regarding the twitch arena

There’s a secret room in Ato where you have to go to the game files to setup a Twitch Arena config. It connects to your twitch chat IRC and then viewers can type in commands to do things like summon enemies and so on. It’s more of a novelty than anything but is still neat regardless, you can see footage of a test run of it here.

(At the 1:35:00 mark)

Thoughts

If you guessed I was going to write about Ato you’re WRONG, bye.

-Brandon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think right now since it has been a week since launch I’ve still had to grasp my own thoughts lately, especially since what I worked on for a while is finally out there and is pretty much at the mercy of other’s opinions. It’s kind of hard for me to digest the thoughts that have been going on in my head.

I think people want to know stuff that is relevant with Ato and perhaps the future. I feel I need to slow it down with the patching and wait to accumulate a bunch of fixes instead of frantically stressing out over one fix, spending an hour to fix and upload a build, only to get another issue a few minutes after. There’s definitely some issues that I frankly can’t figure out the solution to because of how varied Windows computers are and all the potential issues that are outside of Game Maker 2’s control. It’s hard because if someone likes the game and runs into really bad issues that corrupt their save data, I feel pretty bad about it, especially when I can’t seem to find a solution with GM2.

It’s been weird because I’ve spend so many years making flops and now this game happens, which is good news (though the success is frankly pretty small), but also kind of has made me contemplative.

I’m sure people want to know what my plans are, I think reading this interview is a good place to look if you’re curious: https://scousegamer88.com/2020/05/10/qa-with-brandon-song/?fbclid=IwAR1s0Bmx15NLWsnsxDH-H3f2–d7oFW5waOv1CyRnN7C-99A7mM6S-ueOl4

I don’t know what else to say at the moment, it’s kind of hard to not stress out with patching frantically but I’m definitely relieved to hear some people really like the game, especially when I was worried it wasn’t going to be that great. I know and understand the risk of having to spend money to buy a game with very few reviews and coverage on it.

I feel that if I were to make another game it probably won’t click with the people that love Ato. But who knows I could be wrong, there are aspects of Ato that I like (such as the combat and movement) and concepts that I feel were well done. It’s just that if I did something different, it would probably won’t be liked as much because a certain element of it is not quite like Ato.

It’s been fun seeing the discoveries players have had and I’ve enjoyed keeping my mouth shut and letting the players discuss tech and speed-running.

I’ll probably eventually go back to write on old coding tests and abandoned games, but feel it would be relevant to speak my mind given what has happened since last week.

I kind of just want to play video games. So that’s been nice.

Thanks for reading,

-Brandon

Ato, my latest project is finally here

Ato is a game that started as a short experiment, but overtime grew organically into what you see now. I didn’t have a clear goal at first and there was a lot of difficulty and change that occurred as it developed. When I first started to make games, while I had a degree of understanding gameplay design, I still struggled to understand how to tell stories and bring out an emotional reaction from the player. In some ways, if you were to play all of my games, you’d slowly start to see the attempts and discoveries that were made. Ato was a process of discovery while also exercising all the knowledge I’ve obtained. To it’s core, Ato is a story of family and the father that you play as is driven to protect his no matter the cost.

I hope you check out Ato, it had a whole new range of challenges that I had to deal with when it came to finishing it (technically, mentally, maybe even physically). I can only hope that you enjoy what you get to experience in the game and that it’s worth your time/money.

Buy the game here:

steam
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1096180/Ato/

itchio
https://wolfwoot.itch.io/ato

Listen/Buy the 70 song soundtrack: https://tinywarriorgames.bandcamp.com/album/ato-game-soundtrack
Give the music a listen, buy the soundtrack to support.
Can’t play but want to see what the game is like? Check out “Kozmit’s” Playthrough: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvvnYNDAPNpW8y7m1S4lnrlC_2XaVHtk4

Thank you for reading,

-Brandon

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1 more week

Currently handling indiegogo rewards. I feel a bit anxious, but at least the game build is stable.

I feel like I don’t have much else to say other than just hoping for the best. Which I know is what a lot of the other hundreds of developers are saying to themselves as they release their games on the same day.

Still look forward to seeing what happens.

-Brandon

2 More Weeks

2 More weeks until Ato is released, I’ll eventually continue the old coding tests series, but lately I feel it’s best to stay relevant with the game.

Right now, I’ve been testing the game myself for the higher difficulties, which are not just damage and health increases, but are also designed to slightly tweak level layouts/puzzles, and some boss attacks are modified (attack may start sooner, shorter parry window, more projectiles, more reach, etc.).

Steam Achievements will be featured in the game, there’s 80 or so, I do have some difficulty dependent ones, (though for the hardest difficulty one, I probably will only require the player to beat the first couple bosses). Actually I’m testing that particular difficulty myself just to make sure it’s not absolutely impossible, it definitely is fun for me and can get really stressful/tense compared to the lower difficulties (having knowledge of bosses and attack cancels is an obvious must). I just hope all in all that people are pleased with these adjustments to the new difficulties

I think this is the first of the few times I’ve tried having more unlocks in a game even if they’re cosmetic. It definitely is getting me intrigued if I were to explore unlocks more in the future (though honestly I’m one guy and if I had to focus on anything it would be to just make the base game as good as possible instead of getting caught up with adding all sorts of features)

I feel fairly content with Ato, which is rare because usually there’s a lot of regret when I’ve made games. If I really were to have any regret it probably would be that I underestimated how much the project would have grown, though frankly I think it benefited the game and I feel comfortable with the amount of content that is in Ato.

I’m definitely concerned about how the game is even going to get picked up by others (since I hardly have much of a following).

While the reception of Ato compared to other games out there is nothing, I’m still genuinely appreciative and humbled that there are people that discovered the game outside of my own efforts. Because the reality is that there’s only so much I can do to try and email/market others to tell them about the game. I just want to say that I’m thankful that there are people out there that have written articles on the game and have enjoyed the beta.

I can only hope that my work pays off, but all I can care about right now is making sure the full game works properly and gets out there.

Thanks for reading,

-Brandon

p.s. Here’s some free Wallpaper images.

You can download higher resolution versions from the Press Kit Here

Ato will arrive on May 8, 2020 (Game Trailer)

Hey guys Brandon here, I’m happy to announce that Ato is going to be officially released next month!

Be sure to wish list the game on Steam and/or follow the game at itch.io

What can be expected in this release version?

  • Bug fixes and crash fixes
  • Higher Difficulties actually change some puzzles and enhance some boss attacks.
  • 60+ Music Soundtrack will be published separately on bandcamp and sold on steam as well.
  • etc.

Indiegogo backers can be expected to be emailed their steamkeys and other rewards based on their pledges.


But enough of that, to celebrate the announcement date, if you own a windows computer, you can take part in creating your own color palettes for the main character in the game (which are unlocked upon beating the game).

Check out the video below to learn more on how you can take part:

Right Click this image and click save as to download the .png image.

download Palette Generator (https://pixelatedpope.itch.io/retro-palette-swapper)
download base image

(if you can’t view the video)

1. open palette generator
2. click Add More Sprites
3. Locate Base Image
4. Hit OK
5. Hit Yes

6. Hit New (next to ‘BASE’) to make a new palette strip
7. Select a color, adjust it to your liking and hit apply
8. When you are done, hit EXPORT PALETTE SPRITE and send the strip image

DONE

(Can send max of 3 to me cheers!)

tinywarriordev (at) gmail (dot) com

or the discord https://discordapp.com/invite/MHS7Vqj

Thanks for reading!

-Brandon

Minor Update

Ato Beta seems to be going well, I’ve been busy getting art assets together for publishing the game to steam and itch as well as fixing bugs. Feeling anxious/nervous about release, probably will release the game within these coming months. Stay tuned.

-Brandon

ato beta gameplay footage

Ato BETA has begun!

Ato Beta is here!

ato beta gameplay footage

Google Drive Download Link (windows PC executable): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CoWuPOdkcVFvNf45oiHf4cgP-_IOBqFq
Itch.io: https://wolfwoot.itch.io/ato

Feel free to record your gameplay or stream it and let me know so I can watch! (archives too)

If you run into bugs or want to give feedback you can join the discord:

https://discordapp.com/invite/MHS7Vqj

or email me at:

TinyWarriorDev (at) gmail (dot) com

(…and hopefully the feedback involves bug fixes and balance tweaks instead of complete overhauls for entire sections of the game ^^;;;)

I can’t really guarantee how this game will be received. But I can say that it certainly is playable from start to finish.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

-Brandon

p.s. Also, Frog Hop and Nameless are now free to play on windows this week, claim them here (and don’t forget to follow me there too!): https://itch.io/s/29153/quarantine-pwyw


F.A.Q.

The game is running slowly

Try going to settings>Graphics>Grass Performance and setting it to minimal or none.
Otherwise, this game is best played on a PC with a good processor and graphics card.

Is there controller support/rebinding?

Yes, however if you own a controller that does not work, it’s possible that you’ll have to use a third party program to get it to work.

What are the difficulty differences?

Assist – damage you take is drastically reduced, intended for people who barely play games and just want to enjoy the art.
Accessible – damage is partially reduced, you sort of play games. I would describe this as around metroid game difficulty.
Experienced – expect to die several/alot times per boss, you are familiar with hardcore games like Dark souls, Sekiro, Hollow Knight etc.

Can I record/stream this game?

Yes feel free! And let me know so I can watch the stream/video/archive.

What languages are supported?

The localization is only for the menus, currently there is English, Japanese, German, Russian and Norwegian.

If you want to freely help contribute to a translation (you will be added to the credits), you can email me regarding that.

How can I stay tuned?

Discord: https://discordapp.com/invite/MHS7Vqj

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atovideogame

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TinyWarriorDev
https://twitter.com/Atovideogame

Old Coding Game Tests – Tunnel of Despair

Hey this is Brandon.

TUNNEL OF DESPAIR

Download (windows)

1 – toggle spawner

left click – move spawner

Tunnel of despair was definitely a test.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was watching a play-through of a game called La Mulana, and there’s a segment in the game where the player is on a platform and the background is continually spawning walls to make it appear as if you’re traveling through a tunnel.

It looked easy to do, so i thought I’d try my hand at it and it’s pretty simple scaling up of a sprite shaped as a frame.

(Oh yeah and Ato beta, probably soon, just need to do some minor feature coding and fix bugs.)

-Brandon

Old Coding Game Tests – Scale up test

oh hai thar, robin walker here.

Scale Up Test

Download (windows)

left click – create rainbow rectangle

right click – create rainbow rectangle(s)

I believe the idea behind Scale up test was essentially me trying to figure out how to make a game where you have a character running towards the background and you’d jump over gaps and collect stuff.

Of course, what I probably should have hired someone and paid them six figures worth of salary and put myself in debt so that it could have happened. But instead I vouched to mess around a bit with this myself.

The effect itself is super basic, it definitely has an amiga demo-scene vibe to it.

Ideally if I were to attempt that idea of a game, I probably would have looked into a feature called D3D for fake 3d, or figured out a way to draw “quads” based off a z-axis of sorts (they’re sort of like freely shapeable rectangles). I haven’t really dabbled much in either to be honest, perhaps one day, one day when I learn to become a real boy I will create these effects.

(oh and the Ato beta is very very close, super close to being ready, just gimme a little longer folks)

-Brandon