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This post is great. Looking to get into more 'Low rez' stuff myself with Bitsy. The best thing about these engines is similar to the best thing about game jams : Limitation. 

Limitation is such a great way of learning how to design a game. It influences you to be more creative and to use your resources efficiently. 

Again, this post is awesome! Thank you!

Thanks!

Thanks so much for taking the time to make a video :D 

Hey! Thanks so much for checking it out :)

The keyboard controls are listed on the menu under the controller icon 

But you figured it out anyway :D

In regards to the controls, this was something that took a lot of time to get a nice feel for as I wanted items picked up in the store to help improve movement but in the end I struggled with it. Thanks for letting me know how it felt!

As for that music bug, that is something that I'm aware of. It's strange as in engine it was fine but the actual playable builds all kept the bug. Still trying to fix it! But in the meantime there's an option to mute the sound in the options menu.

Again,thanks for playing. I appreciate it so much :)


DELVEDOWN IS FINISHED

You can download it here for pay what you want (including €0)! 

https://toothandclaw.itch.io/delvedown


GO GO GO!

You have to collect an item to activate it, that's all I'll say. Thanks for checking it out!

DELVEDOWN GAMEPLAY TRAILER

DELVEDOWN COVER ART 


Anytime! I look forward to playing it :)

This looks awesome. Keep up the good work :D 

Final Blog before Release

Hello everyone. It's been a while since my last update on here. I've been meaning to finish Delvedown for the last 3 months but I've been encountering some pretty crazy bugs and fixing those along the way. I suppose the delay in finishing this damn game can be attributed to my normal day job. I've been put on a "special" project that basically leaves me very tired every day when I come home from work, so any motivation to code or bug hunt is pretty much gone by the time I get in the door. I usually just come home play some guitar, watch some tv or play my PS4. Pretty depressing stuff. 

Anyway. I've hunted down as many bugs as I can. I've pretty much killed all the game breakers, the only bugs that remain are perhaps only visual, none that should affect gameplay or the player directly. I have one last test build to play and hopefully once I play it through there'll be no major issues.

Once this is done, I'll put it out. No delay. I'll put out some videos of gameplay, some screenshots and gifs. Nothing major. It'll be here on Itchio and maybe Gamejolt. As for pricing, I might put it out for like €2/$2 or maybe pay what you want.

There's a full list of features for the game in my previous posts. This will all be available on launch. No definite date as it stands, just soon.

Once it's out, I hope I don't have to update it. This game took too long. 

I'll be moving on to other, more interesting, projects. 

If you like the game when it's out, tell your friends. I'll appreciate it. 

Hit me up here our on my twitter for any questions you might have.

- Dan.

Thanks for playing! Yeah I think there was an issue with forcing the screen resolution in unity. Something I'll have to work on for the next gbjam. 

Haha awesome! Thanks for playing, glad you enjoyed it. 

Thanks for checking it out! Yeah I don't know what's going on there. I think it's a result of forcing a screen resolution in unity and not using correctly sized sprites, haha! 

Exactly. I designed the level to match this and in some places slightly missplaced platforms to put off the player. Thanks so much for playing!

Delvedown Final Release Feature list

Hello everyone. So here it is, the final list of features before I put the game out. Haven't decided on an exact date as I've just hunted down the last few bugs and fixed them. Also need to fix up a trailer too but that shouldn't take too long. Please find the full list of Delvedown features below :

-Four unique biomes with various enemies
-Four boss fights (flee and fight mechanics)
-In game store with chests to open, chests to purchase for keys and items to purchase with in game currency. Also contains a healing shrine and artifacts shrine where you can offer artifacts for more points.
-High score system
-Statistics tracking screen
-25 Achievements to earn with an Achievements tracking page
-5 ranks to unlock for beating the game An extra secret stage that can be unlocked after hitting one of the above ranks.
-Controller + Keyboard support
-Settings screen with 3 resolution settings and toggle fullscreen option

Trailer is on the way which I'll post here pretty soon!

Short clip of some Delvedown Gameplay

More on the way soon!

We're back! 90% completed!

Delvedown was cancelled quite a while back and I have decided to bring it back as seeing it sitting on my hard drive unfinished was driving me nuts. So I've chosen to clean it up, add some new things and release it (hopefully) before the end of july, but more likely the start of august. I'm not going to bang on about it for too long so I'll just list the games' features and post some gifs!

Features as of version 0.9.0

  • New Spin Attack (see gif below)
  • 4 bosses to defeat
  • 4 areas
  • Ranking system based off wins of the game that is displayed on the main menu
  • Secret level and Rank to unlock
  • 25 achievements to earn
  • Full original soundtrack

Spin Attack gif


Achievements page


In Conclusion

I should be posting more here in the coming days as I still need to finish up a few things, squash a few bugs and touch up controller support. But please stay posted and stay tuned to my twitter where I ramble about all this kind of stuff @daninfiction

Thanks,

Dan.

Awesome stuff as always. Thanks so much for taking the time to check it out!

Thanks so much! 

Glad you liked it. I had plans for sound and adding items but I unfortunately had a busy week in work which really ate into Dev time. Thanks for taking the time to check it out :)

Thanks so much!

Play in browser here : https://toothandclaw.itch.io/zealots-curse

Finally finished my #7DRL entry. Well it would be considered more of a roguelite but we won't get into that discussion for now. Heavily inspired by games like Nuclear throne and Enter the Gungeon. I spent about 3 days in total working on it as I had work over the last week.  Below you'll see how the levels are generated at runtime and some quick gameplay. Be sure to check it out and tell me what you think!



Cancelled


Been a while since I've posted, but as you'll see from the title I've indefinitely cancelled Delvedown. The alpha never got around to being released for testing as the game just wasn't up to scratch. I spent a solid week or two playing it and it just was not fun. It was too derivative, frustrating and the code is a God damn mess. 


The game was originally supposed to take 3 months which then grew into 6 months and now nearly 9 months. 2 of which I spent moving out of my old house and into a new one with no access to a pc to even attempt to continue development. In this time I've pondered on rebuilding the game, rewriting the code or even starting from scratch.  But I've finally settled on cancelling the game. Although it sounds inherently negative, I think it's the best thing for me right now. I need to reevaluate what I want to do as a game designer and exactly where I want to go and Delvedown was not representative of a road I want to travel. 


In conclusion, I'm both happy and sad I cancelled the game. A weight of sorts has been lifted but now a void left in its place as I have no way of making games at this present time. I'd like to thank everyone who signed up for the Alpha and to everyone who supported me through this.


Thanks! 

-Dan

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATE - TESTING TIME

So first things first. Delvedown's development is still in progress ,it's now just going to be a little later coming out than I anticipated. This is mainly due to me getting a full time job recently. I had been looking for a job anyway but had not really been expecting to hear back from anyone( for a number of reasons) but I found something, which is both a good and bad thing. 

However, music is being worked on and is progressing nicely with a number of different tracks for each of the levels, including a store track, menu and other various sounds. Moving onto my next announcement :

YOU CAN NOW SIGN UP FOR DELVEDOWN TESTING HERE :

http://toothandclawgames.tumbl... 


DELVEDOWN


You'll need to sign up via email and then you should be contacted within the next 2/3 weeks with a download link to a Delvedown alpha build. I'm working to have both Windows and Mac builds as soon as I can.

Delvedown Alpha features 

  • All 4 world's + 4 bosses
  • Statistics (High score, deaths, wins etc)
  • Settings page (sound, resolution changes)
  • Achievements page with 10 achievements to get (full game should have 30+)

Feedback forms will be sent out some time after you receive the Alpha download. You can fill out these whenever but the sooner the better. I'm mainly focusing on finding bugs, balancing issues and to find out if the game is actually fun or not. 

Also to those who receive download links, I'd appreciate you not sharing the private links (I'll know if you do). But if you want to make videos/streams etc feel free to do so.

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Development Update 0.4.0 (finally!)

Hey everyone. Finally moved onto version 0.4 for development. So I'm currently about 40% (or thereabouts) through this project. Before I go into what I've added to the game, I've decided to hold off on testing until at least mid May(*edited). I'll be away this week so I have no time to work on the game so this gives me some breathing room to do a couple flythrough myself to check that everything is working until I get people to break it! However, music is being worked on this week and should be ready to roll pretty soon too!

Important note : I'll be looking for testers from May 1st for the Alpha of DELVEDOWN. How to sign up will be posted soon on both my Twitter, here and on my blog.

Now onto the update. So over the last weeks I integrated a few achievements, added some Bosses and put a small Vendor in the store.

There will be 10 achievements in total for the alpha to test, each of varying difficulty. The final build of the game is going to have some 25+ achievements so this is just a small test to see everything runs smoothly.


As mentioned, I have also added Four bosses to the game. A boss fight will begin after a player has visited the store. The boss will have to be escaped to progress to the next Level. Each depth theme has it's own boss (eg Green, red, blue, purple). Each boss room is devoid of enemies and coins/treasures but does contain a plethora of exploding crates that can be used to damage the bosses. This means taking a risk and luring a boss towards these crates. Risking both your health and your life.


For the Vendor I simply added 2 chests each with a price tag of just 25 coins. A purchase will guarantee an item, but it is random.


Here is a full list of everything I've added to version 0.4.0 :

Four Boss Fights (Green, Red, Blue and Purple)

  • Added Purple world "The Pit"
  • Added Two new enemy types. (Flying shooter, stationary turret)
  • Added Vendor to the Store- items are now purchasable for 25 coins.
  • Added end game condition (you can now actually finish the game!)
  • Added Achievements page
  • 10 achievements added for Alpha version
  • Fixed some player reset bugs (some stats were not resetting correctly)

For the alpha I'm looking to clean up a couple more things and tinker with some of the equip able items as right now some are too powerful and some too weak. Want to get them just right for testers. So that's it for now. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Alpha signup!

Thanks so much for playing and taking the time to make a let's play. Those Shrines might have been placed close together due to the random placement code, and this can happen from time to time. Thanks again :)

Thanks so much :)

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Development Update 0.3.8

Hey everyone! As you can see from above I am now up to version 0.3.8. The big news this week is we now have a name for the game- DELVEDOWN. It was one of the first that came to mind when working on this project and after lists and lists of possible names this one continued to stick out. So there it is!

There's been plenty of 'under the hood' work done these past few weeks. I've been cleaning up my code structure and rewriting some of the more complicated scripts I wrote that were confusing myself. Below is a list of some of the new features I've added!

  • New "Ice Caverns" Stage Added ("Blue Theme")(see gif below)
  • All Images, sprites etc shift to Blue palette
  • New ice creatures which are faster (Flying and ground type)
  • Coins now move towards player within a certain range to keep up player momentum.(see gif below)
  • Enemies now damaged by explosions
  • Settings page now works with Fullscreen toggle and Sound on/off buttons
  • New sounds added
  • Artifact pickup sound
  • Gem pickup sound
  • Key pickup sound
  • Health pickup sound
  • Chest open sound
  • Health shrine use sound
  • Artifact shrine use sound

The new ice stage (still working out some ground sprites)


Coins attracting to the player



Bosses

This is an idea I've been thinking about for a while now. How would I but bosses into a game with fundamentally no weapons to damage them? So in implementing the bosses, I've decided that they'll be mainly optional. A boss stage will act like any other but without the constant threat of Spikes bearing down on top of you. Instead a boss will pursue you and try to kill you (of course). You can escape as normal by avoiding the boss and navigating the level. You'll be awarded as normal for completing a level. BUT if you manage to defeat the boss by luring it into exploding barrels and other hazards you'll be rewarded with a big points reward and a guaranteed random item drop. This is still in early stages and I only really have one boss started but I'll post progress as it develops.

Store

For the "store" stage I'll be adding a Vendor in which you'll be able to purchase/trade items. Purchasable items will be things like Keys, equip able items etc. Tradeable items will be Keys for Coins and artifacts for multiple keys etc.


That's pretty much it for now. But before I go, in the last dev log I talked about testing. Well we're getting real close to a testing stage. I'm hoping for Mid to Late April to start getting people on board for testing which will be a gargantuan task in itself but is essential to the games development and balancing. More details will appear here soon, so if you're interested and want to be a tester stay tuned!

Twitter - @daninfiction

toothandclawgames@gmail.com :)

Version 0.3.4 Development Log

It's been a while! A lot has being going on outside of my game development the last 2 weeks but I've been back at it the last few days and moving down the seemingly never ending list of things I want to add to this game. Below is a full list of things added and things changed.

  • Player has an air jump now. This means a player can drop off a surface and then jump mid air.
  • Flying enemies now target the player and move towards them within a certain range.
  • (Speeds of flying enemies may vary)
  • Ground enemies can spawn on surfaces and patrol back and forth but will not follow player.
  • Equippable items no longer appear in the dungeons but can drop from Chests.
  • Some chests require keys (see gifs below). The higher the amount of keys required the better the reward.
  • Added chest open effect.
  • Spikes that are constantly falling from top will increase in speed as you venture further down.
  • Depths no longer read as "1-1", "1-2", "2-1" etc but just as 1,2,3,4 and so on.
  • Diamonds that come from broken boxes attract quickly towards player. May apply this to coins too but at a shorter range.
  • Exploding Boxes explode faster.
  • Game now logs and saves statistics (Deaths, coins collected, artifacts, wins etc)
  • Menu has a Stats page.
  • Stats can be reset.
  • Added Settings page with Fullscreen toggle. Sound settings and more have yet to be implemented.
  • New level theme "The Mines" added.
  • New sprites added for The Mines.
  • New enemies added.
  • UI and camera changes colour upon entering Depths 4, 5 and 6.
Gameplay with new enemies and AI


Opening chests with Keys


The Mines levels and colour scheme


New Menu pages and Stats



That's it for now. We're slowly but surely approaching a testing stage, once I add one more theme and an end game! Keep yourself posted my visiting my twitter : @daninfiction

Thanks for playing and taking the time to make the video :D

"The first of it's kind!" - GAMESPOT*

"A true trendsetter." - Kotaku*

"Better than the new Zelda." - Some random redditor.*

"Huge. It's gonna be huge." - Donald Trump.*


* Some of these quotes may be false. Or entirely true. Who knows?

Now working on v0.3!


Today I started working on v0.3 of my yet unnamed game! Which reminds I should probably pick a name soon. Anyway, v0.3 is all about the In game store, stat recording and other small tweaks. I've added items, keys etc and now I have a place where they can be used, picked up, offered etc.

Main Store functions

  • Brief respite between every 3 levels and serves as the transition to the next area in which the difficulty heightens.
  • A Health shrine (which can be seen further below) which will heal you back to full Health for a price.
  • A Shrine where you can offer Artifacts for score
  • Artifacts a new rare spawning item that has it's own counter (indicated by Skulls)
  • Chests that can be opened for random loot or can be trapped
  • Chests that may cost Keys. (eg x3 keys, x5 keys etc.)
  • Sometimes, item combinations won't quite work out for you. So there's a strange creature that will reset your items for you for a price. (Still need to work the kinks out on this one, so it may change in future.
Health shrine in action

Chests and Artifact Offering



I'm hoping to add more stuff the store like trading Life points for a chance at treasure or gambling score for better treasure etc. But so far everything listed above is working. For now I'll start adding a stats screen to track High scores, kills, deaths etc as that's pretty easy and may come back to add more stuff to the store in future.

That's it for now. Be sure to keep up to date with what I'm doing on my Twitter! : @daninfiction


Quick update - Items and other things


Items have been added to the game. At first these were going to be Temporary items that woudl give the player a small buff over time that would eventually wear off. For the time being I've put the idea to the side and I've designed 9 core items that can be found throughout the levels but spawn at random. Once equipped they are kept until the player dies. They're mainly items that effect the platforming currently as the platforming is the main gameplay element. SO I thought it was necessary that the items would reflect that. The items are as follows

  • Ground Speed boost
  • Faster fall speed
  • Double jump enable
  • Disable Wall sticking
  • Air Speed/Control increase
  • Dash ability
  • Jump height increase
(Non platformer items may change)
  • Luck Increase (increase in item score at random once picked up)
  • Key Book (a book full of keys)

As you can see below the UI has also gone through some changes


What's coming


Aside from the items additions I've also added High score functions and have started adding some Statistics that track specific things the player has. I've also added a few stock sounds designed in BFXR for ease of use.

Once I finish up the items I'll be moving onto a Store. Where the player will be able to open up Chests with keys for Loot and treasure, trade Artifacts for Higher scores and much more.


Stay tuned via my Twitter : @daninfiction

I'll probably be doin the sound and music for it myself but I appreciate the offer :)

Today I'll be talking a little bit about some things I added and about my "Dungeon" generator.

First things first let's talk about some of the things that were added in the little amount of dev time I had earlier in the week (a lot of personal work and stuff came up which kept me from my regular dev work).


New stuff added for Dev version 0.2
  • Keys (these have quite a rare drop rate and stack once picked up. They'll be used to open chests in a Store section that I'll be adding soon enough).
  • Separated Coin score from overall score. This way the coins can be used as an actual currency for purchasing upgrades and special items rather than just contributing to an overall score. But you still gain score points for picking up coins!
  • Added a basic menu with keyboard/mouse functions.
  • Random item generation on Grid templates

"Dungeon" Generation

As I've had some experience with procedural generation in the past with my games Deathbound, Cosmic crucible and devil below, I haven't had too much trouble setting up the Generation for "downward" dungeons. The generator itself still needs some tweaking so the dungeond feel more organic as right now they're a little too on the random side which I don't like. Below you'll see an incredibly crude diagram of my Generator's basic logic (that I drew in paint cos I'm stuck in an Internet cafe with some dude beside me that keeps looking over my shoulder).



You get the basic idea. But so far it's an easy generator to work with with lots of settings I set up that can be tampered with. My only dilemma right now is having set levels or a neverending dungeon.

But there'll be more to show this weekend. Hoping for a few more gifs and updated features as I move towards Development v0.3 and a playable build.

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About half way into v0.2 right now. Didn't run into too much trouble and haven't encountered any bugs just yet. But it's only a matter of time.

I'll be away for the next 3 days or so, so I won't be posting til Sat/Sunday. So here's a list of everything I've done the last 2 days :

  • Level progression (eg 1-1 > 1-2 > 1-3 and so on)
  • Crates (Some are filled with loot, others are traps)
  • End game state with Retry and Menu button function
  • Start game state with the player dropping from the ceiling to the start point with a "Ready?" and "Go!" prompt.
  • Health, score and level resets on Retry.
  • Visual 'fade in' on level start

Today I started work on v0.2 (Dev build). A good chunk of this is going to be the more complicated stuff. Items to collect, player hazards,High score recording, level progression, Procedural generation fixes and Shop stuff for the player. All topped off with some Basic sound implementing! So far I've made some items such as Keys and crates with treasure within and an exploding crate! (Which can be seen below)


v0.1 Complete

List of features finished

  • Player controller and Physics
  • Player Sprites
  • Chasing Spikes (to influence Player momentum)
  • Player Variables - Score and Health
  • Coin and health pickups
  • Base UI - Health Bar, Score recording
  • Damage detection (flashing damage sprite effect)
  • Basic Enemies
  • Screenshake on Death
  • Environment Spirtes (Stone, Rock, grass, vines)
  • Procedural Level Generation (Although still needs some refining)

The above is from 3/4 days ago and here's how it looks as of yesterday (below).