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Nikki and the Robots

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Nikki and the Robots Comic Art by Anjin Anhut

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Anjin Anhut completed a Nikki and the Robots super hero style commission:

Nikki and the Robots by Anjin Anhut
Nikki and the Robots super hero style, 2048x2048 jpg

Isn't it awesome?!

Check out his digital creations and blog!

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Wrapping Things Up!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

We – the Joyride Laboratories – released the Story Episodes to our game Nikki and the Robots in September. The good news is that we got some really good reviews and customer feedback. People seem to like the game and appreciate the work we put into it. The bad news: we didn't sell as much as we had hoped.

Because of that we have decided to stop working on the game. That also means there will be no further Story Episodes. We would like to apologize to all the people who bought the Story Episodes in hope of further episodes. We shared that hope, but we always knew there was a chance it wasn't going to happen. We are sorry and hope you still enjoyed the game.

What Happens Now?

Despite the date this is not the end of the world. Here is what that means:

  • Our website and the online store will stay online for at least some months. So you will still be able to download the free version. If you bought the Story Episodes you can still download them through the game. And you will still be able to buy the Story Episodes.
  • We will not work on the game anymore. We won't implement new features and we won't fix existing reported or unreported bugs. (As most of the game is an open-source project that doesn't mean that others can't work on the game. But you probably shouldn't hold your breath.)
  • The level server will stay online as well. You can still up- and download community levels.
  • We will let you know should we have any plans to discontinue the services.

Any Last Words?

We would like to express our gratitude to all the people who helped bringing Nikki to life. This includes all the people working on upstream projects and technologies (most notably GIMP, chipmunk, hipmunk, Qt, ghc, the Haskell ecosystem and MinGW). We would like to thank the people that helped more directly with creating the game: personal friends, who provided criticism and feedback, our beta testers and Roel "cerror" Heerspink, who provided the fantastic soundtrack for the Story Episodes. At last we want to thank our community: people who built and uploaded levels, reported bugs, bought the Story Episodes, and people who simply played the game. You all have been great. Thank you!

It was an interesting, challenging and rewarding experience to work on Nikki and the Robots. But – maybe most importantly – it was a tremendously huge amount of fun. We are going to miss this.

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Greenlight: Help Nikki jump on Steam!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

our wonderful Greenlight button

Nikki and the Robots is now on Steam Greenlight™ and we sure hope that it will get enough Thumbs Up to join the comfortable cross-platform player community soon!

It might end up being the first piece of software on Steam that is open source code and written in Haskell.

Nikki and the Robots Greenlight Trailer

By the way, if you happen to speak German: we have been interviewed by Pixelmacher and will appear for four minutes on German TV (ZDF.Kultur on Monday 26th Nov 2012, 22:30 - 23:00 GMT+1) and more material will be available on for two weeks after that.

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Pay What You Want for Nikki Story Episodes - Some More!

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Pay What You Want

We have not yet found any good reason to set a fixed price for Nikki and the Robots Story Episodes, so we will prolong the pay-what-you-want campaign indefinitely for now, until we find a good reason to set a fixed price.

Nikki and the Robots: Story Episodes
Buy the cute Überpixel™ style platformer now!

outrageously blatant self-promotion

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Release of Nikki and the Robots Story Episodes!

Monday, September 17th, 2012

We are proud to announce the release of "Nikki and the Robots Story Episodes".

Nikki and the Robots Story Episode 1 screenshots

Nikki and the Robots Story Episode 1 screenshots (more)

Join Nikki on a secret mission to fight the evil Dr. Lacroix. Test your skills in stunning platformer action and exciting puzzles — with the help of a variety of futuristic robots.

You can get the free part of the game (version 1.0) from our download page. For purchasing the Story Episodes visit:

For a limited amount of time the price for the Story Episodes will be pay what you want. So don't hesitate too long! And be generous: The Joyride Laboratories need money to produce further episodes. If you don't have a credit card or bank account, there are some alternative payment methods.

Nikki and the Robots Release Trailer (Story Episode 1)

If you like what we do, please spread the word! We also have prepared a press kit. (Thanks to Rami for presskit()!) Also available in German language.


Nikki and the Robots: Story Episodes
Buy the cute Überpixel™ style platformer now!

outrageously blatant self-promotion

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Story Episode 1 Release on Monday & Pre-Release Party Tonight!

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Long time no post, so let's get straight to business! On Monday (17. Sep 2012) we will finally release the first story episode in pay-what-you-want mode! (this is kind of supposed to be a surprise, so don't tell anyone!) This will also mean a 1.0 release of the open nikki version with quite some fixes.

Nikki and the Robots at Ate Bit Vomit Berlin 15. September 2012

Also, tonight the first story episode will be playable during the Ate Bit Vomit Experimental Chiptunes party & exhibition. If you're in Berlin, Germany, hop on by!

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Nikki's Business Card and Stickers

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
Joyride Labs Nikki Business Card

In preparation for the soon-to-be release we printed some stickers to hand out. The business cards we've had for quite a while but I believe we haven't shared them yet. If you have a game-making-related business card yourself, share it!

Meanwhile, we're solving problems that prevent Nikki and the Robots from running on various computers. If you would like to help us make sure that Nikki 0.5 will run on the operating system of your choice, feel free to drop us an email.

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Upgrading Levels for the Story Mode

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

We want to allow to preorder the storymode very soon but before talking about business plans, let's take a look at the levels in the story mode first!

We used some of the level contest entries as a basis to create story levels. Lootninja by sauer2 for example:

Original Lootninja Level
Original Lootninja Level, as included with the latest release

Upgraded Lootninja Level
"Upgraded" Lootninja Level

Some of the steps when "upgrading" a level are the addition of...

Upgraded Lootninja Level Terminal
background, skyline and info/data terminals...

Upgraded Lootninja Level NPC & Shadow
shadows and characters...

A Secret!
hidden areas...

... and new content in general. Most "upgrade levels" are larger and require more time to do a 100% run than the originals.

Here is a big screen of a different, jetpack robot-heavy level, which is not based on a contest entry:

Nikki Jetpack Intro
Codename "Jetpack Intro" (1920x1200)

We're nearly done with all the levels for episode 1 but some bugs, the preorder website and paypal integration will probably not allow us to release before January...

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