DEVELOPMENT BLOG

THIS week

Hey everyone! So I finally will apply for some funding to now hire people to work on Binary Sparks! Im half-way through the preincubator at Drivhuset, and I already applied to their Summer Bootcamp. I will do some open playtest for everyone in Skåne that's interested, more info about this will come later!


I also met my mentor from Tarsier Studios, and he gave me invaluable feedback and thoughts on how to improve the puzzle design of the game!


Stay tuned!


See ya! 

laser reflection finally working!

pitch session today!

Today I pitched my game at Drivhuset, Malmö University for the second time! Now it's to get people to join the startup! 


team members to be hired!

FULLVERSION DEVELOPMENT TO START SOON!


Hi! Finding a work is not going great, so after some time I've decided again to now hire some more team members and look for funding and investment through all different contacts Ive gathered the last year. Im still in the preincubator of Drivhuset at my University, and there Ill get a mentor from Tarsier Studios.


Ill start looking for people now and later in the summer when Ive got more budget, and then the fullversion development of the game will slowly start.


What we need to do first though, is to run some more tests and to get the general understanding of the game mechanic and also some design feedback to really validate the new graphics and design of the game.


With all these tests and feedback covered, we will start designing new levels and work on more puzzle objects, which will be the first iteration of some new levels.


The fullversion has no release date yet, but expect it around 2020. Some things I want to try to develop is a level editor system and an optional VR mode!


Im not sure what will happen to my other project Jeometry (earlier Shapes), Im very sorry for this! 


Stay tuned!

b.o.b updated!

two new levels

Hi! The plan for now is still to continue to work on the design and details of the game before finding team members and start developing the fullversion as said before. BUT, as a final demo will come some time around the start of the fullversion development, I decided to implement two very new levels, so that the very final demo will have eight levels instead of six. Here are some screenshots of level 8. (See earlier screenshots for level 7)


Stay tuned! 

main mechanic: color shift simplified!

level 7 sneak peek!

some freelancing

Im happy to announce that I will work as LEVEL DESIGNER for Dark Night Studio and his game Escape from Earth! This is a simple 3D model of the main character, made by one of his team mates!


Check out this game indie developer here:


https://darknight-studio.co.uk


/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSJ0XmBc9-s&feature=youtu.be

More trippyness!! More fractals! And some lava ofcourse :D 

new titlescreen

New titlescreen in progress! Again Im only continuing to work on the graphics for now, the fullverison will be later! Also updates will come mostly on saturdays as usual from now on.


Thanks

new computer models

New COMPUTER models for #BinarySparks


The DESIGN BOOST continues from all feedback and thoughts. To clarify once more, Ill continue to work on graphics and mechanics, but NOT the fullversion. Again, the development of the fullversion is delayed 6-12 months due to lack of budget.


#indiegamedev #puzzleplatformer #trippy #indiegame

more artsy updates

Connecting plugs, changed to electric spheres!

more about the delay of binary sparks fullversion

invaluable feedback

Today I visited the game company MidnightHub and got invaluable feedback from their very experienced art director, regarding Binary Sparks. As already stated we’ve just started to redo the mechanics and design to focus the game’s direction more, and when it comes to my art style he had alot of ideas how to break them down color, style and coherency whise, so not to distract the player from the actual interactive puzzle objects and elements.


It was really informative and inspiring how color theory, context and style does matter and how you can use it. What is still a challenge for us, which already discovered in the beginning of the design boost demo (which we also started to redo style and mechanics), many of the art and gameplay style and layout was very incoherent and distracting, something that stemed from the experiment this game started out as.


There is still a long way to go for us since we never believed Binary Sparks would become such a big project, and therefore the break of the teamwork - based stuff in this project that I talked about has very good timing.


Before I start working with eventual level designers and programmers I will have the time to fix up and foucs the direction and coherency of the game even more. Everything to make the puzzle elements have the biggest focus and to make the player understand directly what to do or with what.


I will plan some external testing for anyone interested to understand the overall user experience and understanding of the puzzles of the game.


Thanks again for your awesome help!


I will do a video talking about more of this in the weekend as well as talking about more of the planned break.


Thanks for reading

new level in the works!!

OK I admit it, I couldn't wait anymore!  New level in the works!


#indiegamedev #gamedev #BinarySparks


crash patch up!

After many days of hard work I finally succeeded in breaking the strange crashes. 

A new patch is up now up (Design Demo 1.1): 


https://gamejolt.com/games/binary_sparks/169624


Im doing a STREAM tonight 08.00 PM revealing some SECRETS of the future of Binary Sparks! 

https://www.twitch.tv/ambercrowngames


Thanks

post-demo bug fixing


Some people experience some D3D11 and GameThread error crashes in the new demo of Binary Sparks. Im ofcourse fixing this straight away.


Im really sorry for this we did bug test a lot this time.


But as usual, Im always prepared to fix stuff after a Demo release, and since this demo was changed so much in core mechanics it's almost another BETA Im afraid!


Once again sorry for this inconvinience, Ill update more tomorrow!

design boost demo released!

NEW DEMO OUT NOW!

Absorb elements. Shift colors!

Welcome back to the multiverse! 


DOWNLOAD:

https://gamejolt.com/games/binary_sparks/169624


#indiegame #puzzleplatformer #BinarySparks


new demo tomorrow!

Hi! Tomorrow IS THE BIG DAY! Another demo of Binary Sparks will be released!


Alot of things has been fixed in this new version, mostly the entire design and mechanics! 

I do have some small collision errors now but Ill fix them straight away


See you tomorrow!


#BinarySparks #puzzleplatformer #indiegamedev

4 days left until demo (and new thorns!)

design boost demo - trailer

Binary Sparks - Design Boost Demo - TRAILER:


CHANGES AND FIXES IN DESIGN BOOST DEMO: 


1. Main mechanic is now COLOR SHIFT rather than dimension shift. Shift colors to interact with objects of different colors


2. Absorb elements, rather than using boxes and buttons for only ONE Specific hazard. 


3. Loading screen time decreased


4. New materials, trippy surroundings


5. Two NEW easter eggs! 


6.Bug fixes


Stay tuned for the release!



TRailer coming today!

Hi! Most of the bugs or problems in the new demo of Binary Sparks seems to be fixed! We're still bug testing hard though! A trailer will come up later TODAY!


8 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE NEW DEMO! Stay tuned for the release 15th February!


#indiegamedev #puzzleplatformer #BinarySparks

bug testing in action!

Hi! Sorry for not updating yesterday, I just moved to a new apartment. We're now bugtesting the Design Boost Demo, coming up 15 february! We are currently experiencing some packaging problems but it should be resolved in some day.


A new trailer will come up next week!


Stay tuned for more!


#Indiegamedev #BinarySparks

global game jam 2018 (malmö jams too)

I attended in this years Global Game Jam, at the local event Malmlö Jams Too. It was very fun and social, got to meet a lot of new people and all of the devs were so talented and creative. The theme for this years jag was Transmission and my group did a social interactive experience, more like an experiment without real gameplay. 


Here's a video I put together from the event, showing some of the people and games:



consider supporting us on patreon

With your support, we can continue to develop #BinarySparks!  Thank you so much for supporting us, paterons! Means the world to us!


#patreon #patreons #indiegamedev 


https://www.patreon.com/ambercrowngames

all screenshots from the upcoming design boost demo!

Screenshots from the upcoming demo of #BinarySparks


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcsBcITt798&feature=youtu.be

more lights!

More lights! All new screenshots and trailer of the NEW demo coming up next week! Stay tuned!

strip lights created!

Finally succeeded in making proper strip lights!! Using Point lights without square root based falloff made it!


Absorb water to take out fires!

new demo 15 february!

NEW DEMO COMING 15 FEB! 


Hello! Lots of things going on still, but I have now set the release date of the DESIGN BOOST DEMO! Since we have remade lots of the design and mechanics, releasing it in the end of January will force me to make another BETA release since we changed so much in the game. 


To avoid this, I will push the release two weeks later, until 15 February 2018. This will make us able to bug test and to NOT release another buggy BETA. 


This is also because Im looking for an apartment and job so I will have to take these extra two weeks!


Join me 28 January 08.00 PM on twitch for more info  (and an exlusive first look on the new demo)


https://www.twitch.tv/ambercrowngames


![](https://n3b6p5n5.ssl.hwcdn.net/data/fireside/posts/5/205/320205/media/designpromo1-ybintf5q.png)


Stay tuned!


dev stream back 28 january!

Hi! Hope you all had a nice christmas and a happy new year! I have had a great time! I have alot to do this 

january but I will be back with a stream again 28 January 08.00 PM CEST!


And ofcourse, the new Design Boost Demo of Binary Sparks will come some time around 28:e January as well!


Hope to see you soon!

design boost demo almost complete!

Hi! Sorry for not updating yesterday as usual. I had some strange problems with the engine, which seems to be fixed now. The new design demo (will be numbered 3.0) is almost finished, but as I want to bug test it alot, I will as usual make much time for this. The new demo should be avaliable in the end of January though at latest. 


This demo will also sadly be the last demo until the project break/delay that I talked about. I think it's good because I figured I still haven't got a full understanding of the complex engine that is Unreal, so hiring more people when theres time and money will make the overall quality better. I do still have bottlenecks as well, and Ill do what I can on these for this demo, but this is also something I need the right competences to do properly. 


A trailer will come up soon!  And ofcourse Ill stream again tonight on Twitch 08.00 PM CEST as usual! 


In the meantime, here's a screenshot from my test level


Ill not work much over the christmas hollidays, but some update might come after new year!


Take care and merry christmas!

more about the delay - video:

binary sparks fullversion delayed!

Hi! Boring news, the implementation of the fullversion together with my team mates will be DELAYED 6-12 months, since Ive just taken my bachelor's degree from Malmö University and Im now looking for full-time jobs.  Small updates might come now and then but don't expect much from the project now. 


I really want this project to succeed and becoming one of the best experiences for you guys out there, and this is hard to accomplish with lack of economy. If I delay it and save it till later, I will be able to work more serious and full-time with the project, and starting up my own company which also will make me able to pay my team mates much better, which also will result in better quality for Binary Sparks. 


The new DESIGN BOOST DEMO will come soon as promised though!


I will explain more on my TWITCH STREAM, sunday 9/12 - 08.00 PM CEST:

https://www.twitch.tv/ambercrowngames 


I might work on my other project a little bit (which I can work on myself for "free"):


JEOMETRY:


https://gamejolt.com/games/jeometry/168802


Thanks for your understanding!

DESIGN BOOST DEMO COMING SOON!

#Suprise! A NEW #DEMO!? Already? Yes, a new demo showing off the new #PUZZLE #DESIGN ENHANCEMENT coming soon! #Release date #TBA

Imagine what a little phong can do for reflections!!

binary sparks - design enhancement

Im doing enhancements and improvements of the puzzle design of Binary Sparks, which I might have already said! Many objects and elements were linear and could only be used in one way! So now Im working on a main mechanic and so that objects can be used in many different ways!

Wanna know more? Join me in todays Development stream 08.00 PM CEST on Twitch and Instagram:

https://www.twitch.tv/ambercrowngames

https://www.instagram.com/ambercrowngames/

See you!

tencent game competition results coming soon!

This month the result from the #tencent game competition in Shanghai will come! Wish #BinarySparks good luck!!

Regards

no stream sunday 26 nov

No stream today 26 Nov, on Twitch! I will be busy today! Next stream will be next sunday again!


Sorry! Thanks

new single (Video)

new single and trippy stuff!

NEW SINGLE from the upcoming fullversion of Binary Sparks! The video includes some nice new TRIPPY game objects as well!! Please check it out:


YOUTUBE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN2nQHP3_og&feature=youtu.be


SOUNDCLOUD:

https://soundcloud.com/robin-andblom/drumbots


SONG SOON AVALIABLE ON SPOTIFY AND ITUNES!


Today I will also be going to decrease the loading time between levels and cutscenes in the game!


As usual, I will be doing a development stream on Twitch Sunday 08.00 PM CEST! See you there!


Please say what you think:)


Regards

fractals in space!?

LIVE in two hours (08.00 PM CEST) with another Development Stream! 


https://www.twitch.tv/ambercrowngames


Ive now started using the program #Apophysis to create some cool fractal elements that Ill use in the new version of Binary Sparks! Really recommend it!  


Check it out below!

development stream sunday 18 nov - twitch

Another #devstream tomorrow, sunday 18 Nov 08.00 PM CEST!


TWITCH: https://www.twitch.tv/ambercrowngames


More interesting color puzzles in development!


See you 

binary sparks - updates (12 / 11 - 2017)

Hi! Sorry for lack of udates its been really busy the last week. Im trying to get some swedish team mates for the development of the Binary Sparks - fullversion this spring!

Anyways, Im still working on the design enhancement, and you will need to use the dimension shift mechanic much much more and in many different ways now!

Im doing a #devstream on twitch and instagram 08.00 PM CEST Sunday 12 November.

You can watch it afterwards if you missed it!


TWITCH:

https://go.twitch.tv/ambercrowngames


INSTAGRAM:

https://www.instagram.com/ambercrowngames/

ALSO: Lasers now have different colors to activate different switches!!

See you!

ghost train released! 

Ghost Train released! This game was my contribution for the AsylumJam2017 - Where you were supposed to do a horror game in 48 hours! Ghost Train is about an abandoned subway  system with possessed toys. 


GAMEPLAY:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKJW4tiirkw&feature=youtu.be


#asylumjam 2017 - livestream

Ill be participating in #GameJolts #asylumjam2017  where Ill develop a short #horror game avoiding the old stereotypes of mental ilnesses etc.


Ill be #LIVE most of this time on #TWITCH starting friday around 09.00 PM CEST - to - SUNDAY 09.00 PM CEST!


https://go.twitch.tv/ambercrowngames


Join me and get SCARED!

game accepted in shanghai

Hi everyone! Great news, my game #BinarySparks was accepted to be in the #tencent game competition in #Shanghai!  Wish me good luck! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!


#indieGameDev #indieDev #puzzleplatformer #ambercrowngames #portal #china

logo creation progress continues

Hi! Just looked up logos and graphics design and according to most people (who also gave me feedback on my new logo), logos should be very simple, easy to read and remember, and its good to see what the company behind the logo does just by seing the logo.


I have asked some graphics designer to do some different logotypes so Ill likely have some different now and Ill choose from any of these!


So youll see some different logos and Ill decide to use the best!


Here’s what I got so far! This logo is made by @Chris Hildenbrand

funding application sent in

Hello everyone! Now I've sent in the application for funding to Drivhuset Malmö! Now well just wait and see what the next step will be! 


I have made a detailed project plan for the fullversion development of #BinarySparks together with my new team mates. 


I also got contacted by Skåne China Consulting and Weihua Shao about investing in my company. With her amazing help I will have my game at a game competition in Shanghai! Really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!


I also made a NEW LOGO which Ill post here!


Streaming will be back on Twitch as usual Sunday 08.00 PM CEST, and I will be streaming some of my early games!


MY TWITCH:


https://go.twitch.tv/ambercrowngames


Take care!

more news coming soon!

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