Category «Game Development»

SOLITUNE at the AMAZE and on Steam

Jana's small and short art game SOLITUNE (you might have read about it before) is nominated for an award at the German games festival A MAZE. It's a great honour for us, as SOLITUNE will be showcased next week at the location in Berlin, along with more than two dozens other games! Of course we will be there too - as usual.

In related news, the game went through Steam Greenlight and is soon available on Steam, most likely during the "Games Week" in Berlin (26.-28. April), which the A MAZE is part of.

So if you want to put SOLITUNE on your Steam wishlist, or just marvel at its Steam page, now you can! :-) By the way, if you bought the game on itch.io you should already be able to claim a Steam key of the game. With the release on Steam a few improvements were made, visually and technically. The mandatory Steam achievement and trading cards will be there, and it's now also possible to play the whole experience with a gamepad - perfect for the avantgarde couch potatoes among us!

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7-Day-Roguelike 2017

Yet again I participated in the annual 7-Day-Roguelike Challenge, and created a first-person roguelike. I call it They Look Strange And Have To Die, and while it has all the roguelike elements you know and love (random generation, turn-based gameplay, permadeath) it also is a first-person shooter. So it was a bit of an experiment. It was done within the seven days, but only the last two saw most of the development, as our current game project Behind Stars and under Hills was calling, too.

Originally the music in the game were tracks by other composers (royaltyfree), but since version 0.9.1 it was replaced by more fitting songs by Johannes-Paul Hanisch! The after-compo version also adds sound effects, which do a lot to the atmosphere.

Overall the game is pretty short, as I only had time to create three levels, but the amount of alien queens and the lack of ammo might compensate for that. ;-)

You can download Look Strange And Have To Die on itch.io! I also created a video where I talk for a bit about the game:

A picture blog for our new game

As some of you may already know we currently work on a new project, which was named "Morituri" for some time but has now the title Behind Stars and under Hills. Its prototype is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the MDM.

Behind Stars and under Hills will be a Dungeon Adventure with detective elements and animal people. It puts emphasis on story and atmosphere, on interaction with NPCs (dialogues) and exploration. While there probably will be fights (of low complexity), those won't be the main focus of the game. Instead, players have to find hidden ways and items, translate scriptures, talk to the inhabitants, trade with them, circumvent and/or find ways around dangers (like enemies and traps), and use the light by placing torches.

There are no real hard facts to announce yet (hopefully soon though), but we started a picture blog for the project, especially for the prototype we currently work on. You can find it here. We post everything visual, i.e. drawings, scribbles, animations and screenshots from the game and the level editor. Our intention is to link the blog whenever we post those pictures on Twitter or Facebook, so people don't see a single slice of the game only, but can inform themselves more about the look of the game instantly. It also makes it easier to follow the project as long as we don't have a dedicated website.

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https://behindstarsandunderhills.tumblr.com

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