BIONICLE Fighter v15.0

This version doesn’t have anything major, but it does have a few new abilities for Toa. It also includes a temporary emergency fix for the crash issues some people have been having on Windows 8.

Download (Windows executable, 65.57 MB, packed in ZIP format)

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Changes (15.0):
- Added Toa of Psionics secondary: Psionic Shield. Pushes away players and creatures, and bounces away solid objects such as rockets.
- Added Toa of Plant Life secondary: Entangle. Spruts three vines from the ground which grapples enemies and slows them down.
- Added Toa of Iron secondary: Saw Blade. Throws a spinning buzzsaw that deals extra damage to weapons and armor. Returns to the thrower like a boomerang.
- Added new style variations for Felnas (no spikes), Jutlin (pilot version), Kaukau (Faxon), Avohkii (drained version), Krahkaan (flipped), Miru (Lewa Phantoka).

Bug fixes and engine tweaks:
- Miru should no longer turn on and drain energy underwater.
- Added a button on the main menu which applies a Windows 8 hotfix. Removes Lightning Balls and multiple Exo-Pyro fireballs.
- Updated menu listings for Toa. (Also reacts to the Windows 8 fix button).
- Touched up the latest menu buttons so they have a proper color blend.

GameMaker: Studio

GameMaker Studio logo

This is the program I use to make games. It is rather easy to learn, but it still has a lot of potential for advanced 2D gaming. 3D is possible, but it’s not the main focus. If you want to make 2D games, though, this is definitely a program to check out.

The offer to get the Standard version for free has now expired.

Games made with this program include Hotline Miami – which has been a hit on Steam – as well as Spelunky and Stealth Bastard. Check out the game showcase at the offical GM:S website here:
https://www.yoyogames.com/showcase

Project AM2R – Another Metroid 2 Remake

I am a huge Metroid fan, and I have played through most of the games in the series apart from Hunters on the DS, the Pinball spinoff and the original Metroid 2. I never owned a DS to play the former, and Metroid 2 was a bit “meh” for me because it’s sort of drab. Few interesting environments, somewhat repetitive Metroid killing and cave exploring, lack of a map, etc. So therefore, it was a joyful moment when I found this on the web some months ago:

Samus Aran blasting a floating enemy with her Ice Beam power-up. Nice graphics!

Screenshot from Another Metroid 2 Remake, a fan project that has some real quality to it. Click the image to go to their page.

Link: metroid2remake.blogspot.com

Video trailer: YouTube

This project hasn’t actually received an update since last December, but for what it is it is spectacular. This must be one of the best fan games I have played. It takes Metroid 2 and remakes it in the style Nintendo used for their official Metroid 1 remake… except this somehow feels even more polished and enjoyable. It has good gameplay, nice graphics, rearranged music, some new features here and there… and it’s all fantastic.

The controls are smooth, and never have I enjoyed using the Morph Ball so much. The translation of the old Game Boy graphics and mechanics is also stellar. The sound effects fit well, and I found myself liking the basic Power Beam for once, just because of that sound. Currently the game lasts up until the boss fight with Arachnus, which is a good chunk of gameplay already. You can get many of the upgrades and fight most types of Metroid.

Definitely a project to check out if you are a fan of Metroid or just classic games in general.

BIONICLE Fighter v14.0

BIONICLE Fighter version 14 is now available. Note: A small update was released. If you downloaded this as soon as it became available, you should re-download if you don’t have version “14b”.

Download (63.52 MB ZIP)

Screenshots

Changes (14.0):
- Added button for selecting game mode to the map screen.
- Added button for selecting random or fixed bot spawns, also on the map screen.
- Added pre-match display. Allows the user to view the map via the movement keys.
- Added basic surface light system and a button to turn it on/off.
- Added Psionic primary attack: Mind Wave. Homes in on enemies and lightly impairs movement.
- The Kanohi Avohkii (Light) can now create a blinding light burst at the user’s location.
- The Kanohi Krahkaan (Shadow) can now blind nearby enemies and block out light in dark areas.
- The Kanohi Ruru (Night Vision) can now be used to view everything in dark areas, though with a green tint.
- New map: Onu-Koro, the underground village. Features dark caves, mechanical lifts and a flooded mine section where items spawn.

Bug fixes and engine tweaks:
- Added new static light object; affected by light and shadow attacks. Toa of Light may absorb energy from static lights.
- Added a button for the “show scoreboard” key in Settings.
- Bots now display names above their heads.
- Fixed a bug where embers would sometimes fail to be destroyed after fading away.
- Fixed bug with Toa bots checking the armor array for their shield HP.
- Healthbars can now be seen by everyone. Other stats are still hidden.
- Kanohi Rode and the Psionic passive ability now faintly reveals people in the dark as well.
- Mangaia spawn points now place light stands on each side of themselves.
- Removed stun from Disk Launcher, added higher damage and longer cooldown.
- Spawn points now refill air.
- Updated Toa Mata boss trigger to use button input.

So, Minecraft

The Minecraft logo.

 

Yeah, I totally play this from time to time. Usually I start a Survival world, then get tired with the BS that is MC Survival, and switch to Creative for an epic build instead. Then I
- abandon the build halfway through
- go to find a multiplayer server
- get fed up with the BS that is MC multiplayer ;D
- repeat process from the beginning.

Still, sometimes I do things I feel like taking screenshots of, so I might as well show off here.



For reference, the game itself can be found here:
Minecraft.net

The texture pack I am using in some of my screenshots is called Sphax PureBDcraft, and can be downloaded for free here:
BDcraft.net



Click the images to enlarge and view full size.


A castle built on a basic flat grass world.

A castle that went a bit overboard.

This was originally meant to be just a small 8×8 square where I would test out how much I could fit into such a small space. After building one room I built another, and eventually I had a castle.


The main characters from the webcomic Eight Bit Theater.

The main characters from the webcomic Eight Bit Theater.

The crazy crew from Eight Bit Theater. Actually, the sprites are from the first Final Fantasy game on the good ol’ NES. I picked these 4 to replicate in MC due to the webcomic, though.


White Mage from Final Fantasy 1, in Minecraft.

A White Mage sprite, reconstructed in Minecraft.

Ah, yes. What would the Light Warriors be without a White Mage to heal them whenever they get hurt? Any healer’s patience may run thin after a while, though.


One of my friends in Minecraft. Both he and his horse wears golden armor.

One of my friends in his old Minecraft skin.

A friend of mine in all his Minecraft glory, He is one which I have been on several servers with, and together we have built a few nice things.


A red-haired girl playing Skyblock Minecraft.

Place me and this girl on Skyblock, and it will probably end in disaster.

Another friend of mine, a girl with a knack for Minecraft Skyblock. Most of the floating islands we have built on eventually exploded, though. Totally not our fault, oh no!


A semi-circular arena built in Minecraft, modeled after Roman arenas.

What is a multiplayer game without an arena to duke it out in?

Me and my aforementioned friend built this arena on a local LAN game I hosted. We felt the need to use the desert setting for what it was worth, and a Roman arena is what we ended up with. I took about an hour or two to lay Redstone wire between the arena doors and the spectator booth, so the match can be controlled by an arena assistant.

After this screenshot was taken, we also decked out the entrance with some statues, and added a fireworks-and-flower launcher to the roof of the “emperor’s seat”.



To ease the somewhat tedious work on that arena, I had this song playing the background:

Glory of The Empire by Circus Maximus.

Spotify link
YouTube link

An awesome song. Well worth a listen, I would say.

Progress update

Map in progress: Onu-Koro, the underground village. From the various BIONICLE media that have been shown, we know that the village resides in a big cavern accessible by a few large tunnels. Some lead to the surface, some act as passages to other villages, and at least one leads into the Great Mine. The mine has several lifts to carry workers and cargo up and down, and these things may represent the peak of technology on the island.

Photoshop mock-up.

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New abilities: Masks of light, shadow and night vision to go with the light engine I’m adding. Other things include a Psionic wave attack.

BIONICLE Fighter v13.0

That’s right, time for a new release again. The major features this around are new lightning abilities for both Toa and Rahkshi of the appropriate type, new and improved boss fights with enemy bot groups, and some AI fixes.



Click the thumbnails to view full-size screenshots.

Download (53.42 MB ZIP):


Changes (13.0):
- Made it possible to change the Rahkshi spine style in the menu. This setting is now saved in character files as well.
- Added new and improved primary Chain Lightning version to Rahkshi and Rahkshi staff.
- Added new secondary power to Rahkshi of Chain Lightning: Burst Bolt. Instantly hits a number of targets around the inital victim.
- Added HUD “hurt” border when the player takes damage.
- Added new Ball Lightning secondary attack for Toa of Lightning, replacing the Chain Lightning copy.
- Added new enemy group, found at Kini-Nui.
- Added new enemy fight, found in Mangaia.
- Added main menu credits roll.

Bug fixes and engine tweaks:
- Fixed Nui-Rama not losing their target when the target turns invisible.
- Healing orbs now add a third of their heal value in EP as well.
- Added sound effects to the Kanohi Kakama.
- Added unique sound effects to armor and Kanohi pickups.
- Made Rahkshi bots prefer to pick up and use their own staff type as their weapon.
- Prevented unimplemented, invisible armor types from spawning anymore.
- Toa bots now only activate their mask power if they have a certain supply of energy left.
- Attempted new fixes at bots getting stuck in walls and ceilings.
- Toa bots will absorb energy if they are below maximum and has no current target to fight.
- Bots will now use projectile weapons outside melee range, though they still prefer their powers over weapons.
- Fixed Rahkshi of Poison wasting their power at long range.
- Ported Toa Mata boss fight to the new boss control type; with healthbars, screen edge protection and gear swap prevention.
- Allowed Toa Mata to switch to Kanohi Miru if they fall off the platform, so long as they are not stunned and are wearing a mask.

BF:BB engine revision: Weapons

If you’ve played my game, there is a fair chance that you’ll have noticed certain issues with how weapons work. For example, there is only one weapon attack animation, and that is the basic stab. While the animation isn’t terrible, stabbing with an axe doesn’t look all that good, and neither does stabbing in order to fire a gun-type weapon.

Each weapon currently has its own entry in the weapon selection list. While this is all fine and dandy for picking the weapon you want, it also makes the list very cluttered. Hence, a redesign of both the menu and the weapon code are in order. Rather than just one big list I plan on sorting weapons into categories, such as “sword”, “knife”, “axe”, etc.

At the moment you can also carry a shield for some extra damage resistance, but you are unable to actually block with it. In my new game engine I will make sure that this functionality is in from the get-go, and that it’s also possible to block with just a weapon or your fists (though at reduced efficiency, of course).

For gun-type weapons, I’m thinking that there is little point in adding ammo pickups. The only purpose they would serve is to cripple players who happen to run out, when projectile weapons in this game would not be particularly powerful compared to all the other powers you can use. As such, I find no reason not to give them infinite ammo. The guns will still have clips that can be depleted, but a reload only means lost time, not resources. Some guns will work in reverse, charging up briefly before each shot instead.

Most (if not all) the weapon sprites I’ve posted before will be added as basic weapons for your characters. Such basic weapons which do not have special powers of their own can be charged with whatever power the player primarily possesses. For example, a flame-user would be able to turn any non-powered weapon into a Fire Sword of sorts.

The upside to carrying an actual Fire Sword would be to have a burn-inflicting weapon on a non-fire user. Meanwhile, shooting flame at someone who is blocking would not do much at all, but a melee strike might still stagger the defender. In such a case, even a fire user might find it good to charge their melee weapon with flame, so that an eventual hit is that much more effective.

I am currently working on player character sprites; filling in missing poses that I need. Once those are all ready, I will start programming the new game engine. Hopefully that will not be too far in the future.

In the meantime, I will still update the current game engine with new abilities and such, which I can then just port to the new engine once it’s done.

BIONICLE Fighter 12.0

New version is out.

Download (47.54 MB)

New in this version:

- Added Toa of Air primary power: Wind. Pushes enemies away and refills 100 air per second underwater.
- Added Toa of Water secondary power: Tidal wave. Deals damage and pushes the target away.
- Toa of Earth primary reworked into Debris: Tosses a big chunk of dirt in an arc.
- Toa of Earth secondary added: Quake. Sends an energy pulse through the ground, which then erupts a moment afterwards.
- Damage numbers can now be displayed in order to tell how much damage an attack is doing.

Bug fixes and engine tweaks:

- Hau shield now stops throwing knives.
- Throwing knives no longer pass through Nui-Rama and their hives.
- Fixed Nui-Rama being almost immune to Tornado force.
- Fixes settings file checking the wrong path when loading.
- Made settings file carry the values for “Items take user’s color”.
- Added buttons in the settings menu for toggling damage numbers on/off.

BIONICLE Fighter 11.0

New version out.

Download (45.64 MB)

New in this version:

- Added Toa of Sonics primary power: Sound wave.
A simple projectile attack which deals some extra damage to armor.

- Added Toa of Sonics secondary power: Supersonic.
A quick wave of energy that passes through targets and ignores armor.

- Added Toa of Psionics Emanate ability: Telekinesis.
Lift dropped weapons and gain them as familiars for a limited time.

- Spawn points will now normalize temperature as well as refilling HP and EP.

Bug fixes and engine tweaks:

- Reworked item HP mechanics.
Taking damage now has less of an effect on equipped items.
Using a weapon normally will no longer cause it to break.

- Reduced Nuva Armor damage reduction from 50% to 35%.
- Armor now uses a dexterity penalty rather than costing a point to equip.

- Rebalanced Toa of Light primary attack.
Deal more damage and travel more quickly.
Some new particle effects have been added.
As a purely visual change, the attack now melts enemies rather than burning them as well.

- Disintegration beams have a chance of causing extra item damage rather than instantly destroying them.
- The Staff of Disintegration now has a proper sprite rather than being just a stick.

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