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Run Die Repeat - A Retro-Styled Platformer for Mac and PC

A topic by Avanrossum created Jul 19, 2017 Views: 310 Replies: 3
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Hello everyone!

I originally started my devlog on the projects actual website (, then started cross-posting to IndieDB, and realized that if i was going to be releasing it on (I am, ofc) I should probablystarting talking about it on So that's what I'm doing (and creating a lot of extra stuff I have to keep updated as well =/) .

Why all that intro? Mostly because I'm about to 'start' a dev blog from what is essentially the 6th update.

So - intros aside, here's where Run Die Repeat stands for now!

(There's a demo available - and it released today, by the way!)

Run Die Repeat

We’ve got three big things in this Update

  1. HATS!

Yes – that’s right, hats. But not like Team Fortress, it’s a little different =D

Oh – wait – you were more interested in item number 3? I had no idea.

I’ve been hard at work with Run Die Repeat, trying to get it ready for ‘prime time’ – or at least demo time. I’ve had a few people beta testing some of the early builds, and their feedback has been very encouraging, so I’m pretty excited about this Demo release. All told, including prototyping and failed attempts at starting, Run Die Repeat represents 150+ hours of work.

Ok, so when’s the demo coming out?

It's out now =D

Hats change the way the game plays

Instead of collecting coins (or paying $0.99 each for some reason?) hats are slapped on Runnie’s head when you walk through a machine:

Run Die Repeat | Hats

So stylish

When you get a hat, it imbues the player character with a special power, in this case, infinite corpse life, which allows you to navigate areas which would otherwise be impossible to complete with the 6-second “pop” time that’s currently imposed.

Run Die Repeat | Hat Example

Cleanup on aisle 5!

Fallen hats are also fully interactable with the player character – you can climb on them, move them, use them to trigger pressure plates, etc. I think it really adds a new dynamic to the game. There will be more hats added to the game later on – once the first version is released.

19 Levels!

It’s both a big deal, and kinda “behind the scenes” but there are now 19 completed levels in the game – that’s sitting pretty close to my version one release target of “at least 20” =D

New Doodads!

I don’t want to forget the art aspect! Here’s a couple of new art assets, in animated form, for your enjoyment =D I believe that adding moving objects, like these animated monitors, adds quite a bit to the ‘static’ environment that’s appropriate for the era that I’m trying to emulate with Run Die Repeat.

Run Die Repeat | Animated Monitor

What are those overlords up to?

Run Die Repeat | TimeLapse of Monitor Animation Process

Frame-by-frame for the win!

I would absolutely LOVE feedback - critical, helpful, or just apathetic, whatever you want to provide is welcomed.

nice :))

Thanks =D

The biggest news for this update would have to be:


Yes – that’s right! The Run Die Repeat demo went live last week! I would absolutely love it if you were to download it and take it for a spin.

There’s even a feedback form in the game itself if you’d like to send some feedback =D So – with that said – here’s the Tuesday Update with some video goodness:

But Wait, there’s More!

I decided sometime last week that I would be well served to work on some Game Jams to try to up my skill set somewhat, so I recently joined into the “Can you survive this jam” Game Jam over at – and I’ll be releasing the game I’m making for it, called “Astronaut in a Wheelchair” for free (at least initially) once it’s complete.

Astronaut in a Wheelchair is a “survival” game about an astronaut… in a wheelchair. Done up in my apparently favorite style of “early generation console”, it’s a 2D sidescroller where you have to use your missile launcher to move yourself back and forth and avoid the horde. Be on the look out for more on that!  I really feel like participating in these jams will help me to produce a better quality product for Run Die Repeat in the end.

As always, thanks for reading, and be sure to leave any comments or suggestions!