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Nikki and the Robots

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Building on Community Content

Monday, May 30th, 2011


We flexed our brain muscles for some new ideas to ensure that Nikki and the Robots will be as complete and charming as we are anticipating, without pushing the release date into 2012+. The plan to create four episodes and then sell them has been dropped in favor of a new release concept, which emphasizes an open development philosophy and community involvement:

This development strategy of Nikki and the Robots is based on the following:

  1. Community Levels Everywhere: Nikki will feature a level server to exchange community levels created with the editor. We will pick the best and upgrade them to be included in the story mode.
  2. Step-by-Step Story: The story mode will have episodic releases and each episode will be a combination of upgraded community levels and new content made by us.
  3. Partial Protectionism: The story mode will be available for pay. The sweet-looking graphics of the story mode won't be available for editing and sharing right away. However, we are likely to make more assets free-as-in-freedom as the game's development progresses.

Our following steps will be a new Nikki release, writing extensive tutorials for the editor and our first level design contest. Expect all of these things to happen very soon!

We are pretty excited about this new idea! Have you spotted a weak pillar in our plan? Or perhaps you can tell us of a project that tried something similar? Your thoughts and comments are more than welcome!

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New Joyride Laboratorian: Iwan

Monday, May 9th, 2011


Hi, my name is Iwan and I will be Joyride Labs' community and marketing* guy. Stuff like forum moderation, news spreading and getting into a Humble Indie Bundle and such. ;)

Blogging for an open source games blog is one of the other things I do. Nikki was mentioned there twice so far.

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Computer Games Museum in Berlin

Friday, January 21st, 2011
Today, the Computerspielemuseum -- a museum dedicated to computer games in Berlin -- opens its new permanent exhibition. They try to document comprehensively the history and cultural impact of computer games. I found the exhibition really interesting and fun. We wish them good luck!

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Breaking News
»Breaking News

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

We are pretty excited for the new Michael Jackson album to be released in December. And for one week you can now listen to the first track "Breaking News" right here! We'll be back with a regular post about Nikki tomorrow the day after tomorrow.
»Wir sind ziemlich neugierig auf das neue Michael Jackson Album, welches im Dezember veröffentlicht wird. Und für eine Woche könnt Ihr Euch hier mit "Breaking News" jetzt das erste Lied anhören! Wir melden uns morgen übermorgen wieder mit einem regulären Post über Nikki.

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Source Code available

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
WARNING: This is a development post. So if you're not into programming, you might find it pretty boring...
Nikki on a sequential operator
Our source code repository is now publicly available. So, if you know Haskell and/or want to get your hands dirty, point your browser to

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Our Japanese Site
»Unsere japanische Seite

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

We have just released the Japanese version of! Waaiwaai! You can now change between the languages at any time by clicking the link in the upper right corner. The content is identical for the most part, only the blog posts will usually just be written in English and German.
Other than that, there are good news and bad news. The bad news is that the story mode of Nikki and the Robots won't see a release before early 2011. We are very sorry for the delay. But the good news is that the game is shaping up really nicely! We were putting a lot of extra time in refining the controls of Nikki to make sure that everything feels the way it should. And now we are quite happy!
»Wir haben gerade die japanische Version von veröffentlicht! Waaiwaai! Man kann nun jederzeit zwischen den Sprachen umschalten, wenn man den Link in der oberen rechten Ecke anklickt. Der Inhalt ist weitgehend identisch, die Blogeinträge werden jedoch üblicherweise nur auf Englisch und Deutsch geschrieben.
Daneben gibt es gute und schlechte Neuigkeiten. Die schlechten Neuigkeiten sind, dass der Story Mode von Nikki and the Robots nicht mehr vor Anfang 2011 veröffentlicht werden wird. Wir entschuldigen uns für die Verspätung. Die guten Neuigkeiten aber sind, dass sich das Spiel sehr schön entwickelt! Wir haben nochmal viel zusätzliche Zeit in die Verfeinerung von Nikkis Steuerung gesteckt, damit sich auch alles so anfühlt, wie es sich anfühlen soll. Und nun sind wir sehr zufrieden!

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Second Interview
»Zweites Interview

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
Sarah from Gameslabor has conducted another interview with us. Again, it's only in German, but you can read it here. We would like to thank Gameslabor for their interest in "Nikki and the Robots"!
»Sarah von Gameslabor hat ein weiteres Interview mit uns geführt, welches Ihr hier lesen könnt. Wir möchten Gameslabor für ihr Interesse an "Nikki and the Robots" danken!

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Logo of the Day
»Logo des Tages

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Yippie! We have received the Logo of the Day Award for our pony logo! We have put quite a lot of hard work into this logo design and so we are very, very happy about that! You can head over to Logo of the Day and give your rating or leave a comment...
»Juhuu! Wir haben den Logo of the Day Award für unser Pony Logo erhalten! Wir haben eine ganze Menge harte Arbeit in dieses Logo Design gesteckt und freuen uns nun sehr darüber! Ihr könnt auf der Seite von Logo of the Day auch Eure Bewertung abgeben oder einen Kommentar hinterlassen...

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