Welcome to the Bitforge Studios dev blog. First off thanks want to give a big thanks to the r/gamedev community over on Reddit for giving us great feedback on our game. We are making exciting progress on Spacepods and look forward to uploading the next build to our site for people to play. For first timers, Spacepods is a space battle “shmup” that we have been working on for almost 2 months now. The current alpha build can be played by clicking the Spacepods link directly above this post. The game for now is in “Arcade” mode, but we have plans to flesh out a universe with a story and more game-play options and multiplayer.
In our blog from two weeks ago we discussed some of the details of what is happening behind the scenes when you play Spacepods, ship speeds, damage, hp, as well as talked about the current scoring/ranking system for getting onto the leader boards. This week we want to give a little preview of the new Main Menu screen as well as our first iteration from a text debug log to an actual HUD. These two things have really brought the game to life and vastly improved the look and feel of the game.
The first two screenshots are of the new Start Screen and Main Menu. The third screenshot is of the HUD. We used our amazing ms paint skills to let you know what each element of the HUD is related to. You can see from the small picture of the old HUD the major improvements we have made. Seeing the new menus and HUD in action is so much more impressive than looking at the screenshots, and we are working hard to get these finished and working by this weekend. If they aren’t quite ready for release we will try and post a video of them in-action.
The next build of Spacepods includes a few additional surprises to accompany the new look and feel. We have re-vamped the wing-men power up, made the orbital drones immune to enemy bullets because they are small and cute and should only be destroyed when sacrificing themselves in a head on collision. We have also added 3 new power ups, Armor Plating, Defensive Shield, and a Buzz-Saw Shield which slices enemy pods up if they get to close. We are so excited for this build of Spacepods and we hope you are too. That’s all for this week.
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