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Post » Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:57 pm

Man, looks super cool! The controls seem great and the level of polish (everything's so bouncy) is top notch. Can't wait to play this!
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Post » Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:55 am

Lot's of refining and problem solving, gonna make a gameplay video soon. In the meantime, here are the start of some rocket launchers. The missiles are fast and slightly seek.

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Post » Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:22 pm

Heyo heyo,

Quick update on a few things.

First: Blitz Breaker is now on IndieDB! Here's a link:
http://www.slidedb.com/games/blitz-breaker

Second: There is still a gameplay video inbound, I should be able to release it this week. A small alpha build will follow soon after, posted on GameJolt.

Third: There's a Tumblr as well! For a more streamlined pic blogging mechanism: http://bonchogames.tumblr.com/
I'd be happy to follow anyone who follows me for some cross promoting. Lemme know!

Fourth: Description has been changed to "One Handed Platformer" as I have changed the PC controls to work with one hand. This will be lefty friendly as well.

And since I cannot leave a post without a picture, here is an early shot at a laser cannon:

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So many ways to die. Anyways, that's that. Have a good one everyboday!
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Post » Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:47 pm

This is long overdue, but here is the first 'official' gameplay video. Recorded off the PC version, it showcases some gameplay from the first World, and me dying a few times.

So here you go, watch it in 720p60 if you can. It shows off how smooth it plays.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjjKegL4SqA

Let me know what you think!
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Post » Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:52 pm

Looking great, that gameplay is TIGHT (wanna steal it... ah, temptation :)). Three things, which are totally just my opinion:

1) The different pixel sizes in gameplay seem to mush the neat visuals a little, such as those pipes with the saws in them - I think it would look neater if everything had the same pixel scale.
2) A similar "out of place" thing might be the rotating and fading green blocks when you smash them - perhaps a neat pixelly smash effect might look better, like spawning some particles, some 2x2px, some just a pixel, I think it might look great.
3) As you are aiming at a mobile platform being careful with the shaders might be a good idea.
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Post » Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:49 pm

Looking great, that gameplay is TIGHT (wanna steal it... ah, temptation :)). Three things, which are totally just my opinion:

Somebody wrote: 1) The different pixel sizes in gameplay seem to mush the neat visuals a little, such as those pipes with the saws in them - I think it would look neater if everything had the same pixel scale.


Was it just the saws you noticed? They're only 32x32 (most sprites are either 8x8 or 16x16). It does have an effect applied to them, so that might be what's causing them to look a little odd.

Somebody wrote:2) A similar "out of place" thing might be the rotating and fading green blocks when you smash them - perhaps a neat pixelly smash effect might look better, like spawning some particles, some 2x2px, some just a pixel, I think it might look great.


This is a great idea! That's something I should be able to implement pretty easily too! Thank you for that one!


Somebody wrote:3) As you are aiming at a mobile platform being careful with the shaders might be a good idea.


We're talking about the portal aren't we? You are correct, that has an effect applied to it...and I should probably remove it and redo the portal sprite, to keep it consistent and running well.

There is 1 effect that I want to keep at all costs, the little blur at the start and end of levels. I very much like the feel it gives. The rest I can probably k-bosh. Thanks for the input!
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Post » Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:02 pm

I meant the pipes with the saws coming out of them - those were big pixelly beasts for sure.

And the blur has a small chance of not quite working on some mobiles. It is a good thing you aren't using it during gameplay, but it might make sense to have a mild backup, like overlaying what gets blurred with slightly lighter or darker plane (so there is some separation even if the blur doesn't work).

Also is that the built in blur? Have you tried giant blues from the fax forum? That might look even better.

And yeah, the portal could avoid the fx, also you might get away with spawning a couple of green pixels a little ways away from it every 0.30 seconds or so which then get attracted to the center of it (or, for better performance just throw them out randomly every time they get close to the center). That would help sell it as a portal and just look neat in the process.
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Post » Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:29 pm

This is a very sleek and clean looking project keep it up.
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Post » Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:49 pm

I was thoroughly impressed after watching the YouTube video from your first-post link. It looks amazing and precisely like something I would download on my phone. Nice work. : D
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Post » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:08 pm

Somebody wrote:I meant the pipes with the saws coming out of them - those were big pixelly beasts for sure.

And the blur has a small chance of not quite working on some mobiles. It is a good thing you aren't using it during gameplay, but it might make sense to have a mild backup, like overlaying what gets blurred with slightly lighter or darker plane (so there is some separation even if the blur doesn't work).

Also is that the built in blur? Have you tried giant blues from the fax forum? That might look even better.

And yeah, the portal could avoid the fx, also you might get away with spawning a couple of green pixels a little ways away from it every 0.30 seconds or so which then get attracted to the center of it (or, for better performance just throw them out randomly every time they get close to the center). That would help sell it as a portal and just look neat in the process.


Ohhhh you meant the doom machine. You think so? The sprites themselves aren't scaled in anyway. I think the pieces that hold the saws are 32x48, and the pipe holding them are just 16x16. Could be the shading.

Yes it is the built in blur. I haven't tried blues but I can definitely look into that. Even so, I'm stupid for not having thought of this but a simple darkening of the background may work just as well. Something to toy around with for sure. Would help with performance even more.

I'm going to rework the portal sprite one way or another. The effect has served it's purpose, but it is time to look at changing it up.

Thanks again for the feedback. These are all great suggestions!
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