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Unlock the secrets of a long-abandoned facility while trying to save Earth and restore humanity to its home!
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Puzzle Depot at SIX, new demo, and more!

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Hello, puzzle people! It's been a while since we've checked in! There's been a lot going on, so let's jump right in...


Upcoming Conventions

 

We will be showing the latest version of Puzzle Depot at the Seattle Indies Expo this Sunday, September 3rd! If you live in the area or you're visiting for PAX West, please check it out! Attendance is completely free and we'd love to see you there!

 

We will also be appearing at the Seattle Maker Faire on September 16th-17th! Described as "a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness", we plan on showing off what creative things Puzzle Depot's world editor can do. Come check it out and let your inner mad-scientist loose!

The build we are showing at these conventions features a entirely different map from the standard demo (originally entitled the 'Forsaken Valley' map, mentioned in an earlier update). We will be making this special demo available for backers to download after the dust has settled from PAX, as a way of thanking you for your continued patience and support. This large map features many alternate paths, and some new objects to discover.

Ironpedes, termites, and other creepy crawlies inhabit this level's many environments.
Ironpedes, termites, and other creepy crawlies inhabit this level's many environments.

 

Roaches hate bright light. Flick the switch and render them harmless
Roaches hate bright light. Flick the switch and render them harmless

 

New Mechanics and Features

One of the last big hurdles for us was implementing interactions between the player and the various eccentric characters which inhabit the world of Puzzle Depot. The World Editor now fully supports this, allowing creators to script out cutscenes, move characters around, and more. Here is just one example of what can be done:

Todd sometimes does things the hard way...
Todd sometimes does things the hard way...

Some dangerous new objects have been added since the last time we updated! Megaroaches may look fearsome, but even they cannot resist the destructive potential of these Autoturrets:

By utilizing an Interocitor, you can take control of a variety of robotic objects... including turrets!
By utilizing an Interocitor, you can take control of a variety of robotic objects... including turrets!

 

The Demo has been Updated!

The demo was really starting to show its age, so we've updated it to the current version! The experience has been enhanced all-around, with improved performance, bug fixes, additional options, and updated graphics and audio. In addition, the level itself features some small improvements, such as reworked character dialogue and some tweaks to the level design. Give it a peek, we'd love to hear what you think!

Download the Demo from itch.io

Using the newly implemented cutscene functionality, character interactions have been improved.
Using the newly implemented cutscene functionality, character interactions have been improved.

 

Where did this extra room come from...
Where did this extra room come from...

 

Did you miss the Puzzle Pack?

As a reminder, we have released the Kickstarter Puzzle Pack for backers at the relevant reward tiers. This features 30 days worth of puzzles from our Kickstarter event (plus the dreaded "bonus" room). These are some hard-as-nails puzzles, so it's bound to keep you busy! If you missed your download link, please contact us at admin@laughingmanatee.com and we'll make sure to hook you up.


What's Next?

Development has been accelerating rapidly, and we are on track for release before the end of the year! It's been a long journey, but there's light at the end of the tunnel. We're not quite ready to announce a formal release date just yet, so please bear with us just a bit longer.

Thank you, and we'll have more puzzle goodness for you soon!

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      Loic Daneels on

      That looks very nice indeed. I'm spending a ridiculous amount of time playing Depot Dungeons at the moment (some of the puzzles are downright evil...) so that will be a nice diversion :)
      Keep up the good work & thank you for the updated demo.