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Category Archives: Development

Orbiting planets

Just added the concept of orbiting moons/planets/bases to the game. For the side-missions and the storyline, sometimes I want a base to appear somewhere, so the player has somewhere different to go, so I had to add custom planets that can be added/removed during play (instead of up-front)… Since I had some stuff hardcoded, it […]

Take that!

Not much time today for development, it’s my wedding anniversary (11 years and counting!), so I’ll make this quick… After some balancing, tweaking and bug fixing, I managed to kill the boss… The fight is not as fun as I’d like… You almost never can see the boss, because he’ll kill you if you’re too close, […]

Dead, dead, dead…

Today I added a bit more of story to the game, including another boss fight… Wanted something different from the previous ones, so following a friend’s suggestion, I made a fight in which you have to use the environment to destroy the enemy… Unfortunately, today I’m feeling very lazy, so something that should have taken […]

Random spawns

Today I’ve added one more cutscene to the storyline (an important one, too!), and added a new type of enemy: the ninja! I call it ninja, but he’s more of a warrior-cultist kind of thing… but he periodically (or when he takes a lot of damage), he disappears in a puff of smoke, only to […]

Battle stations!

Don’t want to talk too much about what I’m doing at this moment (it’s an important moment in the story, and I don’t want to spoil it)… Let’s just say that Steve and the Skydancer go into battle stations: Red alarm light always gives some urgency to the scene, especially if I can find a […]

Playthrough, Part IX

As usual on Mondays, not much time/energy to work on the game, so I started on the next cutscene that leads to a new phase in the game… Without giving too much away, I needed a ship: And I needed it to be bigger than Skydancer, but the map doesn’t have enough space for it… […]

Playthrough, Part VIII

A bit more work on the storyline… Some new cutscenes, and a big boss fight (grenades and pulse gun, which wasn’t working on the enemies). It’s a quite hard fight, if you only have the gun, which is my case… I fear the game will need a bit more difficulty… I’m more than halfway through […]

Playthrough, Part VII

Continuing the path through the game, I had to build one more temple… First problem I had: because of the procedural generation and random factor, the temple was spawning in a cave planet, which meant that all was dark, so any cutscene would have to account for the possibility of this happen, which makes matters […]