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A quick Abstráctomon Screenshot Update!

Abstráctomon - Trees + Shadows 01

I modeled new trees for the game in blender, since I wanted them to be animated like the grass! They now move from side to side when it's windy.
Abstráctomon - Trees + Shadows 02
As you can see, I also made a dynamic shadow system of sorts for buildings and larger objects like trees and signs. Their shadows now get longer in the evening and even change their angle according to the sun's position.
Abstráctomon - Trees + Shadows 03
And I added some (static) shadows inside rooms to make them look less flat.

That's all for today!

Edit: I made a short video of the new trees in action!

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Just a small screenshot update today. Enjoy!

ErrorWare2 Screenshot- Pause Menu Controls

When you pause the game, the controls for the current microgame are now displayed at the pause menu, so you can look them up any time!

Abstráctomon Screenshot - Sea floor

In Abstráctomon, I added some rocks plants and corrals to the seafloor to give you a sense of direction when swimming in the ocean.

n Abstráctomon, I added some rocks plants and corrals to the seafloor to give you a sense of direction when swimming in the ocean.

Abstráctomon Screenshot - Shallow waters

And I implemented sand banks with shallow water where you are able to walk if you need a break from swimming.

Oh, and I added a few new songs I made for Abstr├íctomon to the soundtrack preview on the game's GameJolt page. 

I'm not sure if they will make it into the game, give them a listen and tell me what you think!

Hi there!

Here are some neat little things I added to Abstráctomon:

Abstráctomon Screenshot Lab

I put more stuff in the professor's laboratory to make it look more... lablike. You can sit on the chairs, read notes or play with the Squalus inside the fishtank!
Abstráctomon Screenshot Windows 1
When you're inside a building, the windows now change color according to the time of day. They even show the current weather!
Abstráctomon Screenshot Windows 2
Here the windows are flashing yellow because of the thunderstorm outside. I rearranged the lab and the MonPoint store interiors to make them more symmetrical.
Abstráctomon Screenshot Water  1
I made new animated tiles for cliffs and rocks in water. Now you can see the waves crashing in on them and see their reflection.
Abstráctomon Screenshot Water 2
I improved some weather effects as well. Rain, hail and snow now makes splashes when touching water properly.

Other things I improved on:

  • I finally figured out why I had some seemingly random audio issues with the Caster dll I use to load .ogg files into GameMaker8.1. Turns out you can't have numbers in the variable names assigned to the loaded files. Basically I named them Song1, Song2, etc. but caster treated everyone as "Song", so changes to Song 2 affected Song1 as well and so on. Anyway, it is fixed now!
  • The scores at the results screen of "Turbo Taxi" mode are now displayed in the correct order (highest at the top)
  • Made the final level of the microgame "Helicopter" easier
  • Fixed a bug in the "Draw something" microgame where the brush would turn invisible some times
  •  Added the new microgame "Sound TripZ"
  • In Abstr├íctomon, you can now change direction when sitting on a chair or stool. Maybe I'll use this feature in a chair maze?

That's all I can think of right now. Overall many small improvements! The game feels quite stable now.  As I said before, the new demo is coming soon ™

Time for another update for Abstráctomon!

But first I want to say thank you so much for 300 downloads of my games and well over 3000 views of this devlog! 

Did you know that you can rate games & write reviews on itch.io? I'd love to hear your feedback!

But now the latest news in Abstráctomon development:

  • Improved text boxes are now able to show the name of the talking character and can highlight important words
  • You can now rename monsters currently in your team anytime when accessing the A.S.S. (Abstr├íctomon Storage System)
  • You can now unlock a new item that lets you access the A.S.S. from anywhere
  • Reworked collision for the player & NPCs
  • The introduction sequence in the Professor's lab is almost done, including the first battle against you rival (see video below!)
  • The lab looks a bit more like lab (but still not final)
  • The Exp. bar now changes to orange when full
  • Savegame previews now show money as well
  • Various other bugfixes

My internet connection is terrible this week (thanks for nothing, Vodaphone!), but I managed to upload a new video to YouTube!

Enjoy!

The distinct itch.io peach color at the top was missing when not logged in and that made the start page feel a little cold. But now it's back and I feel warm and cosy again. Thanks!

I gotta say the new start page is missing a little color...

To make the wait for the full version of Error Ware 2 easier, I decided to bring its precursor to itch.io!

Check out Error Ware here!

Error Ware was originally released in October 2012 for Windows. Prepare for crude graphics and midi music :) But it's a full game and it's free, so enjoy!

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Happy holidays everybody!

I'm glad that I am able to squeeze out another Abstráctomon screenshot update before I'm visiting my family.

So here it is:

Abstráctomon Introduction Screenshot-01

When starting a new game, you'll now be greeted by Professor Rich.

Abstráctomon Introduction Screenshot-02

After introducing himself, he asks for your name.

Abstráctomon Introduction Screenshot-03

You can choose your character here.

Abstráctomon Introduction Screenshot-04

Before he starts his monologue about the world of Abstráctomon, you have a chance to skip it.

Abstráctomon Introduction Screenshot-05

For beginners, he'll explain a little bit of the terminology and what you'll have to do in the game.

Abstráctomon Introduction Screenshot-06

Then it's finally time to pick your first Abstráctomon!

Abstráctomon Introduction Screenshot-07

You can give it a nickname, as well.

Abstráctomon Introduction Screenshot-08

Here you can see the improved saving feature. It now shows the name, playtime, amount of badges and seen / caught monsters of the save file. The save data is now saved to a separate file on your hard drive. This makes it possible to to carry over monsters from the demo to the full game in the future!

Abstráctomon Introduction Screenshot-09

Oh.. OK! Bye!
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Here's a quick rundown of things I worked on in the past weeks:

  • New Abstr├ícto-Ball animations made with Blender including the new "Dark" (better chance of success at night and in dark places) and "Net" Ball (good for catching Bug- and Water-type Abstr├íctomon).


  • "Darkness" weather effect in battle (increases strength of Dark- and Ghost-type moves and lowers the speed of any non-Dark/Ghost Abstr├íctomon
  • A move that can change the weather to "Darkness" in battle
  • New eye blinking frames when looking left & right while standing and sitting (before the player character would only blink when looking down)
  • Fixed some bugs involving battle music and leveling up
  • The ball type you catch an Abstr├íctomon with now gets saved and is shown when you call an Abstr├íctomon or heal them in the Abstr├ícto-Center. Enemies can use different balls, too.
  • Fixed some issue with NPC placing after a battle
  • Improved the framerate when looking at the Trainer Guide
  • Added information about weather to the Trainer Guide (still have translate that into French though)
  • Improved the Atoneel-Tunnel map a bit, you can now find a few items
  • You can now use ladders with a smooth climbing animation
  • Fixed an issue where the Error Ware 2 logo did not play sounds sometimes

I need to replicate a bug  I encountered once where my Abstr├íctomon leveled up two levels at once and the game kinda softlocked after the level up jingle... 

When I fixed that and did some more test playing I can finally release a new Version of the EW2 demo with a bit of Abstr├íctomon included, to make the "2017" of the last trailer not a lie... Man time flies!

Sorry that it takes me so long to make this dang game!

You can now sit on benches, chairs or couches to let time pass by faster in Abstráctomon.

Here's more gameplay footage of the new "crazy" difficulty in Error Ware 2's local multiplayer!

18 different effects are now implemented. One of my favorites is the "ERROR" effect, which makes the game glitch out badly I made this one today, actually!

Thank you for trying it!

Error Ware 2 can  be played with 1-4 players locally. The Taxi mode is primary for multiplayer but you can change the number of players to 1 there, too. 

The game is inspired by the Wario Ware series by NIntendo, where you have only 5-10  seconds or so to complete a random mini game.  You only get a clue at the beginning of the game, usually a simple task like "GRAB!",  "SPIN!", "DEFEAT", etc.  Then you have to figure out how to win the minigame by doing what the clue says.

I hope that was helpful!

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If you click on "Download" and then "No thanks, take me to the dowloads" on this page you can download the demo for free 

Here's a video of the new "Crazy Mode" I talked about last time!

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Small improvements

This will be quite the long post, so I hope you have fun reading it!

This month I took a little break from  Abstr├íctomon after I finished the first dungeon "Atoneel Tunnel" (which I had to remake 3 times because GameMaker crashed on me) and focused on improving the main parts of Error Ware 2.

Memory loss

I went through all the big assets (sprites, background images, sounds) that were still loaded into the project and made them load from the harddrive instead (I also reduced colors on some backgrounds were you wouldn't notice). Overall this reduced the project file's size by 12 MB, which may not sounds like alot but the effects in the game are really noticable.

Not having large backgrounds and sprites loaded into memory at all times improved the framerate and load times quite a bit!

Typo

Then I went on to improve the onscreen keyboard that appears when you are able to enter your name. 


Before, it was using a regular Windows font  to display the letters, but that could be an issue if the user doesn't have the font installed on their machine. Now it's using sprites in the colorful Error Ware 2 style instead.  The buttons also didn't scale up from the center but from the upper-left corner, so I fixed that, too.

Variety

I added some shadows for menu buttons here and there, and then went ahead and added some more variety to existing micro games...


...and even made two new ones in the process.

I experimented with 3D modelling in Blender again. This is the disturbing result...

This week, I'm working on an idea I had to make the "Party Mode" even more hilarious and challenging: The "Crazy Mode".

You can enable it with this lovely little button right there.

Even if you've mastered all the micro games you can now ramp up the difficulty! The Crazy Mode will add random effects to the games to confuse you like turning the game upside down, make you having to lose the game (remember this from the first Error Ware?) or mess with the time limit or... I came up with about 20 effects so far!

An icon will help you prepare at least for a second or two before the effect takes...effect.
To come to an end of this long dev update I want to say thank you for reading this

You can always comment and ask questions about the game. These small improvements really feel good to make. 

As a little bonus, here are the latest screenshots from Abstr├íctomon, because why not :) 

Abstráctomon Screenshot Cave1

Don┬┤t you hate dungeons with random encounters every few steps you take? Me too. So I decided to restrict those to areas like shadows which you can pass by if you don't want to fight.
Abstráctomon Screenshot Cave2
But then you'll miss out on some sweet EXP, of course!

Time for another screenshot update!

I'm working on something helpful for people who never played a game like "Abstráctomon" before (apparently they still exist!)
Trainer Guide 02
You can access the new "Trainer Guide" anytime you want, even mid-battle! It explains everything you have to know to become an Abstrácto-Master.
Trainer Guide
While writing it (in 3 languages!) it became clear to me how complicated Pok├ęmon games really are... So it's quite a lot to read. Veterans probably know most of the stuff already.
Trainer Guide 04
But if you aren't the kind of person who can remember a type chart, you can quickly look up which type does what in here!

I'm working on a "Abstr├ícto-Dex" for the Error Ware 2 homepage. You can view the first couple of entries already, including two never before seen monsters! https://errorware.jimdo.com/errorboygames/abstr%C3%A1ctomon-venom-violet-version... 

Time for another Abstráctomon screenshot update!

HE HE HI HI Screenshot 01

As you can see, the Abstrácto-Center is now even more cozy, with a TV a (working!) clock and some (ugly) stairs...
HE HE HI HI Screenshot 02
...which lead you to the roof where you can find the helicopter pilot "Herby" (his character sprite is not finished yet, so this is a placeholder)
HE HE HI HI Screenshot 03
He can take you to any Abstrácto-Center you want! (as long as you pay him)
HE HE HI HI Screenshot 04
He'll fly in almost any weather, but it seems like he is scared of thunder storms...
HE HE HI HI Screenshot 05
If you talk to him during one, he will ask for a battle instead! You can battle against him as many times you want until the weather clears up.
HE HE HI HI Screenshot 06
To make weather related things easier, I added the "weather bar-o-meter", seen here at the top left. It displayes the current (top bar) and upcoming weather!

In the last two weeks, I made some more battle backgrounds + transitions, some new NPC sprites, improved the player's walking animations, added a lake you can swim in... and added a shop called "Monpoint"

MonPoint 01

The store's elegant curved roof was cut off beautifully in this screenshot.
MonPoint02
Don't worry, the interior will look more like a store in the future.
MonPoint03
The currency in many japanese RPGs is based on Yen, even when translated. So you always feel like you have a lot of money. Not in this game!
So you've been spending all your money on food, drinks and Abstrácto-balls, what's next?

How about exploring the new area I've added to the test map?

New Area01

I wonder where this path will lead me...
New Area02
I guess cliff diving is in this game?
New Area03
When you touch water, you'll be able to swim in it, as long as you bought a bikini (or swimming trunks). No need to teach a monster a move!
Swimmer
I'm not really sure how battles in open water work but somehow the trainers can handle it.

I like the colors! 

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This looks so cool! Great work!

New Abstráctomon screenshots!

I added a new battle background for snowy areas and redid the sprites for "Penguboom". I like this new design much better!

I also redid the ocean background. I rendered it in Blender, much easier than drawing water by hand!

I did a live stream on my Twitch channel where I played a new build of Abstr├íctomon in Error Ware 2. 

You can watch the recording above!

I fixed the bugs I encountered during the stream already.  If you don't have time to watch the full video, here's a quick overview of recently added features:

  • Buildings that you can enter
  • the "Abstr├ícto-Center", where you can let a nurse heal your team and access the "A.S.S"
  • The "A.S.S.", short for "Abstr├íctomon Storage System", where you can manage all your caught monsters. You can store them in up to 5 boxes with 25 spaces each (may be more in the future), watch their stats or delete them if you don't have a heart.
  • Humans look like humans now
  • You can swim now, simply by entering water as long as you own swimming trunks / a bikini. 
  • Improved in game map

Website update + Introducing the Freezon region

Hello, dear reader! 

I was thinking about using itch.io's new Devlog feature, but since I got well over a thousand views here (that's awesome!), I'll keep it going right here! But I might post some smaller info on the other Devlog too, so it can be seen on the game's page.

Speaking of pages, did you know Error Ware 2 has got a "real" homepage as well? 

Check it out here

(It's not very optimized for mobile users, so you may want to view it in desktop mode)


It's  the most colourful website I ever made, and there is a lot to discover. Character backstories, concept art, tips & tricks and more!

I just added new subpages for Abstr├íctomon and Gourmet Gorilla, two minigames (well, in case of Abstr├íctomon, not so mini) you can unlock in Error Ware 2. Click on the Error Boy button at the bottom to get there :)

Abstr├íctomon now almost reached a state where I can release a demo of it for the public, since now people actually look like people, you can enter buildings, access the improved ingame mapheal your team in a Abstr├ícto-Center and even use the "A.S.S." (Abstr├íctomon Storage System) to manage all your caught monsters!

Maybe I can release a new EW2 demo with Abstr├íctomon included before my birthday on July 26th?

I can't promise, but I'll sure try!

At last, I finished the worldmap of the Freezon region (the name is based on the word "Friesen", which means "people of Friesland") you'll be able to explore in the final version of Abstr├íctomon and named every location I could come up with so far. It's loosely based on the German Islands of the North Sea

I hope you like it, it's the first time I drew a map like this!

-Janek

Alright, thank you! Then I'll do new posts to both I guess.

I'd love to use it, but I already got a quite extensive devlog going on  in the itch.io boards :-/

Is there a way to move it over or do I  have to post everything again?

Just wanted to say thanks for your little review and thought I'd return the favor :)

I had about 10 hours of flash in school and we made a simple pong game. So I can relate to your troubles a little lol Sucks that flash is pretty much dead now, I loved sites like albinoblacksheep.

I think a character editor would have right in there, maybe to customize an animated cartoon or something...

Love thartstyle , btw

  • Navigate the menu with arrow keys + SPACE or use a gamepad.
  • Story mode: Accelerate with Right Arrow, Brake with Left Arrow (or Button 1 & 2 on Gamepad)
  • You can check the controls for the other players in the options menu
  • More details on the game┬┤s itch.io page

You may noticed the white placeholder characters I used until now in Abstr├íctomon footage. 

I've been too lazy to make pixel art by hand for all human character sprites in the overworld , but now I figured out a more convenient way: Blender!

In case you're not familiar with Blender: It's a free piece of software for 3D modelling + animating.

So I made a simple 3D model in a "chibi" (big head, small body) style, tilted it by about 30┬░ so you can see its face as well as its feet despite the camera being above it (thanks Nintendo for that trick in The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds!) and made animations for walking + riding a bicycle.

Then I exported it without anti-aliasing (otherwise it's a blurry mess) at just 32x32 pixels.

You can see the results in this beautiful Wallpaper!


So now I just have to edit the model once per character without having to alter every single frame!

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I'm working on buildings for Abstr├íctomon right now. Here you can see me hiding behind an "Abstr├ícto-Center"! 

There seems to be a Heliport on the roof... Is this how you fast travel in this game?

I added a FAQ page to the official Error Ware 2 homepage! If you have any other questions, just ask me!

Thanks to Visumeca for his pixelart! Now I can't decide which one I should use...

A is by Visumeca, B is the orginal by me. Help me decide!

Which one is cuter?

Vote on Twitter here!

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3D animations for a 2D game (Gifs below!)

Hello there!

Since Error Ware 2 is gonna be a 2D game made in Game Maker 8.1, one should think all you need to make graphics for it is a pencil, a camera or MSPaint or something, right? But behold!

Some things are actually easier to animate in 3D programs than in 2D ones, like spinning an object around or producing complex effects like water splashes, explosions, etc. So even if you're working with a 2D engine you can render stuff in 3D and put it as flat images in your game.

So for certain things I actually work with the free modelling software "Blender". GM8.1 has a simple 3D mode where you can load premade 3D objects as .obj files and some people manage to make full 3D games with it, but my 3D skills are not that good, I feel more comfortable with 2D games.

So how do I use 3D in Error Ware2?

If you by something in the game's shop, the game switches to the 3D mode and displays a spinning 3D model of the object you bought, then it switches back to 2D. I may use the 3D mode for actual minigames as well.

For Abstráctomon, I pre-rendered some sprites in blender, like the intro sequence and some attacks. In the past week I worked on 3D models of the badges (because... idk, it was fun?) and made a water splash (shoutout to CG Geek for his awesome turorial) which you can see below. (These .gifs are based on the raw renders, I touched them up a bit for the game since then.)

Have a nice weekend!

Click on the thumbnails to watch the animations on imgur!

I put together a sprite pack with Playstation 4 and WiiU Pro Controller button icons.

This pack contains .png images of single buttons and the whole controller in various sizes, as well as .svg files that can be edited and rendered in any resolution you might need. Since these button icons are a bit harder to find I thought I make them myself.

Maybe this can save you some time with your project!

Thank you for over a thousand views & two hundred downloads on itch.io!

Here's a little teaser for the new "Gourmet Gorilla" minigame in Error Ware 2 for you.

I'm planning to release a follow up to my "Paper Keys" sprite pack soon. It will feature Playstation & WiiU Gamepad buttons in a more modern style, maybe I add Switch and XBOX buttons as well.

This pack will have higher quality, larger images along with .svg files that can be scaled infinitely.

Have a nice weekend!

I made a quick video showing off the new map screen in Abstráctomon. Just a simple, more zoomed out view of the current location.

This way I don't have to worry about drawing a map for every single location :) I may add a drawing of the whole "world" + quick travel later to the game, when I got everything in the overworld in the right place.

In case you didn't know already, you'll be able to unlock the "Pok├ęmon" persiflage "Abstr├íctomon" (along with other games) within the full version of Error Ware 2!

Here`s some new Abstráctomon gameplay! In this video I show off a fight with a recently implemented NPC.

Thank you :)