hack&/ is a true-blue wave-based slash 'em up. It's simple: choose a hero and start killing things.

  • View media
  • View media
  • View media
  • View media
  • View media
  • View media
Post article RSS Articles

Hey everyone. It's time to take a look at the design process for a new hero arriving in 2.2--Goreflea. Goreflea is one of the most unique heroes in the game. As an idea, this ugly little bugger has been running around in my head for the past few months or so. Designing his skillset was a fun challenge, and making them work in the game even more so. I'm pretty pleased with the end result.

Initially the idea for Goreflea started out as a sort of poltergeist/demon thing that would have the ability to control enemy bodies. I liked the idea of being able to turn the enemy's own against them, and I worked for a while to design a skillset around the whole 'supernatural' theme, but it ended up feeling stale. I set the hero idea down for a while and continued work on the three new heroes introduced in 2.1--Siku, Baqir, and Gearhead.

For the coming update, I really wanted to bring the hero idea back, so I came up with something new to wrap it around--a bug.

Goreflea's first ability is his hallmark--Leap. This skill sends Goreflea flying forward while invisible for the duration. If he connects with an enemy along the way, he burrows inside their body and takes control. While inside of a host, Goreflea takes no damage (instead, the host does).

And Goreflea can cast Leap from inside of a host! (This instantly kills the previous host.)

While controlling an enemy, Goreflea uses their attacks!

Next, I wanted some way to bring enemies into the fray. Korak's Vine Grapple is one of my favorite skills, and I loved the way it works together with his other abilities to provide the mobility needed to make Korak the good time he is. I wanted something similar for Goreflea. Goreflea's third ability is called Proboscis. This skill sends out a sticky tongue that pulls any enemy it comes in contact with to Goreflea. Goreflea can cast this skill while inside of a host too!

Tempo is what makes Goreflea tick. This is a passive ability that stacks as Goreflea lands consecutive abilities. (Note the neat little stack notifications in the screenshots, these have been added to a number of hero abilities.) As Tempo stacks, Goreflea's abilities all have their countdowns decreased. This is partly what gives Goreflea such a high skill ceiling and such high potential for massive damage output. Goreflea's gameplay is all about landing your abilities and gaining momentum as you tear through hordes of enemies.

Goreflea's second ability took some thinking to come up with. At this point in the design process I already had his third and fourth abilities in place (which is why I'm hitting this ability last). The hero was still missing something--Goreflea had a way to utilize enemy bodies and pull them in closer, and Tempo allowed it all to happen faster and faster, but more damage output was a necessity for the extremely fragile hero. Enter Parasite.

Parasite sends out a facebug at a low range. If the facebug attaches to an enemy, the enemy is sent into a frenzy and then explodes.

Life is tough for Goreflea on the outside--his extremely low health (3) and relatively low movement speed means he is a vulnerable target while outside of a host. However, once you start hopping from enemy to enemy with a few stacks of Tempo... Things start to explode pretty quickly. One thing I'm always trying to achieve in the hero designs is a fun and fresh experience, but most importantly, I'm looking for depth and a skill ceiling. Goreflea is the best of both worlds--a challenging, rewarding gameplay experience that always leaves room for improvement, and a bloody (quite literally) good time.

Look for Goreflea in the upcoming 2.2 patch!

Add file RSS Files


Full Version

Version 2.2 of hack&/. This version incudes a new hero, Goreflea, as well as huge improvements to the interface, Wardrobe, sound additions, and online...



Full Version

Version 2.1 of hack&/. This version includes the new menu system and three new heroes (Siku, Baqir, Gearhead), along with a myriad of bug fixes and...


Hay cool game I play as Eternity .
While playing as goreflea I noticed that health is not show when you are in the healers , when you choose a goo as a host the large ones kill you and explode while the small ones explode and you become invisible .Also the healers attack you and if you pick up the red rune your host is killed.

That's all for now keep up the good work.

Reply Good karma Bad karma0 votes
bonkerelli Creator

Hey, thanks for your feedback! I'll be sure to fix those issues. Nice scores, by the way!

Reply Good karma+1 vote
Post a comment
Sign in or join with:

Only registered members can share their thoughts. So come on! Join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) and join in the conversation.

Follow Report Profile
Send Message
Release date
Game watch
Single Player

Latest tweets from @bryanploof

RT @OculusRift: The history of gaming has led us here, and we're honored to be a part of it. Check out our @EchoGames video from to… T.co

Dec 8 2017

Lone Echo has been nominated for Best VR Game! It was fun doing #gameaudio for it! T.co

Nov 15 2017

RT @markkilborn: Hey #gameaudio , I need some sound people. Two openings currently: sound designer and senior sd. We're making cool… T.co

Nov 11 2017

RT @EchoGames: We’re having an amazing time meeting the Echo Games community at pre-#OculusConnect in-person! T.co

Oct 11 2017

RT @sweetjusticesnd: Our own Samuel Justice goes in-depth, behind the #gameaudio of #Cuphead. Thanks @asoundeffect for this interview! T.co

Oct 11 2017

RT @metacritic: Lone Echo [PC - 89] Metacritic.com GameCrate: "It’s one of the most polished and engaging VR games current… T.co

Aug 4 2017

RT @jgmusic: So excited my amazing friends @RAD_Studios have released Lone Echo and Echo Arena. SO MUCH FUN to work with them again! Congrats!

Jul 24 2017

RT @Polygon: Lone Echo is a VR game that puts you inside the body of a robot, and then sends you to space. And it’s very good. T.co

Jul 24 2017

RT @OculusRift: Brace yourselves, #LoneEcho arrives tomorrow. Set off on an adventure into the unknown, only on Rift.… T.co

Jul 20 2017

Embed Buttons
Link to hack&/ by selecting a button and using the embed code provided more...
Last Update
5 members
You may also like