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Malevolent Machines by Goodnight Games

08-22-2016, 06:47 PM
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Malevolent Machines by Goodnight Games

Malevolent Machines
Careless in her experiments Dr. Leyla Green unleashes countless horrors upon mankind. In order to get her experiments back and keep her funding she dives into a steampunk universe with her giant pet cyborg. Dr. Leyla will take on hordes of biological and robotic monstrosities as she journeys through the city to her university lab.









Releasing: February 7th 2017

Last edited by goodnightgames; 11-21-2016 at 12:04 PM.
08-25-2016, 10:00 PM
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Now is the perfect time to talk about the Malevolent Machines' game play and how you control the two characters.

Let's take a look at the color test for the first level background. This isn't the final background at all just a means to make sure the characters pop against it before it goes into final production:



When controlling Leyla she will run towards the right hand side of the screen. Enemies will come up that will either need to be jumped over, slid under, attacked with her energy claw or have the ground blown apart from under them. Mastering these sequences is the key to killing her enemies.

She'll be facing a variety of mechanical and biological creations of her own design. Each has a specific way to destroy so the player will be kept on their toes.

Here is an imp, ready to burn her into tiny cinders unless she destroys it:



Both characters control seamlessly with one finger, in the next update we'll talk about just how that happens.


- Lawrence

09-01-2016, 03:15 PM
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Let's talk about the Mech game play. Leyla controls the Juggerbot, the only creation that was too broken to rebel with the others. She'll take advantage of his advanced weapons (when they work) to purge enemies.

While the player swipes to control Leyla they tap to control the Juggerbot. Enemies and other giant robots will attack and they need to be fought off with one of the Juggerbot's 3 weapons. You can switch, on the fly, between vulcan cannons, homing missiles and the charged particle cannon.

Vulcan Cannons are your all purpose machine gun, quick to fire but light on damage. They tend to overheat.

Homing Missles do a medium damage but you have 3 before you need to reload.

The Charged Particle Cannon will charge up then deal high damage and have the ability to go through enemies to hit multiple robots. It has a long cool down so choose your shots carefully.

Check out the Juggerbot in all his magnificence:

09-08-2016, 09:58 PM
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It's update time!

We've got a lot of major things to talk about but I feel like it would be cool to give you guys a peek behind the scenes of us making the game.

At the moment we're currently test fitting the art into Malevolent Machines. So to give you guys a sneak peek at the process this is what it looks like right now:


So you can see it's coming together! How great is that? This game is shaping up to have the best graphics we've ever done. You can still see some of the test objects we've put in to measure certain aspects of the game. The bottom right being the best example. The levels can only be completed by killing a set amount of enemies which will in turn lead to a massive boss battle with Leyla's larger failed creations. Right now we've got literally the world's ugliest system text in there. It will all be replaced of course. We're also missing most of the background objects which will be added over time and of course we'll show you everything as we do it.

Until we've got them rolling through just fine let's have a look at the concept art for the first two levels. You'll start in Leyla's lab:


Then afterwards to the hidden tunnels underneath where a secret death cult has taken up residence. Leyla was so busy with her experiments she never noticed:


Enjoy!

-Lawrence
09-16-2016, 04:05 PM
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Update time! Let's talk about some of the enemies. We're getting closer to having the art programmed in so soon we'll be sharing full game screenshots. While we wait let's have a look at some of the enemies you'll be fighting in the game.



Steam Shell
What Is It: Originally invented to clear snow out of the front of the lab but using a logic chip from an ex military robot was cheaper than making a new one. So now hundreds of them have snapped and are running around killing people with their laser powered plows.
Who Fights It:Leyla can only break the shield by changing the energy signature of her arm.


Steam Launcher
What Is It: Leyla enjoys tennis on the weekends, unfortunately she accidentally replaced the tennis balls in this machine with high explosive grenades. Now they're running all over town to test everyone's tennis skills.
Who Fights It:Leyla can only destroy this turrent by hitting it's grenades back at it.


Steam Carry-copter
What Is It: Leyla wanted a way to get parts shipped faster to her lab. Unfortunately the company accidentally filled it with live mines. Special delivery!
Who Fights It:The Juggerbot has to destroy it before it drops its mine. If the mine spawns Leyla has to dodge it.
09-22-2016, 12:28 PM
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Update time!


Alright so we've got so much stuff to talk about but what comes first is we have game footage! We've got most of the art in and working just as planned so I really wanted to share this with everyone. Apologies for the non-video flip:






We're making massive progress. Very soon I'll have some proper stills and videos along with learning more about the enemies. I just couldn't help but share.

- Lawrence
09-29-2016, 01:09 PM
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It's Thursday that means it's time to update!

Thanks to everyone in the thread for their support. We can't do it without you! Development is happily chugging along and it seems the Touch Arcade staff doesn't think we can finish in time for our December release. So I snuck some shots from our play testing to show just how far we've come:





This game will be out in December. The challenge is accepted and we're not backing down.


Now to share more details on the game:

We're going to have two modes in the game we'll be doing a 25 level story mode and also an endless mode with leaderboards and other fun things. There is a fair bit of meat to the game with many combinations of enemies that require both the 3 weapons on the mech and the attacks of Leyla to defeat.

That's it for now. Legit screenshots and videos coming in the next update. I may or may not be killed by sneaking these on here. Sssssh don't tell anyone.



-Lawrence
10-05-2016, 09:05 AM
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Early Update!


I've realized I haven't announced the price of the app. If you guys follow us you'll know Goodnight Games has never and will never do freemium pay to win garbage. I will disband this company before I let it fall prey to something I feel is completely destroying mobile gaming.



We will be doing $1.99 and we will continue to update the game after launch.

As you can see with Ernie vs Evil we keep updating long after launch. Get in early and reap all the rewards.

-Lawrence
10-14-2016, 04:11 PM
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Update time!

We're busy cracking away on assets so let's check out some new things.


First we've got a new stage going. In world 4 you'll be sneaking aboard a zeppelin in order to fly yourself to the York University of Technology where your experiments are based. This will be a deadly ride with failed experiments attacking Leyla and the Juggerbot constantly.



We've got a new enemy to check out as well:


Teddy Jumpenstein
What Is It: In order to reach things on high selves, Leyla created Teddy. Coating him in a sticky viscous gum like substance, Teddy bounces into objects so they stick to him and returns to Leyla. Unfortunately Teddy discovered his life was essentially meaningless and rebelled. He wants to be a dancer.
Who Fights It: Leyla can either slide under him or destroy him.


-Lawrence
11-01-2016, 02:32 PM
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Announcement


Unfortunately we're going to have to delay Malevolent Machines into the new year. As we get closer to the December deadline it's become obvious that if we want to keep all of the features in the game such as endless mode we're going to need a delay. I'm honestly not comfortable trimming out the games features then releasing and adding them later over time. I would rather we gave you guys the full game all at once and this way we'll have extra time to add even more polish and bring you guys the full game that you deserve.

The new release date will be February 7th!



- Lawrence