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« on: March 24, 2015, 11:32:49 AM »

Updated this post with the latest information.


Hi!

Road to Ballhalla (previously called "Roll Playing Game") is a music-driven puzzle platformer with balls. And bad puns. I'd say it plays like a rhythmic mix of Trials, Marble Madness and The Stanley Parable.

Latest trailer:



Prepare your balls for an epic journey to Ballhalla. Feel the rhythm to overcome deadly hazards and marble at awful puns in the roll playing game of the year. May the torque be with you!



I'm the single developer on the game itself, Emmy-nominated composer Nicholas Singer is composing the music as well as creating the SFX.

It's coming to Steam on August 5th, 2016, published by tinyBuild. For more information, head over the website: http://www.roadtoballhalla.com/

Until next time!
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2015, 07:58:53 AM »

A RPG, ball rhythm game? My head just exploded.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2015, 05:04:41 AM »

A RPG, ball rhythm game? My head just exploded.
Haha, well, technically it's more ball rhythm game than RPG, so you might just keep your head. Wink
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2015, 09:17:58 AM »

I've written a blog post about my level building workflow, from using Tiled as the 2D tilemap editor to importing the tilemap in UE4 and using instanced static meshes to construct the level:

http://roll-playing-game.com/blog/2015/04/level-building-workflow-from-tiled-to-ue4/
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2015, 01:09:57 PM »

Very nice. The colorful, illuminated mazes keep the levels interesting and engaging and will help this game stand out.
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2015, 01:25:51 AM »

Thanks!

Decisions in Roll Playing Game are not always easy and have far-reaching consequences:
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2015, 01:31:59 AM »

One of the bigger puzzles in the game, the TRUE GRID:

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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2015, 01:59:20 AM »

The headline of this post is intriguing enough to click on it directly, and after reading all this, I'm totally fascinated xD
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2015, 07:03:46 AM »

This looks super cool.  Given that the levels are made in Tiled, have you considered having mod support for this game?  Going one step further, have you considered procedurally generated levels based on songs selected by the game?  I realize that last one's more of a pipe-dream, but it would be neat none the less. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2015, 01:35:51 PM »

Thanks!

I'm actually considering mod support. This would need quite a few adjustments to the importer because I add most gameplay objects only in the UE4 editor and not in Tiled. And stuff like rotating laser beams or floor texts are hard to add to the tilemap, but certainly not impossible (through Tiled's object layer). Also, there are a few script events that are not possible with Tiled. But for the most part it would be doable. Getting the actual game done is the priority obviously, so no promises here. But I agree that it would be cool. Smiley

As for your second idea: Yes, I considered this, but in the end I wanted to have full control over the level design in this game. Nearly every level has its unique gameplay element(s) that often build on each other, which is a hard thing to do procedurally. I'd love to do something like this, but it would be quite a different game. Wink
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2015, 06:27:19 PM »

I really like the name, it looks great, music goes really well, looking forward your progress!
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2015, 08:30:25 AM »

Great to hear! Wink

I uploaded a free alpha demo of the game today! More on that in the Playtesting thread: http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=47496.0

The link to download the demo is: http://felinefuelledgames.itch.io/roll-playing-game

I've also uploaded a new gameplay trailer:

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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2015, 10:51:39 AM »

New screens with updated visuals (improved colors, clouds + new particle effects on ball + level):





As all 20 levels are already finished (except bonus levels), I'm currently working on the Level Hub + Savegames. More on that soon. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2015, 09:34:26 AM »

More screenshots!




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« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2015, 01:42:24 PM »

First screenshot from the level hub (WIP):


Also I'm currently reworking level 1-3 for more diversion:

(currently failing and exploding while playtesting)
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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2015, 09:48:20 AM »

I've updated the game's website with new screenshots and texts: http://www.roll-playing-game.com/

Also, there is a new alpha demo (in preparation for our Steam Greenlight campaign, which will start soon) - more information: http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=47496.msg1147419#msg1147419

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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2015, 06:41:34 AM »

I've waited for E3 news and the Steam Sale to cool down and now the game is finally available on Greenlight: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=450389956

New Greenlight Trailer:



New screens to marble at:

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« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2015, 07:05:38 AM »

Greenlight votes crossed the 50% mark towards the top 100 a few hours ago. I've written a new blog post about the current development progress and what's coming next:
http://roll-playing-game.com/blog/2015/06/development-state/
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« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2015, 06:03:30 AM »

The game was greenlit 4 days later. Here's a new gif:



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Tricking the evil ball that falls down on you every few beats into helping you pass the laser beam.
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« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2015, 09:45:54 AM »



^
This is from a level where you have to look for hints in the environment (floor texts, suspicious trap patterns etc.) to find hidden pathways, memorize their pattern and use them to get to the next section. One wrong "step" and you fall down.
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