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SpinSling has been soft launched!

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Last night we finally got SpinSling through to production on the Google Play Store. That’s pretty awesome, right? If you happen to live in Norway, Australia or New Zealand, feel free to download and try our first game, we’re really excited about it and we’d love for people to try it and give us their feedback!

You can get it by pressing this little thing:
Get it on Google Play

If you don’t live in any of these regions, or you have an iPhone. Don’t fret! We’ll make it available for you in the near future! If you still want to see what the game looks like, you can check out the trailer for our game:

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SpinSling: To-do-list

Every Sunday the Retrogene devs (that’s us) meet up to talk about our projects. It’s a valuable time where everyone can catch up on what has happened, something which is appreciated greatly since we all have part-time jobs as previously mentioned.

Sundays become our time to check our to-do-list and figure out what is missing from our game and it’s good to see that stuff is coming together!

Ominous

One of the newest additions to our game is the pirate ship. He has sort of just been standing around for a while, but now he’s covered in an ominous cloud and chases you, gradually increasing his speed as you spinsling your way through the many worlds.

Also present is that pink line (which will not be pink by the time the game is done of course). That’s been added to make the connection between the two characters stronger. There has been some confusion through playtesting where people don’t understand that you are in fact playing as two characters and not just one.

Warning

Another problem we encountered was that our testers were struck with confusion the first few times they died by going under the screen. The signs we put up will hopefully inform the players of this before that happens.

Gameplay-wise, the game is working really well, there are some tweaks to be made for sure, but overall the game is fun and addictive (your’s truly has played this game for too many hours already)

so what remains?
Good question my good sir/lady/[insert preferred title]. While we do have the option of letting players choose their characters now, there’s still the case of making the customization and unlocking of content work. We do want people to have the option of sharing their records to different social networks as well, so we’ll need to put that in there too.

Mostly, I guess, the things that are missing is related to customization and interface. The game works, which is fantastic, although the occasional… hiccup, can still happen.

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Help indeed…

Time for an update!

Much has been going on over the past few months, and It’s time to give you guys an update! So where to start? Why not from the very beginning?

In January we were lucky enough to have student called Anette Aga for a full month. She gave us a lot of nice illustration to flesh out the story of the game and if you look down below, there’s a few samples. Of course we can’t show it all, they’re a bit secret after all!

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We’ve been working with nailing down the game mechanics, and we finally got a programmer on our team too, who of course told us that all our code should be reworked – not really a big surprise, but at least he could use what was there to know what he needed to make! So development has taken a pretty big step up over the past few weeks after his joining the team, and that is pretty sweet!

In one of our earliest posts you can see what kind of visual direction the game will be taking, while below you can see what it looks like right now, it ain’t pretty, but there’s a lot of functionality there, and so much more is to come!

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The red and blue capsule are the two characters you can swap between. The rest is a lot of random test walls, pitfalls, wind emitters, doors, buttons, heavy pushable boxes and so forth! There’s going to be a lot of fun stuff to do in the game, and look forward to some real brain-teasers when the game’s done!

The red and blue capsules in the above picture are supposed to be a merry duo of old treasure hunters called Mo and Earl. They’ve both been created and although they might undergo some minor tweaking, here’s what they pretty much look like in the game:

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We’ll be more frequent with our updates in the future, so stay tuned for more!