The Boost update (v0.7.9) brings a bunch of changes both significant and small
New Item: Boost
Initially designed with multiplayer in mind, the boost item first comes to Race Mode — Zip, zoom, and bounce around levels at ultra-fast speeds.
A future update may bring the item into other modes if some balance issues can be satisfactorily addressed…
Support for up to 8 Players
(on platforms that allow it)
AI in Battle Mode
Previously cordoned to the bowels of Tutorial Mode, the AI has finally broken free into Battle Mode proper! On the character-select screen, just press the “Add AI” button (you can watch the scrolling bar at the top of the character-select for specific instructions)
Currently only supported on Verticality and Treehouse levels
Some improvements are still coming
You can increase the difficulty by adding more AI opponents + turning on Handicapping in the Mode Options panel (press Options/Menu while Battle Mode is selected on the mode-select screen)
Race Mode: new and refined levels
Better filtering of sword-joystick overshoot
Greatly reduces, and possibly eliminates, the potential for joystick overshoot* to cause a sword swing in the wrong direction.
The naive filtering I did before seemed pretty decent™ — on average I saw maybe 1-in-300 sword swings experiencing this problem. But one day I came across a controller that had it occur about 1-in-20…
* “joystick overshoot” being where you release the joystick and it returns so fast towards the zero point that it actually shoots past it and returns a value in the opposite direction from where you intended.
A couple new characters
bot (for AI only)
Refined options menus
Easier to understand and more space efficient
For keyboard/mouse players: Control remapping and other settings are now available in the character select options. (We still recommend playing with a modern gamepad controller if you can)
More options — including item weighting for Battle Mode. Then because Cannons Mode and Dynamiter Mode can now be recreated using the new options, those modes have been eliminated.
Further polish on the control-remapping feature.
The sword-hittable area more closely matches its visual shape
More reliable physics responses at high speed
Stunned State (after falling into lava)
You can pick up items — but those items *won’t* immediately kick you back to the normal state
Various new ways that a teammate can rescue you
*testing* You can swing your sword while in stun (offering some defense against enemy thrownSwords)
More team color options. The colors will continue to be tweaked over time — for greater color-contrast but also to try to make them as color-blind friendly as possible
The handicapping option — which creates free blastZones for the losing player(s) now scales the number of free blastZones to the size of the level
Slightly easier-to-spot limbo bombs
More sounds: things falling into lava, items colliding, additional interface sounds on the menu screen, etc
Race levels unlock as you complete prior ones
All tutorial levels start unlocked — so people can pick and choose specific things they want to practice
Smoother Race cam — most noticeable at really high speeds (there are still some ways to make it even better)
Defined color schemes in Race Mode — to have greater color contrast + just be a bit more pleasant overall
Star item in Race mode can’t be hit/recoiled off of
(Not 100% complete yet) More instruction icons for keyboard/mouse input
Small graphic tweaks, jump animation plays every time there is a successful jump (previously it only played if there was a fairly big difference in before/after speed)
Race Mode: Option menu includes ability to turn on/off best-time playback
Split level: refined for easier jumps
Single player modes (Exploder and Race) — accomplishing a Gold or better score will *always* earn an extra coin
Simple implementation of input behavior for keyboard/mouse while in limbo, boostPrep (aiming the boost), and stunnedScamper (after falling into lava)
Rapidly exiting and entering the Character Select area could make some character-select boxes invisible
Fixed error with attempting to load leaderboards when in Steam Offline mode
Fixed issue where 2+ players pressing Back at the same time could potentially “confuse” the UI
Under certain conditions a thrownSword hitting the ground could fail to play a sound
Stopped thrownSword from continuously making ground-contact sounds when it’s on a moving platform
Better enforcement of: if you jump off a pickupable (dynamite, freezer, thrownSword, etc) then you do *not* pick it up
Fixed issue where a player trying to rescue a teammate from the stunned-state could potentially leave them immobile
More reasonable speed output when hit a fast moving object with your feet
Fixes related to the owner of a thrownSword dying while that thrownSword has items attached
Fixed issue with ownership transferring to items attached to a thrownSword
Fixed interaction between temporarilyInvincible (an attribute you have when first revived from Limbo) and lava
Prevent “mega” jumps from potentially occurring for a newly revived character who had initially died while moving really fast
Fixed the potential for characters to teleport a massive distance under certain, very specific circumstances. (Never saw this happen in a public playtest.. but once I knew how to do it, it was fairly reproducible…)
Screen Expand settings now work in Race Mode
Improved the timing of round-beginning events
Fixed issue where limbo character was unable to create limbo bombs/cannons
Remove a super rare case where a team with all its players in limbo could still have non-limbo bombs, cannons, etc created on the play field.
Fixed issue related to a trapShot potentially being able to “double hit” a bomb
“The Jogging Update” (v0.7.8) brings our first pass at a new single-player mode: Race!
Grab the flag as quick as you can
Improve your score by collecting stars and exploding targets along the way
Compete against the playback of your best score (currently the white dot — in the future, maybe not a white dot?)
Compare your scores with others on the leaderboard
Race mode is also the first in-the-wild use of FlowCam — our camera controller. It attempts to allow precise control over framing while smoothly following the character. So far it’s been doing a great job of letting layout be more purely a creative task.
The update includes a few different race levels — all considered experimental as we continue to make more and continue to learn what works well and what doesn’t.
WARNING! As time goes on, race levels may experience significant changes — if so, the leaderboards for those levels may be wiped
Other changes are in v0.7.8 too
Improved AI on tutorial levels
Improved interaction between thrownSword and jumping
v0.7.6.5 is now released to the beta group — Thanks to those who provided feedback!
This minor update focuses on improving the (still quite rough) keyboard & mouse support.
Revised mouse aiming
Revised default controls
Better multi-monitor support: Mouse cursor is locked to the game window
Among other things, the default controls will be tweaked as time goes on. * Additionally, note that in the current implementation, there is unfortunately some functionality on a gamepad that is not reproduced on keyboard and mouse. (use of recoil, aiming feet during limbo, dashing). This should be improved in the future.
There are 2 viable layout options in the current version:
A : move left D : move right Space : jump S : ghost
A : move left D : move right W : jump leftShift : ghost
E or Z or middleMouseButton : drop dynamite leftMouseButton : aim sword (release to swing) rightMouseButton : throw sword
Future updates will continue to address keyboard & mouse control but some ground work needs to be done before more polish/customization is possible.
Update v0.7.6.2 has been released to the beta group!
We’re calling this one The Malevolent Update because it adds some sinister stuff:
2 really (like really..) hard levels
+ a new spooky song in shuffle on tough levels
There’s more too:
For Exploder Mode: Online high scores, songs start at random positions into playback so you won’t hear the same 40 seconds of music over and over and over, and the ability to skip past the score page so you can get into the next round quicker
First (very very rough) pass at keyboard/mouse controls
Misc changes: can jump on a stunned player to kill them, can jump on a ghost character, fixed rare timing issue with thrownSwords and limbo, automatically select the next tutorial upon completing one, added a notification reminding people about the F10 feedback menu
Handicapping: Whoever is losing starts the round with some free blast zones. Option only available when there are just 2 teams. In practice this has worked well, though I’m still searching for a clean way to do handicapping for > 2 teams playing..
Accelerate Endgame: Increases item generation rate after the first player dies.
Limbo: When a character dies, instead of being removed from the game, they’re frozen in place. If they can cause a bomb to explode, they reenter the game.
Limbo has worked out really nicely so far in playtesting — provides hope for players who have died, but death remains punishment — all your blast zones are removed from the level when you die and the time spent in limbo is time that the other players are gaining territory with their blast zones.