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A quick glimpse of the beach area in Abstráctomon I'm currently working on.

Abstráctomon is one of the rare JRPG style games were both of the protagonist parents are still alive and well and the dad is actually at home, too!

You can visit them anytime if you're in need of some helpful advise and love

Or maybe you just want to poke around in your brother's / sister's bedroom?

"Tomorrow I'll beat the gym leader!"

Issues with my internet connection prevented me for posting news, my apologies. 

But here's some Abstráctomon stuff to look at:

This is the location of Herringtin, your hometown, a small village  on the first island of the Freezon region. 

This is your house (do you always blink too when taken a picture of?)

... and Proffessor Rich's laboratory.

You can visit the Mon Point store...

... have a nightly walk on the beach...

... or explore the Atoneel Tunnel which leads to the other side of the island.

Until now, I only had a convoluted test area with everything crammed in, but now I made the first real town. 
And here's something else I added to the game: 

You can now see the current time of day and weather in battle (top right corner). The time of day is also represented by the battle background in open areas, but when battling inside a cave or building, you didn't know unless you checked the clock before the battle.

Since some moves depend on sun- or moonlight, I figured this would make things more clear. 

Nowadays, whenever you buy anything anywhere, you get bombarded with bonus points, discount codes and coupons, so why haven't games reflected this "trend" more? 

I present to you the Discount Card item in Abstráctomon. It lets you shop for half the price! You can only use it once, though...

In other news, the Swimming pool gym now got an exteriour. Can you guess what Abstráctomon the building is based on?

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I started my my devlog  for Error Ware 2 in this board in 2016 (thanks for mentioning it OP!) and I'm still getting views (about to hit 5000) and a few  comments. Since the "real" devlogs started, I copy the new post to the new devlog  as well, but I've no idea how many people actually see the posts there. 

Is there any way to see the views on the new devlogs?

If I'd know that visitors actually read the new devlog, I'd be OK with fully switching over to the new system, but it would be a shame to lose all the old posts I made (50+) before I started the copy + paste.  It would be cool if my old posts can be archived (making the board read-only?) somehow without me having to manually copy all the old posts over.

Personally, I like the Devlog feature on GameJolt better right now since you can  easily see how many people interacted with the post  and its more visible on the game's page (on itch.io page it's all the way on the bottom and only text links, on GameJolt you see  the Devlog button right under the header with previews.

Really cute & unique concept! It hat fun imMIDIately :)

Thank you for 400 downloads!

You might have been noticing the red Wii Remote in Error Ware 2's logo. The Error Ware series has been compatible with that little love stick since the first game released in 2012.

When Development of Error Ware 2 began shortly after, the Nintendo WiiU had just been released and continued to support Wii Remotes, so I figured people still had them and added the good old motion controls to EW2 as well.

 But now the game has been in development for so long, Nintendo released   a whole new console in the meantime: the Nintendo Switch! Oh snap!

Since the WiiU did not sell that well many people sold their Wii or WiiU a long time ago,  working Wii Remotes are getting rare in peoples's homes, so why release a game with Wii Remote support in 201X? Switch is the hot stuff now, damnit!

Don't get me wrong, 
 EW2 will still fully support a single Wii Remote with motion controls, but I'm adding Joy-Con support, too! 

Unfortunately, I can't use all their features right now, but I've got them working as normal controllers. We'll see how much motion control I can get out of them!

The Wii Remote is still the best way to get the most out of Error Ware 2 in my experience, but I'll make sure the game's fun regardless of your input method of choice (and there are a lot of them!).

In my current build, you can play the game with

  • keyboard + mouse
  • one gamepad (Xbox, Playstation & WiiU / Switch Pro Controller Layout supported)
  • single Joy-Con Left + Right

since the gameplay is mostly in a "hot seat" style, players can share a controller, but you can also mix them as you like.

Phew, that was a long post! More news coming soon!

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We are getting really close to the finish line, folks! 
My "to do" list for the next release of Error Ware 2 gets shorter every day. The demo of Abstráctomon, which will be included in the upcoming update, will feature a small town, a dungeon & the first gym, the swimming pool.  I only need to connect these areas and finish the entrance of the pool.

Speaking of the pool, it's flooded with NPCs now!

You'll be able carry over your Abstráctomon progress to future releases, so don't delete your save files!

Here's a quick update of things I worked on since the last post.

The first gym is almost complete! It's a large swimming pool were children and adults can cool off after school / work. I only need to add some NPCs to it.

There's even a slide! 


These one-way gates can only be passed from one side.

Let's be honest: my original female player character sprites in Abstráctomon were pretty ugly; 

the hair looked like two brown M&M's shoved together, the arms were too long and the body too short. 

Well you might know my characters are based on 3D models made in Blender, and the model I made wasn't really good to begin with. So I made a second attempt and gave the model a brand new, more detailed head.

Then I reduced the color palette of the rendered images to a uniform one (about 25 colors), added some outlines to the arms and legs, cleaned up the eyes, hair and backpack and added some shadows to the skirt.

I also made some minor improvements to her male counterpart.

I improved the animations for walking, riding a bike, sitting and climbing a bit.
You can see some of the new sprites below!


I'm wondering if you'd like to be able to choose a different skin color at the start of the game? Let me know in the comments!


I improved my crossroads in Abstráctomon a bit. Cars now come in different shapes and sizes and are less likely to crash thanks to the improved traffic light system.

WIP footage of an intersection (cross road) in "Abstráctomon", coming soon to Error Ware 2. Right now, all the cars look alike and sometimes glitch through each other, but overall it kinda works as intended.

During my Easter family visit I couldn't work on the game directly, but I let my sister play it and took some notes of some minor bugs (I already fixed them). Overall it ran pretty well on her old Windows 8 laptop, which is nice to know. 

My siblings thought it would be a good a idea to hide some easter eggs near my mother's little garden pond, and guess what? One of them fell in...
It lost some color but wasn't damaged otherwise, so I volunteered to eat it.

...

Oh excuse me, I guess you came here to see some new Abstráctomon screenshots. Here you go!

NPC cars work now. I can let them drive along the road or in circles like this one on my test road here. 

It'll brake and honk at you or other NPCs when they walk on front of it.
The animation for turning is pretty smooth, took a lot of frames! I modeled the car in Blender and added details to the sprites by hand. 

It also got working head - and taillights. Your bicycle now got a front light, too. And the construction workers inside the tunnel turned on their helmet lights!

Hey! 

Since the poll results regarding Twitch streams in the last post were a little inconclusive (thanks to everyone who voted!), I made a "normal" video about pixel art for the monsters of Abstráctomon (coming soon to Error Ware 2) instead!


If you have questions about the development process of Error Ware 2, art, music or something about myself, leave a comment and I'll answer them in a future video! You can also ask me on Twitter.

And to close this post, I want to share two new screenshots:

I added sidewalks and manholes to my "road" tileset.

I expanded the Abstrácto-Center a bit. Its human and not-quite-human nurses now take care of sick trainers, too!

Have a nice weekend!

Hi everyone!

Since my internet connection is working today, I’d like to share another round of Abstráctomon screenshots!

This is an example of the new interior tiles. So far I’ve got some kitchen stuff (in different colors) and some couches and a working(!) mirror. I’d like to add more things for bedrooms, bathrooms and such.
This week I started to work on roads. There is even a bicycle lane, as you can see on this test track here. If I add cars, I might have to make the roads wider though. I also want to add sidewalks, traffic lights and some road signs.

Nothing new here, I simply thought this screenshot looked cool! The lighting "engine" accidentally turned out pretty good even though it’s all 2D.

One last thing: I’d like to engage a bit more with y’all. Unfortunately my internet connection is quite unpredictable, it just works on some days. But on those days, would you like to watch streams of me programming, making art & music, fixing bugs and talking to the chat on Twitch or Youtube

Please vote at GameJolt (at the bottom of the post)!

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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 Abstráctomon 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 Abstráctomon, 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. (Abstráctomon 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 Abstrácto-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 Abstráctomon).


  • "Darkness" weather effect in battle (increases strength of Dark- and Ghost-type moves and lowers the speed of any non-Dark/Ghost Abstráctomon
  • 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 Abstráctomon with now gets saved and is shown when you call an Abstráctomon or heal them in the Abstrácto-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 Abstráctomon 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 Abstráctomon 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  Abstráctomon 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 Abstráctomon, 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 Pokémon 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 "Abstrácto-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! 

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 Abstráctomon 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 "Abstrácto-Center", where you can let a nurse heal your team and access the "A.S.S"
  • The "A.S.S.", short for "Abstráctomon 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 Abstráctomon and Gourmet Gorilla, two minigames (well, in case of Abstráctomon, not so mini) you can unlock in Error Ware 2. Click on the Error Boy button at the bottom to get there :)

Abstráctomon 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 Abstrácto-Center and even use the "A.S.S." (Abstráctomon Storage System) to manage all your caught monsters!

Maybe I can release a new EW2 demo with Abstráctomon 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 Abstráctomon 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