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RLR update part 2: level tweaks

We have received some comments about Level 3, and confirmed within Flurry – some of our players can’t get past this one spot. A shot of level 3 inside the Unity editorToday I fixed the glitch by adding in some geometry to make that spot doable without doing a perfectly-timed double-tall-jump. This really just kicks the issue down the road. We plan to actually fix it soon by better explaining our controls in-game.

I’ve also nerfed level 15. We knew going in that it was the hardest level, and since it’s only the first chapter, now’s our chance to make it a little easier.

Level 15 is the longish cave level with all of those 1×1 cubes that must be hopped to precisely on time. They are now 2×1, which makes the whole thing a little more bearable.

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I might also take a look at level 11. The rest of the levels follow a decent curve, if we can fix these few issues then I think our Chapter 1 completion rate will bump up a lot.

These changes will go into our next update, along with Chapter 2!

RLR Chapter 1 Level 15

Initial Visual Design for the 2nd Chapter of RLR: new gameplay elements

Check out the quick visual design for our Act1Chapter2 update of Rescue Love Revenge! A new layer of gameplay will be added, with a bounce-back from colliding with cacti, and a super-jump when you land on top of an exploding barrel.

We’ll see what survives a little prototyping and makes it into a live build.

 

RLR_chapter2_gameplay

 

Don’t forget that you can download RLR for free in the app store!
 
Rescue Love Revenge - Rich Pine

 

Creating the RLR Story

It’s hard to believe, but up until a few weeks ago, RLR wasn’t even a figment of our imaginations. But once we got started, the game quickly took shape. The idea came on fairly quickly that RLR should not just be a simple twitch platformer with retro art and a cowboy twang, but a huge episodic 3-act tragic comedy.

We won't even let you read the initial broad strokes! But clipart.

We won’t even let you read the initial broad strokes! But clipart.

We threw some ideas around, and knew the very broadest of strokes for the story, and then let it sit. We finished up the first release and let our brains take some time off, which is one of the best ways to build up to another blast of creativity.

After a week of getting websites ready and working on Indiana, this weekend I took a few hours to take our broad stroke ideas and put some more meat on the bones.

A few outlines, lists, and a web of character relationships.

A few outlines, lists, and a web of character relationships.

Obviously we want to be open about development here at hatchlight, but this story is so nuts we can only reveal it to you a chapter at a time. Thus, blurry images. The next step we’ll take internally is to develop our characters as much as possible, and get a more finalized outline of each and every major chapter the game will need.

Here are our goals for delivering the RLR story to you:

  1. The game is 3 Acts; a beginning, middle, and end.
  2. Each Act can have any number of Chapters that we might need to flesh out the story. Some chapters might just be for fun, but we’d find a way to tie them to the story anyhow.
  3. Chapters themselves might have minor subplots and “reveals”, like cliffhangers.
  4. At the end of each Act is a giant reveal that will shake up everyone’s idea of what the heck is going on..
  5. We will attempt to change the gameplay up over time, and build new features for the game in a logical way to support the story telling.

The cool thing with the way we are presenting story in Rescue Love Revenge is that we won’t have any extended cutscenes to keep you from playing the game. If you just want to beat your friend’s scores and ignore the story, then that’s fine too.

Gamecenter Challenges in RLR

Gamecenter Challenges in RLR

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Visual Design: Django

Here’s the Visual Design Doc for Django, our first project. After spending years writing gdd’s, ldd’s, and other dd’s that no one reads, I have switched to crafting VDD’s for games, features, and levels. Two things happen when you make a one-page: the team actually gets excited, and you start to know immediately what will work and what won’t.

Django is going to be made on such a tight schedule, we’ll see how much of this sticks. Oh yeah, and I’ve tentatively named the game ‘Rescue Love Revenge’.

The game in a nutshell:

  • automatically run
  • tap to jump, hold to jump higher
  • time jumps to bounce off of stuff
  • edgy revenge theme
  • beard?

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