CrossCode combines retro-style 2D graphics with the unique theme of
throwing energy balls at everything.

By throwing balls you will:

  • Solve challenging puzzles
  • Defeat many enemies and master epic boss fights
  • Destroy boxes Interact with your surroundings

All this gets delivered as a plot-driven Action-RPG. Now that's at least the plan. The development of CrossCode is still at a very early stage. But you can already get an impression on how the game feels by playing the TechDemo!

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3 comments by Regiden on Jul 22nd, 2014

Another CrossUpdate. #51. Not as special as #50, I guess...

Anyway, a lot of stuff happened since last time. On the one hand, we worked on previous content such as the boss battle and the outer cargo ship region, bringing it very close to final completion.
On the other hand, we started something that has been due for a long time: finally more puzzle mechanics! Oh, also: graphics.

Angry Cargo Crab

Lachsen decided to do all the last remaining tasks for our first boss enemy.
First of all, our boss needed a proper Boss-grade HP Bar:


In case you wonder why the HP bar is partitioned into 3 segments - here is what happens when you break through one of these separations:


We call this an HP break. When you reach one of those, well... there is bad and good news.
The good: you get some HP replenished.
The bad: the boss will become angry.


...Really angry...


Well, it's boss design 101, really. With these remaining features, the boss battle is finally completed (modulo additional changes once more feedback comes in).

More Puzzle Mechanics

After I finished the Map Menu complete with gamepad controls we decided to let the game menu rest for a little while an focus on something new: Puzzle mechanics.

First I implemented group switches - several switches that need to be activated during a short time span:


Afterwards came Dynamic Platform that move out of the ground, fly through the air and so on:


Finally, Lachsen added push and pull-able blocks. Yes, that's right. Lea can finally use her hands for something else than throwing balls:


Note that all graphics you see in these pictures are just placeholders. Those will be replaced for the next release.

Currently, I'm working on an actual Treasure Chest entity. Finally you'll be able to collect some items! More on that soon.

Cargo Ship Improvements

Lachsen had the urge to work on the outside cargo ship graphics. Again.
Here's a comparison:


Also, I finished the cabins up to the last room... which was the toilet:


Yes. The toilet.

And apart from that, we both worked on several new NPCs with interesting dialogues that you'd want to read over and over again. Maybe.

Overall, the cargo ship is getting very close to completion!

Graphics and other Stuff

Martina continued working on the graphics for an entirely new area.
Here a very early excerpt (still WIP):


On another end, Lachsen just recently started working on graphics for another area, which will be our first proper "dungeon". With puzzles and stuff. Nothing worth showing yet, though!

Additionally, Intero is composing another piece of soundtrack which will be used in one of our recent cut scenes. And hopefully soon: our first proper boss battle theme!

Well... anything left...?
Oh yeah, Lea now can level up, complete with notification and stat change display:


No, usually you won't be leveling 3 levels at once. Sorry. :P

And that's it for this update. Things keep moving. Until next time!

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why_me Jul 22 2014, 9:40pm says:

After countless tries and fails, I have finally beat wave 2 of the bonus level! But then I realized wave 3 has 7 enemies at once. I surrender!

The tech demo is just so much fun by the way. I really can't wait to try whats next in store for cross code. All I hope is that there's no wave 3 with 7 enemies again. T_T

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Regiden Jul 23 2014, 6:21am replied:

Thanks a lot!

You will find 7 enemies at once again! But they won't be as hard (maybe :p). For optional fights however such a challenge will become interesting again (like arena fights)!

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MediaShuffler Jul 7 2014, 10:21am says:

Actually I tried it, and I didn't play it until the end, but it is really nice and well done. Good job ('till now ;) )

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Regiden Jul 7 2014, 6:39pm replied:

We plan to release a demo at the end of this year. The final game will be done by the end of the next year (+ 2 months at max maybe. It depends on how smoothly development goes).

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NickCh Jun 23 2014, 10:31am says:

Im in love with the game guys! good work!

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CrusnikCore May 12 2014, 1:17pm says:

Enjoyed the Tech Demo. Tracking.

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why_me May 2 2014, 12:12am says:

I finally got a chance to try out the tech demo, and I have to say, I'm really loving it. Though I just can't seem to beat wave 2 of the bonus level. Being able to bounce shots is a really cool feature.

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Regiden May 10 2014, 9:12am replied:

It good way to handle the second wave is to be patient. Wait for one enemy to use his charge attack. Cancel his charge with a big ball and hit him. Be aware of the other enemies using normal attacks and dodge away.
Hope it helps :)

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gamer110199 Apr 29 2014, 2:50pm says:

It is awesome
And the demo is already cool
Can not wait to see the full game! :)

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