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MMiaW: Enemy health bars

I have been quiet with adding new features to the game as I was preparing for the Steam release. Many bugs were fixed, netcode works properly again, and I made some changes to enable full controller support. That's right, now you can lean back and play it all with a controller, even stuff like entering player names and password codes for online multiplayer.

The Glacier has been nerfed a little bit - the special Freeze All Enemies power is now magic based instead of rage based. It needs 2 mana bars to activate. It's still very powerful, but not game breaking anymore.

I also added health bars to enemies:

I was a little bit conflicted about this change. Neither Castle Crashers nor The Binding of Isaac have those. But Rampage Knights has, and the combat feels better. You would rarely look at the health bar for enemy, but sometimes it gets important, esp. when you're dealing with bigger crowds - it makes it easier to pick those you can one-shot and remove from the battle. I understand some players might not like it, so it's optional. You can turn it off in the Graphics settings.

Feedback & Share Bigosaur, 2016-10-20

MMiaW: Celestial Smasher

Here's a run showing first two levels. The game is procedurally generated on every new play, so you get to use different weapons. The video shows what you can do with the Celestial Smasher hammer.

The game's Steam page is up:

Feedback & Share Bigosaur, 2016-10-09

MMiaW: Greenlit

My Mom is a Witch has passed the Steam Greenlight process. Expect to find the game in Early Access soon.

Why Early Access? Well, the game is far from my full vision. We have all the character graphics, but we still need a lot of backgrounds, props and animations. I want to get the game into player hands, so we can get some cool ideas on mechanics for future monsters and items. There are about 50 different items and weapons in the game currently, but I want the final release to have over 100. I already have a lot of ideas in my notepad, and I want to refine that with player feedback.

The plan is to go into Early Access by the end of the year. I will release updates with new features every two months until we reach version 1.0 which will contain: 7 playable heroes, 44 enemies, 20 bosses, 100 items/weapons and 7 different areas.

Feedback & Share Bigosaur, 2016-10-05

MMiaW: EGX 2016

I just got back from Birmingham UK where I demoed My Mom is a Witch on EGX. I had a double stand setup with two computers running the game. Four players could play on the left one, and two on the right one. The laptop in the middle just looped through the trailers all the time.

EGX is awesome for playtesting. The game logged the play stats in the background: 1682 player-sessions were played. We shared about 800 flyers to people who played the game, so everyone played about two games on average. Having two computers and multiplayer allowed a lot of people to try it. The event ran for four days, Saturday being the most crowded:

EGX was open a hour longer during the weekend days, but that additional hour didn't bring in many players. Here's the breakdown by the hour:

There were different categories of passes. From 10am to 11am only members of the press and players with super pass would come in, but they were mostly interested in AAA games, so it was rather quiet on all indie stands during that time. At 2pm there would be a huge influx of new visitors who had the afternoon pass, and when they browsed around and determined which games they want to play the interest for My Mom is a Witch would peak around 3pm.

Playing sessions

My Mom is a Witch can be hard for beginners, so the average playing session took only 3 minutes and 21 seconds. Most of the players started a new game if they died quickly. Here's the breakdown of the sessions:

Action rougelikes are great for event like this because of the short lenght of a single game. Since play sessions are short many people can try the game. Contrast this to an RPG that might take 30-40 minutes to try out and get to the core. In total, we had about 49 hours of playing time spread across two computers and four days, making it an average of six hours of play time per computer per day.

I also tracked how far into the game would the players progress:

90% of the play sessions were long enough to experience the game properly. Almost half of games went deep enough to discover some of the cool content like the item/potion/pet shop, treasure room or the boss fight. Since most of the players played twice it means that everyone has seen at least something. Of course, the game is roguelike and you only get to try a subset of weapons, items and mechanics on each playthrough.

One of the goals for EGX was to get My Mom is a Witch through Greenlight. It was a failure in that regard.

For the first three days, we only got nine Greenlight votes. Saturday evening I did some major changes to the game. I added a revival timer for multiplayer games, which made the game more fun. Also, I changed some of the controls to make it more intuitive to the players. This resulted in many happy faces and we got 30 votes that day. Still, going all the way to Birmingham to get 40 greenlight votes (or even 120 if we had a better build ready from the start) isn't really a good deal.

TL;DR: Greenlight marketing has to be done some other way.

Feedback & Share Bigosaur, 2016-09-29

MMiaW: The Red Dragon

The Red Dragon is one of the toughest bosses in the game. He can spit fire and smash the heroes from above.

For this fight I had a really cool combination of buffs: Appetite +2 and Gold Diet +2 which restored 11 HP for each gold coin I ate. My co-op partner died while beating up more than half of dragon's HP. Funny enough, the final two blows were dealt my a Bat, one of our pets.

Feedback & Share Bigosaur, 2016-09-10

MMiaW: The King's Guard

The second level will have new unique enemies. First there are guards:

The guards are quick and deadly. They can throw spears from the distance, or stab you when too close:

Their spears have great range, longer than all standard swords, so melee combat against them is very challenging.

Feedback & Share Bigosaur, 2016-09-03

IndieCade Europe 2016

IndieCade Europe

It's official! I'm delighted to inform you that My Mom is a Witch has become one of the games selected for IndieCade Europe 2016:

If you want to see the game live, come to Paris on November 18-19, 2016. Here's a list of all the games that will be featured:

See you in Paris!

Feedback & Share Bigosaur, 2016-08-28

MMiaW: Spitfire and damage types

I'm adding some screens without enemies, but with traps instead. It creates an interesting variety. Instead of just plowing through the piles of enemies, sometimes you have to stop and carefully thread across the screen. Of course, some screens will combine enemies with hazards, which you can use to your benefit.

These spitters shoot fireballs. Fire is one of the most dangerous types of damage. Here's a breakdown of the types of damage the game has so far:

Turns into stone within 10 seconds. Counter with Life Staff or Dragon Fire Potion.

Burning drains health really fast. Regular fireballs, walking onto a campfire or getting hit by a spitter drains 50-60 health in a couple of seconds.

Doesn't do any damage, but prevents movement/attacking for a couple of seconds.

Slowly drains health. Can only be stopped with Dragon Fire Potion or Antidote.

Very slowly drains health. Can be stopped by eating any type of food, including gold coins if you have the Gold Diet buff.

Feedback & Share Bigosaur, 2016-08-27

MMiaW: Battlements

It's time for the second level. As our heroes launch themselves with a catapult into the castle, they land on the top of the battlements:

As the goblin invasion is in progress, the battlements are filled with dangerous war machinery. The castle guards are defending a siege and have prepared various weapons and traps for the invaders. You are intruding here, so prepare to deal with the guards and the hazards at the same time.

The second level is meant to be more dangerous, but possibly shorter than the forest area playwise. You're walking around the battlements looking for a way to enter the castle insides.

Feedback & Share Bigosaur, 2016-08-21

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