v0.6.6 Update – CRT Fx + Multiplayer Options

I really miss that retro CRT feel, where the sub pixels of the CRT blend together in a way that can never reproduced by the new flat screens.Β I’ve always wanted to experiment with a pixel shader to make the feel of the game look more retro. And I found a couple of cool shaders on shadertoy that emulate the CRT retro feel. I think the game looks better, although by default it is turned off. For one thing it could be your video card might not support the shader, and secondly not all players like the CRT feel.

There are two versions that you can select from, v1 and v2.
I prefer v2 as it simulates even an animated subtle MoirΓ© effect. The bloom effect gives it another touch. You can tweak the shaders to your liking as each shader has it’s own settings. Check out the video of the shader in action. Make sure to switch to full screen to see the effect, but even better, you should just play the demo if you haven’t already :)https://www.youtube.com/embed/sXpHLQkXN64

Since I revamped the menu system, now it’s super easy for me to add another menu. And it’s been a while since I wanted to allow players to customize the multiplayer.
Two things that often propped up during multiplayer playtests were the following:

  • One of the players would spoil the fun by stealing the opponent partner and place her on death traps. Of course this is also the fault of a player leaving the partner unattended. But I thought to add an option where you can disable stealing opponent friend.
  • The other one was that players thought they can throw their partner at each other to steal their coins. But honestly I thought that was kinda weird to have in the game. But since players seem to expect that, I have added an option to allow hurting your opponent by throwing your partner at them.



v0.6.6 Release Notes


Added

  • New Menu system with transitions & icons
  • Graphics settings included CRT shaders for that retro feel
    • two different CRT shaders with own settings
  • Multiplayer settings to turn on (or off) the heat a notch
    • Can steal opponent partner (default on)
    • Throwing the partner at an opponent will hurt the opponent (default off)
    • Enter the players’ names
    • Start with an inventory item (wip)
  • New Felicie Sounds (over 100 wavs).

Fixed

  • Support for thumbstick in menu
  • Fix for enemies who have hp 2+ where them could hit you back. Also added more feedback when you hit them by bouncing them a bit with the hit
  • Do not allow using inventory when jelly fish
  • French merchant texts were not fitting
  • Fix for burp not playing due to play random voice over cancelling delayed sounds
  • Fix for teleport when felicie throws giorgio near a ceiling
  • Fixed crash when visiting potd without internet
  • Do not allow secrets triggered by dropped objects
  • Fixes for teleport of character when dropped

Modified

  • Make re-picking up something you dropped faster
  • Do not give bigger jump for Felicie in shop
  • Repeat key

Make sure you join us on Discord!

v0.6.5 Update – Felicie: Fast & Furious

I have finally released the update for the early access and demo where you can now play as Felicie too.

Felicie pulling Giorgy by the ear!

Giorgio is too fat to be carried! So she pulls him from his ear haha.
She’s more nimble than Giorgio and so you might find her a bit more challenging to control. But once you get used to her movement, you will be zapping faster through the levels (of course if you’re not dragging Giorgio by his ear).
Ah yes, she doesn’t fart too, because you know… she’s refined πŸ™‚

Watch the new trailer:

Release Notes

Added

  • You can now play as Felicie and pull Giorgio by the ear and throw him around
    • Felicie runs a bit faster when not carrying Giorgio
    • Voices for Felicie are not complete yet
    • There are some minor known issues when playing as Felicie, e.g. color of text is not swapped, or if Giorgio dies in Multiplayer it says Felicie died. Will be fixed in the next build.
  • Re-enabled switcheroo. This is a ghost-like entity rarely found in crates, which will swap the souls of Giorgio and Felicie. So if you’re playing with Giorgio, you start controlling Felicie (or vice-versa)
  • Warning to press jump button to jump higher. This is to re-inforce the tutorial that you have to keep the jump button pressed to go higher.
  • Global timer for speed runners. You now get an incrementing timer at the bottom across the levels.

Fixed

  • Fix for erroneously swapping player’s x-scale when throwing rope on a single tile
  • Fix for crash if player gets hit by an arrow while pulling up friend
  • Fix for disappearing enemy when being hit at the edge (during the delay before it switches direction, causing an image_xscale of 0)
  • Fix for animated pickups on P1 in multiplayer being off
  • Fix for crates getting teleporting when throwing them in a corridor along the ceiling (managed to reproduce only with Felicie)

Modified

  • Jellyfish in multiplayer changes color
  • Dropped loot can trigger traps too. It look quite odd for a red jewel to fall on a switch and it doesn’t get pressed!
  • Health pickups go in inventory now, so you can drop them to give them your friend. This was quite requested, where players wanted to have more control on health packs, so they can donate them to their partner.
  • Accept Enter key in menu (suggested by Linux gaming group). This was quite stupid from my part to omit the Enter key to select a menu item πŸ™‚
  • Disable double kills during boss fights because otherwise scores are too high (recommended by Jonathon)

Pyramid Plunge Demo released!

I’ve been very busy to get the demo out and finally it’s released. I was quite astonished when preparing the release notes how much items were in the list. Download the free demo from the Steam.

Thanks for all the bugs reported by the community on the Discord server.

And I also did this animation πŸ™‚



Here’s the full Release Notes for v0.6.2 (which includes the demo build)

Added

  • Trigger pause menu when window loses focus (does not work on Mac)
  • Fall sprites for Felicie when walks off a ledge
  • Die sound for enemies
  • Warning sound for enemies (for now just mummy)
  • Create hit stars (not for all objects yet, especially enemies attacks, boulder and gate)
  • F10 to swap gamepads for player 1 and player 2 (useful when playing MP of course)

Fixed

  • Removed using down key to drop items as it could be triggered near a ladder when trying to go down just before. This annoys the player. Spotted by retrome in the following bugs:
  • – “Felicie jumps trough the wall when you step down from the ladder to the platform, interesting case. Expectation: Felicie keeps to stand near you. https://youtu.be/7V0rUSqrg9E?t=1034“.
  • – “You can drop Felicie when moving down on ladder, this happens pretty often. Excpectation: you keep Felicie. https://youtu.be/pRjaHFLFYyY?t=237
  • – “When you step down from the ladder to the platform then Felicie may fall down of the platform. Expectation: Felicie keeps to stand on the platform. https://youtu.be/pRjaHFLFYyY?t=810
  • Fixed some ordering of objects and traps
  • Fixed bug reported by retrome: “Felicie starts to jump after she hit by explosion when you carry her, funny one. Expectation: you keep to carry her or she takes a damage and you drop her down. https://youtu.be/pRjaHFLFYyY?t=1785
  • Fixed bug reported by retrome: “Arrow hits Felicie when you carry her but she takes no damage. Expectation: Felicie takes damage and you drop her down. https://youtu.be/7V0rUSqrg9E?t=1973
  • Fixed bug reported by retrome: “Felicie is floating after you use a teleport item. Expectation: she stand on the floor. https://youtu.be/pRjaHFLFYyY?t=669
  • Fixed bug reported by retrome: “Felicie flies through the item. Expectation: Felicie breaks the item. https://youtu.be/pRjaHFLFYyY?t=185
  • Fixed bug reported by retrome: “Felicie jumps through the wall. This may cause a game over. Expectation: you drop Felicie down near yourself. https://youtu.be/pRjaHFLFYyY?t=424
  • Fixed text misalignments for all languages
  • Fix for boulder weird scaling when stops on a particular direction
  • Fixed inconsistencies with explosions. You can now destroy chests with bombs. Also sand dunes and spider webs will be removed by explosives. Even gates, switches and launchers will now be removed. Also tweaked coin effects of explosions.
  • Fixes for window height when entering name
  • Fixed for blinking eyes in tutorial (reported by Jonathon)
  • Fix consecutive kills rewards
  • Mummy walk had a missing frame for a leg
  • Fixed issue with enemy keeps running
  • Fix for weird size of screen when pressing F1 (not easily reproducable)Also if surface of pause screen is lost, then we resume to avoid crash. Spotted by Retrome. Thanks for the testing!
  • Fixed issue with scrolling friend when near explosion and being carried. Also solved potential problem when a thrown object of the explosion kills someone.
  • Boulders and other stuff should not be destroyed when they hit you while invincible
  • Fix for p1 gamepad disconnect, but p2 gamepad doesn’t get moved to first slot
  • Fix for throwing friend, but when sliding was not hitting enemies
  • Crate without a flipped question mark
  • Fix for teleport when friend is blinking and thrown in a corner

Modified

  • New Tutorial Explanation Backgrounds
  • Updated translations (inc for demo)
  • Update Gesture animation to be Carlton’s dance (awesome for taunting in MP)
  • Vases rotate slightly when thrown and break on contact
  • Throwables now do not collide if sliding speed is too slow
  • Animated exclamation. Also Fixed issue with exclamation doing “shadows” in the top-left of the level (due to rendering issue)
  • Made enemy pause at the edges
  • Made mummy to comes walk faster at you when he spots you
  • Show version in menu instead of game. Show details in game only with F2 toggle
  • When climbing, carried objects should be near hand
  • Showing “perfect” faded out in level summary and made sure it fits in all languages (although for now I kept it untranslated)
  • Tweaked deceleration when throwing on land (Also Experimented with controls while throwing in mid-air but reverted and didn’t commit that, as it felt fake)
  • Updated app icon
  • Updated splash screen

v0.6.1 Update – New Enemy Graphics

I finally added the new graphics for enemies in the Egypt world. I also updated some other Egypt world graphics like the mural and doorway. It’s coming together nicely. The Mayan enemies will be next :).

Here are the full release notes for this update v0.6.1:

Added

  • Polish language support
  • Added sound for throwables bounces and slide
  • Dead body landing sound
  • Show Play As although disabled for now
  • Friend Falling in mid-air animation
  • God rays from open chest

Fixed

  • Dead bodies are now in their own layer (they were appearing behind ladder/door)
  • Throwables should hit even if they are sliding (including friend)
  • Fix for remaining alive (running away) after being killed. Should also fix issue with occasional running away after dropping
  • Fix for incorrect direction of dead bodies when killed enemies
  • Multiplayer – Light fade out when exiting. Also when jellyfish, light of friend is disabled
  • Fix for German death reason sentence
  • Fixed collider for spiders/scarabs when cornering so they don’t touch you if you’re on the other side of the corner
  • Fixed issue reported by retrome regarding ladder climbing up/down fast when ladder is near a wall and you press direction keys
  • Typo for !myid in Russian
  • Tentative fix for collision detection with enemies, where enemies with hp 2 would not report the second collision if falling on their head twice, if using a normal GM collision event.
  • Fix for friend not getting hurt when still dropping in mid-air and being hit by an arrow
  • Fixed typo in text said by merchant when he says Welcome Back

Modified

  • New Enemies Graphics (For Egypt). The Demo for Steam Festival will only have Egypt available
  • New Boss Graphics, boss end animation
  • Revert “Fixed issue where you couldn’t pick up just spawned loot” – it wasn’t behaving as expected
  • In the boss level only, Dead enemies will fade away and spiral dust come up
  • Some sparks coming out of torches
  • Improved Lightning from teleport and zappers
  • Friend now gets hit if thrown against enemy which isn’t killed (hp > 1)
  • Breakables now break even if dropped vertically. Also tweaked frictions
  • Increased slightly loot colliders
  • Update Egypt Mural
  • Added glows to angels
  • Updated create and vase breaking sprites
  • Do not break stuff with friend if not too fast (i.e. not really thrown at her)
  • Updated Merchant graphics
  • Loot sound muffled the further away it is
  • Avoid generating murals behind entrances
  • New Egypt Door Graphics
  • Chest is now the same for multiplayer and singplayer (loot only)
  • Tweaked prices for shop
  • Avoid friend blur when falling vertically and not being thrown
  • Tweak to volume of coins and loot drop and also changed dead body land

v0.6.0 Update – New Character Graphics

I’ve been working on the sprites for the last 3 weeks or so, using the concepts fromΒ Samuel Suarez. Apparently I had to redo over 400 sprites! WOW. But it was worth it. The new characters are more lovable. Hope you like them too.

Pyramid of the Day was tweaked as well. The time bonus was giving too much points. Also I added a 1000 bonus points if you get any of the following perfect:

  • enemies killed
  • loot collected
  • secrets found

Here are the full release notes for v0.6.0.

Added

  • New Graphics for George and Felicie
  • Motion blur when falling to fast
  • Dust cloud when jumping
  • Different animations when jumping vertically/horizontally and landing
  • Offsets while carrying objects
  • Felicie Slide sound effect
  • Option to disable fog from pause menu (useful for slow GPUs)
  • Show hole after finding a secret
  • Semitransparent Flags for multiplayer
  • Show time in multiplayer

Fixed

  • Fixed rare teleporting issues (hopefully)
  • Delayed sounds sometimes wheren’t playing (like burping when eating beans)
  • Fix for Felicie flipping flopping when whistling and she’s directly above you
  • Do not allow entering keys for name if he’s using the keyboard for controls
  • Fix for friend triggering switch when carried
  • Fixed C4 pickup animating the whick when not lit up
  • Fix for when you pick up opponent friend and she is still sliding from a throw, she will be hovering on your head
  • Pulling rope animation and fixed issue where the player would be misaligned by a tile
  • Fix remaining stuck in mid-air when using teleport or zapper
  • Fixed bug with menu selection screen re-appearing if you keep it on English
  • Do not show friend marker if jellyfish
  • Fix for whistling in mid-air (if you press action key a lot while falling)
  • Fixed issue when breathing underwater, where text remained green
  • Don’t pick up friend if dead (especially for multiplayer)
  • When playing pyramid of the day always reset to first world
  • Fixed issue where pyramid of the day of mayan was the same as egypt
  • Scorpion attack wasn’t hitting friend
  • Fixed issue where you couldn’t pick up just spawned loot

Modified

  • Disabled switcheroo for now (as I still need to create graphics for them)
  • You can move horizontally on the ladder
  • You can know pick up and reattach a bomb
  • Can use inventory while running and swimming
  • Show next key to press to continue instead of green triangle in tutorial
  • Switch remains slightly visible when pressed
  • Allow to jump again after jumping on an enemy
  • Tweaked score for time bonus Added +1000 if you get enemies, loot, secrets perfect

v0.5.9 Update – Languages Support

I have added support for the following languages:

  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • (and soon Polish thanks to two guys from the Discord community)

The above were translated by translators (actual persons) but not professionals from the games industry, so I’m expecting there will be a lot of inconsistencies. And Localization QA is quite expensive.

If any of the above languages is your native language, I would really appreciate it if you could double check it and report and weird translations πŸ™‚

Join the community on Discord to give suggestions and get daily updates on art and development.

Meanwhile here’s a preview of the upcoming redesign of the characters

v0.5.5 Update – Discord Leaderboards

Discord Bot

So this week Pyramid Plunge has been listed on alphabetagamer (https://www.alphabetagamer.com/pyramid-plunge-beta-sign-up/) and that has caused quite a big surge on Discord.  There’s over 60 users now on the channel which is awesome!

As soon as I saw those players coming in, I decided to pause on everything, and add something to Discord to make hopefully make it more interesting to the players.

The game already had leaderboards for each difficulty of the single player (Tourists = Beginner, Returning Visitor = Medium, Badass = Hard). There’s also the leaderboard for Pyramid of the Day (which resets every 24 hours). And I thought … “wouldn’t it be cool if the player got some kind of recognition in Discord when they top the leaderboards?”. So that is what I focused on this week.

I created a bot (which I called Giorgio πŸ™‚ ), and through it you can query the current leaderboard status directly from Discord. Moreover, the bot will check if those in the top 10 should be given a title. So they would be shown under TouristsReturning Visitor or Badass according to the difficulty they played in.

In the case of Pyramid of the Day, only the first one will be recognized and highlighted in Discord as Pharaoh of the Day, and a crown will also be placed near his username. Of course this only lasts for one day πŸ™‚

There are instructions in this new build how to link  your discord in order for your scores to be recognized by the discord bot.

Multiplayer session with Judo Cruise Gaming (Youtuber)

Also this week I had the pleasure to record a multiplayer session with Judo Cruise Gaming. We used Parsec for this. Enjoy!https://www.youtube.com/embed/LassmCCs98s

v0.5.4 Update – Wishlist on Steam, Customize Keys & Trello board

Hi there…

Hope you’re all fine. Here’s a quick update of last week.

Wishlist on Steam!

I’ve prepared the page for Steam for now marked as coming soon Q4 2020. You can wishlist it here

The builds on itch.io will not be free anymore. BUT you can still be in the beta for free by signing up here.

Customizable Keys

I’ve been getting this quite a lot since the first builds … “I cannot customize the keys…”

Now you can πŸ™‚

In the pause menu you can customize the keys to your heart’s content.

Trello board

Also, you can now vote for tasks to be prioritized in a trello board. I migrated the tasks/bugs from my local todo list to a trello board. You can see it here: https://trello.com/b/fhkZsXV4/pyramid-plunge. So some fixes/features will have a link to the card directly to the trello board.

Quick Update on Online Multiplayer

Besides this minor feature, I’ve been busy as well on the online multiplayer netcode. So far throwing, killing enemies and arrows are synched properly. So online multiplayer is not in this build, but hopefully soon πŸ™‚

Release Notes

Here are the release notes for v0.5.4:

Added

Customizable keys https://trello.com/c/lU4le4Dp/89-remap-keyboard-buttons

Fixed

Fix #122 https://trello.com/c/1YNKIFyS/122-after-pressing-esc-to-pause-the-tutorial-the-w… Put the figure images on another layer on top of the backgrounds. Seems that after reactivating, their ordered is messed up by GameMaker.

Fix #19 https://trello.com/c/tando7Kw/19-when-whistling-cannot-be-hit

Fix #128 https://trello.com/c/ED7mBPJx/128-fix-for-stone-hitting-the-opponent-without-throwing-it

v0.5.3 Update – Explosions, Trails and Rainbows

In this release:

Pyramid Plunge Explosion improved
Pyramid Plunge Invincibility trail
Pyramid Plunge stones trails

Added

  • Added trail to stones
  • Added dash to thrown objects
  • Added rainbow trail when invincible

Modified

  • Improved explosion effect
  • Brighter ambient light (see screenshot & trailer in main game page)
  • Tweaked loot item chances for crates so more dynamite spawn
  • Tweaked camera shake (now using perlin noise and to be more in the y than in the x)
  • Explosions now throw objects away including coins and dead bodies

Fixed

  • Fixed collider of dynamite (was slightly big)
  • Fixed a crash when a dead body triggers an arrow and kills another enemy (deployed by player was assumed to be filled)

v0.5.2 Minor update (quarter damage, fixes)

Added

  • Added back button support for menu
  • Added Exit option in main menu
  • Infestation roll sound effect
  • Support for partial damage, with hearts now having 4 quarters. Support for partial damage, with hearts having 4 quarters. This was done as it was a bit stupid that in 2p, the opponent cannot damage your friend (as she would be killed pretty quickly). So instead now this is introduced, so that throwables damage you by one quarter, while enemies, boulders, arrows, etc damage you be 1 whole heart.

Fixed

  • Dead bodies should be behind pickups
  • Switcheroo ghost should not chase exited players
  • Fixed issue with some pingponging animations
  • Fixed pivot points for Felicie swimming as it was very jarring when flipping direction
  • Draw friend avatar in multiplayer according to chosen color
  • Fix for multiplayer where player can pickup opponent friend while she’s climbing up the rop, causing a bit of a glitch
  • Do not allow to deploy explosives at edges of level
  • Fixed depths of characters when switcherooed

Modified

  • Tweak to tutorial so bomb part is easier
  • Improved exit animations
  • Chest can be flipped horizontally randomly in level generation
  • Tweaks for pause menu
  • Do not decrement flood timer when exiting the level
  • Tweak so you can steal back your stolen friend while being carried (As previously you had to be above the other player to steal back your friend)