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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…

SpinSling: The Team

We’re eight people at Retrogene, that’s kind of a big bunch for a fledgling indie studio. It is also one of the reasons why we can afford to take a few of those people and make a smaller team working on a much smaller game.

Out of the eight, only three of us are working on SpinSling, while the others provide valuable feedback, work as playtesters and help out if we’re stuck on how to make something work. Of course that works both ways, and it is nice to see that such a system works.

The teams

Coming Thursday we’ll have some more stuff from our game, and I for one am looking forward to showing you the progress that we’ve made!

Who we are and what we do!

Retrogene Studio is a Norwegian indie-game company based in the second largest city of the country: Bergen. Here a total of 7 talented and ambitious guys have gathered to form the studio, hoping to bring the games that you will enjoy in the future! We all do have some connection to the old days of gaming, which you might have figured out is the namesake of our studio. However, what games we create is purely based on what good ideas we get, so no genre is safe from our creative minds. We want to focus on creating games that we can be proud of and that you will have fun with!

Right now we are in the early phases of the establishing of the company. Logically, our first mission is to find an affordable office that can house the entire team, as it will make team work a whole lot more efficient! We’ve been scouting for a couple of weeks, and we’re getting somewhere. We’ll be posting photos of the office on our facebook page once we start to get settled in there, so look forward to that!

While we’re just beginning, we highly recommend that you check out one of our other local  game developer’s games which is getting ever closer to the finish line!

Rain games have been working for a while now on a really cool game called Teslagrad, which has recently been greenlit on steam as well! Do yourself a favor and check it out!

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