Well, this time last year we were up on our roof shoveling snow here in Bend. Today it is expected to hit 60 degrees and I’ll be taking a run in shorts here pretty soon. Maybe with a little extra time, I can get some progress going this week!
Last week was all about the locations selection screen and the scene selection screens. I was able to get those working pretty well, and also spent a good bit of time reworking the scene unlocks. Now each scene is unlocked by the number of bottle caps the player has earned. For instance, scene 2 is unlocked when the player has earned at least one cap. Scene 5 will open once the player has earned 7 caps. Currently, while progressing through the game the scenes are accessible in succession, but remain locked once you exit the game screen and revisit the scene selection screen.
There is now also a screen for location stats and a redemption screen! The redemption screen is a big work in progress, and ultimately what I hope will be a big part of the game. Imagine being able to play for prizes from your favorite brewery!
This week the plan is to restrict the player from moving to the next level in-game if they do not have enough scene caps, and to improve the “Win” scene panel. This week will also include scene improvements and perhaps some new bottle additions. I will also probably be doing some scene selection screen customization depending on what location has been selected.
I want to give a shout-out to @brewsite for the talk on Bend Beer History at Deschutes Brewery this past Saturday. He has spent a good bit of time researching Bend, OR beer history and has put together a book filled with interesting and lesser-known facts. Be sure to check it out and order one online from Amazon if you can’t get one in person.
I also took a break with my little boy over the weekend and visited Vector Volcano for some pinball action. We ran across Bally/Midway’s Tapper game conveniently sitting next to the Deschutes tap. I was kind of in beer Nirvana and had to be shaken a few times. This game has definitely inspired mine in a lot of ways, and I hope to bring that same feeling to players of BEER CHEER. Can’t forget the classics!
Thanks for tuning in once again and if you have any ideas for this lil crafty beer game please let me know!