Tap Master Mondrian Updated!

Tap Master Mondrian is turning 5! To celebrate, we updated the Android version and removed all ads!

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Also added support for ultra wide screen, Android 8 and removed unnecessary permissions!

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Keyboard Controls, Minigames and Tapes

Hello!

At first I decided to add keyboard control to make testing easier and faster (also tendinitis), but then I realized it might actually be a better way to play rather than using the mouse.

For the regular gameplay, you can advance pages with the left and right arrow, and make choices with numbers 1 to 5.

The white font on the third choice means this option was already selected on a previous play-through, since the game has many different paths, I thought it would be nice for the player to visualize which options are new to him.

The SPACE key has a different function depending on the context. In most places it will act as a mouse click (advancing a dialog cutscene, maximizing/minimizing an image), but it is also used in the minigames. By the way, if you played the demo version, you will notice that the minigames are now linked to the relevant attributes, so they will be harder or easier depending on the value of your attribute.

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And of course you can access the Map (M), File (F) and Options (O).

Besides that, I’ve also started working on polishing some aspects like adding fade in/out and adding some animation to tape-covered text.

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity” – Edgar Allan Poe

That’s it for now, hopefully will have more information on release date soon, for now you can wishlist Blackout on Steam or pre-order on itch.io!

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Cutscenes

Adding “cutscenes” for some images. Still WIP.

I first used this effect on the teaser trailer, but I liked the effect so much that I decided to add it to the game as well, it brings a nice dramatic effect and also invokes the comic book style =)

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Art by the amazing Damsa

The effect is quite easy to achieve, it’s just four separate cameras with render textures.

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January Devlog – Saving System and Flashbacks!

Hello all!

January has been quite productive around here, I started the month by implementing my saving system, which would also come in handy because now that I have all the chapters in the game I wanted to do some testing with an entire playthrough.

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This is not the final  UI, but is probably close to the final version. There will be 3 different slots for now, but given the amount of different paths I’m considering adding more, as well as a way to edit the name of the saved  data.

Another big thing I’ve been working on is the Flashbacks. If you played the Blackout demo you probably encountered a flashback, they are basically a scene where the character recollects a piece of memory connected to what caused him to blackout.

In the demo this flashbacks were basically represented by a scrollable text on a different background, but I wanted to do something more special because they are core to the story. So what I ended up coming up with is something that makes it look more like a comic book, and also more interactable.

Here’s a piece of one flashback, but please keep in mind that the assets are all placeholders and things are not properly animated yet.

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The dialog moves along as the player clicks, and there are also sound effects and ambiance, which really makes a ton of difference in some of the scenes.

Let me know what you think, and if you have any suggestions!

Ciao!

 

December (quick) Update!

Hello!​

it has been a while since the last post, mostly because I’ve been busy with Blackout’s development, had to spend a lot of time with marketing stuff, like creating this landing page​, which implied in me having to update and translate the whole site, (something I was meaning to do for almost 2 years now).

Anyway, development has been moving well, as of now I have 9 out of the 10 chapters playable, which means soon I’ll be able to have a test build in which a whole playthrough will be possible. But after I finish this there is still A LOT to be done, need to start testing the systems, balance attribute changes, make sure every path/choice is reachable, add remaining SFX and then finally polish and confetti.

I just wanted to share the chapter workflow, since I mentioned previously that the choices can change the order of the chapters (reference names have been omitted).

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See you in 2019 =)​

Blackout Pre-orders available!

Hello everyone!

I’m glad to announce you can now Pre-order Blackout on itch.io at a discounted price! The game is set to release in March 2019.

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Of course, everyone who donated to our preview version will receive access to the full version automatically, regardless of the amount =)

We are also planning to add a “Deluxe Edition” that will come with some additional goodies (no game content, just extra stuff), more details on that soon!

The preview version continues to be available to download for free, as a demo.

Thanks for everyone who downloaded, donated and sent feedback, it means a lot!