Me and my mom have been having a good dinner in the kitchen that night, then the doorbell rang and an envelope slipped through the mail hole.
...it started off, continuing that it's an invitation to the "Stramedia Safehouse Facility" breach. The survey was...odd, to say the least, but some of the things were done fairly easy, though I didn't think it would go through. Then some of the days were spend outside of our homes and school, though it's up to you to think of whenever or not these were the good days. And then I am sure you know what happened next.
Stramedia - my_MISADVENTURE is an indie horror themed adventure game where you step into the shoes of a classroom warden who signed the agreement to possibly the most bizarre, yet somewhat deadly school trip in his entire life. Of course it may not start off deadly right away, but, uh...yeah, things are gonna escalate. But can you blame him? He really didn't know what he and his friends (fiends? Frienemies?) were going up for.
Well, what can he do now? Surprise, surprise, getting the hell outta there he must.
(AKA: the stuff worth checking it out and/or purchasing for)
The main protagonist is wearing a fedora hat! This is probably the best selling point to this game... I think! I mean...this is one of the main factors you got attracted to that other game with a kid, the kid's hat, the stuff...uh, no? Okay, but if you know what you're doing, you can find and recruit three other friends you'll get (or have) to play as!
Essentially, this is another "average mediocre indie" horror game, except the mediocrity here is 99% intentional! And not to mention that it's got everything you love and hate to see and experience in a horror themed videogame! Stupid simple and ridiculous (and somehow twisted) puzzles (with a lot of "ands"), cliché monsters and thirsty spooky mannequins...except they actually want to drink tea, you pervert. Get out of here!
Simplistic Visual Pixel Art Style, Soundtrack and Audio Design! If you like looking at pixels with different contrast, I am sure your eyes will love that, and if your ears love to feast on the Low-Quality DPCM-ish Audio, giving you an illusion that you're playing a crappy retro GameBoy Advance styled game or something, then you're all welcome in!..oh, wait, I forgot that we are talking about a game that LOOKS pretty retro...huh, that's lame.
No, really. That kid has a hat.
Despite it's horror nature, it's also a comedy game! What kind of comedy? This game has got most of it! Whenever it's all bad puns, visual humor, random, dark, dry or somehow outright gross and ("mildly") offensive humor, Stramedia has it in the stock and shelves!
Prepare for some surrealism, because no matter if it's an optical thing or not, things are...weird, yet somewhat disturbing, but not personal space like disturbing, because this is where it draws the line even for us.
A nice variety of accessibility options! Whenever you want to reposition the dialogue box, change it's text size, whenever you find some colored text hard to read, or just don't feel like playing the game with a controller and just want to rest your only arm and control the game with it, it's no problem! The accessibility (and other) settings options may enhance the experience more nicely! (if there's something you want to suggest, please let us know and we will gladly look into adding it!) [to be available as of v0.3]
Seriously, that kid is wearing my hat! SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING! DON'T LET HIM GET AWAY WITH MY HAT!! >:U
Operating System: Windows 7/8/8.1/10
Processor: Intel Core i5 2.70GHz or equivilent AMD processor
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 or any other equivilent graphic card with over 1024 MB memory size and capability of handling shader 3.0 effects
DirectX: Version 9.0
Storage: (TBC) MB available space
Sound Card: Any (Stereo) Windows Compatible Sound card
Additional Notes: It is precisely recommended to play the game with an Xbox 360/Xbox One controller. Dualshock 4 v2 and Nintendo Switch Pro Controller controls are also supported. Also recommended to play with a 16:9 ratio monitor.
Coming to Windows and Linux PCs, Android and Xbox Series X|S! To be available in English, Russian, German, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish languages.
In development since June 2016 and still being made today.
Hey folks, it's been a long while once again.
In case if you haven't been staying up to date on Game Jolt, Steam, etc... Stramedia got delayed a few years back, so I could actually focus on the full game release development, primarily shortening up the game design scope by getting rid of some unnecessary concepts and (once again) rewrite it's plot/story/whatnot, so it could be even better than what it is.
And honestly, I've been really happy about doing that - I don't have to stress over something for an actual good while now, so that's good, I guess! And so from this point forward, things are just gonna get better and better.
Yep. After an actual long while of considering, Stramedia: my_MISADVENTURE will finally be using a different engine that (surprisingly) is eerily similar to Clickteam Fusion 2.5: Construct 3.
Now, you might be saying that probably should've waited for Fusion 3 to come out, because apparently one of the social media manager's been hinting out at something... Well, I tried waiting as I still went along with Fusion 2.5, but loss of patience during the long wait since the last update blog of the engine's development (dating back in May of 2018), however, is not the main reason why I am finally making a change just now. Now keep in mind that what I will be talking about is about the software that is currently available at it's current state as of me writing this, and considering that Fusion 3 may have that fixed (at an unknown time of it's "eventual(?)" release), please take what I say with a tiny grain of salt.
And before I start listing the aforementioned reasons: No, don't get me wrong! Clickteam Fusion 2.5 is kind of a decent game engine! It's easy to pick up, it's standard version has enough features for a hobbyist game developer or literally anybody looking forward to try out creating their first (preferably small) game with little programming knowledge, it's a game engine that's good enough for prototypes, certain game jam entries, fangames or just small projects in general focusing on the release for a short range of platforms (i.e. Windows, browsers and maybe some mobile devices), both commercial and non-commercial stuff alike.
But if one would focus on making a large scaled project, Clickteam Fusion 2.5 is...eh, I mean, may not be the best choice. And Stramedia may be considered to be a game of a somewhat larger scope at this point. Here's my personal perspective (so don't quote me on this) on as to why Clickteam Fusion 2.5 may not be exactly the best choice for huge-ass projects such as Stramedia by listing some of the issues I've been personally having:
One of the issues I've been having - Stramedia, while half of the graphics are being made by hand/pen and mouse, has been utilizing certain aspects of Fusion 2.5 that are being powered by DirectX Graphics Library for the most part... It does infact make the game look insanely pretty fairly well, but the fact that the engine relies on DirectX mostly creates a big problem with porting the game to other currently available to the public runtimes that don't support DirectX; not all image effects are made to support OpenGL graphics, sadly, and because of that there's a choice to waste more time making alternative sprites for the lighting or getting rid of it entirely so it doesn't show a blank eye straining screen of white.
The other issue is that some certain helpful features that usually come with other engines from the getgo aren't quite available. Or at least not from the start, nor for free in some cases.
You see, there are things like profilers, plugins and certain libraries (you know, the programming essentials) that are usually first available and can be insanely useful for developing software, whenever it's a videogame or not; they let developers add certain features and support for various stuff and other devices, help optimize softwares' performances and compiling speeds, you know the stuff. It would be fine if these were made by someone else, being humble and stuff, sure, but some of that stuff I am talking about are official add-ons for the engine that are being sold separately on the Asset Stores and Steam; hell, some other plugins (i.e. Google Play Games Services, Android TV Controllers,
and even BEING ABLE TO LET THE APP READJUST THE SCREEN RATIOS-- WHAT- etc.) don't even come with the Android Export Module, but rather sold separately AND require the Module to be used; basically you have to pay even more cash to get everything that (by common sense) should have come in a single package. Considering that these are the products "available for use as is", it feels inconvenient that it's somewhat becoming annoying, but don't get me started on paying actual money for another module only for it to get deprecated and delisted from Steam without any warning whatsoever, but more on the stolen-unrefundable-money-woes later.
And another thing is that with the software has been stupid limited (like being unable to go fully nuts with some condition line codes, cannot create any more object families), it's user interface sometimes can feel somewhat bloated to work with at times, and not to mention that sometimes (even if you do one tiny little oopsie in the Expression Editor), the entire engine crashes. I mean, this is bound to occur, the software I've been using is literally a mildly fancied up version of an engine that originally released back in 2006...
To put it in the nutshell:
It's actually LITERALLY OLD, LIKE HOLY S#%&, I- WHY AM I STILL USING IT? IT'S LIKE STILL USING WINDOWS 98, WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME--!?;
For something as big as Stramedia, CTF2.5 just doesn't have enough proper features and support for other runtime modules and focuses on DirectX for it's entirety, which is kind of a problem for developing the Android port of the game in that engine;
I literally cannot create any new family groups. I am stuck with just with a limited amount of 'em. Help me.
I lost money on stuff that either work partially or straight up silently discontinued some time later and/or what should have already come straight in the base package by the general programming software standards (or made available free in an update);
Also forgot to mention the elephant in the room that is Gradle Build Tool. I don't even want to talk about it, actually, but apparently CTF2.5 still utilizes it to this day.
Well, I think I am sure you get the idea now. Technical complications, ridiculous rules, dreadful technical limits, blah blah blah.
Now you probably may wonder how Construct 3 is any different than Clickteam Fusion 2.5 (technically speaking, aside from somewhat identical game coding things going on with some minor differences that make the engine more comfortable to use)? Or you already know what it is and gonna wonder if I am actually gonna end up losing more money to something with a subscription fee.
Well, the only money that will be lost are my birthday gift cash, so nothing is too lost! lol (after all, to be fairly honest, this is literally better than having to pay for features that really should be available from it's core and not like they're some cheaply made yet overpriced Unity Assets.)
When I first tried out Construct 3, it's SURPRISINGLY COMFORTABLE interface really blew me away that I finally realized that I've been ignoring it for god knows how long and I immediately have regret that.
So, in short: I just needed a bit more horse power and proper tools that can help make Stramedia somewhat more accessible and support more platforms and whatnot, so due to Clickteam Fusion 2.5's barriers, I have to leave it for Construct 3. I don't really feel that many regrets, personally. Yes, I feel okay now. Keep that straitjacket away from me.
Speaking of bringing things to the table, who wants to play the game in 21:9 widescreen ratio? Or the classic 4:3? Better touchscreen input?? 'Cos I will totally be able to bring that! Improved audio engine? Actual gamepad controls on mobile?? And maybe proper mod support at some point??? LOL WHO KNOWS, REALLY? And I may also feel like adding some new game mechanics that kind of could be considered to be... mean.
I may keep that optional though.
...is having to temporarily deprecate the Steam Leaderboards feature I've originally planned to have until it's support gets added into Construct 3's Steamworks plugin. Oh yeah, I probably forgot to mention that this engine is still new and actually improving fast enough.
...But eh, it's not like anyone really cares about Steam Leaderboards, right? ...Right?
...OH WELL! MOVING ON!~
With the sudden change of directions, I've been working on Stramedia's more proper Game Design Document that will help me make the game have a more proper, cleaner identity without being all over the place with what it wants to be, and of course, some core elements are going to be rewritten for the better ones.
And yeah, some things and peeps are going through a little redesign, but that's to be shown off for another day.~ 😉
Originally I've settled to develop Stramedia for Windows PCs and Android phones, but with the recent engine change I will be able to develop Stramedia for Linux / SteamOS machines aswell (and provide proper support for Windows computers running on either of both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, even enhance the Android build to run on Tablets and even TVs even better)!
Now, someone has also asked me if macOS version would also happen. There are...two ways I can respond to that question.
The first way, being the shortest as heck:
The second, bullet-pointed and nerdy way:
The macOS version is, or, has been in consideration (for reals), but...
I can't really afford the latest (expensive as hell) macOS equipment to get the port development even further (which is the first roadblock it would cause);
I am literally too stupid to understand how Virtual Machines work (another roadblock);
Apple has been restricting programs that don't have the certificate from launching on the latest OS's and their latest builds;
I'll have to annually pay $100 dollars to have and renew that certificate;
And speaking of, the Mac OS version would be available only on the 64-bit/modern macOS computers (and it's currently the only exporting option), so...
...Yeah, I don't really see it happening any time soon, but I may get back to it at some point, but... not too soon. I am really sorry. Blame it all on Tim Cook.
And no, I am definitely not gonna port the game to iOS yet for the same reasons as for the Mac OS port. Don't even ask.
Yep! It's actually true! It's actual real news, no B.S.! It's all now set in stone after considerations and eventual discussion and the engine change.
I am really happy, excited, NERVOUS and proud to announce that Stramedia: my_MISADVENTURE is now a part of the ID@Xbox and is now in development for Xbox One and the new Xbox Series X|S consoles! And I can't believe I get to say it, but when the game hits gold you'll finally be able to observe the chaotic tragedy-comedy on the bigger screen!
And I am sure you're no stranger to the depths of Windows 10 Metro either, because Stramedia will be opening up it's own station there aswell! (terrible pun absolutely intended.)
And since I will be delivering the game to Xbox aswell, I may have to keep quiet about certain things until I am allowed to show some things off to the public.
But what I can say is that both Xbox and Windows 10 releases of Stramedia are bound to support Xbox Live Rich Presence and let you collect Xbox Live Achievements!
And another thing is that I will be sure to do my best to properly optimize the game for both Xbox One X and Series X|S consoles for as much as possible. I promise, this may or may not be finally worth the long wait!
I can't quite say if Stramedia would release on other consoles aswell (i.e. Nintendo Switch), but all that I can say is that only time, demand, interest and finances will tell...
Alright, whoooooooh! Now that's a lot of words for tonight! Let's have a quick TL;DR breakdown on what the hell was any of that about:
From this point forward, Stramedia will be powered by Construct 3;
Stramedia is getting a new and improved game design, aswell as some redesigns;
The game is now in development for Windows, Linux, Android, Windows 10 Metro and Xbox Console Family;
iOS, macOS and other console development is in consideration, but at the moment is unlikely to start.
So really, this year is finally a start of something even greater! And while I can't tell when we will finally pull this through, I definitely know that we are actually going somewhere this time!
As always, thank you for sticking by and I will see you once again...eventually!
Stay safe now!~
TL;WR: From October 7th to 13th, Stramedia: my_MISADVENTURE will participate with hundreds of other awesome games in an Autumn Steam Game Festival!
We are getting significantly close, and the minimum and maximum approximate Early Access launch date(s?) has been set. Now, it's time to go "F*** it...
No articles were found matching the criteria specified. We suggest you try the article list with no filter applied, to browse all available. Post article and help us achieve our mission of showcasing the best content from all developers. Join now to share your own content, we welcome creators and consumers alike and look forward to your comments.
Wanna give the game a try? The demo build is finally available on indieDB. Don't ask why it took me so long to get there, but I am sorry, okay? Thanks.
No files were found matching the criteria specified. We suggest you try the file list with no filter applied, to browse all available. Add file and help us achieve our mission of showcasing the best content from all developers. Join now to share your own content, we welcome creators and consumers alike and look forward to your comments.