There weren’t many updates this month, partially due to the holiday period and partially due to me taking part in Ludum Dare 34. Below you can find all the changes I made to the game.
I have decided I am going to change how I post updated on my blog. Instead of doing weekly updates (or random updates), I am going to compile all of one month’s updates I have posted on social media and other platforms and post them on here at the end of every month. I hope that everyone will enjoy this new format. So here it goes.
It has been quite a long time since I last talked about Retool. The last update that I made about Retool, excluding any award mentions or artists search, was in July. That was over three months ago. I was going to do a video update today, but I think it would have been too boring for what I was going to talk about, which is Retool’s UI (User Interface) functionality.
After 43 artists applied, numerous counts of bad art by me, and 6 weeks of deciding, I have chosen three people to do the art for Retool and make it look better by at least 48%. So please welcome Richard Schmidbauer and Esther Nho as the environment artists, and Tan Woon Tzer as the character artist.
There isn’t much else to say about Retool other than I am trying to optimize the code to get it ready to add all the new assets and features. So until the next update, here is a GIF of Agent M shooting some guards (yes, the characters in the game finally have some names).
Retool is at a stage where the core gameplay is implemented and the game can be played (and hopefully enjoyed). Now I can’t endure to look at its art, especially as it was created by my limited art skillset. Therefore, to improve the game a further 43%, I have decided it is time to hire a professional 3D artist. Read on if you are interested.
Here is the first (kind-of) trailer for Retool. It shows how to retool the levels to eliminate guards. The game is still in alpha and all the art and sounds are subject to be changed.
Sorry about the bad quality of the footage, OBS did not want to play nice.
The music is by Aaron Paul Low.
Remember, you can download the playable alpha version from GameJolt.
You can now download the first public playable build of Retool. For those who do not know, Retool is a game about hacking into computers to alter electronic item’s output, which is done by rewiring them to other electronic items. If you are still confused, then go download and play the build. It will help you understand the game 43% more than just this text.
Here is a 5-second video showing the Retool logo in action. It makes the game look 11% better than before.
This week I have worked on updating the GUI and lighting. The GUI and lighting I was using was mainly for test purposes. I have now updated them so the game is easier to understand and better to look at.