We borrowed some code and materials from Extreme Skeeball and added the ability to choose player skins! This works for single player and multiplayer Block Battles! Skin preference is saved so if you find one you like it will stay set for the next time you play.
Also in this release we improved some of the camera movement. There were some random hiccups that were occurring as the camera tried to follow both players but those seem to be fixed now.
Random side note, we also enabled a 1 day trial so if there is anyone out there who wasn’t quite sure about purchasing now you can try it out first!
Let us know what you think!
In our release that is getting published right this minute we were able to add global leaderboards! Each single player level will now have its own separate leaderboard for you to compare your high score versus the world! So, go ahead, go out there and get a better score than your friends!
Also in this release, which is version 7.0.something.or.other.too.many.to.count, Xbox was able to issue a patch for Xbox Preview Dashboard users. Something wasn’t communicating correctly and those users were not able to sign in to the game (or any other Creators Collection game for that matter). Unfortunately, Xbox Live requires you to sign in to play, so that kind of stunk for those players. We have added in the patch, and it should hopefully fix the problem for these users. Xbox plans to release a bigger update for all Preview Dashboard users that would accomplish the same thing, but we knew we had some upset players who spent good money on our game, and we don’t want them to wait any longer! If you had this issue, and this patch still does not solve this problem for you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will report it to Xbox. Unfortunately that is one of the random costs of using beta software. Oh well.
Now go out there and show everyone your high scores!
For our Extrorb release tonight (version 7) we are adding a pretty challenging level to our single and multiplayer lineup. For this new level, we have removed the in-air controls and you are left using the “traditional” controls on one of the extreme ramps.
That’s not all… In multiplayer on this map you actually share the ramp with player 2! You can bounce them off the ramp, off target, or simply roll over them. It definitely adds some extra fun to this new level. Expect more of the extreme levels to get this same multiplayer treatment soon.
To top it all off, there are now 34 skeeball skins to choose from!
Release Notes – 18.104.22.168
- Skeeball customization! 34 skins to now choose from! 34!
- New Level “Mountain” added for single and multiplayer – Our hardest level yet!
- Updated Main Menu to separate single and multiplayer
- Added small blurb in the “How to Play” section
- Increased orb speed for all levels
- Tweaked the physics of the orb slightly
- Added small amount of motion blur
- Adjusted timing of orb reset
- Improved framerates on Xbox One slightly
- Removed some mini-map cameras to help with performance
- Fixed the flicker on a few of the levels
One more level that will make it into the next update is literally a spinning target! This one was a little more difficult to put together but overall is lots of fun. I have made both a single player and local multiplayer version. Building right now and as long as nothing goes horribly wrong this should be posted and available ASAP.
The spin speed is fairly slow, but I may update this to go slightly faster depending on the feedback I hear.
You are totally seeing double. However, it’s not quite ready just yet, I need to test this a ton to make sure it all works like I want it to (and that the Xbox One with the limited processor power they allow me can handle it well). Assuming I haven’t missed anything, this new setup will make it extremely easy to add in more levels (tables?). Not that adding in new levels is “easy” or anything like that. Let us know what you think of the other levels so far and feel free to suggest any new extreme levels. I need to force myself to not hit everyone with a game update every few days so I will try to wait until this one is 100% before submitting it to Microsoft again.
After local multiplayer is finalized, player stats and a leaderboard are next up on the list.
On Sunday we released some pretty cool updates for Block Dropper on Windows 10 and Xbox One! The first major update added a multiplayer counter so you can keep track of how many times each of you have won. The second major update was the addition of a new Block Battle Arena! You can now choose one of 6 levels to play against your friends.