Dialogs

One element of the old-style RPGs we all know and love, and that persist in video games to this day, are the dialog boxes where the text appears letter by letter. Why these exist exactly is not clear. If you think about it they don't make that much sense. But they are part of video … Continue reading Dialogs

Blueprints: In-game messaging

Aside from character dialogues Piczle Cross Adventure also features some basic in-game messaging. In Piczle Colors some information was broadcast to the player through a fake Twitter-style social media post pop-up. When the player reached a milestone, unlocked a level, earned a trophy or anything like that, one of the game's characters would "tweet" at … Continue reading Blueprints: In-game messaging

Interactive tutorial

If I know something about tutorials it is, frankly, that I dislike them. Quite a bit. As a player having to follow a tutorial, as well as as a developer actually creating a tutorial, both of these are onerous and annoying. However, when dealing with logic-puzzles that often have very specific rules there sadly isn't … Continue reading Interactive tutorial

Piczle Colors post-mortem

Something slightly different for this week's devblog, but that has a bearing on the development of Piczle Cross Adventure nonetheless: I thought I'd look back on the development of Piczle Colors and write down some of the lessons learned and observations made. Piczle Colors is currently available from the Nintendo Switch eShop world-wide and as … Continue reading Piczle Colors post-mortem

Adventure time!

The base of Piczle Cross Adventure is the nonogram puzzling. It's what the player will be doing most of. But what exactly is the "adventure" part of the title? What elements am I using to underpin the logic-puzzling gameplay? Piczle Cross Adventure will have an actual story that is more fleshed out than "even" Piczle … Continue reading Adventure time!

Creating the Piczle Cross puzzles

One question people might want answered is "how many puzzles will Piczle Cross Adventure have?" and the answer is, at this stage... I'm not sure. The game's initial design aimed at a minimum of 150, but because I spent some time building data-driven systems to handle the puzzles it is child's play to add more … Continue reading Creating the Piczle Cross puzzles