SUBSTREAM is a third-person shmup that's choreographed to music. Substream is an abstract aerial shooter where you battle the waves of attacking enemies. But it's not that simple, because space is wrapped. Enemies appear in multiple positions ahead of you, and your lone fighter ship is a squadron stretching off to infinity. Expect to be flanked by enemies that are right in front of you. Every level in the game has been animated with a different musical genre and the entire environment is dynamic. Terrain and scenery morphs and pulses with the rhythms, melodies and themes of the soundtrack. Substream is being developed for Windows PC.
This week I've finished working on the environment for what will probably be level two of Substream. This is a game where the environment animates to music, so I'm designing dynamic levels rather than fixed geometry. The final third of this came together in about two days, most of the end sequence was a repeat or reworking of former melodies, which meant animations could be copied and tweaked which speeds up the process nicely.
In a recent PC Gamer preview, it was mentioned that the gameplay feels slow. I've heard this from a few people in the past, some think it's ok, but most want it "faster" or "punchier". You have to be careful in game design, when someone says "faster" I don't think they necessarily want the ship to move or fire more quickly. There are a lot of things you can do to make the gameplay busier, or alter the camera or sounds to make the gameplay feel like it has more impact. It's this, and more group-based enemies that I want to focus on next.
A new trailer was uploaded recently. There's a shot from each of the five levels I've been developing so far, and the trailer is mostly gameplay footage...
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Mar 21 2015, 2:46pm
@MartinCaine Yeah same, that's why I'm trying the txt file. Adding to my bookmarks now just feels like dropping something down a well.
Mar 15 2015, 4:23pm
Copy pasting URLs into dropbox/articles_to_read_later.txt - yeah this is gonna work.
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Mar 14 2015, 6:06pm
@dtConfect that was the underwater one right? I think I played the demo, seemed good but it ran too slow on my PC back in the day.
Mar 14 2015, 4:24pm
Those links are: Descent Underground Kickstarter; Null Operator and Sub Level Zero, other 6DOF games.
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Mar 12 2015, 12:00pm
MS plans Windows 10 will be available on Raspberry Pi 2, free. T.co
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