|I added back the ability to watch video ads to earn coins!|
I've also done an update to Snappy Word, adding a new game mode and fixing some crash bugs that I found using the crash reports that users submitted.
|Sort mode is a new addition to Snappy Word|
Now I'm getting used to programming in C# again after using Swift for the last month or two! I'm sure it won't take long to remember to keep adding semi-colons at the end of every line...
In much the same way that having time away from Ultra Dash helped me look at the game in a new light, having the break from Billy Carts has given me some new thoughts on the game.
The game play right now is very similar to Faily Brakes - you steer your cart as it careens down the hill avoiding stuff and collecting coins. It's a fun formula that has done extremely well for Spunge Games!
|Billy Carts is currently a down hill runner|
First thing I'd like to try is changing the procedurally generated hill to a procedurally generated plane, so instead of just rolling down the hill, how would it feel to drive in any direction? This would change the end game parameters which are currently stay on the track and avoid stuff - and might make the game feel too easy - but it's something I'd like to do.
I did a prototype of something similar before Christmas and it scared the bejesus out of Pete and myself. The prototype relied on building an entire world (mocked up by grey cubes) which would have meant lots of unique art assets from Pete.
But in the meantime I've had some ideas on other ways to do it that wouldn't require building an entire unique world - so I'm going to see if this new approach works. It may well suck, but I have to try!
My approach moving forward with Billy Carts will be to take a more organic approach to trying out stuff, seeing what works and following those "fun" paths. I'm painfully aware of feature creep so I will attempt to stick to the core pillars of:
- Avoid stuff
- Collect coins
- Survive as long as you can to rack up the most points
So please join me us as we go on this slightly altered journey to seek out new fun.
Given my experience with beta testing using TestFlight for Ultra Dash and Snappy Word, I definitely want to start testing as soon as I have something playable. So if you're keen, send your Apple ID email to support AT redspritestudios DOT com.