November 22nd Dev update!

Hi everyone!
I haven’t posted here lately but i haven’t had much to show because i have been working on improvements and tweaks all around.
Basically, i have tweaked the hitboxes for all the player ships, changed the tooltips and worked on small UI improvements.

I have also been working on the last enemies that still need to be made (the new level 2 ones). They are among the last enemies to be worked on (we still need to finish a few bosses as well).
This means the programming is nearly complete and we are approaching one of the final stages of the game’s development: the final level design and game balance. Once this is all done, the game will go into beta status and we will improve the game based on player feedback. This will also be the last hunt for bugs before integrating the game with the Steam API and getting ready for release.

We are planning for an early 2017 release but we are still a few months away from that so stay tuned and in the mean time, enjoy this space dragon boss animation !

Space dragon animated gif
Space Dragon !! Roaaaaaaarrr! (click for a better view)

October 25th Dev update!

Hi everyone!
It’s been a while since i last posted here but i have been quite busy working on the game.
I am happy to say that everything is going fine even though i did understimate the amount of work still needed to complete the game.
As a result, the game will probably not be coming out until early 2017 at best.
However, this is good news, as the enemies are nearly done and most of what is left is bosses and then finishing the level designs. The next part will be balancing the game out while looking for any bugs, before we get the game to beta status and allow people to help us fight off bugs and balancing issues.

Here is a preview of one of the latest boss i have been working on… the “Prophet”.

And another little animated preview of the maintenance bot that built the AI base in the Cylon sector (he’s the midboss):

DreadStar midboss preview
Maintenance Bot animation

Stay tuned !

Who said ugly?

Today I don’t want to show you entire image of what I am working on. It is too ugly ^ ^

… uh… what is it? Can you guess it? I can’t myself. I wonder where it comes from – and where it goes. No, I know where it goes: nowhere, because you will kill when playing Dreadstar!

And that’s good news. I don’t want it arriving on Earth.


Details and adjustements

It is time for last graphics, and also for details and adjustements. It is not the most interesting part, but it gives the feeling that all small details are okay. I am a bit of a perfectionnist, so I have often to stop myself of refining graphics, I should say.

However, last week I did some adjustements on level 2 graphics, because I have new and old graphics – existing before I take part to the project, or that I did at the beginning, 6 months ago.

I had to adapt old graphics a little bit to fit my new graphics. Here is a view of old and new graphics together :


Another frightening boss

Last week I told you graphics for levels 1 to 5 were finished… my mistake, I forgot one boss!

(no laughs, please, it was written on my planning, but I didn’t read it properly, these things happen on Friday, don’t they?)

It was a pleasure to do this one, as I never really drew dragons until this one. I did sometimes, but didn’t really finished them, if I remember well. I may change it a little bit, I’m still working on it and on its background, but for the big picture, that’s it.


It’s some kind of space dragon. I don’t want to be bitten by it, and it should go to the dentist. So, male or female?


Sept. 21st dev update

Hi everyone ! It’s time for another dev update…
I’ve been working on level design since the start of the week and had to change the way some things worked in the levels. I also added a way to add an object or enemy at a precise point. That way, calculating the position of the background, i can add a background element in the exact spot it is supposed to be at.
However, while it was working well, i thought that it would be better to have a view of the exact background in the level editor…especially since in this level, there are background enemies (enemies that are on the ground and don’t collide with the ship but fire at it).

So i made those changes as well and i must say it is pretty fun to have a good view of the background as it will be in game. I wish i had the time to put all the graphics into the editor to have a 100% accurate view of the level but i really don’t. I’ll maybe do it in my free time (if i can find some).
I am really looking forward to seeing people use the level editor to create new levels but that will have to wait until after the release!

level editor
DreadStar’s Level Editor!

So far, i only have started on the overall design of this level, however so i must now hurry and finish the level before working on the Mazinger sector’s enemies.
That’s all for now.

Level 5 images finished

Level 1 to 5 graphics are now created. There will probably be some little changes, but I see the end of drawings slowly pointing the tip of his nose, which is great.

I let some surprise for the game, so I am not going to reveal all from this level, but you are going to face this sorcerer playing with energy :


In this level, I have done some animations with light energy. I find that moving energy renders well, and I guess that it probably is because of the contrast. I would like to do more, as usual, but I have to carry on.

So next week, another sprint, another subject. See you!

Sept 14th. dev update

Hi !
It’s time for another dev update as i finally finished the 4th level boss. Some gameplay from the boss turned out to be more complicated to program than anticipated and i had to change a few things in the core game engine.

As everything is now complete on that boss, i can start working on changes to the level editor and start the level design (the fun part!).
I need to make those changes because this level’s design is particular. We are using a lot of background elements that need pixel perfect placement, something the current level editor can’t do well except on fixed locations (useful for enemies, but not so much for background elements). It will also be useful for the 5th level (and if/when we release the level editor as well).

I’m hoping i can make those changes and have a good first rough of the level by the end of the week.
I’ll then start working on the 5th level’s enemies and bosses, along with the core mechanics of the level.

Stay tuned!

Dreadstar level 5 images in progress

The atmosphere of level 5 is dark and shadowed, with a feeling of  greatness, to change from level 4. For the depth, I took my inspiration from Carthago, a french comic with very nice big drawings giving a feeling of immensity.


It is a style that I like very much and I would like to do more and more, but I have to carry on, the next bosses are waiting for me!

Don’t tell it to anyone but I think I have more inspiration for this level than for the last one – that I really enjoyed also when I was doing it… it is good news for the following.

I enjoy what I do from the beginning, but I enjoy it more and more, I hope you feel it in the results.

Let’s carry on, then 😉

Time for another dev update!

Hi everyone!
Here is another dev update…

The Betelgeuse sector enemies are done (including mid-boss) and the boss is mostly done. I have also been working on game design as we are working with ClemenC on the Mazinger sector’s general design, enemy design and the overall feel we want to give to that level. ClemenC has finished the background and it is a really interesting one.
The level will be quite different from other levels as you will have the opportunity to speed up or down the movement in that level using booster platforms. Your score will also depend on how much time it took you to beat the level…and there might be a surprise on the final boss as well 🙂 but i’ll keep that a secret for now.

As a side note, we have begun thinking about game conventions and events where we could show the game to more people. We need to get more people to know about the game as we feel it is generally well received so far.
The alpha demo is still out so if you haven’t tried it yet, hop on to GameJolt, or Indiexpo and give it a try!