Tempest x RepliCade October Update
We have been hard at work getting RepliCade x Tempest ready for mass production. Here’s an update on some of the details, and some pics from IndieCade West. Let’s get into the updates:
Extra Control Panel Room and Heavier Big Spinner
If you study the control panel on our earlier prototypes and compare it to this latest unit, you will see that we have adjusted the position of the mini Rotary Control and added some additional space between the Rotary Control and the right side panel. This has greatly improved ergonomics for some of our ham-handed testers.
You might also recall we will be providing two spinner caps with the machine – one for display in proper 1/6 scale, and a second larger one for game-play. For the second cap, we added a metal core inside to give it a heavier feel to make it feel as close to the original spinner we all remember. So far, we’re very happy with the results! Lastly, we have also finalized the control panel art so it’s also ready for mass production!
On the software side, we are working on calibrating the speed and sensitivity of the spinner controls. Similar to Centipede, we will be offering some customization of the encoder and we are now zeroing in on the right Low to High ranges in testing.
We have revamped the PCBA for RepliCade x Tempest to improve overall battery performance and address the phantom USB draining problem. We are happy to report that our tests have confirmed that the updated design has solved the slow power leak issue when the machine is powered off.
IndieCade West Stress Test
We had a great time at IndieCade West and RepliCade x Tempest got some great consumer stress testing. Overall, the results were very positive! To those of you who came by to say hi and check out the latest iteration – thanks – and don’t be shy! Let the community know what you thought in the comments below!
Thank you all for your support and our next update will detail when Production starts!
The New Wave Toys Team