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Pixel Quack #1

Did a quick mock up of what pixel quack’s default look may resemble.

Pixel Quack
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Quack #1 – Early Insight

Since Quack has been essentially been rebooted, I’m going to consider this post the first post regarding it!

At the moment I have nothing visual to offer, but I wanted to take a quick moment to discuss the current outline for the game and what it will have in store.

Story
The game takes place on an island, which was once peacefully inhabited by various animal creature humanoids. At some point, an unknown human traveler invades the area and establishes his own mechanical humanoid kingdom (he’s never been good with actual people, so he made his own so they can’t so no to being his friend).

Years later, the mechanical folks are overtaking the animals, and attempting to capture them for their own experimental use and oppression. This is where our story begins — with Cornelius Quack teaming up with Mr. Stumpz (the tech savvy genius beaver) in order to save his family and fellow animal inhabitants. So yeah, it’s basically Sonic + Mega Man.

Gameplay
The gameplay will hold true to the original vision, with the majority of the game being a series of levels consisting of part puzzle solving and part boss-like encounter. Right now, I’m planning on a total of 23 main levels/encounters, plus a slew of secret goodies. Additionally, things like Boss Rush Mode, Wave/Horde Mode, a Crafting/Gear Progression system will be in place. The ultimate goal is to keep the gameplay tight and polished, while packing as much variety of fun things to do that would realistically fit the game and my resources.

Platforms & Release
My goal is to bring it to PC/Mac/Linux, available via a variety of marketplaces, as well as the Nintendo Switch. Mobile release might be feasible, if I can make the game control as I’d like it to without compromising the experience.

We’ll see where development goes from here in the weeks ahead, I’ll continue to offer updates or insight into the process. It may start as more descriptive and conceptual before moving into showing demos and in-game assets. Until next time!

It’s 2019

Well hey how’s it going!

It’s certainly been a hot minute (like two and a half years) since I last posted something on this here blog! It’s now 2019, and the goal is to change that.

I could rant for a while and make excuses about why I haven’t given any updates on games for a while, but let’s be honest! I lost motivation and have spent a lot of my time at work and playing dumb games like World of Warcraft and Destiny.

But! I’ve also been learning GML (Game Maker Language). You see, up to recent times I have been building all of my projects in Construct. Now Construct, while great in it’s own right, has it’s limitations in terms of what it can do and what platforms it can support.

With swapping to GM, I’m going to have to rebuild my projects from square one, and I’m super excited about that opportunity. It’s not like I haven’t gone through a million iterations of Captain Quack anyway! I have been spending a lot of time fleshing out these games over and over on paper and prototyping things, and I am feeling good about where they are now and am getting ready to start bringing them to life.

I’m not going to be making any lifeless goals this year with these projects, aside from the goal that I will at the very least post SOMETHING related to these games, my game making process, my thoughts on gaming in general, or just a quick look into my dumb life. In short, I want to share more, a lot more, throughout this entire year.

I’m just one man, and I’m doing everything (art, sound, design, programming, marketing/networking) all by my lonesome, I’m also a husband and a full time employee in a time consuming career, so things may come slowly, but they will come in time.

SO WHAT AM I GOING TO MAKE? Well, I’m gonna keep making ‘A Deep, Dark Place’ (previously Project Orb), and ‘Captain Quack: Stool-Fueled Fury’. With GM, I can bring these projects to the platforms I want! My target platforms right now are simply PC and Nintendo Switch. Quack might also see itself in some form on the mobile scene at some point, we’ll see.

That’s it for now! I hope to be much more engaged going forward. Even though nobody reads this, maybe somebody will one day. If anything it will be nice to look back on my stupidity and progress (or lack thereof) throughout this year.

P.S.
Tom Hanks

Love,
Grant

A Quack Update – #1

Hello! It’s been a little while since I last touched base with everyone about Captain Quack. My goal going forward is to be as transparent as possible with the development of this game (and any future HBG titles). 

Things have admittedly slowed down subsantially as far as development goes since the campaigns failed. I’ve taken a lot of time to reflect on feedback, the current state of the game, and where I want the game to end up at the finish line.

The result of this is stripping down the game to the fundamentals and refining them. After this, experimenting with various systems and new mechanics that will hopefully greatly enhance the game.

Let me be clear, I in no way think that the game is in any way bad as it was, but my end goal is to make it the best game that I possibly can, in every aspect. What I’ve come up with is exciting, and I can’t wait to start showing off some of the new ideas in the coming months.

The game at this point is going to take a lot longer to develop, as I now have full-time work that will take up lot of my time, so the project will now move to my free time. But the plus side is that with the job I can completely self-fund the project.

With this in mind, I won’t even begin to give an estimate for a release date, but it will simply be done when I’m finished with it! I look forward to sharing this journey with you all.

Quack – Weapons and Abilities

Today I’d like to offer you folks a quick look at the weapons and abilities systems within Captain Quack. These two systems work in synergy to bring a great deal of depth and strategy to what looks like a simple game on the surface.

The main goal of both weapons and abilities is to provide fun and useful things to the player, but also present the restriction of choice.

You can unlock any of them in any order (provided you have a token to redeem), but will NOT be able to unlock all of them in one play through. Some of them are strong on their own, some pair very well when used together.

First off, let’s talk about the weapons. There are three unlockable weapons to choose from in the game.

The Weapon Wheel
The Weapon Wheel

The charge shot adds the ability to… well… charge up your normal attack! It is a great source of single-target damage that you can “weave” into your normal attacks.

The Charge Shot
The Charge Shot

The spread shot splits your shot into three weaker projectiles. It is a reliable attack to use when you want to cover multiple areas with a specific angle.

The Spread Shot
The Spread Shot

The missile barrage continuously fires a sporadic stream of weak attacks in a general direction. It’s not the most accurate attack, but it is the go-to choice when you’re unable to line up a direct shot and need to attack while on the move.

The Missile Barrage
The Missile Barrage

Next up, the abilities. There are a total of ten different abilities to choose from. These are unlocked by redeeming a token of insight, which you receive from reaching milestones within the game (ex: defeating a boss for the first time).

The Ability Wheel
The Ability Wheel

While you can swap abilities that you have unlocked at any given time during gameplay, you can only have one ability active at any one time, and must wait for the respective cooldown on your ability to finish before using any other that you swap to. Let’s break these down into three categories: utility, defensive, and offensive.

Utility Abilities:

Teleport – instantly teleport a far distance in the direction that you are facing

Double Damage – temporarily double all of your damage dealt

Ghost Pepper – temporarily enhance your stool with acidic power, which leaves a damage over time effect on anyone that you hit

Ghost Pepper leaves a damage-over-time effect on your enemies.
Ghost Pepper leaves a damage-over-time effect on your enemies.

Haste – significantly increase your movement speed, acceleration and deceleration for a limited time

Defensive Abilities:

Shield Orb – grants you immunity from all sources of damage while active

The Shield Orb protects Quack from all damage while active.
The Shield Orb protects Quack from all damage while active.

First Aid – passively regenerate any lost health over time

Guardian Angel – upon taking damage that would normally kill you, you are instead saved and restored to full health

Instead of death, the Guardian Angel saves Quack and restores him to full health.
Instead of death, the Guardian Angel saves Quack and restores him to full health.

Offensive Abilities:

Pewpximity Mines – launch a mine which detonates when an enemy is within a specific proximity of it

Pewpximity Mines explode when enemies come close.
Pewpximity Mines explode when enemies come close.

Diarrhea Beam – unleash a beam of stool which deals continuous damage to all enemies within it

The dreaded Diarrhea Beam does big damage to enemies within it.
The dreaded Diarrhea Beam does big damage to enemies within it.

Dooklear Explosion – cover the entire screen in an explosion of stool, instantly killing any weak enemies

The Dooklear Explosion covers the screen in stool, instantly killing weak enemies.
The Dooklear Explosion covers the screen in stool, instantly killing weak enemies.
Afterwards, a friendly squeegee cleans things up for you.
Afterwards, a friendly squeegee cleans things up for you.

Some of these may sound much more useful than others, but again it’s important to keep in mind synergy, as well as the fact that all of these abilities have different cooldown lengths associated with them.

One last thing… I’ve implemented an achievement system within the game! This works similarly to these types of systems within other games or marketplaces (WoW, Steam, Gamejolt, etc.).

When you do special stuff, respective achievements are unlocked.
When you do special stuff, respective achievements are unlocked.

When you do something fun or cool within the game, you may unlock the associated achievement. These range from dumb things like your first failure, to monumental things like defeating a boss without taking any damage.

Don’t forget to support/share our Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight campaigns. You check out an early version of the game via the browser-based demo on GameJolt (note: you’ll need to create a GJ account, but it’s worth it. I promise!).

Captain Quack – Public Demo

Edit: You can now try the demo super easily, via our browser-based demo

GREETINGS, FRIENDS.

The time is finally upon us. Both the Captain Quack Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight campaigns are nigh! With the launch of these campaigns comes the first public demo of Captain Quack. Details below!

What does the demo contain?

The demo contains the first “area” of the game, The Parklands. This area consists of five unique encounters (4 normal, 1 boss). There are a few secrets scattered in the world for you to discover (costumes, mini-games, etc.).

What platforms is the demo available for?

At this time, the demo is only available for Windows 64-bit and 32-bit platforms. In the end, the game will be available for Mac and Linux as well.

How do I install the demo?

The demo comes with an installer. Depending on your security settings, you may be prompted that the installer is from an unknown publisher (me). Simply bypass this flag (for Windows 10 click ‘more info’) and proceed with the installation. Anti-virus software may also flag the installer, but I assure you that there is nothing suspicious about it.

Things to note:

  • This is the first PUBLIC DEMO. Up to this point the game has been tested internally with a small team, and we’ve caught many bugs and glitches thus far. There’s bound to be a lot more out there that you may run in to.
  • While the demo represents many things that the finished product will come to look, sound, and play like, none of it is final. Everything in the game is subject to change, but this should give you a clear idea of what it will end up as.
  • The demo has 1 of 5 main areas planned for the game (plus many secret areas and encounters). This means that it’s only a small percentage of what the end game will have to offer.

How do I DOWNLOAD the demo?

Easy! Simply click the link below for your respective version.

Thanks for your time and support up to this point, and we hope that you will support us on Kickstarter and Steam. Spread the word!

Announcement Trailer for Captain Quack: I Pity the Stool

Hello! Progress on Captain Quack continues along at a nice pace. I’ve been able to ramp up development a good bit over the past couple weeks now that the semester is over. It’s now in a state to where I feel comfortable formally unveiling it upon the world, starting out with the announcement trailer below.

The plan from here is to launch both a greenlight campaign and a crowdfunding campaign within the next few weeks. If all goes well and we find some success with those, this sucker could be done as soon as Q4 2016.

Check out the trailer. Like, share, subscribe yada yada yada. Check back soon!