Steam Launch arrives March 16th – WITH FIRE!!!!

Steam Early Access arrives on March 16th!!!!

Great news, human!
Clone Drone in the Danger Zone will launch on Steam Early Access on March 16th.

FAQ: How much will it cost?

The launch price will be $15.

FAQ: If I already bought it on itch, do I get a free Steam key??

Yes! When it becomes available on Steam we will give everyone who already bought it a free key.

FAQ: Will you continue to sell it on Itch?

Yes! Itch is an awesome platform and we’ll continue to release updates there.
It’s possible we’ll add fancy features that only work on Steam (like achievements), but if you don’t care about that you can continue to play on itch.

FAQ: Why Early Access? When will the game be finished?

We’re launching the game into Early Access to communicate the following:

We’re going to update this game a lot!

We could focus on quickly wrapping up Story Mode since it’s the most obviously non-finished thing, but that doesn’t necessarily add the most fun new gameplay each update. The story will continue, but mixed in with other things!

Over the coming months, expect to see a lot of updates adding new Enemies, Abilities, Story Chapters, Twitch Weirdness, Levels, Game Modes and more!

New Update – IT’S ON FIRE!

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What is better than cutting up robots? ALSO SETTING THEM ON FIRE!!!
Fire spreads quickly between voxels, increasing the chance that a glancing blow will turn fatal!

The fire update launches with the Steam Release.

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New Game Mode: Challenges

We’re launching an exciting new Game Mode with this update!
Challenges provide interesting sets of levels with a clear objective attached!

  • The Inferno Challenge will provide 10 new levels that will set you and your enemies ON FIRE!
  • Endless Weapon Challenges – We’ve already seen great YouTubers do it. Now the game adds official support for tackling Endless Mode with many upgrades (sword included) disabled.
  • Unlock Abilities – Defeating some challenges will add powerful new abilities to the Upgrade Tree!
  • A fresh way to deliver new levels – We’ve been adding more Endless Levels ever since we launched that game mode! With Challenges, you’ll no longer need to grind through Endless levels to discover sweet new levels to try each update. (Well, you still can if you want—they’ll be added there, too!)

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Stay informed!

We still have a ton of stuff to build for the update! Follow the progress:

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0.5.2 – New Endless Levels + Twitch Settings!

Hello humans!

The green light shines on us all!

Did you see that WE ARE NOW GREENLIT?!

It took 4 days. Thank you so much to everyone who voted! 😀
The next big update will be launching on Steam as well as itch.io!

The hammer bots come to Endless Mode!

There is a new version available to download from itch.io!

It adds the hammer bots to the existing Endless Levels (they didn’t make it into the first release) and adds 5 new unique level layouts.

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Twitch Settings

Are you tired of getting ganged up on by Mark 3 Hammer Bots on the first level of the game?
Do you wish your audience could spawn more than one enemy per level?

These questions, unique to Twitch Mode, now have an answer!

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Adjust how many enemies can be spawned in this attractive piece of UI.

Brian Jordan joins the Clone Drone team!

You may know him as the strange dude who uses sound effects on twitch, but he is also a sharp engineer and charismatic marketing man.

He just saved all the children of the world by making great things for Code.org!
Now he joins the Clone Drone team to help slam the Steam release out of the arena and into your hands.

This is what his face looked like moments before we harvested his mind and set fire to his body:
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0.5.0 – Steam Greenlight + Hammer + Story Mode!!!

Steam Greenlight is here!

Do you want Clone Drone in the Danger Zone in your Steam??
Vote for it now! 😀

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The Hammer is here!

The new update just launched with a bang on itch.io!
With a giant hammer, this update is sure to be a smash hit!

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The hammer offers a slow, powerful alternative to the sword.
Smash right through their blocks and shatter their robot bodies all over the battlefield.

Hammer Bots!

You think you’re the only one who gets a hammer??
The Hammer Bots have come to CRUSH YOU!!!! >:D

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Chapter 2 – The Story continues!

Experience the entirely new chapter 2 of the Story with a freshly dispensed human mind.
10 new levels present unique challenges, as well as a glimpse of what is happening IN SPACE!

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The Team is growing!

This game may have started as a solo project, but this update had all kinds of talented people helping out!

Almighty Nubs made some awesome fan art a while back and whipped up a hammer model as soon as he heard of the concept! The hammer and hammer bot models are all Nubs.
No longer fan art, it is now canon! 😀

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Matt Olick also returns with some awesome Environment Art, Space Stations and other things I won’t mention to spoil story mode for you!

Brian Jordan has been an enthusiastic Twitch Streamer, and used his considerable Engineering talents this update to improve the usability of the Twitch Mode Commands.

Call to action!

Discarded Game Names

Erik   January 28, 2017   No Comments on Discarded Game Names

Clone Drone in the Danger Zone is a pretty good name, but what other names were in the running???

Some personal favorites that for a variety of reasons were not picked:

    • Maimframe
    • Into Bits
    • Severed Souls
    • Adrenaline Sword Machine
    • Metal Skin: Human Within
    • Hard times in Motherboard City
    • The Radiator Gladiator

For your dubious pleasure, here are all the other terrible names that came up during brainstorming! 😀

Free Brainstorming:

  • Edge of Extinction
  • Robot Edge
  • Roboblade
  • The Human Edge
  • Edge of Humanity
  • Mechanical Edge
  • Metal Edge
  • Metal Heart
  • Flying Metal
  • Metal will fly!
  • The Last Cut
  • Dismembered Soul
  • Dis-metal
  • Dis-Gust
  • Sundering Edge
  • Metal Claws
  • Tear us apart
  • Tears of humanity
  • Parting Words
  • Parting Worlds
  • Metal Pieces Flying Through the Air
  • The Glimmer
  • Cut that robot!
  • Motherboard Fraggers
  • Human Heart
  • Heart breaks a part
  • Break a Part
  • Metal Swing
  • Swinging Metal
  • Sever Us
  • Severed Souls
  • Severed Hearts
  • Severed Metal
  • Behead
  • Beachhead
  • Bitheads
  • Machine Sword
  • Swashing Machine
  • Severed Psyche
  • The Man in the Machine
  • Ghost Blade
  • The Human Within
  • The Edge Within
  • Mortal Metal
  • Anima Blades
  • Under my skin
  • Inner Blade
  • Operation Metal Storm
  • Metal Storm
  • Robolimbs
  • Robotic
  • Robo-stick
  • Fall of the Robots
  • Robots must die
  • Humans must die
  • Spider-tron 5000 must die
  • Dislimbo
  • Under strange stars
  • Severing Grounds
  • The Human Games
  • Enemy Lines in the Sand
  • Vanguard Blade
  • Enemy Blade
  • In the mind of the enemy
  • Beachhead
  • Space Robots with Swords
  • The fall of Space Robots
  • Cut of your motherboarding head
  • I will cut off your head!
  • Off with their heads!
  • Offheads!
  • Limb from Limb
  • The Entertainment
  • Severed Limbs
  • The Cutting Game
  • Theater of War
  • Tearing you apart
  • The death of Emperor 5.0
  • Dismembered Defiance
  • You shall not pass!
  • None shall pass!
  • Just a flesh wound
  • Tis but a scratch
  • No flesh, no wound
  • Immortal Blade
  • Metal Sand
  • Inertia
  • Inearthia
  • Severoboto
  • Severobot
  • Severo
  • Severbot
  • Sindrone
  • DestructoBots
  • Herman Caine as a Hurricane
  • Autotraumatic
  • Robo Warrior
  • Limbfall
  • Falling Limbs
  • Hard times in Motherboard City
  • Maimframe
  • Space robot arena
  • Robot Masters
  • Bow before your robot masters
  • Bow down human!
  • We do not bend
  • Those who do not bend

Things that rhyme

  • Clone Drone in the Danger Zone
  • Hobo Robo
  • Great Scott! Robot!
  • Robot Sword Horde
  • Fade of the Blade
  • Blade Cascade
  • Blade Crusade
  • Defiant Alliance
  • No Compliance – Defiance Alliance, it’s Science!
  • Rebel Robot Rabble
  • Rising Slicing and Dicing
  • Servo Pervo
  • Torn asunder by a robot blunder
  • Robo-blender bender
  • Robot Blade Escapade
  • Escape from the Robo Rabble
  • Invasion Situation
  • Invasion Nation
  • Feel the Steel
  • Killed by Steel, No Appeal
  • Claws, Saws and quick Draws
  • Row bow toe hoe
  • Swing Bing Sting
  • Decapitation Nation
  • The Radiator Gladiator
  • The Teen in the Machine
  • Knight Robot Fight
  • You must defeat the rust
  • Few refuse to fuse with refuse
  • Brain Drain Main Frame: The Entertaining Robot Game
  • Metal Skin: Human Within
  • Metal Bones: All Alones
  • Human Within
  • Amputate Robot Hate
  • Chop off the Top of a Robop
  • Cogs and Dogs
  • Hot Dog Little Cog: Time to eat
  • Robot Kicks and Shiny Sticks
  • Robots with Sticks: Badass Kicks!
  • Artificial Life: Giant Knife (it’s a sword)
  • Swords vs Motherboards
  • Chairman of the Sword
  • Cleaver Beaver
  • Made by the Blade

Using Rhyming Dictionary:

  • Cannot kill Robot
  • Jumpshot Robot
  • Robot Onslaught
  • Robot weak spot
  • Robot and whatnot
  • Nono Robo
  • GotoRobo
  • Have you seen the Sword Machine?
  • Between the Machine
  • Fifteen Machine
  • Obscene Machine
  • Adrenaline Sword Machine
  • Wolverine Machine Dream
  • Regression towards the mean machine
  • Obscenely Mean Machines
  • Mean Machines
  • Motherboard and Sword
  • Sword of the Motherboard
  • Sword Lord: Tale of the motherboard
  • Sword Lord Scoreboard
  • Motherboard Smoragsboard
  • MotherSword
  • Floored by the Sword Lord
  • Cored Sword
  • Minds Stored with Sword
  • Smite Fight
  • Robot Fight Delight
  • Mooonlight Sword Fight
  • Robo Fight Acolyte
  • Gigabyte Robot Fight
  • Out of sight Robot Fight
  • Ultraviolent Robot Fight

Dirty Rhymes (if you are 10 years old DON’T READ THESE!!!):

  • Eat shit, robot bit
  • Tough Tits, Robot Bits
  • Hunt for the robot Cunt
  • Robot Dicks with Shiny Sticks
  • Bithead shithead
  • Severed bithead shithead

Alliterations:

  • Automaton Anarchy
  • Beheading Blade
  • Beachhead Battleground
  • Blade Bots
  • Brain Blade
  • Broken Blade
  • Computer Clones
  • Consciousness Captured
  • Cut of the Clone
  • Clone Conflict
  • Clogged Cogs
  • Demonstrative Demolition
  • Defiant Defenders
  • Defiant Drone
  • Dead Defiant
  • Death by Dismemberment
  • Dismembered Device
  • Distant Defiance
  • Edge of Enemy Lines
  • Electric Edge
  • Enemy Entity
  • Falling Frontier
  • Far From Flesh
  • Forged Flesh Fiends
  • Front Line Flesh
  • Hidden Humans
  • Humanity’s Hope
  • Human Heads
  • Inner Impact
  • Losing Limbs
  • Little Lost Limb
  • Lethal Limb Loss
  • Limb from Limb
  • Machine Massacre
  • Mass Massacre Machine
  • Mammal Massacre
  • Maim the Machine
  • Maim the Mainframe
  • Metal Machine Mayhem
  • Mortal Machines
  • Mortals in Machines
  • Mutilated Machines
  • Robot Romp Revolution
  • Robot Rebellion
  • Rebels in Robots
  • Rebel Robot Rises
  • Rebel Robot Roar
  • Rebel Robots: Hidden Humans
  • Resist the Robots
  • Roaring Robots
  • Severed Souls (is a book by Terry Goodkind! 🙁 )
  • Swing to Sever
  • Sever Strike
  • Severing Strike
  • Sinister Souls
  • Sinister Space Robots
  • Sinister Space Servos
  • Sword Strikers
  • Suddenly Severed
  • Stranded Souls
  • Terra’s Tears
  • Warriors Within

Bending words out of shape:

  • Maimframe
  • Bld
  • Blader
  • Roblade
  • Severance
  • Meatal
  • Meat all
  • This Member
  • Decaptain
  • Robeat
  • Decapitato
  • Maimalade
  • Muti Nation
  • Into Bits
  • Bits
  • Gigablade
  • Autodecapitation
  • Dismembrane
  • Ampufate
  • A Part
  • Bladiator
  • Swordiator
  • Robiator
  • Machinator
  • Gladiatron
  • Cutinator
  • Strikyntors
  • Arobotena

And there you have it. As you can see we looked at all other possible combinations of words before settling on Clone Drone in the Danger Zone!

Did we make a mistake?? Should another name have won?
Let us know in the comments!

Steam Greenlight slams the hammer down on Feb 3!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
UPDATE!!! The game is now on Steam Greenlight right here:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=844664663
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boom! The next update arrives on Feb 3.

Steam Greenlight is coming!

It’s time for the game to land on the Steam platform!

  • Step 1 is the Greenlight campaign launching with this update on Feb 3!
  • Step 2 will launch the game on Steam with a massive update, scheduled for mid-March.

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Being on itch.io is a wonderful experience, and we’ll continue to release updates there.
If you’ve bought the game there you’ll be able to retrieve a Steam key when the time comes!

Smash things with your hammer!

Introducing the game’s third weapon: The Hammer!

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The hammer offers a powerful alternative to the energy sword.
It can’t be blocked and instantly shatters whatever it hits!

The increased power comes at a price however.
It is slower to swing and can’t block any incoming strikes, including arrows.

A dangerous weapon for dangerous robots.

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Speaking of Dangerous Robots, expect to see these bad boys running around the arena.
Almighty Nubs joins us this update as a guest artist, making some really awesome looking enemies.

Story Mode continues!

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After a long wait, Chapter 2 of Story Mode arrives.
Will the second human escape the arena? We will find out!

Update 0.4.1 – Talk through your Jetpack Archer!

It has been a fun few days full of twitch streaming.
This small update bring some further improvement to Twitch Mode!

Game Over Bets!

Will the streamer die in the Gold Tier? In Bronze??

Bet on the difficulty tier they’ll die in, then try to kill them by spawning enemies or help them by giving them clones!

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The value of your bets increase over time, making early bets carry great rewards if they come true!

Emojis on spawned enemies

Spawn an enemy, then type emoticons in the chat to have it shout at the player!

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New Enemy: Jetpack Archer!

Introducing the first enemy exclusive to Twitch Mode: The Jetpack Archer.
This devious rascal can only be summoned by Twitch Chat.

The next time you have 800 Danger Coins, try this:
!spawn jetpackarcher

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Update 0.4.0 – Twitch Mode!

Twitch Mode is here!!! 😀
Now you can finally die spectacularly in front of a live audience.

Hear the roar of Twitch Chat!

If you’ve ever been in a Twitch Chat, you may have noticed the chaotic stream of emojis flying everywhere. We wanted to enhance this communication, and put all emojis typed into the robot audience!

Not only are they visible, but they also make a sound that’s specific to each emoji!
Interpreted by genius writer Albert Lai, look forward to hearing ENCOURAGEMENT CUBE! and PINK HAIRED HUMAN! shouted from the audience.

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You can also use Twitch’s Cheering Feature to cheer on bigger streamers that support it!
Type cheer100 to have one audience robot perform a provocative dance!

Bet on how the streamer will die!

Who will kill the player? Now you can bet on it to earn Danger Coins!

As people place bets the prize pool increases! When the player finally dies everyone who bet on the correct enemy type splits the coins proportional to how much they bet!

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You also get Danger Coins just for watching the stream. They are specific to each streamer you watch but are saved between play sessions!

Spawn Enemies!!!

One of the main uses of Danger Coins is spawning enemies.

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You can spawn any enemy from the game on any level!
A little name tag lets the streamer know that it was YOU who spawned it. >:)

Spawning enemies is a fun way to try to claim the killer prize pool. Each time you spawn something it automatically places a bet for half the cost on that enemy type.

Give the player a clone <3

Are you too nice to spawn jetpack bots on bronze levels?
Help the player survive by spending 300 coins on a clone!

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How to Stream or Watch

Check out the game’s twitch page for current live streams and archived videos.

Want to Stream but don’t have any Twitch followers?

We’ve tested the game with only 5 watchers and it was really fun! 😀

Celebratory Live Robot Sculpting!

To celebrate the launch of Twitch Mode, the amazing Vulpsie will be creating a beautiful Clone Drone sculpture in front of a live audience next week.

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Like this, but a clone drone in a dangerous situation!
Follow her channel to get notified when she goes live. 🙂

IndieDB top 100!

It brings me immense joy to announce that Clone Drone in the Danger Zone has been selected as one of IndieDB’s Top 100 games of 2016! 😀

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Do you think it should be number 1?
The second round of voting is in full swing! You can vote for the game here!

Get the update!

Already own the game? Here’s how to download the update!

 

 

Update 0.3.1 – Kicks, Bow Upgrade, Spikes, Jump Pads!

The new update is here!

Kick overhaul!

Kicks have been made a lot more straightforward to use.
Simply right click to kick in whatever direction you’re moving to unleash a kick.

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Tip: Try it while the jetpack is engaged! 😀

New Upgrade: Aim Time

The bow upgrade tree has a powerful new ability. Aim Time lets you slow down time to a crawl while aiming. A useful counter for things that are fast!

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New Endless Levels: Spikes and Jump Pads!

The amount of unique level environments doubled in this update, to a total of 22!
We also introduced spike pads and jump pads to make the levels more interesting.

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Matt Olick joins us this update as a contract artist!
The beautiful new environment assets are all his doing.

Endless Difficulty Adjustments

Endless Mode is supposed to be difficult, but some levels were just too hard.

This update we removed over 40 levels that were either boring or ridiculously difficult (2.5 deaths/victory). Bronze Difficulty was also made a lot easier, making the levels very quick and satisfying.

The Mark 2 Jetpack Bots still appear in Titanium, but not 5 of them with 10 other enemies present. 🙂

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Other Changes

  • Performance Increased: Cutting things is now a lot more performant, which also improves the accuracy of cuts!
  • Rotate Arrows: Using the scroll wheel you can now rotate arrows to any angle!
  • Shoot People on the Ground: Arrow deflection no longer works when you’re knocked over!
  • Jump while jetpacking: Now possible! A small but useful improvement.

The Road Ahead

So, what happens now?
Here is a rough forecast for the next few updates:

  • Dec 16: Twitch Mode! This experimental crowd interaction mode is coming soon in a smaller update.
  • January: Story Mode Returns! We finally return to story mode with some fresh new levels and drama. This is likely to coincide with a Steam Greenlight campaign.
  • ???: Sandbox Mode? Things get a little more uncertain out here, but one of the big new features in the pipe is Sandbox Mode, letting people design and share their own levels.

I hope you enjoy this update!
Let us know what you think in the forums! 🙂

Love the game? Vote for it!

IndieDB is holding a little competition for Indie of the Year.
If you enjoy Clone Droning in Danger Zones, I would appreciate your support! <3

Kickass update launches on Friday, Dec 2!

A new update is coming soon!

Kick overhaul!

This time the main focus is on improving the kick.
The main goal will be to make it a lot easier to use. The existing kick is kinda fun when you get it working, but unfortunately that’s a very small percentage of the time.

The new kick works with a simple press of your right mouse button, and instantly unleashes a kick in whatever direction you’re traveling (including sideways).

Spike plates!

So far the saw blade has been the only obstacle in the arena.
This update we welcome a new guest: Pressure triggered spike plates!

Expect some new Endless levels featuring this charming obstacle.

Bow upgrades!

Compared to the other upgrade paths the bow became a little bit less relevant with the last update. Expect some interesting upgrades attached to the Arrow Width branch!

Not included: Twitch Mode!

I spent a week building out the infrastructure for an exciting new game mode.
It’s a crazy experimental experience where you can stream the game and interact with a live audience in novel ways.

Since it needs at least another week of work I decided to push it out to the December update, and focus on the gameplay things above for November.

OMG! Look at this fan art!

In non-update related news, a ton of talented people have started making some really cool fan art. Here are some highlights from the forums!

Allmighty Nubs

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Cuz Y Not :3

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Existentialist

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Fishgiver

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Minecrafterseppe

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Randomcommander

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Retrotation

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Teodorp99

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Zenax

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Seeing all these beautiful creations makes me very happy! 😀
If you feel a burst of inspiration, check out the fan art forum!

Update 0.2.1 – Balancing & Bug Fixes

A new version is now available!
This one is minor, but fixes a few issues that slipped into the Endless Mode build.

Difficulty Adjustments – Level Balance

Endless Mode gets really difficult! This is by design, but there were some levels we noticed were a lot harder than was appropriate for their Tier.

We looked at some win/loss data and took a pass at tuning these levels down a bit:

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Nerfed! Mark 1-2 Archers

An insidious bug snuck itself into the build. The little mark 1 archers would suddenly refuse to fire until they had the player squarely in their sights. This led to a lot of situations where they would kill you at point blank range.

This change has been reverted, and should make the early levels a little less daunting.

More Dialogue!

The always hilarious Albert Lai has been helping out with voicing the commentators.

You can look forward to snappy new lines in the following areas:

  • The human made a clone!
  • Story Mode Victory / Death
  • Endless Mode started

More human names!

The humans in the forum wanted THEIR name to be included in the game. Now they have a 0.1% chance of hearing it!

Bug Fixes

Jonathan has gotten warm in his shoes as a QA tester, which means we know of more bugs than ever before!
Over the last week I tried to tackle as many of the serious ones as possible.

Here are the most interesting ones fixed:

  • Cutting Accuracy – The code around swords, arrows and saw blades cutting things has been improved. At high framerates it should feel about the same, but at low framerates fewer arrows will miss, and fewer swords will pass through objects without cutting them.
  • Emperor Arrives, for real! – Turns out that for some players the Emperor didn’t arrive in Story Mode. Now he will.
  • No jumping on saw blades – Saw blades had some crazy physics when you ran into them. Now they’ll just gently shove you to the side.
  • Windows version signed – Windows Defender incorrectly thought the game contained malware. It no longer does, but the game is now officially signed by Doborog Games to try to teach anti virus software that it can be trusted. The Mac version remains unsigned for now.
  • Spidertron is Immune to Saw Blades – Commentary now plays when a live version of Spidertron touches a saw blade, not just one of his parts.
  • Getting stuck just outside ramp edges – This no longer happens.
  • Pausing the game makes Spidertron fly out of the arena – lol!

How to download the update

There are a few ways to get the update:

  • Download it via the itch.io app: This is the easiest way to manage the installation and download new versions automatically.
  • Download and extract the zip file:
    • If you’ve linked it to your itch.io account it will show up on the game page.
    • If you downloaded it but didn’t create an account, find your original email that has the link to it.

Next week work starts on the next update which is set to launch at the end of November!
More info on that later. 🙂