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« Reply #40 on: June 15, 2015, 06:14:41 am »

This looks awesome ! I'm digging the cute style.

I couldn't see the game test video? it was private on youtube.

What platform is it for? and also do you have any release date yet?
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« Reply #41 on: June 15, 2015, 06:19:47 am »

You had me at cooking. I'd love a local co-op multiplayer (that's not a platformer) to play with my kids!
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« Reply #42 on: June 15, 2015, 06:52:37 am »

@DevDennis: Thanks man, glad you like it, we're hoping for as many platforms as possible; PC & consoles ideally : ) And thanks for the heads up, still getting my head round the YouTube privacy settings, should work now:

(Incredibly shaky and out of focus but that adds to the mystery right Smiley)

@vividhelix: Glad to meet a fellow co-op and cooking enthusiast Smiley We're hoping to cater to younger players in the initial stages and then ramp up the difficulty as the game progress (kind of like Mario i guess  Grin ) Teamwork is definitely the key, everyone playing will need to bring their A-game to complete the later levels!
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« Reply #43 on: June 15, 2015, 11:44:09 pm »

Yeah now it works, sounds like people are having fun Smiley Cool.
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« Reply #44 on: June 16, 2015, 02:37:40 am »

This looks so brilliant! Reminds me an awful lot of one of my favourite Pokemon Stadium minigames, Lickitung Sushi Race or something.  Kiss
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« Reply #45 on: June 18, 2015, 05:46:14 am »

@DevDennis - They certainly were, despite their whole kitchen being on fire!

@JctWood - Thanks buddy. I haven't played that particular minigame but it looks like fun!

This week we've been continuing work on the world map. You can now navigate to and select nodes on the map to load new levels (Still working on tying in the unlock system so we can experiment with unlock order/ balancing the difficulty as levels progress.

We took a day on Wednesday to finally add some Sound FX to the game, something neither of us have done before but which was a nice change of pace. I've been using our haunted house level as a test bed so we now have lots of nice thunder rumbles when lightning strikes, and some spooky 'oooo' noises when objects start to float... love trying to describe audio with words :D

Speaking of which, here's a little peak at how our ghostly floating level pieces work:


As you can see when pieces move they open up new routes or close previously open ones, as well as moving the object in question to a new part of the kitchen, yet another attempt by us to keep players on their toes as the level progresses!

Hopefully going to have a few more play testers in soon to help us find the cracks in our tutorial system and to test out a few of the new level mechanics which have gone in over the last few weeks!

If anyone has any questions, fire away, we're always happy to respond and hungry for feedback :D

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« Reply #46 on: June 18, 2015, 07:20:10 am »

I smell success over at steam :D
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« Reply #47 on: June 21, 2015, 10:08:08 am »

Wow. This looks great.

This will definitely be a game to enjoy with friends or loved ones. I know that this game is a lot about co-op but have you thought about a game mode where the screen is split into four different kitchens and it's a race to make the dishes. Maybe have powerups to hurt other players?

I can't wait to see future updates of this game. Keep it up, it looks amazing. :D
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« Reply #48 on: June 21, 2015, 06:37:28 pm »

Wow. This looks great.

This will definitely be a game to enjoy with friends or loved ones. I know that this game is a lot about co-op but have you thought about a game mode where the screen is split into four different kitchens and it's a race to make the dishes. Maybe have powerups to hurt other players?

I can't wait to see future updates of this game. Keep it up, it looks amazing. :D

Had the same idea.
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« Reply #49 on: June 22, 2015, 01:38:32 am »

Thanks for the kind words guys!  Hand Thumbs Up Right

On the split kitchens thing, we kind of have some of that in our 8 player mode, with 4 chefs vs 4 chefs, we're certainly open to the idea of trying to mix around the team sizes and the amount of teams and all that, it's just a matter of how many levels we end up making really.
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« Reply #50 on: June 22, 2015, 04:22:10 am »

When can we play this!
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« Reply #51 on: June 23, 2015, 06:28:05 am »

@ernanir: :D Fingers crossed

@Keith: Thanks! Here's a little look at one of our competitive test levels:

(It's not immediately obvious, but ingredients are randomly spawned from the white boxes onto the conveyor in the middle and players on either side need to compete to grab them to cook the orders that come in. It works really nicely although u do end up with players camping out to grab ingredients immediately after they spawn Smiley )

@Bluebutton We're getting there! We did a play test last week with our new tutorials and it seemed to hold together pretty well. We spent a good portion of this week making tweaks that will hopefully mean we can start testing the game without us on hand to explain things Smiley

On a side note I really do recommend unprompted play tests as often as possible. It's extremely painful sitting and watching players fail to notice UI or misinterpret instructions but it really is the best way of finding out what aspects of the game need the most attention.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CH2idpOWsAAgfX0.jpg <--- photo from our play test

So...what else have we been up to. I started rigging some NPC characters to start filling out the backgrounds of our levels. Here's a little gif of the slightly shonky bobbing/talking idles I made for our diners:


We've tweaked the visuals for dirty plates and the pass and other kitchen stations to hopefully communicate their functions a little better.

Oli is working on allowing us to animate our GUI so we can draw the players attention to when new orders come in, when orders are running out or when they've lost a life. All designed to try and tighten up our UX.

Then we're going back to the world map so we can hopefully have a very basic version of the wider gameloop in place by the end of the month!

As always keep the feedback coming, it's a real boost knowing we're not creating the game in a vacuum :D
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« Reply #52 on: June 23, 2015, 09:39:07 am »

That looks awesome!

One mode that would be cool to see for teams or maybe co-op is if one or two people can be designated as the waiter. So now, not only do you have to cook the meal but you have to deliver it to the right table, using memory. It'd be a fun and different experience from just cooking. Possibly have a mode that you play as a waiter only?

Also another idea is that you could allow the cooks to eat the ingredients, and based on which one you eat, it affects them.

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Hot Pepper - move faster
Meat - throw ingredients further?
Alcohol - faster cooking but messes with your movement.

I really love the art and animations. Everything about this game is looking really fun and polished. This will definitely be a go to game for people during parties.
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« Reply #53 on: June 23, 2015, 07:16:18 pm »

I never thought I would be into a cooking game, but this game looks really cute and fun
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« Reply #54 on: June 24, 2015, 07:29:48 am »

Game looks super great!  Love the style and sense of variety.
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« Reply #55 on: June 25, 2015, 06:52:52 am »

Also, here are some of our experiments for when food catches fire. We're going for something a bit more painterly than photo-realistic. Not sure which one's I'm favouring at the moment... maybe the far left...what do you think?


i think it looks too yellow and bright maybe it needs more warm orangy colors
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« Reply #56 on: June 30, 2015, 05:04:28 am »

@nt - I know what you mean. I'm always reticent about calling it a cooking game as I think people instantly picture CookingMama or like a physics-based cooking sim, whereas our game is more of a party/...strategy game I guess...!

@Hot Pengu - Thanks :D More stuff is going in every day

@Ege - You're right, we ended up making it much more orange once we got it into the scene. In my head I had this image of a flat colour flame but it just didn't gel with the rest of the scene : )

@Keith - I like this idea! We talked a little bit about an espresso machine which could speed you up for a while, but actually using the food would be great : )

Another week has flown by. Quite a boring but important week really. Oli has been hard at work working on the map/unlock screen which is slowly but surely coming together. We're hoping to have something functional by the end of tomorrow.. fingers crossed!

I've been doing a lot of housekeeping, tidying up all our objects so there's no weirdly scaling on the models and making sure everything we have is aligned properly to the gameplay grid. I've also been working on a huge prefab for the City levels, basically a big backdrop with moving cars and pedestrians which we can re position to switch up the background of our city levels. Looks kind of like an adorable GTA:

[WIP. more details being added as we speak]

I've also been adding more general set dressing to our themed levels, including these explorer dudes:


Oh, and these penguins... :D


Feeling a lot more comfortable rigging characters now, hopefully I'll find some time to improve on my animation skills so I don't have to settle for whatever I end up with after 15 minutes of fiddling : ) Getting to the stage now where we need to start readdressing our tasks and prioritising them properly!

As always love to hear your feedback and questions  Coffee
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« Reply #57 on: June 30, 2015, 08:45:11 am »

How do you create such wonderful flat shading? Or is it a secret recipe Wink
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« Reply #58 on: June 30, 2015, 09:03:47 am »

I'm excited to see how each stage offers it's own twist.

I'm sure city levels will have no twist. Snowy levels will have slippery floors. Boat levels will have things move back and forth. There's lots of possibilities to not only make each stage look different but play different as well.

For that snowy one, it would be fun if you could pick up a snowball and throw it at another chef, which will cause them to be knocked down for a few seconds.
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« Reply #59 on: June 30, 2015, 11:02:05 am »

Looks great, I really like the overall design and animations, it grasps the kitchen frenzy. It's a neat idea that the levels have unique impacts on gameplay. There's a game I used to play on N64 which had a similar approach, I can't remember its name, but if I do, I'll let you know.
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