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Satellina - mesmerizing "puzzle in motion" with catchy synthpop soundtrack

01-09-2015, 11:21 AM
#1
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Satellina - mesmerizing "puzzle in motion" with catchy synthpop soundtrack

Hi! My name is Pete--I'm a first-time developer. (Well, sort of--I was also a cocreator of the 8-bit Great Gatsby game that went around a few years ago--but I've never released anything commercially before.) I wanted to tell you a little about my new game, Satellina.

Satellina is a minimalistic "puzzle in motion." Red, green, and yellow particles swirl around the screen in a bunch of different patterns; you have to collect all of the greens without touching the others, at which point the yellows turn green and the reds turn yellow. There's an element of figuring out the best route through the level, and then an element of pulling off your plan in the actuality.

My goal was to make something that was challenging without being punitive--not so hard you want to throw the phone/tablet out the window, but hard enough that it's satisfying when you get it. (There's also a catchy synthpop soundtrack to take the edge off.) Once you've beaten the levels, there are also global leaderboards so you can compete against other people's fastest completion times. (Kind of a speed-running aspect to it.)

The game comes out for iOS on January 22 and Android on January 29. It's $1.99, with no ads and no IAP. (I thought about making a free-to-play version, but I couldn't see a way to do it without compromising the integrity of the challenge. I didn't want people to think I'd made it hard just to squeeze money out of them!)

People who've previewed the game have said some nice things:

"[L]ooks poised to be the first puzzle giant of 2015" - PocketTactics.com
http://www.pockettactics.com/news/ios-news/1-2-3-green-light-new-puzzler-satellina-coming-mobile/

"The game is amazing... so addictive... really satisfying" - AppSpy
http://www.twitch.tv/appspy/v/3668113 (skip to around minute 54) (incidentally these guys and some others raised the issue that people who are red-green color blind will have trouble with the game--the release version has an alternate palette available immediately to address that)

"I love it. I love that all the dots move so much, and that it's so hard for little kids. I love that it has red dots. And I love love love the music." - a five-year-old
(you'll just have to take my word for it on that one)

Here's a how-to-play video that should give you a sense of it (set it to 720p60 to get a sense of the actual smoothness):



And here are some screens:









Level map:



Alternate palette:



Thanks for listening! Hope you like the game.
01-10-2015, 03:04 PM
#2
Joined: Feb 2011
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Hi Pete,

Thanks for the post. I'm definitely intrigued! When's the release date?

Cheers

Edit: apologies, reading on the phone ended up skipping that part.

Looking forward to it in a couple of weeks - the Pocket Tactics mention was what got the game on my radar, since I usually trust their judgment.

Cheers

01-10-2015, 03:12 PM
#3
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I'm intrigued. How do the controls work? Are they relative or 1:1?
01-10-2015, 04:58 PM
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Thank you guys! As far as controls, you can set the level of touch sensitivity. I stick with 1:1 cause I find I need the precision, but people who tested it asked for multiple settings. One friend of mine swears that "2:1 is going to be what the real ballers use." (his words)
01-10-2015, 05:04 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by petermalamudsmith View Post
Thank you guys! As far as controls, you can set the level of touch sensitivity. I stick with 1:1 cause I find I need the precision, but people who tested it asked for multiple settings. One friend of mine swears that "2:1 is going to be what the real ballers use." (his words)
Awesome, so this will be great with a stylus.
01-10-2015, 05:19 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by coolpepper43 View Post
Awesome, so this will be great with a stylus.
Yes, at least one of the testers played with a stylus and had good results!
01-12-2015, 01:07 PM
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Is there test flight I could play looks fun and addictive
01-12-2015, 01:56 PM
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Sure! Shoot me an email -- petermsmith at gmail dot com.
01-12-2015, 02:38 PM
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Sent stuff to you now