BIONICLE Fighter v16.1

If you enjoy getting wrecked by boss fights, this just might be the update for you! Oh, and we got a new enemy type and a new weapon, too.

Download (Windows executable, 72.07 MB, packed in ZIP format)

Click to download from Dropbox

Screenshots:

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News/bug fixes in version 16.0:
– New map: Kini-Nui and Mangaia combined.
– New boss fight: Makuta Teridax. Found in the Mangaia portion of the joint map.
– Boss fight with Rahkshi moved from Kini-Nui to joint map. Defeating them opens the way into Mangaia.
– Boss fight with Toa Mata moved from Ta-Koro to Kini-Nui.
– New Rahi enemy: Nui-Jaga. A few of them appear in Onu-Koro.
– Made bots use the new Plant Life secondary attack.

Updates in version 16.1:
– Toa Mata didn’t spawn properly on Kini Nui. They do now.
– Items will now spawn in the joint Kini Nui/Mangaia map.
– Fixed the gravity field preventing flying characters from exiting Mangaia, and also made it 100% certain to prevent fall damage.
– Added a column of light which lifts you out of Mangaia after the boss fight. Use it by pressing Up+Use, like you would on a teleporter.
– Fixed a few issues with the Makuta boss fight… and apparently introduced some new ones. Sorry about the mess.
– Added music for Makuta boss fight.
– New attempt at solving the Windows 8 crashes – the crashes are related to sound, so go to settings and turn on Win8 bug fix to eliminate certain troublesome sound effects for the time being.
– Nui-Jaga now spawn every 30-40 seconds in Onu-Koro.
– New weapon: Lava Launcher. Fires a stream of flames.

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 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.

BIONICLE Fighter 10.0

This was out a month ago, but once again I failed to update this blog. Go me!

Version 10.0 screenshots (click to enlarge):

Changes (10.0):

– Added Felnas to the list of masks. Power not available yet.
– Updated Exo-Pyro with new flamethrower and fireball attacks.
– Added Teleportation secondary ability. Places a warp point that can later be warped back to.
– Added Throwing Knife. Throw distance depends on STR. Damage is 30 + up to 20 depending on STR.
– Added basic Kini-Nui map. Fancier backgrounds and some more level features t.b.a; as with other maps.

– Made Exo-Pyro fire rockets faster.
– If there are bots on the server, the Exo-Pyro now has increased health.
– Fixed bots flying too high: sadly returned to fall-off-cliff mode.
– Fixed items floating across the ground.
– Made Nui-Rama hives increase their spawn rates after the boss has been defeated, as they did before.
– Rebalanced Gravity to have less insane differences between high and low stat levels. Lowest value has been raised.
– Gravity now affects Exo-Toa rockets.
– Buffed Quick Healing rate at lower levels.

Download (44.1 MB ZIP)

For other small tidbits like sprite work in progress or WIP screenshots, check out the Dropbox gallery.

Bio.Fighter

New update will be out soon. Includes the Laser Vision power!
Default laser vision Re-colored laser vision

BIONICLE Fighter v9.4

We are skipping version 9.3 here because I am a tool and forgot to update this blog along with the forums I usually post in. But look on the bright side: between 9.2 and 9.4 there are lots of changes! 😀

Screenshots (click for full view):

 

Download (36.54 MB):
http://www.mediafire.com/?4l35tad0fpea4lr

 

Change list (from 9.2 to 9.4):

– Added Toa of Water primary attack: Water jet. A stream that flows along the floor. Is more accurate underwater.
– Added Toa of Shadow secondary attack: Black Lightning. Charges up power for a second before firing a devastating bolt.
– Toa now have visible Nuva armor.
– Armor drops on maps and from defeated players.
– Poison Sword added. Functions basically like a re-skinned fire sword.
– Kanohi Volitak is now functional. Stealth causes the target to become mostly transparent, and mutes footsteps. For player-vs-AI purposes, it plays exactly the same as a Huna, but real players will still be able to notice the differences from their opponents.
– Bots now use their teleportation powers in combat.
– Cordak Blaster now shoots a simple explosive projectile.

– Fixed the Kanohi Kaukau not giving infinite air while swimming like it’s supposed to.
– Toa of Air now create whirlpools instead of tornadoes underwater.
– Updated items and ability list to correctly list the available options.
– Made the Hau shield properly stop the newest attacks.
– Lifeblade attacks now show the healing particle effect.
– The character menu has been updated to show equipped items (except shields) on the character preview.
– Disintegration effects now disperse in fluid instead of just disappearing faster. This looks very sexy.
– Fixed fire still passing through non-player enemies.
– Added a few lines of code to prevent AI getting “stuck” inside each other.
– Added some randomness to the AI’s initial jump trigger, preventing them from jumping all the time.
– Fixed AI to no longer jump off cliffs without flight powers.
– AI will save themselves from harmful falls even when not targeting a player.
– Primary Lightning and Secondary Light (Flare) are no longer armor-piercing attacks.
– Ice and water sprays will now block each other on contact, like fire and ice already does.
– Ice will be destroyed by plasma, while the plasma’s damage is weakened.
– Fixed Electro-Blade stun time being 3 seconds rather than the intended 1.
– Added sound effects for Fear and Poison.
– Made melee hit sounds play for Nui-Rama and Exo-Toa.

Planned for the next version: addition of more armor sprites and other graphics; some work on maps; some tweaking of powers and probably addition of new ones. Might finally add in a proper match system instead of just infinite battles, too, so stay tuned.