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Patreon Monthly Update for July

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Heya!  Although it’s not quite the end of the month yet, I wanted to make this round-up post before July actually ended, because of the time-sensitive bonus that is only relevant before July 31st~

Here is what I have been up to in only the few weeks it has been since diving full-force into creating games!!:

  • The screenshot above shows my most recent update.  If you view the post itself, the screenshot is actually animated, and shows the scene in action!!  There are a whole bunch of colorful little animated icons that serve to show what emotions the character is speaking in a cute and interactive way~
  • In just yesterday’s post, I had most of the icons drawn but not animated yet!
  • From Sketch to Screenshot – This post details how rough and messy my work-in-progress sketches are, where I rough out how I want the UI to look and even scribble incredibly silly placeholder characters LOL.  It’s available to view side-by-side with the finished version of the same screen, just to see the difference!
  • Playing with Particles: Glowy Lights & Fireflies – Fireflies always look so magical in games!  This post, which also has an animated demonstration, shows off how I create pretty, soft, and glowing lights for background detail.
  • Dialog Boxes & Typewriter Text – Another animated demonstration, this time showing the dynamic message boxes and text that appears within them.  It’s a minor effect, but one that is massively engaging for the player!  There is also a sneak peek at some actual code in this post.
  • Animating Game Characters – This post, which includes an animated demonstration AND a look at the code behind it, shows how I get my art work to move around and look alive in a game.
  • Drawing a Game Character – Finally, this post, which is visible for everyone so that they may get a glimpse at what kind of content is available in the rest of the feed, provides an example of how my art work grows from placeholder characters to full-color designs for the final form of the project. 🌟

There are actually a couple of other progress update posts that I didn’t even list just now – you’ll have to check the activity feed over on Patreon to see the rest!

If you’re interested in watching these projects come to life, as well as playing demonstrations as soon as playable builds are available, you’ll need to become a Patron!  Please consider doing so – it is a small investment that is non-figuratively life-changing for me, allowing me to pursue this and create cute and positive games as I have always dreamed of doing.

AND!!!  If I reach my first goal of $150 before July ends, I’ll be able to put those earnings toward upgrading my Game Maker license to allow finished games to be available for Mac and Ubuntu users as well as PC, in addition to being able to make browser-based games that do not require downloading at all and would be available to play freely~!

💟 Thank you so much for taking the time to read my summary of what I’ve been up to over this month, and if you’d like to help in any form, consider the links below to either become a patron or just to donate once through Paypal any small amount~

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List of Mystery Trackers Games in Order (+ Downloads)!

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

It is time, my dudes, for another list of SPOOKY ADVENTURE GAMES!!
(*ghost noise* WoooOOOoooOOo~)

The Mystery Trackers series follows a club of detectives – the titular Mystery Trackers –
as they investigate mysterious and spooky happenings and solve amazing cases!

As with pretty much all of these games, the backgrounds are
beautiful and painted, and filled with gorgeous animated details
that contribute to the eerie atmosphere and fully immerse you in the world.

The series isn’t conveniently numbered, so if you find yourself looking at all
of those titles and wondering where to start, this list shall point you on your way!

Follow the links to any of these to begin playing them for free!

Mystery Trackers: The Void

The Void family mansion used to be a gorgeous home, until Dr. Malleus Void inherited it. Legend has it that the creepy doctor spent his time doing terrible experiments in the home, and it has been abandoned for an entire decade. After 3 world famous celebrities go missing inside the house, it’s up to the Mystery Trackers to go inside the house, and solve its mysteries once and for all in Mystery Trackers: The Void!

Mystery Trackers: Raincliff

After a group of young students go missing, the Mystery Trackers are called in to search the city of Raincliff! Tackle this difficult case and unravel the strange mystery to save the students! Explore the entire town and discover who is watching your every move in Mystery Trackers: Raincliff! Use your Hidden Object talents to carefully dissect scenes and piece together perplexing puzzles! 

Mystery Trackers: Black Isle

Investigate a supposedly abandoned island in Mystery Trackers: Black Isle! After a journalist is kidnapped after beginning an investigation, it’s up to you to learn the truth behind Black Isle. Years ago an earthquake struck leaving the island deserted. None of the buildings seem to be damaged, however, and a hooded figure seems to be stopping people from discovering the truth. Find the missing journalist and learn a sinister secret in Mystery Trackers: Black Isle!

Mystery Trackers: The Four Aces

Stop a devious conspiracy in Mystery Trackers: Four Aces! The entire town of Brightfield was evacuated after a series of bizarre animal attacks. Now, strange creatures roam the streets, danger lurks around every corner and you’ve just landed smack in the middle of it all. As you begin to investigate, you discover that the attacks may have been part of a whole series of crimes committed in town, all tracing back to an organization called the Four Aces. But just who are the Aces and what is their plan? With the help of your trusty canine companion, Elf, you must keep digging to get to the bottom of things. Good luck out there, Detective. You’re going to need it!

Mystery Trackers: Silent Hollow

There are screams heard in Silent Hollow… Trouble at the Mystery Trackers headquarters means you’re called in to help. With a few extra abilities, not to mention your trusty sidekick, Elf, you just might save the day!

Uncover the treachery of a centuries-old turncoat in this incredible follow-up to the bestselling Mystery Trackers series.

Mystery Trackers: Raincliff’s Phantoms

Now you see us… now you don’t. It should have been a lighthearted human interest story, but what Emilie White reported on in this abandoned town scared her witless – and now she’s vanished. Nobody can say what happened to her, and only a few like you know the stories of invisible people living there are true… Return to Raincliff, where what you see isn’t always what you get.

Mystery Trackers: Blackrow’s Secret

It’s been two hundred years since the plague swept through here… Authorities quarantined the area around Blackrow Mansion, and it hasn’t been opened since. But now, an up-and-coming starlet is receiving strange threats that have drawn her straight to the quarantine zone. What is hiding behind the rusted gates of the Forbidden District? Play innovative new mini-games and explore gorgeous hidden-object puzzles as you track down the truth behind Blackrow’s secret!

Mystery Trackers: Nightsville Horror

A young boy named Oliver’s been kidnapped, and the scared citizens of Willowsville are blaming the Owl Man from their rival town, Nightsville. Long thought to be a made-up story to scare the kids, the Owl Man seems to be real… and he’s coming for you…

There are loads of exciting new elements in this game, from interactive deduction dialogues to a special Foresight Mode. Your old pal, Elf, is back on the scene, too!

Mystery Trackers: Winterpoint Tragedy

Buried in the ice… answer a distress call at an arctic research lab where scientists have made a chilling discovery! The latest in the bestselling Mystery Trackers series from Elephant Games will challenge your notion of what it means to be human. With Elf as your polar-clad sidekick, you’ll unravel the mystery of the Cold Stalkers. Play gorgeous scenes lit by the Northern Lights. A fun “area scan” feature, loads of silhouette, matching, and listed hidden-object puzzles, morphing objects, Rube Goldberg-style super puzzles, and collectibles make this a not-to-be-missed adventure!

Mystery Trackers: Paxton Creek Avenger

In the tenth game in the series, Elephant Games gives you an exciting story about a masked villain who takes on the whole Mystery Trackers organization. A mystery man calling himself the Paxton Creek Avenger has terrorized a theater full of people. He’s kidnapped your commander’s daughter, and you’ve got to stop him! Luckily, you’ve got faithful Elf by your side, as well as an unknown ally. With their help and the use of a special thermal scanning device, track down the Avenger and find out what he has against the Mystery Trackers. Solve a variety of mini-games, including Match-3 and Rube Goldberg-style super puzzles. Search for clues in listed, silhouette, and interactive hidden-object puzzles.

Mystery Trackers: Train to Hellswich

Elephant Games presents the newest addition to the Mystery Trackers series! Your hard work has definitely earned you a vacation. What starts as a normal train ride quickly takes a dark turn as mysterious hooded creatures start terrorizing passengers! Can you uncover what they’re after and stop them before it’s too late? Find out in this rousing hidden-object puzzle adventure!

Mystery Trackers: Queen of Hearts

The townspeople of Brightfield are becoming infected by a mysterious illness and turning into monsters! This is no simple investigation as you struggle to save both the townspeople and yourself. Can you stop whoever is behind the infection in time? Find out in this spine-tingling hidden-object puzzle adventure!

Mystery Trackers: Memories of Shadowfield

After losing your memory during a case, you must delve into your mind to save a missing girl! But you quickly find that this is no ordinary disappearance. With rumored ghosts and monsters lurking near the Shadowfield Observatory, can you recover your memory and save the missing girl in time? Find out in this spine-tingling hidden-object puzzle adventure game!

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Bread ‘n Butter: Memories from the Cutest Browser-Based Game Ever

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Does anyone remember this incredibly cute game called Bread ‘n Butter?  It used to be hosted by Outspark, which doesn’t even seem to have their own landing page any more and visiting them will simply redirect you to the MMO Fiesta.

Bread ‘n Butter was a time-management simulation filled with quick minigames, all populated by some of the cutest art work of the sweetest little pastry-based characters!  The minigames are a bit like Cooking Mama or Wario Ware, where you do a quick, simple task within a fairly short time limit and then quickly move on to the next step.  The time & money management system in Bread ‘n Butter applied to the bakery/cafe that you owned, where you had to strategically place your finished baked goods around the store and have a part-time worker staffed.

It isn’t available to play any more (and the copywrite years on these screenshots don’t go higher than 2008…), and for a number of years there was like 0 information about this game on the Internet at all, and I was wondering what the heck happened to it or if anyone else even played it!  Then, Outspark created this photo album on Flickr, and I can almost immerse myself in the sweetly cute and cheerful world again with this wonderful selection of screenshots!

^ The sign-in screen!
This REALLY shows how adorable the character designs were.
Wouldn’t you, like, buy stationery and stuff with these characters on them??

I also ADORE the color palette – sweet pastels over a neutral brown & honey-yellow base!
I have a similar color scheme in one of my own game projects!

This is the “world map” screen – you actually had to travel to different locations
to gather different ingredients, such as harvesting chocolate from the woods
(where chocolate kisses grow on trees) or scooping up sweet syrup
from a volcano filled with it.

A results screen like this would show you how successful your bakery was.

An upgrade shop – I was never really able to grind enough gold
for the single gold item here, and the rest all need real currency.

There were some serious upgrades available if you could put the money towards it!

This is one of the “main” screens you would look at while playing.
The top screen shows characters working as well as shopping in your bakery,
and it’s kind of a constant that you’d keep your eye on as time passed by.
The bottom screen changes frequently, and it is where you play minigames.

Omg, look at the cute little faces on the whisk and all of those little clumps of batter!!
I remember playing this minigame with great frequency,
mashing the arrow keys like crazy lol.

Still easier than getting batter unstuck from your whisk in real life. T – T

Another minigame involving grinding flour.
In order to actually play these minigames and thus actually have supplies for your bakery,
you had to gather the raw ingredients from the forests and stuff, first.
So, it wasn’t like you could just grind through minigames,
you actually had to go out and collect the base materials, too.
There was kind of a rhythm to this game that you’d settle into,
like collect – turn into usable ingredients – bake – place in bakery.

Here is an empty bakery that needs filling!

In all of the bakery screenshots above, in the top-left corner are shown the current
part-timers available to put to work and manage your store.
You had to actually be strategic about how much some of them cost
and what strengths and weaknesses they had!

And, finally, here is the chocolate-collecting minigame in the forest. 😋
There are lots of minigames like this in other games – the one I always think of
is the fruit- or jewel-collecting minigame from Kirby 64.

Thank you for taking the time to enjoy this cute game alongside me!
I still miss it a little bit, but knowing that I have shared its cuteness
with other people is like spreading its love even long after
its lifecycle, and that’s like spreading happiness, too!

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List of Dead Reckoning Games In Order (+ Downloads!)

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

I’ve covered some spooky games before –
here is another series of them to whet your macabre appetite!
The Dead Reckoning series often involves murder mystery plots
that remind me a bit of Agatha Christie books,
and with nearly just as many dramatic twists!

As with all of my games lists, follow the link to each one
to download the game and start playing for free!

Dead Reckoning: Silvermoon Isle

Silver-screen star Veronica West plummeted to her death from the top of a lighthouse
on Silvermoon Isle. Was it an accident? A suicide?
Or did someone at the party that night kill Veronica?

Solve the case using an innovative “deduction” feature
that turns questioning suspects into a fun, interactive game!

Dead Reckoning: Brassfield Manor

On the eve of his annual murder mystery party,
wealthy businessman Reginald Greer is found dead at his home.
You’ve been called to Brassfield Manor to solve the case… but it won’t be easy.
There are plenty of clues and suspects to keep you guessing who killed Reginald Greer.
Was it his spoiled daughter? His jealous son? His disgruntled business partner?
It could be any one of the guests who arrived for a game… and stayed for a murder.
Use a unique deduction feature to question characters and examine evidence!

Dead Reckoning: The Crescent Case

A traveling carnival becomes the scene of a strange murder,
and you’ve been called in to handle the case. There are no witnesses,
and everyone at the carnival denies knowing the victim.
But are their reactions all for show? The evidence points to a deeper mystery,
complete with lies, imposters, and betrayal within the close-knit carnival community.
Can you flush out the truth, or will you become just another attraction in this deadly show? 

Dead Reckoning: Broadbeach Cove

Beloved celebrity Johnny Abilli has been murdered
at the Broadbeach Resort in Florida, sparking a media frenzy.
You’ve been called in to crack the case.
What starts out as a simple investigation quickly leads down a road
filled with deception and heartache. Fame is more than just a game.
Will you have better odds than the victim?

Dead Reckoning: Snowbird’s Creek

The small town of Snowbird’s Creek is famous for being
a historical Klondike Gold Rush town, but now the town is divide
on the new railway project that could make or break their little community.
When the project threatens to close down for good, the workers go on strike,
until the out-of-town railroad tycoon spearheading the project is found murdered.
The suspects start piling up, but you must determine who really killed Seth Savage.
Search the town and interrogate suspects with evidence to find the truth!

Dead Reckoning: Death Between the Lines

You’re signing copies of your latest bestseller when a mysterious man
offers you the opportunity of a lifetime – you can write a famous billionaire’s life story,
but only if you can beat four of the country’s top writers.
Everything seems great until one writer drops dead.
Suddenly, this competition has become a deadly one. Explore Mr. Welles’s huge estate,
interview suspects, and gather clues before you become the next victim!

Dead Reckoning: Sleight of Murder

The world-famous Amazing Garibaldi Brothers have been hired to perform
their newest 
illusion for the grand opening of the Stevens Tower Hotel.
You’ve been invited to the premiere as the screenwriter for an upcoming film
that they will be providing new illusions for. But something sinister is lurking backstage,
and when a murderer strikes, you must use all your wits to find the killer,
before they pull their own magic trick and disappear.
Watch closely and don’t blink!

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List of Surface Series Games in Order (+ Downloads!)

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Today’s list of games is different than my others, which were all beautiful fantasy games.  The Surface series of games are dark and dramatic, touching on more frightening and intense themes than many others I have featured.

If spooky games of the type that are sort of haunting and unsettling are your jam, definitely check out some of these games!

Each and everyone of them is FREE to download and start playing!!

Surface: The Noise She Couldn’t Make

On a lonely stretch of highway, a young girl is found unconscious,
a bloody knife lying next to her. Was she a victim,
or did she attack someone? Her doctors are baffled when she fails
to respond to treatment. Desperate, they call you in to help.
As a psychic, you’re used to working with clients who can talk to you.
But this girl can’t. Enter her mind and work to discover…
the noise she couldn’t make…

Surface: The Soaring City

Search for your brother, Jeremy, in a beautiful world where the sky is
as wide as your imagination! Jeremy was a great inventor who discovered
a magnificent land soaring in the sky. He created wings for the people,
making them free. The new citizens were happy…until one day Jeremy
was kidnapped and blamed for conducting inhumane experiments.
It’s up to you to save your brother from imprisonment
and redeem his good name.

Surface: Mystery of Another World

After your son, Bobby, mysteriously disappears, it’s up to you to find him
in Surface: The Mystery of Another World! A peaceful train ride
to the coast goes way off course and now strange occurrences are happening
all around you! It seems that there is another world just past your reflection…

Surface: Reel Life

Your sister and her daughter, Jane, were enjoying a screening of an old movie,
when one of the actors literally stepped off the screen! Now Jane is missing,
and the building is crawling with strange plants and animals from the movie.
You solve all the puzzles in your way and rush to the theater to find a way
into the world of the film to save your niece. But once you do…
you realize that the mystery – and the danger – is much deeper than you could
have imagined. Can you escape before your adventure becomes a tragedy?

Surface: The Pantheon

It should have been a tremendous achievement, but the tunnel through
the Ridge of Leviathan became the site of a great disaster.
What really happened that day? You were supposed to have been on the train
with your husband and daughter, but you missed it.
And then they disappeared from your life forever.
It’s one year later, and a strange man – a scientist who thinks this is
just like the Bermuda Triangle and other such vanishings –
invites you to take part in his greatest experiment:
To recreate the conditions of that fateful day in Surface: The Pantheon!

Surface: Game of Gods

When your friends, Jim, Kevin, and Maggie, invite you to participate
in a paid research study, you jump at the chance. But things take a bizarre turn
when you arrive to discover that Jim and Kevin are missing,
and Maggie has just been abducted by a horrific figure! A strange game
is spread out on the table, and every move could mean certain death.
But you have no choice – you’ll have to play to save your friends’ lives…
and your own. Can you make it to the end of the Game?
Roll the dice and find out…

Surface: Alone in the Mist

All the adults have vanished. Is it a child’s dream, or nightmare?
You wake on the morning of your birthday to find that things aren’t at all
the way you pictured for your sweet 16. Can you find out what’s happened overnight
to turn your world upside down?
Unlock the Secret Room, where you’ll find more hidden-object and mini-game play.
But be careful what you wish for…

Surface: Return to Another World

After receiving a worrying phone call from your mom,
you return to your hometown of Lightfalls to investigate.
But things aren’t quite as you remembered them – a strange device
has risen from the nearby lake, and it’s causing the people of Lightfalls to disappear!
A boy from your childhood seems to be behind it all, but can you stop his evil scheme
before it’s too late? Journey to the magical world
beneath the lake and save your family!!

Surface: Lost Tales

You’ve been seeing things that can’t possibly be real.
What starts as a simple doctor’s visit turns into the chase of a lifetime!
The Huntsman is after you and Fairyland’s in danger.
With only fragments of your memory, can you save the kingdom
before it’s too late?

Surface: Virtual Detective

The Virtual Detective Agency is now hiring!
Secure your ranking as a top detective in the world’s premiere
virtual reality space, sponsored by the Capsule Nexus 2000 –
the most realistic full-dive virtual reality device.
We’re looking for a few good sleuths to investigate the cause behind the
growing numbers of missing players who have become comatose
in the real world.
Apply today!

Surface: Strings of Fate

Your little sister has been kidnapped by two Brothers of Fate!
With the help of a third Brother, it’s up to you to save her.
With the odds stacked against you, can you find a way into another world
and rescue her in time?

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