Beat the evil Cube Overlords to free all cubes from domination in this original Vertical Scroller, loosely inspired by Ikaruga
Power Ups - Implementation, drawbacks and design ideas!
Posted by UpAndCrawling on May 20th, 2013
Welcome to my first article for my game: Cube Overlord.
In my last update, I decided to add some Power Ups to the game to spice things up and add more complexity. But I also wanted to make sure they wouldn't be too powerful, and make the game too easy.
So for each bonus, I made sure they all had drawbacks, to make sure they were balanced between each others.
There will be 4 kinds of Power Ups in Cube Overlord:
While they might seem straightforward, they are not always so :)
The magnet for example will attract cubes of your color while repeling cubes of the opposite color. This is a very powerfull bonus, it serves two functions:
But it's got several drawbacks:
You also get the lightning power up, it is quite straightforward, it destroys all blocks on screen !
But it also got two major drawbacks, it's a one shot effect (again, obviously), and it doesn't take score multiplier into account when collecting blocks! So if you are rolling with a blue x4 score multiplier and are headed for a bunch of blue cubes, it's actually better for you to avoid this Power Ups and manually collect all those blocks! Of course you then take the risk to hit a red cube and loose both a life and your multiplier :)
That's all for part 1, next article will cover the other types of Power Ups and extend on some gameplay ideas around them!