Friday, June 12, 2020

Walthros: Renewal Demo 1.6 Now Available!



The latest Walthros: Renewal demo is now available! Aside from bug fixes, this is planned to be the final public demo. Download it below:

Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1317270/Walthros_Renewal/
Itch.io: https://super-walrus-games.itch.io/walthros-renewal

What's New:

-Added Retry option when you’re defeated in battle.
-Added Continue option to title screen to load last autosave.
-Added additional secret treasures to find on the World Map.
-Balance adjustment: KO’d heroes now recover 1 HP after battle in Normal Mode.
-Completed Bayswater Village zone.
-Completed optional dungeon (Grounded Ship).
-Added Bayswater side quests.
-Added Dinner with Friends scene to Bayswater.
-Fixed animations on some healing items.
-Fixed a bug with Salom’s Flip Flop attack.
-Adjusted costs of weapon upgrades.
-Adjusted cost of Salom’s multi-hit attacks.
-Added limited visibility to Alpha City Ruins.
-Added transparency effects throughout game.
-Added Burpin Bros arcade machine to Bayswater (In final version this will be moved to Flopsberg)
-Expanded hero bios and bestiary.
-Updated some hero and NPC graphics.
-Fixed uncommon glitch during Blue Shrine emergence scene.
-Fixed a visual glitch with Bunny Soda revive item.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Walthros: Renewal Demo 1.5 Now Available!


A new demo is now available! This adds another 45+ minutes to the original demo release on top of a variety of balance and quality of life improvements.

Download it here: https://super-walrus-games.itch.io/walthros-renewal

What's New:
  • Key Items menu added to main menu.
  • Three hidden locations added to World Map.
  • Three side quests added to Beta City
  • Side quest NPCs have quest indicators over their heads.
  • Area Map menu option now available in cities and in World Map.
  • New music added to some maps.
  • New friend: Miffany friend quest available in Bayswater Woods.
  • Story expansion: Bayswater Woods dungeon is now available. Bayswater
    Village is partially available, incomplete areas are blocked off. One side quest is available there.
  • Balance changes.
Please let me know how you're enjoying the game so far!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Year in Review 2019: Movies



Now that my decade retrospectives are finished, it's time to look at this last year's media! This article covers the movies I watched in 2019. I actually saw almost every movie I was interested in this year! There were a lot of awful blockbuster sequels released this year (X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, It Chapter 2, Spider-Man: Far From Home, I can't believe I actually saw all of these) and Disney continued consuming the entertainment world, producing 8 of the year's top 10 highest grossing films (of those, only one was a great film.) In spite of that it was still a great year for independent film, with A24, Annapurna, and Neon publishing great works from some brilliant artists.

This year I'm not going to write summaries of games or movies that I strongly disliked. I think these lists are more fun when focused on the positive side of things. Let's look at those instead!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Year in Review 2019: Games



Now that my decade retrospectives are finished, it's time to look at this last year's media! 2019 marks the start of my new game project: Walthros: Renewal, a full re-imagining of my very first game, originally released in 2002. The full game is planned for a 2022 release on the 20th anniversary of the original, but unlike Kaiju Big Battel: Fighto Fantasy I'm releasing a very early demo to the public in February, covering the first couple hours of the game. I want this new game's development to be very open to the public and I hope that helps build hype for the eventual release!

I didn't have time to check out every game I wanted to play (The Outer Wilds, Shenmue 3, A Plague Tale) but otherwise this was a great year for games! This year I'm not going to write summaries of games or movies that I strongly disliked (there was only one game that qualified this year anyway.) I think these lists are more fun when focused on the positive side of things. Let's look at those instead!

Friday, January 10, 2020

My Decade in Games: The 2010's - Part 2



Welcome back! If you haven't already read the first part of this article covering 2010-2014, check it out here.

I wanted to go back and look at fifty movies and fifty games that meant something to me over the last ten years. Not necessarily the best or most important works released in these years, but the ones that personally meant the most to me. Each of these lists is divided into two articles and arranged by year. For each game I've included the system which I first played it on.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

My Decade in Games: The 2010's - Part 1



Welcome back! In these next two articles I'll be taking a look at games released in the 2010's. The previous articles on movies of the decade can be found here.

I wanted to go back and look at fifty movies and fifty games that meant something to me over the last ten years. Not necessarily the best or most important works released in these years, but the ones that personally meant the most to me. Each of these lists is divided into two articles and arranged by year. For each game I've included the system which I first played it on.


Friday, December 27, 2019

My Decade in Movies: The 2010's - Part 2



Welcome back! If you haven't already read the first part of this article covering 2010-2015, check it out here.

I wanted to go back and look at fifty movies and fifty games that meant something to me over the last ten years. Not necessarily the best or most important works released in these years, but the ones that personally meant the most to me. Each of these lists is divided into two articles and arranged by year.


Thursday, December 26, 2019

My Decade in Movies: The 2010's - Part 1



Thinking back to the beginning of 2010 is almost unimaginable to me. I was in a different job, in a different home, and helping to care for my father. I didn't have a daughter yet; none of my close friends had kids. I'd made a bunch of games, but all of my most personal (and my first commercial) works would come later. I was running a monthly indie game magazine. I hadn't even considered owning a fish tank. The artists who would shape my musical tastes for the next ten years were just getting started. Social media wasn't a part of my life in any way, and I'd soon use it to reconnect with people I missed. I felt directionless and there was a lot of emptiness, but also a kind of freedom I could never have now. My one constant was my wife, helping to keep me grounded now as much as then. We've both grown into stronger people in the last ten years.

I wanted to go back and look at fifty movies and fifty games that meant something to me over the last ten years. Not necessarily the best or most important works released in these years, but the ones that personally meant the most to me. Each of these lists is divided into two articles and arranged by year.



Monday, November 25, 2019

Frozen II (2019) - Magic and Monsters and Everything Elsa



It was inevitable that Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck's 2013 phenomenon Frozen would eventually see a sequel; the original film became a marketing behemoth for Disney and no other studio loves its sequels like modern-day Disney, pumping out two to four Marvel movies a year and announcing a slate of Star Wars spinoffs to last another decade-plus (occasionally they take their time, as seen in the 14 years between Brad Bird's excellent 2004 superhero film The Incredibles and its less-than-stellar sequel). Sometimes it works out, with four strong Toy Story films across almost 25 years of Disney/Pixar collaboration.

Most Disney sequels, even the ones I think are great, feel like very straightforward continuations of their predecessors. We saw that with Frozen's two short film follow-ups (2015's Frozen Fever and 2017's Olaf's Frozen Adventure). I expected about as much from Frozen II: a pleasant film with familiar characters. I was surprised to instead see a film that focuses on theme over plot and explores a darker side of monarchy than I'd expect in a Disney film.

Frozen II - Friday night with the Frozen crew
Of course there are some things that do go as expected: There was always going to be a happy ending, a comic Olaf song, and an Elsa-driven showstopper. It doesn't discard what made the first film such a hit, nor does it wallow in self-nostalgia (the only song that gets a reprise from the first movie is a brief bit of Kristoff and Sven's Reindeer(s) are Better Than People). It feels like a directly opposite approach to, say, one of the new Star Wars films that simultaneously talk about letting go of the past while shoving a "Hey, remember THIS part?" moment in every few minutes. It would have been easy to go that route, and it probably still would have been a fun film!
 
All of that aside: Will kids like it? My daughter (almost 3) had a great time but clearly wasn't as into it as she was the first film. It skews a little older than the previous movie so that's not really surprising; I think she'll get a lot more out of it in a few years, though she was able to understand the plot well enough for it to not be a problem. Every kid in the theater loved Olaf and the soundtrack is a hit. There's a wonderfully campy, heartfelt moment where Kristoff sings a song (Lost in the Woods) in the vein of a Peter Cetera/Chicago's Glory of Love/You're the Inspiration.

Please note that there are spoilers ahead, including analysis of the film's ending. Spoiler-free version: I thought it was an excellent film with gorgeous animation and a more internalized conflict.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Monster Partying

The one year anniversary of Fighto Fantasy is only a week away! A big sale's launching on Halloween for anyone who hasn't played it yet. Meanwhile, here's a giant article I wrote about how the game's development changed over the years. Enjoy!

https://kaijubigbattelgame.blogspot.com/2019/10/kaiju-big-battel-fighto-fantasy-cutting.html