Indie platformer

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Released on Steam!

1:34:00 PM Posted by Nikola Bulj , No comments
Goblin and Coins (known as Goblins and Coins before rest of the goblins got lost during the terrible events of 2016 goblinpocalypse) has been released on Steam! There's a 15% discount in place for the initial period, and many new features have been added including unlockable recipes (for real meals prepared for centuries by goblin cooks around the world), Steam achievements and cloud saves, Linux/SteamOS support, timed challenge with a leaderboard and even a bestiary so you can gloat over the defeated enemies.

I do intend to keep my promise to the early supporters, so no bundles or mass giveaways. Sorry if this disagrees with you, but I believe game is cheap enough to be considered affordable even on its own.

Monday, October 24, 2016

World 5 on the way

4:02:00 PM Posted by Nikola Bulj No comments
After several days of improving world 4, improving GUI (mostly menus and prompts) and working slowly on tiles and sprites for world 5, I've released alpha which features level 5-1 and all the previous improvements, including a bit better sprite for the Goblin. Finally, we get to see the Castle Keep... Well, not really. No pictures nor videos today, sorry folks.

Still waiting for the good people who are doing the testing on world 4 to report any bugs. Haven't started work on Legend besides making space for it in the main menu, but I have decided on five meals to be featured in the recipes. I'll do that alongside the world 5 levels during late October and November. I expect to have all the story levels and maybe even a challenge level by the end of November, when I'll start implementing Steamworks features (achievements, cloud save, leader-boards for challenge) and start closed beta testing of Steam version.

Release date? Still not sure, but either early December or late January most likely. Depends on the progress and my other duties in life.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Testing and improving world 4

4:32:00 PM Posted by Nikola Bulj No comments
I've spend almost the entire afternoon working on the game. Sadly, most of these things you'll never see because I decided to reverse those changes. My first idea was to make levels prettier for screenshots by adding fake platforms in front of the main ground mass. It did look nice, but as I feared, it was very much confusing and distracting for players. After checking out some NES and Genesis classics on Youtube, I've decided to keep the "less pretty" but more practical layout.

Afterwards, I started drawing tiles and a background for world 5 and even made 70% of an initial level... but decided to scrap that too because the idea I had didn't really play well with mechanics and rules I set for the game. Don't worry, I do have another idea, but for another day.

Then I decided to add even more support for x-input gamepads, by adding the option to set your own preferred threshold for the analogue joystick. So far I've been using 50%, which means you had to press it with your thumb half-way to the side in order for command to be registered. Now you can set it in 5 steps from 40% to 80% with default value set to 50% as before.

I've also started preparing space for Legend, the new feature that will be an encyclopedia of sorts for the game world, creatures, recipes... Achievements will also fit here nicely, so I moved them from the main menu.

What else? I've created announcement sounds for the 4th world and implemented them, added an additional coin to the same world so there's total of 100 gold coins inside and around the village, and... I've started testing a new font.

I think that's it for today.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Goblins and Coins has been Greenlit!

2:55:00 AM Posted by Nikola Bulj No comments
Goblins and Coins has been Greenlit yesterday. This means that the game will appear on Steam once it's finished and ready. Of course, if you have already supported it via you'll get your steam activation key once this happens.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Introducing: Legend

5:55:00 PM Posted by Nikola Bulj No comments
It might be the time to unveil another feature that is not yet implemented, but will be before the release, and that's Legend.

It's a scroll of sorts containing information about the creatures you meet in the world, but also stories and important facts about the world itself, dangers you might encounter and so on.

These will be unlocked as you encounter them, so no reading ahead and cheating.

I've also decided on bonus items you can pick up besides the coins and it's recipes. Real cooking recipes that will actually enable you to follow them and make a tasty meal in your own home, outside of the game.

My idea is to have a piece of paper in each world that Goblin can find and pick up, and that will unlock a recipe in the Legend. Bean soup will be available from the start, but I want to include some traditional meals from Balkan region which aren't that much known across the world.