Right now you can only have one pod, and it’s not saved. Later, I plan on being able to save/load/buy/sell pods, and this screen is where you’ll do that. For now, press A to go to the next screen.
Press Left/Right to cycle options. Here you can buy upgrades for the currently selected pod by pressing Up or get some money back by selling parts and downgrading by pressing Down. In the < Race > option, press A to enter the next race.
The bar on top shows the amount of charge in your capacitors. Upgrading them increases the maximum charge. Upgrading your generator makes them fill faster. When there is enough charge, you can accelerate by pressing B or jump by pressing A.
I intend to add more actions (drop mines? Throw garbage at your opponents, like in the movie?) later on.
If you hit another pod, your shields will get damaged. Repair bots will gradually fix them, but if there’s too much damage you explode.
Races end after 5 laps or when only a single racer is left. The winner is the racer that traveled the longest distance. Races have either 1 or 2 opponents and they have different stats as you progress. More/harder opponents in a future update.
I may have come across an unanticipated problem: after adding controls (A=Boost hop, B=Breaks) and pretending to race the other pod… I actually find myself podsick.
Rather than reflexes, I think one actually needs a Jedi stomach to race a pod.
Can you explain a little bit on how you did the graphics for this? I know how the grey works but as I looked through the code I didn’t see any clear files for bitmaps or any bitmaps or Sprite sheets besides the intro.
The only bitmaps are the title screen and the race background.
The pods are 3D. Pre-rendered sprites wouldn’t fit on the Arduboy.
Code for that (and a whole lot more, no time for refactoring!) is in points.hpp.
Slowly working on the postjam version. I managed to almost double the engine’s FPS, so now I can make the gameplay not terrible. The idea is to make this as close as possible to the original: Tournament mode, more opponents, shopping/maintance/junkyard, 3rd person camera, and best of all: no more hopping!
Preview here. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to take a decent screenshot/gif and it runs a lot better on hardware than in the emulator.