Hello everyone! This is my devlog for Different Blades (working title), a puzzle RPG that began development in May 2012. A demo featuring the game's combat is nearing completion, but I wanted to start a devlog now to chart my progress and get some reaction from the community.
So, what exactly is a Hidden Object Role-Playing Game?
Heavily inspired in concept by games like Puzzle Quest, Different Blades combines RPG elements with hidden object/find-the-difference gameplay.
Players will travel around a world map, interacting with various characters and progressing through a story. There will be quests to complete, items to collect, experience to be gained, and skills to level up. But when it comes to battling monsters, combat is played out through unique find-the-difference style gameplay.
Different Blades is currently being developed for the iPad, but is being created with the Unity engine, so a PC/Mac release is possible. The demo will be released online through Unity's web player.
Why Hidden Object/Find-the-Difference?
I've always been a fan of puzzle/RPG games, and I wanted to contribute something new and interesting to the genre. Having played many casual hidden object games over the years, infusing an RPG with hidden object elements seemed like a really natural and unique fit. Find-the-Difference games are something lots of people are familiar with, and having a really talented monster artist (Christine Chong) to design the portraits, players will finally get to see the vicious orcs and ogres they battle face-to-face!
Designer & Programmer
Joe Lavoine (that's me!)
Friend and gamer Nick Bernick
Sound & Music
Bill Mueller (sound designer from 38 Studios)
I'm really interested in any feedback or questions. Thanks for taking your time to read this devlog!
And to finish off, some screenshots:
Early version of combat UI:
(there are no differences in this screenshot, so don't kill yourself looking =)
(hi res: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/26047490/EarlyCombat.jpg
And here's the game's first finished enemy, the Goblin Fireshaper!
(hi res: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/26047490/GoblinFireshaper.jpg