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iBeta is a software release phase where the software is generally feature complete, but is likely to contain lots of known or unknown bugs. For Chicken Invaders games and others released by InterAction studios, they usually happen before a normal edition gets released or when they are attempting to port to another platform for the first time.

Types of Betas

InterAction studios has so far used three different types of betas - Initial Release, Closed, and Early Access.

Initial Release

Initial release betas only tend to last up to a week or two before the final game is released. During the beta, an initial release version becomes available for download. On the same page where it is available, there's a section which details bugs already found and changes InterAction studios is about to do. By the time the beta is over, if you have managed to find a bug that wasn't recorded in that section, you would receive the full game for free.

So far it's been used only three times, for The Next Wave, Island Wars 2, and the Linux port of Revenge of the Yolk. It is unknown how many testers there were in those games, but we know that only 5-8 of them received the prize.

Closed Beta

Regular Editions

Evaluation

Evaluation screen.

BETA

BETA access screen in Cluck of the Dark Side.

CommentSending

An example of a comment being sent.

Closed betas are first announced months before the final game is released. People can then sign up a form to have a chance to apply. There are three beta teams, though Revenge of the Yolk and Loco appear to have had only one. Once the beta starts, four weeks before the game is released, the first team receives access to version 0.10. This version usually has some of the features locked. In the case of Chicken Invaders, many Weapons are locked, only Rookie is available, and cutscenes only show the text "BETA VERSION: Cutscene not available". Three weeks before the game is released, the second team joins in to test version 0.20. It usually includes some quality of life changes, making the game easier in some places, and has all weapons available. Two weeks before the game is released, the third team joins in to test version 0.30. One week before the release, all teams get access to the "final" version 0.40. It looks more like the final game, with cutscenes and all difficulties. Two days before the release, the beta ends. The testers don't receive the final game, but they do receive a discount to buy it for cheaper, and a mention in the credits (if they choose to be there). The testers who have helped the most may also receive version 0.50, which starts you with all unlockables available, so that you can test them.

The beta versions start with an access screen. You have to enter your mail address in order to proceed. You then see the evaluation screen, telling you not to share any info regarding the game. Sharing images or videos would get you kicked from the team. In-game, you're able to send a comment about the game by pressing C. Once the beta is over or if your version is outdated however, you can't get past the access even with the correct mail.

It's the most used beta type. It has been introduced with Loco, and has since been used for Revenge of the Yolk, Piggly, Ultimate Omelette, the android port of that game, and Cluck of the Dark Side. Revenge of the Yolk had 44 unanonymous testers. Based on the size of the whole team, it probably wasn't divided into beta teams like later games. Ultimate Omelette had three times as many unanonymous testers, with each team, assuming the positions were distributed evenly, having as many testers as Revenge of the Yolk's team. Cluck of the Dark Side has 175 unanonymous testers, or technically 176 unanonymous testers because there was one person who applied as two. The actual number of testers for Ultimate Omelette and Cluck of the Dark Side might be closer to 200.

Editions

Regarding Editions, they are tested only by those testers who did the most work when testing the regular version of the game. It's unknown how they proceed but it can be assumed that the testers are trying to find new glitches and suggesting other changes that could be done to things to make them look more in theme with the edition.

Early Access

Early Access is a relatively new type of beta, having been introduced with Cluck of the Dark Side Christmas Edition. Updates are announced publicly and anyone can test them if they bought the game (except for Universe, which will allow testing it for free). The beta can be months long. Commenting and other features aren't present, leaving you with contacting InterAction studios through their support mail being the only option to suggest new things. The beta versions themselves probably progress just like the Closed type's versions. Sharing images and videos of this type is allowed.

So far only Cluck of the Dark Side Christmas Edition used it. Chicken Invaders Universe will use this type too.

Comparison Table

Type Application Duration Reward
Initial Release
Download from special page
3-10 days
Full game, if new bug found
Closed
Filling a form
26 days
Credits mention, price discount
Early Access
Already owning the game (not in the case of Universe)
>90 days
Full game
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Weapons
Regular Ion BlasterNeutron GunLaser CannonVulcan ChaingunLightning FryerPlasma RifleUtensil PokerBoron RailgunPhoton SwarmPositron StreamHypergunRiddlerCorn Shotgun
Satellites MicrogunBarbequerBird-Flu GunICBM
Other Missile
Areas
Planets Epsilon ThalassusGamma ChthonEta AstropelecaeEarth
Other Milky Way
Characters
Playable The Hero
NPCs Madam Madámme • Narrator
Waves
Unlockables
Enemies & Bosses
Enemies Chicken • Pilot Chicken • Metal-suit Chicken • UFO Chicken • Submarine Chicken • Egg Ship Chicken • Chickenaut • Chick • UFO Chick • Chick Gatling Gun • Frozen Chick • AlienAlien ContainerEggBlack HoleInterdimensional PortalFeatherBombCorncobJellyfishSquidCrystalPlantIce CometBubbleFootballBarrier
Bosses Military ChickenParty ChickenJellyfish KingHenperor's ApprenticeHeart of DarknessIce GolemBrothers ReunitedGiant Robotic Space Crab v2.0Hen HouseHenterprise
Items
Powerups Ion Blaster Gift • Neutron Gun Gift • Laser Cannon Gift • Vulcan Chaingun Gift • Lightning Fryer Gift • Plasma Rifle Gift • Utensil Poker Gift • Boron Railgun Gift • Photon Swarm Gift • Positron Stream Gift • Hypergun Gift • Riddler Gift • Corn Shotgun Gift • Atomic Powerup
Food Drumstick • Twin Legs • Roast • Single Burger • Double Burger • Triple Burger • Quad Burger • Popcorn
Other CoinKeyPollenArtifactsHumanity's Greatest Fan
Other
Game Mechanics CheatsBonusesDifficultyMultipliersAwardsOverheatUnlockables
Technical EditionsLanguagesBetaUltra VGA Engine
VE Ci4logo
Weapons
Regular Ion BlasterNeutron GunLaser CannonVulcan ChaingunLightning FryerPlasma RifleUtensil PokerBoron RailgunPhoton SwarmPositron Stream
Satellites MicrogunBarbequerBird-Flu GunICBM
Other Missile
Areas
Galaxies Milky WayForeign GalaxyRetro GalaxySpace Burger GalaxySupernova Galaxy
Milky Way EarthSolar System
Foreign Galaxy Chicken Testing Site • Feather Fields of Yolkon-7 • Supermassive Black Hole
Characters
Playable The Hero
NPCs Hen Solo • Narrator
Waves
Unlockables
Enemies & Bosses
Enemies Chicken • Metal-suit Chicken • UFO Chicken • Chickenaut • Chick • UFO Chick • AlienAlien ContainerEggFeatherBombRetro InvaderSpace Burger DroidSupernova DebrisBubbleFootballBarrier
Bosses Super-ChickGiant Robotic Space CrabMother-Hen ShipInfini-ChickPlanetary Egg CityAlien MothershipApple CoreIron ChefChicken MultiplicityThe Egg Cannon
Items
Powerups Ion Blaster Gift • Neutron Gun Gift • Laser Cannon Gift • Vulcan Chaingun Gift • Lightning Fryer Gift • Plasma Rifle Gift • Utensil Poker Gift • Boron Railgun Gift • Photon Swarm Gift • Positron Stream Gift • Atomic Powerup
Food Drumstick • Twin Legs • Roast • Single Burger • Double Burger • Triple Burger • Quad Burger
Other CoinKey
Other
Game Mechanics CheatsBonusesDifficultyMultipliersAwardsOverheatUnlockables
Technical EditionsLanguagesBetaUltra VGA Engine
VE Ci3logo
Weapons
Regular Ion BlasterNeutron GunLaser CannonVulcan ChaingunLightning FryerPlasma RifleUtensil Poker
Other Missile
Areas
Milky Way Solar SystemEarthComet Chase • Meteor Storm
Characters
Playable The Hero
NPCs Narrator
Waves
Unlockables
Enemies & Bosses
Enemies Chicken • Balloon Chicken • AsteroidUFO • Chest • Comet • Rogue MissileEgg ShipEgg Drone
Bosses Big ChickenU.C.O.Mother-Hen ShipSweater ChickenMysterious ShipThe Yolk-Star™
Items
Powerups Ion Blaster Gift • Neutron Gun Gift • Laser Cannon Gift • Vulcan Chaingun Gift • Lightning Fryer Gift • Plasma Rifle Gift • Utensil Poker Gift • Atomic Powerup
Food Drumstick • Roast • Single Burger • Double Burger • Triple Burger • Quad Burger
Other Coin
Gamehouse Flash Version
Yahoo Flash Version
Java Mobile Version
Other
Game Mechanics CheatsBonusesDifficultyMultipliersAwardsOverheatUnlockables
Technical EditionsLanguagesBetaUltra VGA EngineDebug ModeDebug Console
VE Ci2logo
Weapons
Regular Ion BlasterNeutron Gun (CI2)Laser Cannon (CI2)
Other Missile
Areas
Solar System Pluto • Neptune • Uranus • Saturn • Jupiter • Asteroid Belt • Mars • Earth • Venus • Mercury • The Sun • Space Burger Store
Characters
Playable The Hero
NPCs The CopMrs. Piggly • Narrator
Waves
Enemies & Bosses
Enemies ChickenAsteroidEggUFO
Bosses Big ChickenMilitary ChickenMother-Hen Ship
Items
Powerups Ion Blaster Gift • Neutron Gun Gift • Laser Cannon Gift • Atomic Powerup
Food Drumstick • Roast
Other Coin
Flash Version
Other
Game Mechanics CheatsBonusesDifficultyMultipliers
Technical EditionsLanguagesBetaUltra VGA EngineDebug Mode