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January Update

Sorry about the lack of updates last week, but we are focusing on getting the game done as soon as possible. Not much left to talk about and not a lot of time. So here are more screenshots:

See you very soon.

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2018 Update

Couldn’t advance too much this week because life got in the way. But we are back in business now. Here are more screenshots (sorry, no time for gifs). Lots of things we haven’t shown yet. And yes, thats the classic Spider Mastermind. It makes an appearance in a certain level, but is definitely not the final boss of the game. The game is moving along.

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New years update

Well, it looks like we missed the Christmas deadline and the 2017 deadline. The game will take a bit longer but hopefully no more than a couple of weeks. We will give a release date when we find some time to work on the trailer. Have a happy new year everyone!

Here are some screenshots of the weeks progress:

This time we are plunging into Hell

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Holidays Update

Hello, its the holidays, this means we can work on the game non-stop and make some mad progress! Here are some screenshots:

Night falls near hell’s gate
Digging out martian soil
Exploring underground ruins?
Of course its always demons…

The game is getting close to be ready. Happy holidays everyone!

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Weekly Progress Update 15/12/17

Getting stuff done each week, this time we won’t stop for the holidays. We will actually use them to finish whatever is missing in the game.

I can happily say that the main menu is finally working properly; we got a very necessary options menu where you can configure the quality of life basic things that were missing in MiniDoom1. This includes music and SFX volume, windowed or full screen mode and configurable inputs (currently under construction).

The main menu font was too clunky for these menus

For the windowed mode I put 3 default sizes in place and the game will also allow manual window resizing and maximizing. I turner manual resize off in MiniDoom1 because I didn’t want weird screen sizes to alter the graphics. But for MiniDoom2 I decided “what the hell” the player can have whatever experience they want with the game.

Some of the data display is still missing, but the data is there.

Also, there is steady progress with the level graphics. Here are some more screenshots:

I’m happy with how everything is turning out. And I wish I could show samples of the great job the music team is doing, but you will get to listen to it soon enough. See you all soon!

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Starting Levels

Let’s take a look at what the first levels are. The first 2 levels of the game are pretty tame.

1-Hangar

The first level is of course the beloved Hangar; it has the purpose of teaching the basic mechanics of the game and is the home of the Shotgun and the Grenades. It doesn’t have much combat or platforming.

It has some nice outside areas though

2- Central Processing

The second level Is Central Processing, it has a high tech setting. The level will give you two new powerups very early: Double Jump and the Plasma Gun. Yeah plasma is the second weapon in the game, this is because it has an important role. The weapon is very powerfull, but it consumes a lot of ammo and your maximum energy cells are not very high at the start.

High tech all the way

The rest of the level has more platforming than combat and a lot of enemies in angles to get players used to the double jump and plasma. There are plenty of electric traps and the first chosen hellspawn awaits there to battle.

3-Foundry

Shit gets serious

Level three is the Foundry, a Doom2016 inspired level. And it’s here where you learn the last of the basic mechanics like rolling around and using switches. It is a large stage with a lot of combat. This level is the first real challenge in your journey.

Seconds away from death.

But I won’t get much more into the levels than this. I don’t want to spoil too much, also I don’t think I will do any more of these descriptions for the other levels, so you’ll just have to play them.

See you soon!

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November Progress update

Things are moving along. We have the Save and Load functions working! There are 4 save slots to save your game.

Just a dummy menu I’m using, but it works perfectly

I’m finally adding textures to some levels. More on this later this week!

Level 3 is looking damn fine

Also here is a section of the Hell over world map.

The hell map is hella-awesome *wink*

Much to do, see you very soon!

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MiniDoom and Exploration

Throughout this year I’ve been able to watch many different people playing MiniDoom. I got a better idea of what people want or expect when playing the game. And exploration IS NOT IT. A clear path, clear objectives, hard challenges and quick retries. This is the best formula I came up with, this is most of all an action game.

But I always liked exploration in games, it can be so rewarding if you have the time. I wanted to put something in miniDoom to discover, not just carve a straight path of blood (which also is awesome, don’t get me wrong).

Plenty of stuff to discover in every level!

Remembering MiniDoom1 the place where most players stopped playing was level 3: the Toxin Refinery. This is because the Toxin Refinery is not a lineal level, you can chose between two paths to get the keys, and then use them in a poorly placed door. The problem here was that the objectives weren’t clear, but I also believe the maze like layout of the refinery caused frustration in a fast paced game.

With the level structure in MiniDoom2 I try to solve these problems. The main route through most levels is very straight forward and clear. There are also optional areas which contain powerups or upgrades. These optional areas are usually harder to access or hidden.

Level 1. Red are optional areas. Its the smallest map, the larger maps have less optional areas.

So a player who plays straightforward can finish the levels without confusion. And someone who wants to explore a bit can look for optional secrets. In the end, the upgrades should only be necessary if you plan on playing the higher difficulties, or if you are having trouble in a certain level (they are optional after all). You also have the option to revisit other stages and search for upgrades or you can just lower the difficulty.

So is exploration a part of MiniDoom2? Nope, but there are things to discover if you want to.

See you next time.

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Hazards and Traps

Let’s get into the more platforming aspects of the game now. As I mentioned before, each level has its own thing, so there are level specific hazards for each map.

Whats a 2D game without spikes? Don’t worry they don’t insta-kill

We have got barrels, teleporters, spikes, spike traps, lasers, electric traps, acid, high jump platforms, falling platforms, pits, lava and even more shit to keep you on your toes.

Deadly geometry

The cool thing about these hazards is that all of them can be used against the enemies (just like barrels). And you will probably have to use them in battle to overcome some challenges MiniDoom is an action game after all.

High jump pads in level 3

I don’t want to show too much about these mechanics to not spoil the game. So just know that hazards are here but they are not the focus of the game, they just spice up the gameplay.

See you soon!

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Other Powerups

There are other less common powerups around the game. I’ve already talked about the Berserk, but haven’t yet mentioned the Megasphere or Invisivility powerups.

Supercharge (AKA Soulsphere) works a bit different here than in regular Doom. Just like in old Doom, you can go beyond the regular 100 health by picking up health bonus or Supercharge. But in MiniDoom you can only go up to your maximum + 25 (unlike the old 200). Double the health was too damn strong. However there are ways to upgrade your health and armor total. It also fully charges your souls! (A nod to its name).

The Megashpere is very simple, it will max all your ammo types, this also includes BFG ammo and souls unlike the backpack (which gives you a medium amount of every other ammo). It will also max your health and armor beyond your current maximum as if you had picked up the max amount of health bonus pickups or a Supercharge.

I’ve already showcased the Berserk powerup, before here: http://calavera.studio/en/weapon-spotlight-chainsaw-berserk/ (Berserk also heals you like picking up a large Medikit)

And finally we have included the Invisibility powerup (AKA Blursphere). To me this seemed like the most interesting of the Doom temporary powerups, it gave you a brief burst of power, but you still had to use strategy to make the most of it (unlike the Berserk). While invisible enemies won’t shoot at you, and chaser enemies will react more slowly.

*Instert John Cena song here*

Other strong candidates to make into the game where the Invulnerability and Quad Damage. They might have been interesting to include, but they would need sections of the game crafted to suit them and I’m afraid we are out of time for that 🙁

That said there are still other secret powerups that might surprise you, but I won’t be covering secrets in these devlogs, you’ll have to discover them!

See you very soon!