Attack of the Giant Mutant Lizard
Control a giant mutant lizard to eat people, stomp cars, and throw things with your mutant tail which has claws for some reason. Spend points on upgrades and new abilities and try to survive an increasingly deadly hail of bullets.
You can find an early playable demo at GameJolt.
In case anyone's interested in testing the Android version (decent phone recommended -- 4.1 and up required), here is a thing you may want to click on. I'm interested in seeing what devices have an acceptable frame rate as well as any other problems that pop up.
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A lot has changed since the last update. But writing is hard, so I'll make this brief.
The biggest change since the last article is the two new monsters:
These work differently than the original lizard. Instead of having a tail that can grasp things, these creatures both have their own way of picking up and throwing objects.
This guy, somewhat inspired by frogs or whatever, can use its tongue to catch people and pick up cars (That's what frogs do, right?).
It can then hold an object in its mouth and launch it at enemies. By holding down the mouse button, you can keep an object in your mouth and crosshairs and a power meter will appear so you can aim and launch.
The next one is a bit trickier to work with, but at least it can fly...
Without a stretchy tongue or a prehensile tail, this thing can only pick up whatever it can reach with its little bird legs. Hold the mouse button down, and this thing will use one of its talons to try to grab whatever the mouse cursor is on, as long as it's within reach.
Release the mouse button, and the monster will toss the object in the direction of the cursor. The strength of the throw is determined by the distance between the cursor and the monster. It's not perfect though. It's kind of tough to throw anything upwards. I may need to make some adjustments to it in the future.
Also, I made a trailer, which is already outdated due to slight changes I made to the UI. But it's got music and everything.
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It's been a while since the last time I posted an update for this game, so I thought I should take some time to talk about what I've been doing since then before people start to assume I simply quit or went into a coma or something.
I made a new level about 8 months ago that I haven't really said anything about yet. It's a small beach/boardwalk area.
Here's a screenshot:
And since I have a beach, I also needed to add elephant seals (It would be crazy not to!).
During the summer I took a break from developing this for a few weeks. Instead, I
got addicted to playing Dwarf Fortress (again) spent a couple days developing my new website, medicatedgames.com, where people can maybe post comments, get updates, and report bugs. I also formed my own LLC, which I hope was a good idea because it kind of feels like I made a big mistake for some reason.
Back to the game though -- I added the ability to select story mode or free-play mode when starting the game. Story mode lets you restart from checkpoints. I've been working on a couple achievements for the Steam version, and now the game records your high score and some other stats for story and free-play modes. I was also working on adding a new monster for free-play mode, but I'll save that for a future article.
Another thing that's different now is the way the character accelerates when running, and the pose used for jumping forward. Previously, if you got a couple speed upgrades, the character would move at full speed as soon as you pressed the button.
Lastly, I updated the demo
, but so far I only have the Windows version ready (the Linux version got horribly screwed up and I didn't even test the Mac version yet). [EDIT: I fixed the problem that caused the error on Linux and Mac. But, seeing what the error was, I'm now baffled about how the game ever worked in the first place.] I upgraded the project to a newer version of Unity from version 4.6, so you can expect to see some new bugs.
This time the demo isn't just that one little demo scene. It has the first part of the story mode (don't get too excited, it's not that great). If you've played the Android version, you may have already seen it.