Guide for Cogs Beta Testers

Participating in the Cogs beta test is great opportunity for you to check out an incredible new game before anyone else. But I'd also like to ask for a little help from you to make sure that when the full version of the game is released, the puzzles are tuned for maximum fun and the game is supported on a wide array of hardware.

Here, I list some tips and tools that you can use to help you, the beta tester, and to help us get the data we need to make improvements.

Is it fun? More than anything else, we want this game to be fun! So let us know what we're doing wrong. Are some levels too hard? Too easy? Frustrating? Does it seem like some levels are out of order? Does it take too long to get to the good stuff? We want to hear your comments on all of this stuff. We'll send out a survey after you've had some time to play, but I'd also like to encourage you to send comments to rob@lazy8studios.com or post ideas at the Beta Testers Discussion Forum whenever you feel like it.

Does it run? We've tried to make the game compatible with any graphics hardware that supports DirectX 9 or higher. But hardware isn't always cooperative. If you think that the game should run on your machine, but it doesn't, any info you can provide is incredibly valuable to us! (We want you to share in the fun.) Send us any error messages you get, screenshots of rendering problems and detailed information about the hardware that you're using — especially your graphics card, operating system, and CPU speed. Also try starting the game in verbose mode by holding down the shift key as you launch Cogs. This will open a console window and may give some hints about what's going wrong. To copy text from the console window, right-click on the title bar and choose "Edit → Mark" from the menu. Highlight the text you'd like to copy and press enter to copy it to the clipboard.

Why so slow? If the game runs and looks okay on your hardware, but animations are jerky and slow, it will help us to know where all that time is being spent. If you type profileron, it will pop up a console window and every 10 seconds, it will break down where your CPU is spending all its time. Let it run for about 30 seconds and then copy the text from the console and send it to rob@lazy8studios.com. To copy text from the console window, right-click on the title bar and choose "Edit → Mark" from the menu. Highlight the text you'd like to copy and press enter to copy it to the clipboard.

I can't wait! We can all be a little impatient at times. So if you really want to skip ahead to the hard stuff or unlock a challenge mode puzzle, just type unlock at any screen and it will open up every level.

Time Challenge Unchallenging? We've toyed around with various time limits for the Time Challenge mode and decided to set the time limit at 30 seconds. But if that's too easy or too hard, we made it possible for you to change it. On any screen, you can type timelimit15 to change the limit to 15 seconds. Use similar codes for 10, 20, 25, 30, 45, or 60-second time limits. Think you've found a better sweet spot? Let us know!

Do you have tips you'd like to share with other beta testers? You know the routine. Send ideas to Rob at rob@lazy8studios.com or share at the Beta Testers Discussion Forum.