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Hyper Ultra Astronautics 0.0.9 alpha released

A new alpha version of Hyper Ultra Astronautics is out now!

The most visible change is a very small change: The background color is a lot brighter than before. This makes the game look more colorful and lively in general. Another positive side effect is that glow effects look much better against brighter background.

The survival game mode has a new enemy type:

It is now possible to control your ship using gamepad's directional/d-pad buttons too. Some people prefer this and it doubles as a backup for gamepads with bad quality analog sticks (huge deadzones, etc.). I'll probably later add built-in support for digital-only SNES style controllers.

Here's full list of changes since 0.0.8 alpha:

  • Improved game logo.
  • Added enemy mother ship as a new enemy in survival mode.
  • Enabled biased mipmaps for font textures to allow smoother fonts.
  • Increased background color brightness and limited randomization to bluish hues.
  • Added long aim indicator line to disruptor for easier aiming.
  • Added flash particles on beam weapon activation.
  • Plasma beam and disruptor now slightly home in on nearby objects.
  • Added support for control using dpad buttons on gamepads.
  • Added steering acceleration to digital control from mobile application.

Weapon balancing and difficulty progression in survival mode needs adjusting. I need your feedback on this. Let me know if you think some weapon is way too powerful or weak. I'm also very interested in hearing how you feel about the difficulty of the survival co-op mode?

Updated packages are available for download on Itch.io page. Check out the game page here for fresh screenshots and updated information.

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Posted on 2017-03-22

Hyper Ultra Astronautics 0.0.8 alpha released

After exactly one month since last release Hyper Ultra Astronautics alpha 0.0.8 is here!

The game now starts up in the menu with proper logo and intro music by DavilOne. There is a new crazy weapon called Autocannon. Menus have been rearranged a bit and QR links to mobile controller applications are provided in-game (Android only for now). Ship movement and controls have been made snappier by fixing a controller bug and slightly increasing both maximum velocity and thruster forces.

After hearing complaints that the game is too dark, I increased overall lighting intensity a bit and added monitor gamma adjustment in settings menu.

Here's full list of changes since 0.0.7 alpha:

  • Fixed once active players always showing up in match results even when not playing.
  • Added new weapon: Autocannon.
  • Improved collision particle effects and sounds.
  • Open the menu automatically when the game starts.
  • Added intro music in menu.
  • Made respawn timer count down instead of restarting from zero when button is released.
  • Added QR code links to mobile application downloads in the settings menu.
  • Fixed menu font not using proper aspect ratio.
  • Increased maximum ship velocity by 20%.
  • Fixed unintentional ship angular speed limitation when using directional controllers.
  • Increased ship thruster forces slightly.
  • Enlarged drone collision models to make them easier to hit.
  • Increased the brighthess of the directional base light source slightly.
  • Fixed active player controls getting stuck when menu is opened.
  • Fade menu and player labels smoothly in and out.
  • Added a game logo in menu.
  • Added title music in menu.
  • Added menu action sounds.
  • Pause match with active players while menu is open.
  • Added monitor gamma setting to system settings menu.

Updated packages are available for download on Itch.io page and the game page here has been updated.

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Posted on 2017-02-12

Hyper Ultra Astronautics 0.0.7 alpha released

It took longer than I planned, but the next alpha version for Hyper Ultra Astronautics is ready!

There are some important visual improvements like the large dark asteroids floating in the background and geatly improved glow effects.

The single most important addition is the new game mode called Survival co-op. It was initially intended as a single player practice mode, but it doubles as a co-op survival match for multiple players. Basically you fight against waves of drones and your mission is to survive as long as you can. Players can drop in and out anytime, but total number of lives is limited. Amount of enemy drones is scaled based on the number of active players. Currently there is only one enemy type, but more will come.

Here's what has changed since 0.0.6 alpha:

  • Added large slow-moving asteroids in the background.
  • Added training/survival co-op game mode.
  • Require holding down shoot button to respawn to prevent accidental controller activations.
  • Added auto-rotation to pause mode (press R).
  • Moved screenshot saving to a separate thread (no frame drops).
  • Added milliseconds to screenshot file names to prevent duplicate names.
  • Weapons no longer shoot in paused mode.
  • Improved quality of glow/bloom post-processing effect.
  • Shortened disruption time caused by EMP blast and disruptor.
  • Prevented missiles from locking on to teammates.
  • Increased damage caused by plasma bursts.
  • Increased disruptor recharge delay and heat production.
  • Limited plasma beam usage to 20 seconds in total.
  • Added a bit more particles to explosions.
  • Added new better thruster sound loop for player ships.
  • Added blue engine glow to player ship models.
  • Preload all resources at game start to prevent stuttering during gameplay.
  • Fixed broken fallback video mode selection when monitor does not support set resolution.
  • Adjusted match completion labels to take less horizontal space.

As usual, the downloads are available on Itch.io page. The game page here has also been updated.

All feedback is welcome!

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Posted on 2017-01-12

Hyper Ultra Astronautics 0.0.6 alpha released

It is time for another update to Hyper Ultra Astronautics!

This release adds one more weapon and some music: Ambient background track by Marcelo Fernandez and a D&B loop at match completion by DavilOne. As usual, there is a long list of bug fixes and improvement too. The mobile controller application for Android has also been updated with About -dialog and much improved virtual joystick.

Here's the new weapon in action, shooting through asteroids and disabling any ships in it's path:

Here's full list of changes since 0.0.5 alpha:

  • Increased EMP light flash intensity and range.
  • Added shooting with gamepad right stick button too.
  • Added dynamic lights to plasma burst explosions.
  • Transfer heat from warhead (missiles) explosions to nearby ships.
  • Ship explosion disrupts other nearby ships for a while.
  • Fixed warhead explosion sound never getting played.
  • Added ambient sound loop played in the background.
  • Added match completion music.
  • Save screenshots with ENTER key during gameplay too.
  • Slow down sound effects as time slows down.
  • Keep controllers enabled after match completion.
  • Fixed only some parts of HUD blinking during disruption.
  • A new weapon: Disruptor.
  • Fixed missiles turning very slowly if target is behind them.
  • Removed "slide prevention" controller option.
  • Fade out thruster sounds and lights smoothly.

You can leave feedback in Itch.io community, or contact me here directly.

Check out the game page for more information or jump directly to Itch.io page for downloads.

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Posted on 2016-11-24

Hyper Ultra Astronautics 0.0.5 alpha released

A new public alpha version is here!

I had to drop some of the stuff I initially planned for this release, but there are still plenty of changes to justify the new alpha release. The highlights of this update are team deathmatch game mode, mobile app reconnection and improved lighting (in both looks and performance).

Here's full list of changes since 0.0.4 alpha:

  • Scale ship and power-up labels to same on-screen size independent of arena size.
  • Fixed random freezes.
  • Added team deathmatch game mode.
  • Improved match completion label placement.
  • Dead ships no longer collect power-ups.
  • Prevented ships from collecting power-up while disrupted by EMP.
  • Allow controller app reconnection without losing stats (e.g. after phone call).
  • Added random asteroids to arena already when match starts.
  • Reworked asteroid spawning to better maintain set asteroid density in the arena.
  • Adjusted match default settings (more asteroids).
  • Lighting improvements and optimizations.
  • Fixed missing (or discolored) application icon.
  • Show random tips at bottom of screen when a match starts.

Your feedback is again very welcome. You can write in Itch.io community, or contact me here directly.

Check out the game page for more information or jump directly to Itch.io page for downloads and discussion.

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Posted on 2016-09-28

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2016-08-17 Hyper Ultra Astronautics 0.0.4 alpha released
2016-07-04 Hyper Ultra Astronautics 0.0.3 alpha released
2016-02-08 Introducing Hyper Ultra Astronautics
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2015-11-28 Beyond Lockdown Protocol
2015-09-20 Lockdown Protocol 1.4.1 released
2015-09-06 Lockdown Protocol 1.4.0 released
2015-07-27 Pay what you want for Lockdown Protocol
2015-07-08 Lockdown Protocol 1.3.0 on itch.io
2015-06-07 Lockdown Protocol 1.2.0 released
2015-05-17 Lockdown Protocol 1.1.0 released
2015-04-17 Progress report
2015-03-21 Lockdown Protocol 1.0.0 released
2015-03-01 Lockdown Protocol 0.23.0 beta released
2015-01-31 Lockdown Protocol 0.22.0 beta released
2015-01-14 Progress report
2014-12-14 Lockdown Protocol 0.21.0 beta released
2014-11-09 Lockdown Protocol 0.20.0 alpha released
2014-10-19 Feature creep cleanup
2014-08-25 Lockdown Protocol 0.19.0 alpha released
2014-08-10 Progress report
2014-06-28 Change of plan
2014-06-08 Lockdown Protocol 0.18.0 alpha released
2014-05-31 New Lockdown Protocol alpha version coming soon
2014-04-19 Progress report
2014-03-07 Lockdown Protocol 0.17.0 alpha released
2014-03-06 Multiplayer game jerkiness issue solved
2014-02-26 Progress report
2014-01-30 Progress report
2014-01-14 Lockdown Protocol 0.16.0 alpha release
2014-01-11 Next Lockdown Protocol alpha release coming soon
2013-12-29 Lockdown Protocol's Year 2013
2013-12-16 Progress report
2013-12-01 Vote Lockdown Protocol for Indie of the Year on IndieDB
2013-11-24 New Lockdown Protocol alpha video
2013-11-05 Lockdown Protocol 0.15.0 alpha release
2013-10-03 Progress report
2013-09-19 Multiplayer matchmaking fixes
2013-09-01 Lockdown Protocol 0.14.0 alpha release
2013-08-07 Progress report
2013-07-09 Lockdown Protocol 0.13.0 alpha release
2013-07-02 Next release is shaping up
2013-06-09 Progress report
2013-05-22 Changing the physics engine part 2
2013-05-13 Changing the physics engine
2013-05-06 Lockdown Protocol 0.12.0 alpha release
2013-04-28 Website update
2013-04-23 No more hiding enemies
2013-04-14 Lockdown Protocol 0.11.0 alpha release
2013-04-07 Progress report
2013-02-25 Progress report
2013-02-08 The Platform Shooter 0.10.0 alpha release
2013-01-23 Level editor rework
2012-12-31 How to improve The Platform Shooter?
2012-12-25 The Platform Shooter 0.9.0 alpha release
2012-12-04 The Platform Shooter progress report
2012-10-29 Level sharing progress report
2012-10-24 The Platform Shooter 0.8.0 alpha release
2012-09-23 New video from The Platform Shooter 0.7.0 alpha
2012-09-16 The Platform Shooter 0.7.0 alpha release and 40% alpha discount
2012-09-04 The Platform Shooter 0.6.1 alpha release
2012-09-03 The Platform Shooter 0.6.0 alpha release
2012-07-10 The Platform Shooter 0.5.0 alpha release
2012-06-26 Plans for the future
2012-05-18 A little progress
2012-04-08 The Platform Shooter 0.4.0 alpha release
2012-03-18 Crouching and explosion improvements
2012-02-11 The Platform Shooter 0.3.0 alpha release
2012-01-26 Progress report
2012-01-07 Sentry guns and callable elevators
2011-12-14 The Platform Shooter 0.2.1 alpha release
2011-12-09 Bug fix release coming
2011-12-01 The Platform Shooter 0.2.0 alpha release
2011-11-21 Progress report
2011-11-06 Client side prediction rework
2011-10-22 Decal improvements
2011-10-20 Bend from the knees
2011-09-20 I can hear music!
2011-08-29 One bug fixed, one more revealed
2011-08-01 About mouse aiming
2011-06-20 The platform shooter public alpha release
2011-05-25 One more single player level
2011-05-22 First release is nearing
2011-05-10 A new game play video
2011-04-30 Level editor improvements
2011-04-20 Situation report
2011-03-23 Fighting network latency
2011-03-14 Level editor improvements and a HUD
2011-02-22 Single player level scoring
2011-02-13 Progress report and in-game video footage
2011-01-26 Network code changes
2010-12-30 Explosions
2010-12-22 The Platform Shooter
2010-08-16 Final Duel 2 is now free