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Nikki and the Robots

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What is taking Nikki Story Episode 1 so long?

Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Joyride Labs: The Team

Image: Joyride Labs - The Team - Working Hard™

Time for a photo of the team (see above)! We took it for a German-language indie games blog that put up a profile of Joyride Labs. As you can see, we are working hard at delivering the best possible black-pink ear platformer experience to you and the rest of the planet!

So why are we taking so long to deliver?

Excuses:

  • Both Sönke and I have been working on another open source project (that has nothing to do with games).
  • Florian started working a full-time job in the south of Germany making 3d visuals and is enjoying the regular life style for a change. :)
  • Legal texts are a pain to write and there is no way around it for our pay-what-you-want store. We are keeping that pain to a minimum by using Automattic's freely-licensed privacy policy as a basis.
Nikki and the Robots S1E2 getting a test run at indie dev meeting 1 in Berlin

Image: Nikki and the Robots S1E2 getting a test run at Indie Dev Meeting 0.1 in Berlin

Nikki and the Robots S1E1 being test-played at LUG Berlin

Image: Nikki and the Robots S1E1 test-played during pd-berlin at Berlin Linux User Group

We have been showing our game around off-line (see photos above). If you have been keeping track of the previous release versions, there are a few changes so far, that will make it into the next free/open source version.

News:

  • We added the first pieces of in-game music (8bit Tidbit 2 by chadsicle in the free part).
  • Performance increased, bugs fixed...

Life lesson learned: do it like Blizzard and don't set a release date!

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Nikki and the Robots 0.5 News and Story Mode Peeks

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Nikki and the Robots 0.5 Announcement

Here is the new Nikki and the Robots 0.5 Beta(!) release (download here).

video: Nikki and the Robots 0.5 Changes and Story Mode Peeks

We're working on a preorder web page, which is open source under AGPL and hosted here.

The changes explained in the video (and some that were left out) are as follows:

  • Game:
    • Info terminals instead of text bubbles in tutorial
    • Falling tiles take a little longer to start falling
    • Batteries have a little less mass
    • Switches are easier to trigger
    • Added laser robots and laser endpieces
    • Cannon-robot sounds
    • Boost sound for jetpack robot
  • GUI/OSD and Controls:
    • Added keyshints in game mode
    • Allow configurable game keys (jump and context) to control the menu
    • Main menu will notify you about the availability of the story mode
    • Mac OS X: default jump key is space
    • In-game OSD shows total number of batteries in level
    • "..."-bubbles when nikki can start npc/computer monolog
    • Added "retry level" menu item to failure menu
    • Added retry-option to pause menu
  • Level editor:
    • Added gray level template
    • Better layer insert and delete control
  • Other:
    • Game art sources added to source code repository
    • Bugfixes on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows that prevented many users from running the game

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On Selling Nikki and the Robots' Story Mode

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Episode 1 of the story mode is ready to be released and we are very excited! This will also mark the first public beta version.

We will start selling the story mode using a pay-what-you-want model, which is strongly inspired by the Humble Indie Bundle (which on the other hand was inspired by a World of Goo sale). After one week we will then set a fixed minimum price.

When you buy the game, you pay for the game as it is, but will also get all further episodes and updates for free. With each further episode, however, the minimum price will increase for new buyers of the game. The sooner you buy, the less you pay, hooray! This is similar to the Alpha-Beta-1.0 price increments of Minecraft.

Joyride Labs Preorder Page Concept

Right now we are working hard on the presale website and we hope to be able to release Nikki and the Robots' story mode until mid February.

In the next post we will tell you some more details about episode 1, in which Nikki's great adventure begins to unfold.

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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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Nikki at Indie Connect Prelude

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Indie Connect Prelude Oct 2011 with Nikki and the Robots

Indie Connect Prelude. One step of an effort to nurture and build the Indie Games Scene in Berlin, Germany. We will be there.

What? Developers talk (English language) and everybody plays games.

When? This Friday, starting 18:30ish (aka "like 6:30 PM") GMT+1.

Game developers will talk about developing games. For example team GameStrom will introduce their game design brainstorm events, Anjin Anhut will tell us how to "Just do it!" and Christiaan Janssen and I will talk about Game Development Jams in general.

You will be able to play the latest Nikki release and other indie games as part of an exhibition.

So if you're in Berlin or close and haven't played Nikki and the Robots yet or would like to meet one or two of the game's developers, do come!

PS: It's free of charge and no registration required.

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Nikki Contest Winning Levels + 0.3.3

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The contest results are in! And a new update, which you can download or get using the in-game updater.

[video links: Vimeo | YouTube]

The winners are

  • Julian (for Greed) [Shirt + Game]
  • sauer2/C. Hackenberg (for lootninja, hanoi, powergrid and obstacles) [Shirt + 4xGame]
  • Jukkeri (for Trick Series 02) [Shirt + Game]
  • pixma (for robopractice) [Game]
  • 2048 Terrabit (for Robot Race) [Game]
  • Marius Ghita/mhitza (for stairway to heaven) [Game]
  • 3sdras (for Geronimo) [Game]
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who submitted levels!

New in 0.3.3:

  • Added 30 levels from the first level design contest (in standard levels/03-contest1)
  • Jetpack robot physics tweaked again
  • Level names are now sorted correctly

PS: you can download the levels without changes here.

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Nikki contest results on Monday

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Nikki and the Robots Time

I'm afraid we have to stretch the "in about ten days" which I wrote eleven days ago to (hopefully just) 14 days. We decided on the ten winning levels but can't make windows and os x releases before monday.

Sorry for the delay, we'll try to make it worth it. :)

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Three Shirts (contest ends when July 7th ends)

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
 
("When July 7th is over everywhere" would be another way to describe it.)

The levels we received so far made us want to give a little more in return, so we'll throw in two more shirts for the best level designers.

Three Nikki Shirts

So submit cool levels before July 7th is over and win one of three shirts and one of ten pre-order copies of Nikki and the Robots. :) Check out the previous entries here and here.

For rules, check out this announcement.

We only have two shirt styles, so if anybody has ideas for new stuff to print, let us know.

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