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MiniDoom2 gets a full Soundtrack

For miniDoom1 we used fan made music from cover albums (“Dark side of Phobos” and “DoomII: Delta-Q-Delta”). Awesome music indeed, but maybe not appropriate for every level.

This time the will have a complete soundtrack, this means that every level will have its own music according to its theme.

Responsive music and transitions

The music in some levels will vary according to the environment such as electric blasts in level 2 that will trigger an electric guitar, it will also slow down when opening the weapon select menu and other effects such as that.

Also the music will have a normal version for the normal or platforming sections of the levels and another version for the closed fights that will be much more aggressive and fast.

Here’s a really small sample of the music with some gameplay.

A third member joins the dev team to take charge of music and other aspects of sound design! He is very talented and will give all the music the Doom flavor it deserves.

Oh and don’t worry this won’t delay the game further, he’s already been working on the music for months.

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Go to hell

As we mentioned before half the game takes place in hell. We wanted to make a nice transition from mars to hell. So we made a portal loosely based on the one from Doom2016!

I’m quite happy with how it turned out, the artist went ham on the concept and came up with a room that was way bigger than the camera so you have to walk around the room to get the full view of it.

The full room, it’s the end of level6 and the first half of the game.
It has some nice lightning effects in-game but I removed them for the capture because of the camera-shaking too much.
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Respawning Enemies and Game Progress

During playtesting respawning enemies seemed to cause confusion. People usually play rushing through the stages and killing any enemies in sight, but when required to navigate a stage or backtrack a bit they would start killing enemies that respawn without realizing that they had already cleared that area.

Some of the new decorations and graphics.

This made me rethink the whole respawning enemies deal. Was it really necessary? What’s the point of enemies respawning anyway? I couldn’t find a reason to leave it in game. So now enemies behave much like items. They won’t respawn if you leave the room, but they will respawn if you die of course. The only exception to this is killing rooms. Once you clear a fight you won’t have to do it again even if you die before reaching another checkpoint.

About game progress

More new objects to interact with

I realize there has been a lack of updates recently, sorry about that. We have been advancing steadily but we can’t share many of the things we are working on right now because many of them would spoil the game.

We are currently polishing level design and completing missing graphics. And damn it takes a long time! We also have someone helping out with music and sound (hope I can share more on this soon).

What is this?? I just cant tell you 🙁

That said I will find something or other to update every week, don’t want to stay silent. More stuff coming soon, see you next week.

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Level Design

Turns out making levels is pretty hard. Specially figuring out whats gonna work. So whats the design process like over here? Well let me give you a brief tour:

When designing a level first we decide on an overall theme for that level, also which new weapons or mechanics need to be introduced there. Next think about which enemies will fit that level and will go well with the new weapons.

To keep the game fresh each level has some unique hazards or obstacles (like the jump pads from Doom2016), or a unique layout (like a vertical descending level for example). I’m not gonna go into each one of them; don’t want to spoil the game.

A shitty sketch photographed with a shitty camera

Next is to roughly sketch the level in paper. Its good for visualizing the whole route. Here it gets tricky since its hard to come up with something new (or at least different) for every room in the game.

Thats the room editor

Then its translating the sketches into the game editor, and everything usually changes a lot! When a room is done, a quick play to check for errors. I don’t usually place textures or graphics in a level before testing since changing the terrain would mean repainting everything all over again, and we don’t have the time for that. A pity since graphics change the experience and tests become less reliable.

Not the room editor; its a composition for the artists to get the layout of the level

And that’s how we do things, pretty standard I suppose. But that’s what we have been doing right now; finishing what’s missing in the last few levels, and revisiting the old ones. See you next time.

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Mini Update

Hello! We aren’t dead, we just went on a small trip to a comics and videogames convention here in the third world. We prepared the first 2 levels for people to play and test.

From all the gifs you might have noticed that I don’t usually apply textures or tile sets to levels while I test the game. But for this I had to decorate the levels and they are looking very nice.

The artist has been slowly producing new graphics for every level, so that each one looks and plays uniquely.

Here is the last room of level 1: The Hangar just before the exit. Here you face off with the first pinkies. Everything still subject to changes.

Bare essentials for testing

Dressed the place a bit more interestingly

Does it look cluttered? In game looks rather fine. Camera is much smaller

We’ll be back with more news soon!

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Secrets and score

So the score screen is lot different from the classic Doom’s, this one is a lot simpler. This is to save the score you get and display it in the overworld map too.

Classic Doom score screen counted kills items and secrets in a percentage basis. Then it counted your time vs a level standard time. We wanted to take this into MiniDoom if possible but ended up making some changes along the way.

Ye olde screen

We don’t use percentages because we wanted to store and display your score for each level, and to display a score in 5 different parameters was a lot of info on the screen. So the score is just one parameter that goes from 0 to 5. If you meet one of the scores’ criteria for that level (like enough kills) you get one point to your score.

Also the “items” score parameter had to go. Its no fun to go grab every last health bonus, this isn’t Banjo Kazooie.

The score parameters

hmmmm dat screen melt

Kills: Of course you will be awarded this point if you kill most of the enemies you encounter. Summoned enemies (like lost souls from a pain elemental) don’t count towards this score, however enemies that respawn do count.

Deaths: If you die too many times in a level you won’t get this point.

Time: Gotta go fast. This score gives a margin for time wasted dying the allowed amount of times.

Difficulty: Playing in any difficulty harder than normal will award this point.

Secrets: You do not need to find all secrets in one go. All secrets you find are saved and you won’t need to find them again if you want a good score.

You can check your score and secrets from the overworld map

So since “Score” is one whole thing from 0 to 5 to get a perfect one you need to do all 5 things at once, you can’t get “kills” in one go, then try for “time” the next time you play. Except with secrets, take your time exploring.

Secrets

We want to include a lot of secrets in the game and we needed a way for players to know which secrets they already found and which are missing. So we use a collectible item to mark this: Runes.

Runes dont have graphics yet hehe… they will probably look something like that (Doom2016)

So secret areas may contain standard pickups or some other secret thing, in these cases the area will also contain a Rune. Runes do not respawn once picked up, so you will have a better idea of where you have already been if you reenter a level looking for secrets. Secret areas may also contain small upgrades to your total life, armor, or ammo; these count towards the total secrets found for each level. And of course they don’t respawn either.

Runes do not do anything by themselves but collecting them will unlock extra cool things in the game, if you are into that sort of thing.

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The Overworld Map

Let’s talk about how the overworld map works. First of all this is not a final version of the map, it will still change in its graphics and layout. In the design of the map we obviously based it on the super Mario bros 3 overworld. You navigate it in rails and you unlock the way by clearing levels.

This is the tentative map for the first part of the game: Mars. It consists of 6 levels and 2 trials.

However here you can replay any level you clear. This has a couple of uses, when you select a level you can chose a difficulty to play it in. So you don’t select a difficulty at the start of the game, but on each stage. This gives the player a lot more flexibility. Right now we have decided for 3 difficulty levels on start: Too young to die (easy), nomal (normal), and Ultra violence (hard).

The Runes are a way to quantify how many secrets you find, more info on that next time.

There are also 2 more difficulties to unlock: Watch me die! (very hard), and Nightmare (nightmare). Higher difficulties will raise the amount of enemies and damage you receive. I won’t get too much into it right now because they haven’t been properly balanced yet.

You can also go back to a level to search for secrets you might have missed or to challenge yourself on obtaining higher scores. Both will be tracked and displayed at the start and end of every level. I will explain more about how the score and secrets system works on the next devlog.

You can also quit a level at any moment. But lose your extra ammo, as if you died

So now tell me what you think about the Normal difficulty being called “normal”. Is it a good decision for the noobies? Or should we just call it “Hurt me plenty”? Would it maybe add too much text and confusion to an already cluttered selection screen? The logic here was that when you read “normal” you immediately know what’s up. Is it just boring?

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Bestiary

Another convenient chart. This one contains all the enemies in the game!

I arranged all the enemies in 4 tiers depending on their combat capability. Of course each tier adds a more complex behavior or just bigger numbers to an enemy’s arsenal. This chart does not represent the order on which you will meet these enemies in the game, you can see barons of hell very early, but mini-arachnotrons very late in game.

Tier 4 enemies cannot be stunned by the chainsaw, also the Hell Knight. I’d say the hell knight is in a point between 3 and 4, it has a lot of damage, but not a lot of hitpoints.

Below the enemy name is their type.

Roamer: Walks around aimlessly and will attack if you get in range.

Chaser: Will move towards you and try to smash you with its body.

Hunter: Will keep a close distance to the player, attacking with ranged attacks when far, and melee attacks when up close.

Sniper: Will try to keep a far distance from the player, attacking with long-range fire or spawning other enemies.

Of course, any of the enemies can have the Chosen modifier, which increases its life and can change its behavior.

It makes me happy to see all these cheerful demons in one place.
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Hell Knight

We are showing the hell knight just now because all of its sprites were redrawn and are sharper than ever.
The hell knight is a large tanky chaser enemy than can deal a lot of damage and disrupt your movement by pushing you around, jumping and blocking your way.


What makes hell knights dangerous is their large size. Their running speed is not too high, but they accelerate when jumping. They can also jump higher depending if the player is positioned much higher than they are.

Learn how they behave and you’ll easily dodge them

All this makes them hard to avoid if you cannot focus them 1 on 1.
There are many ways to avoid hell knights. You can even roll through them but your timing has to be good.

Easiest way is to wait till they jump and slam the ground and jump over them at that point. Trying to jump over a running hell knight can cause them to jump to intercept you, and you don’t want to get hit by that (while jumping they have increased damage and knock-back power).


When a hell knight slams the ground it launches a small fire wave that travels over the ground. Don’t get distracted by this, it doesn’t deal as much damage as the knight and it doesn’t push. A chosen hell knight can launch a fire wave that travels way longer.


Hell knights can be hard to ignore with their size and mobility, get used to their way of movement so you can better engage them in a group fight.

Hes big but ignore that bastard, focus on archviles
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The smaller things

Let’s not forget about the lesser enemies. They might be small but they received big changes.

Lost Soul

Let’s face it; lost souls in miniDoom1 were overpowered as fuck. They could charge into you then just continue to damage until you moved or somehow killed them while they were inside your hitbox. It was pretty bad (also in version 1.0 they used to do double damage).

Now with bouncy action

So now the super needed change: Lost souls now bounce off you. Once they charge you or you run into them, lost souls will be pushed back. A small change but it makes a huge difference!

Lost souls 2016

It’s a new brand of lost soul from D2016. The main difference is that contact with them will make the lost soul explode. The explosion is not too damaging but the pushback effect can be really dangerous, especially since they tend to hang around cliffs. Killing the lost soul will not produce an explosion, just some harmless sparks.

Mini Arachnotron

Well this is one enemy that we changed completely. I posted some sketches of this enemy last year and ever since I really liked the concept. I went for it because the alternative was just not different enough from the heavy-weapons-dude or mancubus. I thought this would be better for gameplay diversity. It crawls around walls and ceilings (like the Metroid guys) but it also shoots plasma at you if you cross its line of sight.

This is the only incarnation of the arachnotron in the game, but if we ever release more content for the game, I would like to do a proper sized one based on the Doom64 arachnotron.

Got a soft spot for this fellas, still gotta murder them