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  Robot Wants Testers Now! 04:39 PM -- Wed June 27, 2018  

It's HAAPPPPEEENNNINNNG!!!
(Screenshot is Robot Wants Y! A game many of you have never seen, I suspect, but it's been around a long time) We are finally in the market for actual Robot Wants It All testers. The game is far from finished still, but we're setting things up to get good testing feedback which will help us finalize how it works.

So, if you are a Robot Wants fan, and you'd like to check it out, send an email to jamul@hamumu.com with the subject line "RWIA BETA TEST". In the email, you should answer these questions:
  • What's your history with the Robot Wants series?

  • What's your history with testing games?

  • What's your history with Hamumu Games?

  • Do you like platformer games? What kind of games do you normally play?

  • Why will you be an effective beta tester, instead of just a lazy punk who wants a free game?

  • What are your computer specifications?
None of those questions are disqualifiers (although lying on them would definitely be... lying is always a disqualifier), so just let us know your answers honestly. The game does not currently have a Mac version though, so if your only computer is a Mac, that actually would disqualify you. PC or Linux only. We DO want Linux testers, so if you are on Linux, you could be even more appealing to us, as PC will be very common.

The beta test (and final release) is on Steam, so you will need a Steam account in order to test, but you can create one at any time for free.

If you're wondering what the pay is for testing, it's a free copy of the game. Enjoy! Oh, and I suppose we ought to list you in the credits too. We don't have credits yet, actually...

Hint: Testing is a position where your whole job is communicating to the developers clearly and effectively, so the way you answer the questions is much more important than what the answers are. We want people who are going to be great at giving us information. You don't have to be good at this type of game, we want a mix of player types to get the best information.

We will be ramping up the test in stages, so that we don't burn out all our testers on the oldest/buggiest version of the game. We'll be adding more testers over time from now on until launch. If we don't use you next week, we may use you next month! There's no deadline (other than the launch date) to when you can sign up, so sign up whenever you're ready.

We are still wrapping up the full suite of features for the testers, so we should be adding the first testers in a little over a week from now.

For a broad overview of where the game currently stands: most of all the features are fully implemented, and the main thing missing is Robot Wants Ice Cream, and the new secret Robot Wants game. We're also short a couple of Remix and Easy maps, but even most of those are included already. We're not close to launch yet, but we're getting there...

If you have any questions, stick them in the comments below, or email me!
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  Robot DOES NOT WANT 11:43 PM -- Tue June 19, 2018  


So... I was working on Robot Wants It All on my Twitch stream today, developing the Easy map for Robot Wants Fishy. I decided it would be fun to add a new monster to it, and what you see above was my first pass. It's a lost soul, crying out in despair. It's the kind of existential horror you would face in a Dark Souls game. It was totally out of place in the game. And that is why I rather quickly deleted it and changed it out for a beetle-gator-rhino-thing which is much more cute.

Pretty disturbing though, right? Check out the video from today on my twitch stream (the last several streams I've done are kept for a week or two) if you want to hear the awful moaning and see it leap around. Always fun stuff going on on the stream!
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  Robot Wants Awards! 10:31 PM -- Fri June 15, 2018  


Here is something new and exciting in Robot-land! So, when you win a level, the game dishes out an assortment of what it calls "awards" to you. Not all awards are good - you can see there's one grey one on here (the one with the green arrow), and three red ones. Green awards are good. You gain Moneys for each one of those you get. Red awards are bad, and they cost you money (the red Moneys you see flying in this shot are money being sucked away from your counter). Grey awards, they're fine, no money gained or lost.

So some of this stuff is pretty obvious, like "finish the level very fast" is a really good award, while "finish it really slow" is a bad award. But there are also sneaky weird ones for doing special types of runs that are abnormal. I have plenty more I intend to add as well. In the end, there will also be an awards screen where you can see how many times you've earned each award, and of course the real point of that screen is to wonder at the ones you haven't gotten... how do you earn them!? Mystery, my friend, mystery.

If you're wondering how an award differs from an achievement, that's pretty simple. We will have both in this game, and an achievement is something you earn once (like "You beat Robot Wants Kitty!"), while awards can be earned every time you play a level. Of course there might be an achievement for getting a certain award for the first time, but such is life. There will be achievements for some weird things (you've seen them in the original Flash games - like the one for getting through the undersea tunnel in Robot Wants Fishy without getting hit). You know, the traditional kind of tricky achievements.
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