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Reporting for Duty - The Late 2018 Progress Report!

Hey everyone! November was kind of a weird one around here: we didn't go to a single event! Weird, right? Well, it turns out we probably won't be attending any events until January, actually. So in lieu of that, this month's blog post is going to be a progress report on what we've been up to an what our plans are for the short term leading up to Collapsus' release!

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Collapsus is Now on Steam Greenlight and Free Weekly Builds Are Now Live

As you may know already, 2016 was a huge year for us. Tons of events and interviews, a few awards, the studio remodel… even the release of our second game, Radarkanoid! Throughout all this time we were prepping for the release of Collapsus. With us being picked up as Nintendo Licensed Developers and us prepping for the Kickstarter, we knew that it was only a matter of time before we were ready to launch the game!

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Collapsus Weekly Builds, App of the Year Results, and More News!

Hi, this is Kristy. I’m one of the programmers here at Wraith (and Jay’s fiancee). I’m also designing the puzzles for Collapsus. This is my first blog post. I hope you all like it. As you know, we’ve been pretty busy here at Wraith trying our hardest to get Collapsus out as soon as possible. 2016 has been a really big year for us. We’ve been to 13 conventions this past year, and have had more interviews and press than I can count. We’ve had literally thousands of people pick up and play Collapsus. We even managed to get people hooked on it who claimed they didn’t like “this type of game” or seemed generally disinterested. I always tell people that Collapsus is like a Rubik’s Cube that plays Tetris. And it is. We’ve brought something brand new to the table, and we want it in every person’s hand.

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Puzzling Modes - A Talk About the Puzzle Mode in Collapsus

Hey, all! Sorry about not getting this piece out sooner. Everyone over here at the studio is sick as a dog (well, almost everyone… thank goodness for Skype commuting). So, in this article, since we’ve talked at length about some of our Special modes and Accessibility options we figured it was finally time to have an in-depth look at one of our oft-neglected modes: Puzzle mode!

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Thanks for the VOTE of Confidence! (Collapsus in the Top 50)

Late on Saturday, we got some VERY good news! Thanks to all of your awesome support, once again our game, Collapsus, made it to the Top 50 of SlideDB's "App of the Year" awards! This was a big deal for us last year and an even bigger deal for us this year! Everyone has been overwhelmingly supportive of us (and Collapsus) at events, on social media, even in the press! You guys are awesome!

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Collapsus For Everyone - Collapsus and Accessibility

Here at Wraith we talk about accessibility a lot… and I mean A LOT. I’d go so far as to say that it’s one of our foremost tenants; which is actually pretty weird seeing as we just only really started thinking about it in 2013 or so! We really started focusing in on accessibility when one of our team members, Ryan, tried to play Collapsus and couldn’t because of his color blindness. It was a real eye-opener (pun very much intended).

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Features, Features, Features!

Hey all! In today's post I wanted to talk about all sorts of features in Collapsus. I know we did a feature post a while back (and a lot of you already know what Collapsus is all about), so today I'm going to focus on either features that we haven't really talked about on here before, or, if we have, not in a large amount of detail. It's go time!

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Some Brief Updates

Hey all! Not much news this week since we spent most of it out of the studio prepping for Christmas.


Well, lets start with the App of the Year news. Sadly, we didn't win. Our category came and went and we just weren't on the list. Congratulations to all of the awesome developers who did, though. It was a huge honor to make it into the Top 50. Hopefully after Collapsus is actually released we may have a chance next year.


Before we left for our break, we made a little video of me just messing around with Collapsus. Nothing big, but we hope you enjoy!



Lastly, for this week, we wanted to say that on Christmas Eve, we received our LLC paperwork along with this awesome Christmas card from The Hamilton Mill! 

Things just keep getting more awesome! 

Where Collapsus Goes from Here

(This post came out a few days ago over on SlideDB. The 'App of the Year' competition is over as of now, so don't worry about voting. Now we just have to wait until we see the results!) 

Hey guys! I know it's kind of unusual to see a blog post from us that's not on a Monday, but I figured that since we're competing for App of the Year, it would be best to get this out while all eyes are on us. Over the past couple weeks I introduced the uninitiated to the history of Collapsus and an exploration of what'll be in the game when it's releasedThis time around, I want to write an article about our development process and where we go up through release. Sound good? Lets get started!



I just can't get enough of this GIF!

Like I said before, we started in 2006 with a rough prototype and just this past year really started ramping up production (mostly due to the fact that we became an actual company with an LLC, actual studio space and whatnot). While the prototype used the awful Javascript engine, Stagecast, when the project was picked back up again we started with CoronaSDK but very quickly moved to Unity. Shortly after that, we needed to port from Unity 4 to 5!


Unity 5 on the left and 4 on the right

Unity's been pretty reliable for us and as such, we've been getting quite a lot done, having the core gameplay (bar a few bugs) entirely playable at this point (as those of you who played it at OGDE can attest). After that, we started working on getting the new power-ups working. This involved working on a new system called the power-up "Dock" and making some really cool (and useful) effects!



The power-up "Dock"

If I had to guess, I'd say those are about 75% done or so. The next step is working on the Special modes. The entire point of the Special modes are to change the game perpetrators in some way that dramatically alter the gameplay you came to know in the Standard modes. Our favorite example is 'Gravity' mode, where by tilting your phone, you change the gravity of the screen which, of course, changes how the blocks fall. It's all pretty good stuff. We're probably about 85% with those.

Lots of new power-ups and block types, many of which are Special mode specific!

As for the Puzzle mode, Daily puzzle and puzzle editor/sharing tool, they're a bit less developed. As a whole, they're about 45% done. Don't worry, though, that's mostly because the individual puzzles have yet to be generated (we have an algorithm that builds, tests and assigns them a difficulty) and all that crazy server stuff. Speaking of server stuff...

The Puzzle editor

Sigh. Versus mode. It's about 10% done. There's so much going into Versus mode, we're still nt sure if it won't just be free DLC. So many new power-ups, new mechanics, an entire new screen layout and all that networking! It's so much work, but it's what we're mainly focusing on right now as far as design is concerned. The programmers are still doing everything else, but us designers... this is where all our time goes. We want it to be perfect... we hope it won't disappoint!

A "Junk" block from Versus mode

Well, what's after development? Glad you asked! We're still working on the Kickstarter video which means that the studio remodel had to be finished all the way. We're filming half of it here and the other half at Arcade Legacy so we can have real people try it out and talk about it. Right before the launch, we're releasing our press kit and we already know of a few places who asked us to let them know when we're launching so they could do articles on it. Around that time, we'll be releasing online weekly builds, playable in your browser, on Kongregate and Newgrounds... that way you can get a feel for the game before you go support it.

After that, though we're putting it up on Greenlight and shipping it off to the App Store, Google Play, Amazon and Microsoft Marketplaces. Funnily enough, while writing this article right now, Nintendo just called approving us as authorized developers. Like, seriously... while I was writing this. That's just awesome!

We're also then going to be putting the Android build up on Piratebay for free and hopefully we can get onto GOG as well as some smaller marketplaces as well. After that, though we're going to try to approach the Humble Bundle (and various other bundles) as well as submit to IGF, IndieCade and IndieMEGABOOTH! There's a whole lot going on for us in the next few months and that's not even considering the other games we're already working on!
Now, as for even smaller releases like on the dedicated Collapsus arcade cabinet going to Arcade Legacy, the version going onto the Winnitron network and the release for the Pebble smartwatch, we'll have to see. They shouldn't be a problem still, but they may be delayed until after the release proper!

There's so much left to do, but so much done already! We can't wait to keep showing you guys what we got!

Nifty in the Top Fifty!

Is it Monday again already? Wow! We've had a pretty busy week, to be honest. With the holidays quickly approaching and dev ramping up in a big way (especially with the Versus mode in Collapsus), and us finally reaching 1000 Twitter followers, time really does fly! Well, on this week's blog post, we have something very special to bring up!

All throughout last week, SlideDB started off Round 1 of their big 'App of the Year' competition. We didn't think much of our odds, but we took to our social media to see if we could drum up some votes and you know what? We made their 'Top 50'! (And if you haven't voted for us in Round 2 yet, why the heck not?! Seriously, please go do that! There are only 6 days left as of writing this. Go on! *Shoo* I'll wait.)

Hot dang! It is such an honor to be in this position! We've been working very hard make Collapsus the best game we possibly can and I guess, somehow, it really showed! When we went to OGDE last month, we had very positive feedback from all of the wonderful people who played the demo, but with over 2500 other games in the running, we never thought to land in the Top 50 for 'App of the Year'! 

Really awesome people playing Collapsus at OGDE 2015

It occurs to me that with the influx of new traffic from both Twitter and SlideDB, a lot of you may not know as much about Collapsus as those who have been with us for the long haul. Last week we made a post about all of what Collapsus has to offer (it's a really long feature list and if you haven't seen it, you may want to. You can do that here). Right now, I want to take a little time to talk about the Collapsus development process, if you'll indulge me.


Back in 2006, when I had first started trying to make games and before there really was a 'Wraith Games', I had wanted to make a game for my mom, who at the time was really into puzzle games. Over the course of several months, I had whipped up a prototype that would soon become known as Collapsus. I took inspiration from many notable (and fairly disparate) sources; particularly the likes of  puzzle greats like Tetris, Bejeweled and Puzzle League (and oddly enough, the movement of a Rubik's cube). The end result was a game where you try to match 4 or more colored blocks in a line by destroying undesirable blocks. The entire game is built on a unique risk-reward centered resource management mechanic because, let's be honest, it's just more fun to break blocks than to swap them! While this prototype was still very rough, I knew I had the start of something worthwhile, but at the time had no way of bringing it to the next level, so it just sat there on my computer, collecting proverbial dust while I finished school.



Cut to many years later... After I had moved out on my own I decided to show my then girlfriend the old prototype which she immediately fell in love with. I'm pretty sure that without it, she wouldn't have agreed to my marriage proposal the very next year. She told me to stick with it and keep making improvements, so I ended up doing just that, after finding new friends who were much, much better programmers than myself (including, eventually, her as well), that is. My new team helped bring new life into that unpolished game and together, we made improvement after improvement until we were confident that we had made a fun, unique, and addicting puzzler!



Now we have actual studio space, a Kickstarter on the way and wonderful fans like all of you! We may not make it any further than the Top 50, and if not, it's sure been awesome just being here. Don't get me wrong, all of us very, very much hope we do... but just knowing that all of you brought us to this point and that the game we love working on has resonated with so many of you even before it's out makes all this worth it! Thank you!

But seriously... go vote for us





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