When was the last time you played a game with an armadillo as the main protagonist? A long time ago? Never? That's too bad isn't it? We think armadillos are totally underrepresented in video games! We put an end to that with Blockadillo!

Blockadillo is an arcade game for Android where you smash colored blocks with a furious, color changing Armadillo! The catch: The Armadillo moves the whole time up and down by itself and you can only steer it left and right. Within the beautiful levels you will find deadly traps and lots of blocks with different abilities. Discover the remains of an ancient culture and use their old machines to cleverly solve the levels.

Right now Blockadillo has been soft launched in Austria and Poland and will probably be available everywhere in January! If you want to give it a try, contact me and you might become one of our beta testers!

Follow the development by either watching the game here or head over to our Facebook Page. We are also active on Twitter @quixoticproject (developer) and @blockadillo (game).

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0 comments by quixoticproject on Nov 15th, 2014

We are currently working on one of the last features of Blockadillo before it will be released (more on that soon!).

We added a new mechanism that will make it more interesting for players to replay the levels. In the second screenshot above you see three little clocks (gold, silver, bronze) which will dissapear within a short amount of time. The players can earn the clocks (like medals) if they solve the level before they vanish. Of course the golden clock will dissapear first, then the silver one and the bronze clock last. The players don’t necessarily need to beat the time of the bronze clock to finish a level.

Since we have over 70 levels in Blockadillo right now it would be pretty cumbersome to find three times for each level by hand. Luckily we implemented a little statistics function that records how long it takes the players to solve the levels.Since Blockadillo has been soft launched in Austria and Poland we have recorded around 23.000 played levels we can use for this. We decided that to receive a golden clock one has to be faster than the best 10% of players of a certain level, to earn a silver medal the best 33% and for a bronze one the best 66%. To calculate that we simply used the corresponding En.wikipedia.org .

On top of that we also added three new leaderboards for Google Play Games. The simply count how many golden, silver and bronze clocks the player has, up to the maximum of currently 70.

Maintaining this statistics database already paid off. Maybe we will update the times when we have recorded even more played levels.

What do you think? Would you play a level again to get one of those precious medals?

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Nov 20 2014, 4:24am by quixoticproject

@StephanieRct interesting! Are you implementing a paper? Sounds like an interesting idea I want to read about!

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@HobbyGameDev getting a cauchy random variable from a normal one: scale * Math.tan(random.nextFloat() * Math.PI - Math.PI / 2) + location

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Nov 19 2014, 3:03pm by quixoticproject

Gold, silver and bronze clocks as awards for solving a Blockadillo level really fast! #gamedev #indiedevhour #feature T.co

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