This was a stressful month. We went back to to Act 1, looking to polish the scenes and test the story flow.
We expected at this stage to encounter quite a few bugs, but progressing through the scenes in different ways broke the game in several unexpected places and the month was spent fixing and improving the first Act.
It’s an essential part of making a game of course, but it always feels like this part of development isn’t about progressing, just fixing the mistakes from before.
That said, we’re added a few quality-of-life features to the game that we really feel adds to the experience:
- The Map is now part of your sketchbook and can be called up at any time without needing to move to a door (unless Jennifer is in a tricky situation).
- Alongside the map is a new ‘Objectives/Clues’ list. This won’t be point-by-point instructions (we still want you to solve the puzzles yourself), rather a list of your high-level goals, so you can always peek to remind yourself of what to do when pursuing multi-threaded puzzles.
- Big refinement of mouse control so the game can now be played entirely with mouse. This includes tweaks so that clicking another area of the screen while walking no longer automatically stops Jennifer, but let’s her change direction and right-click brings up your sketchbook.
Animating Frame by Frame
Kickstarter Shout Out
Our neighbours at Spooky Doorway are on the FINAL 24 HOURS of their Darkside Detective: Season 2 Kickstarter, the follow-up to their hilarious first season. They have some awesome stretch goals to achieve, so check out the Galway team’s Campaign!
Let us know what you think of the new changes
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Stephen and the Team at Outsider Games