Development bulletin – Alpha versions coming soon – part 1
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The past weeks are all about wrapping development on the Alpha versions of our games. We haven’t quite crossed the Alpha finish line with development yet, but we’re so close we can taste it.

We couldn’t resist snapping a few photos and telling you about the new features that will hit the Alpha versions of our games. Let’s start from MouseCraft.

Crazy cat scientist

You liked the cat very much, so we improved his looks and made him the main character of the game.

One might say he’s crazy or even mad, but he’s just genuinely obsessed with finishing his latest invention- a mysterious machine powered by mice.

He’s also the narrator and will be voiced by Ed Mace, a full time voice actor with over 27 years of experience in the field of video games, animation and trailers. You can check his voice somewhere here.

We still haven’t decided what’s his name, so if you have any ideas, please don’t hesitate and leave a comment.

Meet the mad cat scientist!

Meet the crazy cat scientist!


4 new brick types, obstacles, and some cool brick destroying effects

You wanted the game to be more complex and challenging, so we came up with the idea of different kinds of bricks and additional obstacles.

The Alpha version will include most of them:

Exploding Bricks- coming right up!

Exploding Bricks- coming right up!

  • Jelly Bricks
    Their soft consistency prevents mice from dying as they fall from more than 3 units.
  • Crumbling Bricks
    Their durability is limited- they crumble every time a mouse steps on them. Eventually, they fall apart.
  • Exploding Bricks
    They arm themselves when touched by a mouse, and detonate after 3 seconds. The explosion kills and destroys everything within 1-unit range.
  • Voltage Bricks
    Really deadly- they instantly kill a mouse at touch with a high-voltage electric charge.
  • Water Obstacles
    Mice can move under water, but just for a short amount of time. After a brief moment they’ll run out of oxygen and die.
  • Acid Obstacles
    They instantly kill a mouse, and melt bricks over time.


New maps, second game mode, and hopefully- a level editor!

The Alpha version will of course include new levels, but more importantly it will introduce an alternate game mode called Arcade.

It’s a game mode where players must make time-pressured decisions and handle random Tetromino bricks in order to create a safe path for the mice.

We are also working on the level editor- we want to include it in the Alpha version, so you can create your own maps and get truly involved in the process of developing MouseCraft.




Prove your brick stacking abilities in a fast-paced Arcade mode.

Prove your brick stacking abilities in a fast-paced Arcade mode.

Improving the look of mice

Creating new animations

Creating new animations

According to the Pre-Alpha survey results, you generally liked the visuals of the game, but you didn’t fancy the look of mice. Also, you suggested they could move a little bit faster.

To achieve that, we needed to remake all the animations, which led to the creation of a new 3d model and ultimately- a different texture.


That’s how we ended up with a entirely fresh look of our lovable rodents. It took some effort, but we all think it was worth it.

We completely refreshed the look of mice. Aren't they sweet?

We completely refreshed the look of mice. Aren’t they sweet?

Alpha release date

We’re not quite there yet, so we don’t want to promise anything. Although, it looks like we’re gonna make it before the end of April.

The Alpha version will be available for free download through our Beta Program, just like the Pre-Alpha version.





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    Hyeron
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    Stupid idea, but oh well:

    Felix Von Katzburg.

    (jokes! puns! now laugh. Or I’ll find you.)

    Great news, keep it up. :)

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    Tom
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    Stupid idea, but oh well:

    Felix Von Katzburg.

    (jokes! puns! now laugh. Or I’ll find you.)

    Great news, keep it up. :)

    Not bad! Like seriously, I like it ;)

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    Przemyslaw
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    Felix Von Katzburg.

    Well, it refers to classic cartoon character (Felix the Cat). There was also a cool game on NES, so it fits to the Mousecraft setting.

    I like it also.

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    Hyeron wrote:
    Felix Von Katzburg.

    Well, it refers to classic cartoon character (Felix the Cat). There was also a cool game on NES, so it fits to the Mousecraft setting. I like it also.

    Yeah. Twas more mindless than that though. Feline -> Felix. It only dawned on me that there was THAT other cat after I typed it.

    … It’s still better than Fritz the cat. xD

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    cameo by fritz would be pretty awesome :D

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    phatkhat
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    Dr. Feleinstein?

    @Zorak – Fritz was cool, but Fat Freddy’s Cat was cooler, LOL. He was funny because he was so much like a real cat!  (Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers – comix from the 60s/70s)

    Every time I hear “Felix” now, instead of the cat, I always come up with the image of a big green fish… ;)

     

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