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[Live On Steam] Stellar Stars - Multiplayer Online Roguelite Arena (MORA)! DevBlog!

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Hey there! My name is David and I run @WhiteSponge. We are building a family of fun-loving game crafters to make the world a more fun place for you to live in!

And the current game that we are crafting is Stellar Stars!

Think of Stellar Stars as the love-child of MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas) and Rogue-lites. It cooks both of them in a passionate way so you can enjoy the best of both great genres.



Stellar Stars is also now on Steam Greenlight! Do help to vote for it so that you can get it from Steam too!

Here's the highlights/features of Stellar Stars:

  • Challenge other players (4 max) in the fast-paced, competitive and procedurally generated arenas!
  • Climb your way up the multiplayer leagues by grabbing trophies from winning matches!
  • Leap higher! Sprint faster! Decide and choose from the many fun ways to progress your character when you level up!
  • Play as different characters and unlock new characters as you progress through the game!
  • Explore various worlds filled with unique enemies and overpowered bosses in the story mode!
  • Experience the best gameplay with an Xbox One Controller!

And this 1st post wouldn't be perfect without any screenshots! So here goes nothing!







I will be using this as a dev blog for constant updates so you can also see the progress and changes we make to Stellar Stars!

So what do you think? Any feedback or suggestions on what you see is greatly welcomed!

And you can find us on Twitter, TwitchTV (yes we do regular live streaming!) and Facebook!

Have a great day and look forward to the next blog update! Cheers! :D

Hey there! How was your Christmas? We have a small post-Christmas gift for you - a new patch for Stellar Stars! And today's new patch includes some new controls and new bug fixes!

In the previous versions of the game, if you were playing the game using your keyboard, you were able to play the game using the following controls:


In today's patch, we have added new keyboard controls for you! You can now use WAD to move!

Additional/New Game Controls:

W - Jump

A - Move Left

D - Move Right

J - Attack

K - Cast Spell

L - Activate Special Skill

If you are worried that you won't get used to the new keyboard controls, don't worry as they are just added as additional controls. The existing set of keyboard controls (as shown below) is still usable.

Existing Controls:

Z - Jump

Left - Move Left

Right - Move Right

X - Attack

C - Cast Spell

S - Activate Special Skill

And we have also added a little visual feedback to improve your gameplay experience. Remember when you get damaged by enemies?

In today's patch, you will now flash red for a split second when that happens!


While it is only for a split second, that will help you be aware of when you're getting hit!

In addition to the changes above, this new patch also fixes some nasty bugs such as:

- Where In the story mode, getting stunned by the 1st Boss will sometimes cause you to stay rotated forever.

- When using the XBox One controller would sometimes cause you to jump continously

- Where the XBox One controller's joystick at the character selection screen was being too sensitive

- When exiting from the multiplayer mode to return to the main title screen would cause 2 black bars to appear on the top and bottom

- Where platforms on the bottom floor would appear too close to one another

So what do you think of today's new patch? Do try it out and let us know!

Remember to vote for Stellar Stars to get it from Steam!

Look forward to 2016! Cheers!

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I'm back after the New Year celebrations! And on behalf of the WhiteSponge team, I would like to wish you a very happy 2016! To kick things off, I would like to introduce you to something new today - the Gladiator's Arena!

Before I spoil anything for you, check out the following video!

Apart from being available only when you're playing in multiplayer matches, the Gladiator's Arena also spots a new enemy - the Warrior's Minion!

Stellar Stars - The New Warrior Minion!

The Warrior Minions come from different backgrounds. Some of them are prisoners of war who were captured and forced to fight for entertainment. Many others are slaves while the minority were born with the thirst for battle.

Even with their different backgrounds, they have earned their body armor through surviving the odds and defeating others in battle. So while they seem defensive with their body armor, they can get aggressive if they sense your presence.

Stellar Stars - The New Warrior Minion! Moving!

So what do you think of the new Gladiator's Arena? Try it out and share your thoughts in the comments section!

And lastly, don't forget to vote for Stellar Stars on Steam Greenlight (we are close to getting green-lit)! Cheers!

Hey there! David here again to share a piece of awesome news - Stellar Stars has been green-lit in just 17 days!

On behalf of the WhiteSponge team, I would just like to thank you for helping Stellar Stars get green-lit! We would not be here without you and we would not have done it without you. We are definitely looking forward to going on this exciting new journey with you!

So look forward to more updates from us! And if you haven't done so, follow our Twitter channel and subscribe to our mailing list so you won't miss any updates!

Cheers!

David

Introducing The New Score Board!

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Hello! Are you having a great day? If you have been following our Twitter or TwitchTV channel, you might have seen preview screenshots of the new score board. However, with today's new patch (v0.129a), you can experience it for yourself!

Stellar Stars - The New Score Board!

The new score board helps you access the current match with just a simple glance. For example, if any of the other players is currently dead, this is what you will see.

Stellar Stars - See Who's Dead With The Score Board!

The same goes for when any of the players are disconnected from the match.

Stellar Stars - See Who's Disconnected With The Score Board!

In addition to that, you can easily check out the character levels of the other players, the number of players you have killed, the number of times you have been killed and the number of minions you have slaughtered.

You might have also noticed that there are icons in the middle of the new score board. Remember those character growths which you have chosen before starting the match? These icons represent the character growths that your character has just learnt from leveling up.

To activate the new score board, simply press and hold onto your [TAB] key if you are using your keyboard. With an XBox One controller, you can use the map/select button (left of start) to activate it.

On top of the new score board, we have also added a few new animations to spice things up for you. For example, when you start up Stellar Stars, this is what you will see now.

Stellar Stars - Checking For Updates With Eating!

And let's not forget about the bug fixes. Because without bugs, the gameplay experience would be awesome.

Bugs Fixed in v0.129a:

1) Fixed a bug where Big Teeth (the first boss in story mode), goes right through the stage

2) Fixed a bug where minions do no damage you on the multiplayer arenas

3) Fixed a bug where if you are defeated at lvl 6, your respawn counter will not show/count down

4) Fixed a bug where Ro's Stunning Nose would sometimes pass through opponents without doing anything

5) Fixed a bug where a player's health would sometimes not be the same (i.e not synchronized) across all players in the match after respawning

6) Fixed a bug where the XBox One Controller's control mappings would go haywire on Mac/OSX

So what do you think of today's new update? Let us know in the comments below!

And if you haven't done so, be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to not miss any updates! Cheers!

What We Are Cooking - Spoilers Ahead!

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If you haven't heard, we are making a lot of changes to Stellar Stars, and it's all in the name of creating a better gameplay experience for you.

As there will be spoilers, if you prefer to be surprised when you download the next and upcoming patch (which will be v0.130 Alpha), stop reading right away. Still here? Alright let's start!

This is the 1st big change that you will notice when the game loads - a new login screen! What does this mean for you? You will essentially need to register an account to play the game.

While we are fully aware that this comes as an additional barrier to the game, let's think about it from another perspective. Registering an account creates a higher level of commitment and game progress that you can bring with you anywhere you go. You just need a desktop computer with Stellar Stars in it.

And after you have logged in, this is what you will most likely see.

If you look at the above screenshot, you might notice that it is rather easy to scan through your account stats on the top edge of the screen. Starting from the left, you have your icon that presents your current league, your user name, number of trophies, star level (of your account), number of stars collected and lastly number of matches you have both won and lost.

However, the animating arrow should capture your attention with ease.

This is where you will be able to choose from the 3 game modes - namely story, local versus and online multiplayer matches.

We are also in the middle of adding full controller support for Stellar Stars. This means that you will be able to play the game without even touching your keyboard or mouse. Big Picture on Steam anyone?

And we have also created a virtual keyboard to empower your Xbox One controller and you in Stellar Stars!

So what do you think of the upcoming new additions and changes to Stellar Stars? Let us know in the comments below! And if you haven't already, subscribe to the WhiteSponge mailing list to not miss any updates! Cheers!

You Don't Wanna Miss These Bug Fixes!

Yes you heard it right - today's new patch fixes quite a few number of nasty bugs in Stellar Stars! So you really don't want to miss it!.

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For starters, there was a bug discovered by Phroxen (watcher of our TwitchTV channel) where jumping in the game wasn't responsive at times, especially after attacking.

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There was also a bug where it was possible for you to spam your basic attack downwards and shoot through a platform.

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This makes it possible for you to attack enemies from above a platform. And in my honest opinion, that takes the challenge away from the game.

Before today's patch, it was also possible to spam both of your basic attack and spells at the same time.

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While that in itself seems fun, it also created a glitch where you can continuously spam spells without using any mana.

In addition to bug fixes, you will now be able to see this after logging in.

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You can now finally catch the latest or upcoming news via the banner on the left! This is also where we will show information about any special game events.

So what do you think about today's new patch for Stellar Stars? To find out about all the new changes and bug fixes, experience it yourself here! Cheers!

Hi there!

It has been a long while since the last update and I apologize for that! So today I am back to share some good news!

Not only Stellar Stars is now out on Steam, a new and exciting update has been announced!

Announcing Stellar Stars 1.1: The Arrival Of Tink! This new update will arrive this coming 22.12.2016 just before Christmas!

Stellar Stars 1.1: The Arrival Of Tink will feature the long-awaited 5th character Tink! We haven't revealed any new details about this new character, other than that it will be joining the Stellar Stars line-up!

And if you didn't know, we live stream on TwitchTV the game development process of Stellar Stars! You can find us at http://twitch.tv/WhiteSponge and ask us anything you want!

Last but not least, look forward to the teaser trailer for Stellar Stars 1.1: The Arrival Of Tink which will be coming soon as well!

Cheers!

After months of hard work creating, collecting and hunting stars, we are really happy to announce that Stellar Stars 1.2: Rise Of Magic will be arriving this 3rd March in open beta!

This means that you will be able to get your hands dirty hunting stars in this new adventure with new spells, gameplay improvements and a new character! Although there hasn't been any reveals for the new character yet, look forward to playing as her in the upcoming open beta on Steam!

And since it will be an open beta, your feedback and voice will directly affect your star-hunting adventure!

Here's what you can also do to get updated on the latest star happenings:

- Subscribe to the WhiteSponge mailing list

- Join the Stellar Stars Discord Community

If you want to get a sneak peek at the new spells, you definitely should join the new Discord community!

So mark the date (3.3.2017) on your calendar right now!