedback machine here!
August 19th, 2014
Peanuts! Popcorn! Mini Challenge Event Oh My! 

Everyone loves a good summer Carnival, and the Challenge Mini Event Monkey is no different! Join her in the last celebration of summer time!!

New to Mini Challenge Events? Here's a TL:DR summary:
- Find purple challenge eggs with a "!" - break them and start a new challenge.
- Break eggs to find the required number of McGuffins within the allotted time period.
- Trade Mini Event Challenge tokens to the Challenge Mini Event Monkey for prizes!

Got more questions? Check our handy FAQ here!

We have three rare prizes for this mini event:


Rare Challenge Hat: The Cotton Candy poof is fluffy and sweet and grants 10% More Multipliers.

Rare Challenge Hammer: The Carnival Hammer gives Slightly More Stars.

Rare Challenge Trophy Room Item: Popcorn Machine - Can't you just smell the buttery, salty goodness?


Looking for a stylish new hat? Mr. Monkey has dreamed up two zingers!


The Ferris Wheel soars above the Carnival grounds, reaching for the stars and grants an Small Chance of a (completed) Bonus Star, as well as 10% More Stars. (cost no hammer/star) and gives 10% less nothings!

The glittering lights of the big top Carnival Tent brings chances of wonder and golden fortune, with a Small Chance your Win is Doubled, and 10% More Gold!

This mini event will run until Tuesday August 26, 2014 - Noon PDT.


Share your wonder at the delightful carnival here! 
August 15th, 2014
A Studio Visited! 

One of my favourite parts of being a Community Manager is that I get to talk with the people who make my job possible - you guys, our players. Day-to-day in chat, I spend my time getting to answer questions, solve support issues and over time, learn though conversation more about the people on the other side of the screen. Even though there's an physical separation between community members, the various ways we communicate together makes it feel as though we're in one big room together.

Over a month ago, we were contacted by Rebeccca F. (who found our games back in 2006, just two months after we first launched Egg Breaker!), and who wondered if we'd be able to arrange a quick studio tour while she was in Victoria for a friend's wedding. She was patient with us while we underwent the studio rebrand/website launch and last week, we were able to have her join us for a visit. We gave her to 2 minute tour (literally, our studio is that small!), and swapped introductions around with the team. She got to share directly with the development team her passion and thanks for what it was they do, and in return we got to ask her about some of her favourite monkeys and parts of the game.

In her own words:

"Dear staff, thank you again for the little tour of the company. I'm so glad I got to come and say hello and hang out with you guys for a few minutes. It was a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. It was great meeting everybody, and if any of you ever come to St. John's, I'll show you the town! Thanks again for my new t-shirt as well. You all were extremely kind."

                         


Justin, Adam, Rebecca, Peter and Dave mug for the camera!

Thanks again for joining us Rebecca, we love your enthusiasm for the Egg Breaker series - and we might just take you up on your offer if we ever find ourselves in Newfoundland!

August 15th, 2014
Inspect. Kaine in "The Mystery of the Missing Heir!" 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

The eighth installment of Investigator Kaine Mysteries is now available!


Our intrepid Inspector has been asked to solve a mystery in the depths of the Jungle Zone, and find a missing heir so that they can claim their rightful family inheritance. Of course, it's never quite that simple if Kaine is asked to get involved!


Players must have completed:

  • All previous Kaine adventures, up to and including the Kaine Evil Hat Mystery
  • The 2nd puzzle in the 3rd field in Jungle Temple (4th in the Jungle Zone).


Do you match the quest prerequisites? Awesome! Take your whacking bad self on over to talk to the Town Crier in the Commons, and he'll get you started!


Tell us what you think of the update here!   
August 15th, 2014
Patch Notes: Changes released August 15, 2014 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

New Content:
ADDED: Inspector Kaine in "The Mystery of the Missing Heir" (blog here)

General Updates:
ADDED: Optimized quest turn-ins that award level scaled gold amounts.

FIXED:
- Typos in the Summer Carnival Event. A weeks late. But in prep for next year!
- The description of the Natalie Dragon quest "Yellow Paint." It is now more clear about where the Yellow Paint will come from.
- Glitch where the Pet-o-matic or Egg-o-matic could be purchased at times when they wouldn't have any effect.

Feed the feedback monster here!
August 8th, 2014
Nate's Volcano Adventure: "There's So Much Lava!" 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

A Bush Whacker Production - Codename Entertainment Presents:


"NATE & THE VOLCANO ADVENTURE!!"


Bush Whackers rejoice; the next harrowing tale in the chronicles of Nate Dragon, Intrepid Adventurer has just been released! This installment will take you into the most recently released areas of the game, and contains the answers to the mysteries of the universe!

Well, one of those statements might be true. What IS factual however, are the following requirements.


Players must have completed:

  • - Nate's Underwater Adventure
  • - Puzzle 1 of the Field 1 in the Incandescent Ascent (Area 3 in the Volcano expansion).

If you satisfy those requirements, then warp to the Commons and talk to the Town Crier to get started on your latest adventure!

                       

Tell us what you think of the update here!
August 8th, 2014
Patch Notes: Changes released August 8, 2014 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

New Content:
Nate's Volcano Adventure

General Updates:
FIXED:
- Bugs with the achievements "Scaredy-Nate" and "Nautical Nate" where progress was not showing correctly.
- Typo in Natalie Dragon's text during one of her house building quests.
- All known instances of Gem Trader NPCs giving bad information (saying they would trade 4 agate for a citrine! gasp!).
- The Wooden Shelf ranch item received as a reward from the Weekly email is now sellable.
- Castle Tile custom item from the castle now sorts correctly when placed.


Pet Updates:
FIXED:
- Additional pets which weren't moving around when placed on a player's ranch. (Please continue reporting these, so we can get them all moving!)
- If you cancel hatching an egg while on an egg hatching daily quest, the quest items will now be removed from your inventory right away.


Talk about these changes here!