I’ve been very busy working on updates for Puzzledorf, and there’s quite a lot to discuss. Covered in this newsletter:
I will cover the above points in more details below.
Puzzledorf will soon have a brand new sound track to replace the old one. One reason is the current soundtrack is licensed and will keep costing me more money, but I also want something that’s more individually tailored to suit Puzzledorf’s unique vibe, giving each world it’s own personal mood and flavour. This will be achieved through original music for the different worlds, taking players on a deeper journey than ever before into the unique, atmospheric world of Puzzledorf.
Some of the classic worlds will be receiving minor graphical enhancements. A concept of World 3 and 4 below shows some of the changes I’m doing. Some plants have received new colours, while I’ve also added new decorations altogether.
Preview versions of each music track will be available to listen to for free on Youtube, with the full track available to buy on Steam once the update hits. Here are some of the preview tracks below (subject to change). These are the new theme music tracks for worlds 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Classic mode.
Ruins Update On Hold
Since my priority is to replace the soundtrack (while also adding graphical updates), the Ruins update is temporarily on hold and will be coming out later.
This is also because the Ruins update is taking longer than expected, since I’m putting a high amount of effort into creating as much content as possible, and ensuring high quality. At the moment there’s 32 levels in early testing, new worlds to explore, and brand new music. Below is a quick preview of some of the concept art that is subject to change.
New music added to the game in free updates will automatically be added to the Soundtrack as well, so once the Ruins update hits, anyone who already owns the soundtrack will automatically get the new music tracks.
When the new sound track is released, I plan to increase the game’s price to $10 USD. After that, I have no plans to raise the price again, but I do plan to create more free content. So if you haven’t bought the game yet, now is the time while it’s cheap. It won’t be this price again.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the new music and graphics and look forward to the coming updates. I’m already excited thinking about what comes next after the Ruins.
New Menu Music Preview
Introducing the new Menu Music for Puzzledorf that will be arriving in the next major update. It also contains a new, animated background. You can preview it in the video above.
With this piece, after a relaxing intro with the title screen, I am trying to then build a sense of anticipation for the player before the level starts. The constant drum kicks, with a driving bass line, overlayed with an other worldly melody, I hope gives a sense of both anticipation and a strange new world. I think it suits the game really well. There will be more original music coming soon.
In case you missed it, I also wrote a new, original Music Theme for the game, as well as designing an entirely new, animated title screen. You can see them below. With the new Theme Music, I was trying to create a sense of wonderment, inviting the player to explore a strange new world full of mysteries, as well as create a sense of relaxing calm, which I think is appropriate for a Puzzle game.
You can hear the new playlist here. Expect to hear these new music tracks and others in the next major update. Next I will be developing music for the new puzzles: the Ruins.
Something I’ve always wanted to do, ever since I was a kid, is recreate some of the feeling the original Sega Genesis games gave me, in particular, the effect of those large, animated title screens you got in the Sonic games. Sonic CD, while not on the Genesis, followed the same suit and was particularly striking.
Well, I’ve been working on a new title screen for Puzzledorf, with new Theme Music, and you can now finally preview it. It will be coming out in the next major update. It’s my go at recapturing some of that Genesis feel. I hope you enjoy it!
That was about a solid week of work. I have plans for some other new music coming out in the next update which I will be sharing previews of here and on my Youtube Channel so stay tuned! Next up is new menu music.
If you would like to see how I made the Title Screen, I have a series of “Making Pixel Art” videos with the full playlist here. The first video is below for you. I plan to do more “Making Pixel Art” videos in the future as well, they were a lot of fun to make.
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Steam Developer Homepage
I’ve just launched a Steam Developer homepage. Please give it a follow. Following helps boost my discoverability in Steams algorithm, but also, it means you will get notifications about any new games I release, discounts, and any developer specific news.
Speaking of new games, it’s early days yet, but I’m already starting to prototype my next project. There’s nothing concrete yet, but I’m leaning towards an RPG / Dungeon Crawler of some sort and I’ve started using experimental graphics in Unity to try and work out what’s fun. It’s another reason to follow my developer page and also Twitter if you want to keep up to date. A few quick previews below – simple art, bold colours for the prototype.
As I mentioned, new puzzles are coming soon to Puzzledorf. The theme is: Ruins. A lot of the art is already done and many puzzles are worked out. I’m currently in the process of deciding how many puzzles to put in.
The Ruins update will not only have new graphics, there will be entirely new mechanics. I won’t say what they are just now, but expect something different to your typical Sokoban game. With a lot of the future updates I hope to put little twists on the formula to add a bit of extra fun and variety with any new puzzles I add.
Also I have been developing a brand new Title Screen for the game. I’m then using those same graphics currently across all of the promo art on Steam. Here’s a preview.
If you’d like to see how I made it, you can watch me draw it on
Youtube. There’s 3 parts (part 3 is about to release).
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