Sunday, 17 June 2018

Beta 2.1.13, 2.1.14 Released


Lots of bugfixes this time, but a couple of new goodies too. Windows users, you might have to download it manually. The updater is still a bit temperamental.

The Steam release draws ever closer — I've decided that I want the game to come out of beta before it goes onto Steam. Leaving beta doesn't mean I'll stop updating; it just means there can't be anything left that feels unfinished. It also means I need to do a trailer. I hate doing trailers. I hate it so much! I just want to write my game and have people magically know it exists.

What's New

2.1.13

  • New stuff!
    • Gas clouds
      • I originally wanted these to expand, and I perhaps they will in the future, but I implemented it and I didn't like how it played. So for now they just hang there.
    • A couple of new enemies
    • The portable yin-yang protector item is now unlockable for use in the editor.
  • Levels up to 100 ;)
  • Optimizations
    • Improved texture compression — textures now 24% smaller on disk and in memory.
    • Reduced memory usage from 80 bytes per map cell to 64. Smaller data means smoother gaming!
  • Bugs fixed
    • Pressing weird keys on the keyboard could crash the game
    • Bullets would sometimes miss mirrors they were supposed to hit. This shouldn't happen anymore.
    • Cursor no longer disappears when pointing at the window titlebar or border on Windows.
    • The editor has a feature which draws walls around your map for you, but it didn't always work reliably. Should be better now.
      • Putting walls around your map is a good idea because otherwise the terrain generator doesn't know what to do and you get a black background.
      • I'm thinking about adding “style points” for maps, where maps that are ugly in this way get a lower ranking.
        • Maps that rely on bugs could also be detected.
    • Re-wrote copiers
      • These were really janky. You could use them to copy items onto things like conveyor belts, which led to general bugginess.
      • You could copy yourself, which is a neat idea, but it was extremely buggy. This has been removed for now. It'll probably come back in some form.
    • Fix ramps getting stuck down if stuff died on them
    • Fix un-gettable secrets
  • Lots of small audio and graphics fixes and improvements
  • Lots of tweaks to levels and a few bad levels totally replaced
  • Changed the maximum level size
    • The old maximum was 1000x1000 cells. No levels came close to this.
    • The new maximum is 16384 cells total (any dimensions). Only 2 level pit levels exceeded this, and those had performance problems. Those levels will still work, but new levels have to be under the new limit.

2.1.14

  • Fixed a couple of problems with 2.1.13
    • Some items were missing from the editor on Windows
    • Some network requests would still be made in offline mode
    • Menu keyboard shortcuts were broken
  • Improved a couple of levels

48 comments:

  1. the performance improvements are noticeable. Now I'm playing in windows mode speedlevels without any time delays on my old pc!

    burri

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  2. @RGA: which level is the screen shot above from?
    /NYNM

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  3. the clouds design looks not so good... better is a fog without or with less texture.

    burri

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  4. hmm, I must say it looks good. Poisonous gas look to it!
    Could make for some epic levels, like really hard ones. Towards the end In level 49; if you go the wrong way it's really hard.

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    1. oh yeah, i like this gas clouds!! but it is not in the editor, is it????

      i like the new stuff, new musics, and i am stuck in the level "i" ... but it is all i love!!! i love when i can not find the solution !!!! but i will!!!

      thanx rob for all !

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    2. You're welcome! Glad you like it!

      Gas should be in the editor. Next to the diamond door? Unless I screwed it up...?

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    3. i don't have it... but maybe i have to unlock it ???
      re-win the 49 don't unlocked it. another one???

      the keyboard shortcuts don't work anymore, is it normal? "Q" to Quit, S to restart from start, etc...

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    4. Ah yeah, it's a new bug, sorry. Shouldn't be around for long.

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  5. @RGA
    dont give up the blue follower, it is the best item idea ever!

    burri

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  6. New level up, been playing with (some of) the new features:-) The possibilities with the new stuff are really nice!

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    1. waouw it looks great!!! i didn't know this new enemy who moves like me!
      i don't know how i can figure out all these new stuff...
      i think i should play again the whole 100 levels !!! ;D

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    2. in any case, all the 100 levels are marked "done" but i don't have the gas cloud and this "copying moves enemies" in my editor

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    3. strange, because I had all the new stuff in mine from the get-go. I've been replaying some (not all) of the old levels but I def had the cloud and the copycat + mirror enemy in my editor before that.

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    4. This was a bug. Should be fixed now.

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  7. oh yeah!!! great! i have all the new stuff now!! and all the keybord shortcuts work again !!!

    great!!!

    Thanx Rob!

    And now, i have to build a new level... i promise i will try to fing the balance: not too easy / not too hard!!!
    i'm very busy but i will try to build one tonight...maybe! ;D

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  8. Rob, i won the "i" and the "ii" !!! it was so awsome !!!
    but the "iii" is totally empty ...

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    1. Dunno what you're talking about, there's only 100 levels :P

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    2. please a hint for level "?" i can only activate 9 warp-items, but twelve items are there and i find no sequences which allow to finish this level.
      burri

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  9. @RGA@Mills
    what do the red dots in level "?" turn off the laser, or teleport?
    a little help is necessary :(

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    1. Hi burri !!!

      yes , when all the red dots are activated, the laser turns off.

      But Rob, i don't understand: i can not finish the "?" anymore, because it needs now 14 warps, and i think there are only 13 ... ?

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  10. oh i understand, please do not help... i will finish the level soon ...

    b

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  11. @mills
    i activated 13 warps too, but i think you have to set only 12 warps activ because are 12 warps in lvl "?".
    but how can you delete one warp??? burri

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    1. oh it's so weird... because there really are 14 warp/RedPoints in my "?" !!!

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    2. oh sorry i am wrong, i have not count correctly...
      of cause, i have 14 symbols too!
      but you already solved this level, how have you do that?

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  12. i don't know...

    i think the last update lost a warp somewhere !!! XD

    I can not win the "?" anymore, but it is still marke "Done", so i can play the secret levels !!! ;p ;p

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    1. Maybe! I am good at breaking things. But as far as I know there should be secrets to collect on levels 14 19 40 41 44 47 63 70 71 80 85 95, 98 and 100.

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    2. ok, so the 41 disappeared ! i've just play it, picked the secret, but it still not appears...

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  13. level "i"....... I'll have to try it in the morning when my head's straight, because right now it feels impossible:-/

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  14. lvl "?" is not solvable yet, you have to wait till next update.

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    1. I solved "?" yesterday, it turned out that I had missed one secret in a level. Rob has liste the levels with secrets above and that list is correct.

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    2. i am confused now, i also pick up the secret in lvl 41,
      but in the level select menu the sign is missing and that is why lvl "?" is not winnable!
      mills can also not win this lvl anymore! burri

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    3. I remember that one of the levels was quite devious - it had a symbol resembling the secret that just ended the level. When I replayed it I managed to find the real secret. Maybe that happened to you?

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    4. i think you 're talking about the 63. there are a Secret AND a Warp.

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    5. do i need to finishing lvl 63 and find the secret too?
      but the warp sign is not shown on the level menu on lvl 41!

      lvl 63 is soooooo hard to get the secret, whithout your hint i have no chance to find out lvl "?", thanX
      burri

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    6. ok, i have find it out with lvl 63, the secret sign is a teleport to lvl 73 and has nothing to do with lvl "?".
      on windows pc the lvl 41 secret will not registered , that is the cause why lvl "?" can not be done.

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    7. in the 63, there are 2 signs : 1 Secret AND 1 Warp !!!

      there is a warp in each 9 levels: 9 , 18 , 27 , 36, etc....

      How many secrets have you got?

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    8. i have got 14 secrets, but at lvl 41 the secret was not shown in the select level menu.
      maybe i have to play all levels with a secret again?

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    9. I don't think so... I think you just have to wait for Rob to fix it...

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  15. i'm on a mac, maybe that's the secret;-)

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    1. i think so ;D

      Have you won the "i" ???

      i think the i is harder than ii, but both are great !!!

      the "iii" is totally empty on py pc, but there might be a real level iii on a Mac ?!!

      Hint, on both i & ii, there are some special items which don't exist in the normal game. And the ii is amazing!

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    3. yes but not only ! ;p

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    4. Wow, that was... different! Great level for sure!

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  16. i checked my 10 last levels, and i'm so sick of this : half of them are broken. Half of my levels are dead...
    Rob fixed the copier, he just made the copier refuse to copy if it's not pointing at a normal floor. He also made the copier don't copy yourself anymore !!!
    i think he's right to do that, but i would have prefered this new rule don't be activated on the older levels...
    I think a massive number of levels are dead.

    i am deeply disappointed

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    1. It's just a bug. I'll fix it.

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