This past weekend the DrinkBox team, Mutant Blobs Attack, and a buttload of merch, went to the second installment of Bit Bazaar. It’s an event where Toronto-based game developers, artists, and various other craftspeople come together for one day to sell small crafts, prints and collectibles at Bento Miso, a local collaborative workspace.
On Friday was the Bit Bazaar party, a party to celebrate both the Bit Bazaar and Bento’s 2nd anniversary. We were honoured we were asked to bring Mutant Blobs Attack with a super secret peripheral we’re experimenting with.
The Cybertronic Spree were also there, and did a cover of ‘Dare To Be Stupid’ with a special guest singer.
Bit Bazaar itself was a blast. We sold our merch, met a whole bunch of wonderful people, and connected with other local game makers <cough> possible DrinkBox/Capy collab <cough>.
If you weren’t able to make it to Bit Bazaar, have no fear for there’s another Bit Bazaar in the spring.
Another Day of the Dead has come and gone, but you’ve only just whet your appetite for sugar skulls. Well GOOD NEWS, you can scratch that itch in a video game because Guacamelee is now 50% off for 48 hours as part of Steam’s Daily Deal!
As an added bonus, you’ll get new Portal and Team Fortress Valve-themed skins for Juan and Tostada for free! You can also turn into Wheatley or a Headcrab instead of a turning into a chicken.
Everyone who owns Guacamelee gets the Valve skins, not just people just buying it today. Thanks to the Steam Workshop and our talented community, anyone playing Guacamelee on Steam has more than 20 custom skins to choose from.
Lastly, the Guacamelee official soundtrack is now available directly through Steam. It can be purchased on its own or as part of a package with the full game.
The Guacamelee OST is out NOW on Bandcamp for 7$! You can also find it in a bunch of other online music stores like iTunes, Amazon, etc… Sample a few songs and just let the Guacamelee soundtrack go co-op on your ears.
Rom Di Prisco and Peter Chapman composed all the songs on the OST. So if you like what you’ve heard so far, why not check out what they’re up to now? *nudge, nudge* I know that Rom will be performing at a video game music themed concert in Mexico called VCONCERT. Looks p. cool!
Enter our #soundtrackamelee contest on Twitter to win a free copy of the Guacamelee soundtrack. All you have to do is tweet the title of a Guacamelee-themed song (Guac You like a Hurricane, Who Let the Pollos Out, Luchadors Delight) and use the hashtag #soundtrackamelee. We will randomly draw 10 winners later today (9/4). Make sure to follow us at @drinkboxstudios so we can DM you a code.
If you are reading this blog, you might be thinking “I’m smart and good-looking. Do I really need tips to speed-run Guacamelee after I purchase it on August 8th?” The answer, of course, is no. While speed running isn’t for everyone, completion time is how we rank ability via in-game leaderboards. So for those who want to be in the top-100, or top-10, or even top-1, we’d like to give a few tips as to how to improve your time and be the envy of the list of friends in your Steam friends list on Steam.
It’s possible that a few of these tips are obvious to the Guacamelee vet. With this first video, we hope that we can level the playing field a bit, giving new players an idea of what it takes to get a low time, and maybe giving experienced players new ideas about how to plan their runs.
Even if speed runs aren’t your thing, this video can give you ideas on how to be a better Guacamelee player, reducing the chance you will tweet to us with requests to punch our level designers. They’re nice people!
P.S. Tip #6: Play with a friend – some platforming may be more challenging, but combat is much faster and easier. It’s kind of a double-edged sword sometimes, with one edge being way sharper among players who know what they’re doing.
P.P.S. Do you have a speed run tip to share? Share it with us on Twitter or Facebook!
Mutant Blobs Attack is 75% off on Steam RIGHT NOW as part of the Steam Summer Sale!! If you haven’t tried the game out yet, now would be a good time.
Also: Since our last post, we’ve put some work into upgrading the way Telekinesis works on a gamepad. Many of these changes were motivated by feedback received over the past few months from playtesters (e.g. at the GDC Play event mentioned in our last blog post).
Some specific updates:
– A new highlighting system that shows players which Telekinesis control point is currently in focus.
– Changes to allow players to cycle through visible control points using the gamepad’s shoulder buttons (instead of a face button).
– A new green arrow indicator to show how telekinesis-platforms are being pulled around/manipulated.
Finally: We recently announced that Steam Trading Cards are coming soon to Mutant Blobs! Earn these virtual collectibles just by playing Mutant Blobs Attack on Steam. Collect 8 cards to unlock Blob-related emoticons and backgrounds … because sometimes a crushed hipster juice beer can emoticon says more than words ever could.
If you buy the game on sale now, and then sell cards you earn later, you might even be able to turn a profit!
It’s Canada Day, and we wondered to ourselves,”What if we made a metroid-vania style platformer set in a magical Canadian inspired world?” That game, my friends, would be called…
Steph came up with the title and logo
The game would feature a down on his luck Lumberjack named John Maplesyrup, who sets out to save the world when one of The Queen’s Corgis is kidnapped by an evil RCMP officer Skeleton named Carl Canucka.
Carlos Canucka and John Maplesyrup named by David
The story takes place in and around the capital of Canada, Toronto (sorry Ottawa), and has the player travelling through alternate dimensions: “The World of the English” and “The World of the French” on his quest to rescue one of those amazing dogs.
Naturally, a mysterious hockey mask in the middle of the city is revealed to John Maplesyrup and transforms him into a superhero hockey player. While hockey players are no strangers to fighting, platforming in skates might prove a bit more challenging.