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Old 09-02-2013, 11:42 AM
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Default "Air Supply - Infinite" - Sam is back! :D

Hello all, long time no see!

I've been beavering away at another Air Supply game!

Hurrah!

Sam is back, this time running round whole planets, trying to get to 'The Void' where he can pick up an Infinity Cup!

Here's a work in progress screenshot:



Gameplay is simple. The basics are:

Jump over aliens.
Tap anywhere to jump.
Double tap to activate a Smart Bomb (I think, therefore I am).
Don't forget your AIR IS RUNNING OUT!

There are unlocks a-go-go, and an awesome soundtrack by that genius Yerzmyey, who writes his music on retro computers (the tracks were written on a ZX Spectrum/ZX81 with an AY chip).

No trailer as yet, but I thought I'd post a 'Music Teaser' video that should whet your aural appetites:


Youtube link | Pop Up


I'm hoping this one will be a universal build, with GameCenter leaderboards and achievements

Thanks for tuning in! I'll try and keep you updated on what's happening.

QS
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:02 AM
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I checked the first air supply, it's a runner game. But, based on your screenshot, this time doesn't looks like as side scrolling runner game, is this like "jump and jump" from one planet to other planet or like endless runner around one planet only?
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:22 AM
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I checked the first air supply, it's a runner game. But, based on your screenshot, this time doesn't looks like as side scrolling runner game, is this like "jump and jump" from one planet to other planet or like endless runner around one planet only?
Hey Copaeci,

Infinite is a runner around one planet only.

Sounds dull, eh?

Well, I've been doing all I can to make it more exciting! It's been a real challenge to put some, well, *challenge* into the game and make it as fun as possible.

The game started out as a demo someone gave away. It had a square, moving around the outside of a circle. You had to jump over a triangle. When you hit the triangle, it was game over.

Now that's simple, right? Too simple. And yet I found the central game mechanic, of jumping over an obstacle while moving around in a circle, to be bloody addictive!

But I'm a gamer, just like you. Have been since the original Space Invaders appeared in the arcades.

I *love* games.

So though the mechanic and demo were addictive, I knew it would need more.

As a consequence, I've added things from the original Air Supply to this game. The pickups, for example. The colour changes. Planet changes. Music changes.

It's all in here.

Then as a gamer I realised I wanted still more from the next Air Supply game. It's what *I* would want as a gamer.

So I added smartbombs. These add another level of strategic play, even in a one button endless runner!

There's a sense of progress too which the original Air Supply didn't have. There is a goal to reach, an end to the infinite runner...

There are other elements as well which I've added/plan to add. And I've tried to tune the game to be as fun and fair as possible.

In short, I've done my very best to add layers of gameplay onto the basic concept! To make it clever, fun, addictive.

On the original Air Supply I had no idea if people would like it or not. Seriously. Working on a game you get used to it and start taking certain things for granted.

The music for my games, for example, I've been listening to for literally years before putting them into what I make.

I've heard the tracks thousands of times, so much so that for me they become 'background' elements, and you start to believe that everyone else will feel the same.

Then someone hears a track for the first time in their lives, and the same joy I had when I first heard it hits them. And it's new to them.

So all that worry that 'this bit is getting boring' is because of familiarity. To new ears though, it's (usually!) awesome!

And then the *extra* uncertainty creeps in. What if it just IS boring or overfamiliar?

You can never really tell!

As a consequence I have no idea if people will like this game, or if it will appeal to them or not.

I just know that I'm playing it as much, if not more, than I played the original Air Supply. Each build I make is played for hours, if not days, to make sure it works, is fun, and is tuned just right.

Sorry to have rambled a bit there. I know it's going to be an uphill struggle to convince people to try this game, so I want to try and give as honest and thorough a response as possible!

I'm looking forward to finishing the game, hopefully before the end of the month, so I can show you guys a gameplay video. The screenshots don't really do it justice!


Cheers!

QS
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:01 PM
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If it's a game from Quantum Sheep, expect quality and a killer ZX soundtrack.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:10 PM
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It's beautiful. I'll take five copies. Thanks.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:32 PM
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Wow, I nearly missed out on this!!!
Looks great and I just love the music.
Good luck with this, QS!

Cheers
Thomas
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:47 PM
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Me likey. Got a release date yet QS?
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:15 PM
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Me likey. Got a release date yet QS?
Thank you Mr. Psience!

I'm working on it every day! It's tentatively due at the end of the month with any luck.

It might go over, but I hope to be pretty much feature complete in about 10 days, then it'll go to my crack team of testers!

I'm at that stage where the base game is done and works great, it's just adding new stuff to it that will improve it, but break it at the same time

Cheers,

QS
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:02 AM
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Default A quick update

Hey all,

Just a quick update and a quick screenshot!



This is a guest appearance (again!) by The Gravonaut, a Nexus Games Studio character that they've kindly let appear in my games!

He's caught in a UFO tractor beam, which holds him in place for a few seconds.

Luckily, he has three smartbombs in reserve, and air + full air pickups are on their way down!

Still a few things to do but I'm hoping to have a test version out to people by the weekend!

Thanks for looking!

QS
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:41 PM
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Default Another music tease... :D

Heyas, hope all's well!

Unfortunately I've overshot the release date, and I'm now hoping to get this game to you guys in October.

October 2013. Honest!

One interesting thing coming back from the testers was that the sense of progression wasn't obvious.

Previously, the background changed the further you ran without getting hit by an alien.

This wasn't enough though, so I've put in a cool little 'progress bar' on the side, to hopefully make things clearer!

Thanks for your interest/patience, and here's another little music tease to for you all!


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Cheers!

QS
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