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  Robot Wants It All... Quickly! 09:34 PM -- Fri April 20, 2018  

The video above is showing you a side-by-side shot of 3 of our Gameplay Mutators in Robot Wants It All. On the left side, you see normal gameplay. On the right side, you see me plowing through (painfully) the same section of the game, but I have 3 Mutators active: Hyper Fighting, Caffeine, and Accelerator. The names give you a hint, but other than that I won't tell you exactly what they do. The combined effect is pretty obvious though! And boy is it hard to play.

So as you may surmise from this, Robot Wants It All includes Mutators as a feature. Instead of playing through the game in the normal way, you can equip up to 3 different Mutators, from a list of 12, to modify your game experience. Some are small changes, others are absolutely dastardly (or wondrous, depending). You decide how to play! And when you do, your high scores go onto a specific high score table just for the combination of Mutators you've picked. So if you do foolishly attempt playing the way I did above, you'll only be competing with everybody else using that same combination of Mutators. And they will be getting terrible times, I can assure you - but they'll be getting them quickly, that's for sure.
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  Robot Wants Testers... Not Yet 02:24 PM -- Tue April 17, 2018  

Not the greatest blog entry ever, but I thought I should mention that we're holding off on adding testers right now. We've got the game set up on Steam as you saw earlier, but we don't yet have a high score table. I think that's gonna be key, because we really want to know the kinds of times people get, in terms of how accurate the ports are and how balanced the different characters are (the what now?!). So we want to hold off until that's all ready to go. But keep us in mind, because hey it's a nice way to get a free copy of a game! All you have to do is play it. And hopefully tell us about the bugs you find.

Safetybot will protect you!
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  Robot Doesn't Want Deathbot 08:43 PM -- Fri April 13, 2018  

While Anthony works on porting the old Robot Wants games into Robot Wants It All, I've recently started working on Robot's new adventure (among other things like making the alternate maps)! The big twist for Robot's latest journey is that this time, it's a stealth game. Or at least, that's the plan - I guess we'll see if that works well!

So here are some new funky tiles, and the dreaded Deathbot. As you can see, it's got a scanning beam, so the idea is that if it sees you, you are DEAD. Hence the need for stealth.

Incidentally, I spent almost my entire development Twitch stream yesterday trying to get the stupid laser beams working, and what's pictured here is finally the real working beam, rendered as a rotated sprite rather than using a line-drawing function. It's much nicer, and best of all it actually works. If you saw that stream (you still can for the next week or so, it archives streams), you can see real programming in action - what seemed like a super simple thing evolved into a series of web searches, diving deep into library code, barking up wrong trees, and so much more before I finally just had to do something slightly different than my original plan. In the end, I actually ran out of time. The beams you see here were developed the following day, after throwing out the work I did during the stream (not all of it, just the rendering).

So yeah, that's how programming works! Dead ends, incomprehensible failures, changing goalposts, sleeping on it, and anything that seems easy will KILL YOU. Like a Deathbot.
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  We're on Steam! 02:18 PM -- Sun April 8, 2018  


Look, it's available on Steam! Wait, no it's not. This is just the test version that we can see internally. So don't go looking in the Steam store, but we are working on getting the setup going so that testers will be able to get it through Steam just like a regular game, and automatically update even. It's really cool actually... as you can see, we even have 2 achievements already! We're working on high score tables right now.

Overall, the status is this: Robot Wants Kitty, Puppy, and Fishy are basically complete in their original form. Easy and Remix maps are done for Kitty, Easy and half of a Remix map are done for Puppy, and no bonus maps for Fishy yet. So Ice Cream and Banner remain to be ported. Also, the new, secret Robot adventure has just barely gotten started. If you watched my Twitch stream on Thursday, you could've seen me creating it! Here's pretty much all that we've got so far, just some new tiles (and the fact that it runs):


So I guess it takes place on some kind of alien planet with purple dirt and yellow grass. More to come!
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