Beat Street

Hey everyone! 

We're trying to keep our blog more up-to-date, so appreciate you are reading it :) Currently, we are working on Beat Street, which is a mobile beat 'em up you will be able to play with one hand. That's right...ONE HAND!

very early work-in-progress

very early work-in-progress

Hernan and me used to play Double Dragon a lot, and we got tired of bad controls schemes of beat 'em ups for mobile. I'm sure you will be surprised how intuitively you can play Beat Street. What's even more fun is that Beat Street will get a co-op multiplayer version! 

More updates soon. Let us know your favorite beat 'em up in the comment section! <3

^ Herdjie 

​Mid-mortem "Combo Critters"

We're now working on Combo Critters - definitely our most challenging project until now. Early December, one of our team members came up with the following prototype:

It's about making right combinations to get new creatures and surviving waves of enemies. We had a lot of fun playing this prototype, especially the part about combining monsters, so we decided to make it a full project after the release of Sky Chasers. 

Unfortunately, during development we noticed that people were not enjoying the first versions of Combo Critters as much as we hoped for. Looking backwards we believe we made the following mistakes:

Version 1: too unpredictable

We started with a grid screen where you were able to combine monsters. 

 
 

Once ready, it's time to go to battle:

Why did this version not work:

  • The grid screen led to confusion among players and observers. Observers thought this was a match-3 or puzzle game. Players didn't know why they needed to combine, when to stop combining, and what they were preparing for. 
  • On the battlefield players were tapping on the monsters expecting something to happen. 
  • Both grid screen and battle screen feel unpredictable and too passive.  

Version 2: too much grid

To solve above problems and get more live action into the game we integrated both battlefield and the grid in one screen:

 
 

There's a timer which gives you a new egg. Tapping the egg hatches you a new monster. After combining monsters, you need to tap to hatch faster. We also added bases as a goal to defend and defeat. 

Why did this version not work:

  • Players were too focused on the grid screen and don't see what's happening on the battlefield (admitting we humans can't do two things at a time). 
  • There's a limited amount of time to combine monsters since enemies are moving towards your base - combining should be fun instead of stressful. 
  • Initially we wanted to create a game where exploring, combining and collecting needed to be a central part of the game loop. 

version 2.5 even more grid

As a last trial we added an automatic coin system, expecting it to be more fun. We've seen this system before in games like Battle Cats and Metal Slug Defense:

 
 

Do you see it didn't solve the initial problem of being too focused on the grid screen? The grid screen seems even more hectic than before. 

At that time we were 6 weeks in development and made the tough decision to start completely over. This time we needed to concentrate on exploring, combining and collecting of the monsters. 

version 3 - currently in progress

Having the RPG genre in the back of our mind, we figured exploration obviously happens in 'mode7':

In progress: still needs to be integrated 

In progress: still needs to be integrated 

Explore planets and once you discover monsters, it's time to attack & collect:

 
 

Upgrade your collected monsters by combining them (currently in a separate screen): 

 
 

We play tested this version during #GDC16 and noticed that people are liking this version a lot. Finally, we're heading into the right direction! 

 
 

If you want to beta test Combo Critters, please join here: http://goo.gl/forms/uiLD6Mr1cc

Follow us on Twitter to keep updated: @luckykatstudios

Thanks! 

Best, Herdjie 

Nom Cat v2.0 is out!

Hello Lucky Kat fans! We worked hard on it, but it's finally here: Nom Cat v2.0! We did some tweaks, added a ton of new cats and loads of new features. Here's a list of the biggest changes:

 
Old titlescreen...

Old titlescreen...

New titlescreen!

New titlescreen!

 

The first thing you'll notice in Nom Cat is the title screen. We removed the first cat selection screen, so you're able to jump right into the action by pressing the play button. There's 2 new buttons in the titlescreen that do some cool things:

Turbo!!

The left button is the button for a new game mode: Turbo! Click it and you'll see the word TURBO appear. This game mode is for the Nom Cat experts! Are you ready for even faster fish and bombs?! Here's a tip: get good at this game mode, because there's some really awesome stuff you can unlock by getting a high score!

New Backgrounds

Yup, there's 5 beautiful new backgrounds to choose from! You can get into the background selection through the button on the right. You can unlock all of these with goldfish except for the space background. This one you have to get with a high score in Turbo mode. Trust us, it's really worth it!

Multiple Cats

Finally! You can select 2 different cats to play with. It's very easy: pick the one you want on the left and then pick the one you want on the right. You can also use the random button to let the game choose cats.

Note: since you can pick 2 cats now, we split up Venus/Roo and Oskar/Klaus. If you purchased these cats before, the seperate cats are unlocked automatically!

Other additions and tweaks

A couple more things you should know about:

  • We balanced out the gold fish
  • Nom Slots won't appear automatically anymore, you can select the Nom Slots minigame during the score screen
  • The Lucky Kat intro is skippable now by tapping
  • Share screenshots more easily! When you share your score, a screenshot is added to your message. And, a new cat might appear if you share... (note: this feature will follow on Android soon!)
  • The late Colonel Meow is in Nom Cat. He was an extraordinary cat with an amazing fur, check him out on Facebook!
  • A cat from Slamdovia enters the ring: Wrassling Cat!

Phew, that's quite some features, huh?
But that's not all folks. One more thing...

Play Grumpy Cat®, Nyan Cat® and Keyboard Cat®!

That's right, internet's most famous cats have joined Nom Cat! And best of all: they're unlockable with gold fish! This is the first time in history that these three cats appear in a single game! You'll definitely want to unlock these them. Funny things will happen when you play as these cats ;)

What are you waiting for? Download the update!

iOS: http://apple.co/1FA8fcf

Android: goo.gl/CEkqbs

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1KSIxPW