After finishing a dodge you will retain its invulnerability for a moment, this will allow you to better recover from it. You can now cancel the dodge animation by jumping, you will retain the invulnerability as if you finished the dodge (so kind of an aerial dodge). To compensate for the buff, the time you have to wait between dodges has been prolonged a bit.
roll or jump through em’
So the dodge is pretty damn important in the game. Due to the large hitbox of the player and enemies, you will soon find yourself in a place where you can’t jump over or duck under an attack.
We want to encourage dodging by making it more powerful and giving it more visual feedback (might add some more effects later). So dodge has to be a very short animation because you lose control of your character, and I wanted to buff it but keep it short and fast. These changes should make it a lot more appealing.
Dark Claw changes
The projectile speed has been increased, this means the effective range has also been increased. To compensate, its ridiculously high damage has been lowered a bit.
making it less Overpowered and more usefull
Also the dark claw can no longer be obtained early in the Dig Site. I thought it might have been an interesting secret to have, but it turns out that obtaining the weapon outside its tutorial area leads to players not learning how to use it or when it is powerful.
Also clearer tutorials and many other minor changes. So dont forget to update.
In need for upgrades? Or you want those pesky runes? Well there are always a few tells when a secret is nearby.
First of all never forget this:
Thats quite literal
When you see health bonuses they will be pointing to a secret or a secret might be nearby. On the other hand armor bonuses will usually mark the main level route.
Like in classic Doom, the basic is being aware for suspicious textures. But also blood spatters in the walls or background are usually present with secret paths. Or just anything that looks like a door.
oddly shaped like a door….
Sometimes its the same texture, but there is blood…
And after all that. What are runes for? Well they unlock a map in the overworld. And inside that map, they unlock special doors. Each one of these doors contains a reward. The more runes the door needs the more powerful the reward.
What could be behind door number 1? Well its not one of those regular upgrades
If you started the game, then you saw the main menu art. This bad-ass composition was made by a local artist and friend over here called Juan Carlos Mamani (JCM), also known as Gun Studio, also known as “the Raccoon”. Like us he made the art all by the kindness of his heart… yep we didn’t pay him 🙁 . So go give him a visit and look at his stuff, because its amazing!! Also he does commissions so go order a few!
So, we decided to put a couple of pixelated cutscenes in important parts to add some extra flavor to the game. This as also a good excuse excuse to make some pixel art that isn’t regular sprites like enemies or backgrounds. They cinematics are a bit non-animated because we really didn’t want to spend too much time and because we thought there was never that much animations when it came to cinematics in the old times.
In any case, we got inspired by cut scenes from games such as Batman or Ninja Gaiden on NES but since our game is kind of a humorous I tried to make it funny looking but keeping it still a bit bad-ass…
So here is the process of making one of our frames:
We mixed a lot of enemies from all doom games because there were so many cool demons and monsters that we couldn´t just stay only on the first two games. Also we think the concept of “demaking” a game is very interesting. Reversing aspects of, for example a cacodemon to make it cute or grabbing an ultra detailed and scary character like a Summoner and make it 60 pixels tall was endlessly entertaining.
Of course, while making all this sprites I always had theirs very-hi-res counterparts near by. I actually bought the Doom 4 art book only to have a legit reference guide to make my silly pixelart.
I used the concept art for everything from colors to ides for repeating tiles for backgrounds and floors.
And here are some examples of the current sprites on MiniDoom 2 vs their original 3d hi-res inspirations: