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  • Baba Is You patch notes (May 10th) – version 1.0.4

    Switch patch notes for the new version!

    Fixes & tweaks:

    – Promoted Skull House to an extra level
    – Added Lovely House to where Skull House used to be
    – Some underlying work for potential future features
    – The Linux build should work again
    – Replaced Secure Cottage with Fireplace
    – New level: Pillarwork! Located where Fireplace used to be
    – New option to disable particle effects
    – Shuffled levels a bit in Cavern
    – Fixed a colourization error in one of the endings
    – Fixed the area completion effect not staying in the correct place in some cases
    – Made background particles appear & disappear correctly when toggling the corresponding option in the settings menu
    – You can now adjust the game’s window size when in windowed mode by pressing Control + 1/2/3 etc (this might become a proper settings option eventually)
    – Fixed a crash in Ultimate Maze (probably not fully)
    – Reduced Garden’s required level count for clearing
    – Fixed background particles in one particular case appearing wrong
    – Added 3 new levels! I’ll try to refrain from adding any more because that’s not very elegant, but here we are for now. You can find one of them in Rocket Trip as a variant for Horror Story.
    – Changed “Force default colours” to “Force high-contrast colours” and made the setting use a slightly altered palette. This’ll be adjusted further in the future if needed.
    – “Fixed” a bug with Empty (that is, added a solution that doesn’t fix it fully but makes it less of an issue)
    – Started implementing a larger code structure related to Empty in preparation for future use and to fix a particular bug
    – Swapped the order of Garden’s extra levels since it makes much more sense that way
    – Made control icon positioning work even if the player adjusts the zoom type during gameplay
    – Added a pause menu control hint to Where Do I Go?
    – Fixed level numbering in a lategame area
    – Fixed the level cursor not recognizing a level in certain situations
    – Fixed the undo & restart tips appearing wrong
    – Got All This Stuff Here completely redesigned! The old puzzle was broken in multiple ways and caused crashes. The replacement is called Ruined Orchard.
    – Adventurers redesigned; the idea is the same but in a less frustrating configuration
    – Actually fixed the undo/restart message
    – Fixed multiple syntaxes that worked despite not being supposed to (Baba Not Is You and so on)
    – Fixed completed level outline effect appearing wrong for some players
    – Made certain directional rulewords work slightly more consistently
    – Made certain secrets behave more consistently
    – Fixed a rare inconcistency in how Tele works
    – Changed the way the game writes text in preparation for potential translations
    – Fixed a situation where an object didn’t have a corresponding word
    – Added a safety measure in cases where the game doesn’t know where to load the player into
    – Fixed an issue where the game skipped the intro in certain circumstances
    – Fixed an issue with undoing a Floating object being destroyed
    – Fixed the area completion effect not staying in the right position in certain cases
    – Fixed a case where the pause menu might not render text properly
    – The game checks certain rules more thoroughly when you start a level
    – Fixed a very very rare crash that mostly affected only my own development work
    – Added a safety feature that makes the game not break if the player’s files are encoded in ANSI and not UTF-8
    – Fixed the final instance of inconsistent level placement
    – Fixed a couple cornercases with  conditional rules
    – Made certain lategame visual elements easier to read
    – Fixed a very specific functionality related to Open/Shut

    Level adjustments:

    – Dead End
    – Lock the Door
    – Vital Ingredients
    – A Way Out?
    – Another Way
    – Ghost Friend
    – Pillarwork
    – Entropy
    – Horror Story
    – Trapped
    – Heavy Cloud
    – Torn Apart
    – Tangle
    – Grand Stream
    – Tectonic Movements
    – Across
    – Power Generator
    – Bottleneck (adjusted to be slightly more forgiving)
    – Seeking Acceptance
    – Lovely House (removed a potential red herring)
    – Skull House (removed a potential red herring)
    – Heavy Words (removed a confusing extra structure)
    – Got All This Stuff Here (see above)
    – Adventurers (see above)
    – Automaton
    – Entropy
    – Parade
    – ???
    – Condition
    – Rocky Road (tiny readability improvement)
    – Thicket (made Make’s functionality easier to figure out)
    – Meta (just a small readability adjustment)
    – Hostile Environment (not extremely happy about this adjustment)
    – Delicate Star
    – One-way Entrance
    – Sky Hold

    ESA update!

    Whoa, would you look at that! I managed to update Environmental Station Alpha! There were some features that I had semi-promised to implement + bugs introduced in the previous update that I wanted to get rid of, so here we went. I streamed the process, since streaming is often a force that enables me to finish these kinds of tasks.

    You can find the details here:

    Weekly progress post #118: Rise from the ashes

    It’s real! I promise!! Now that Baba is out, keeping a weekly schedule could technically be easier(…?)

    I’ve streamed ESA 2 development a couple times again and progress has actually been fairly good! Still in the early stages of the… remake? Let’s call it a remake. But the features I’ve added have mostly felt pretty nice.

    Last night I worked on the triple shot!

    Baba Is You patch notes (April 8th) – version 1.0.3

    These are the patchnotes for the Switch patch; it contains all the patchnotes for previous updates on other platforms.

    Fixes & tweaks:

    – Fixed a bug where certain interaction with the word Pull caused an infinite loop
    – Repositioned “return to map” in the pause menu
    – Fixed an issue with opening the pause menu while a level was restarting
    – Fixed a typo in the credits text
    – Fixed a bug where the level counter bugged out at 100 levels solved
    – Fixed “Disable zoom” saying “Zoom mode” in settings
    – Fixed a bug related to the word Tele
    – Fixed an infinite loop in Chasm (one remains)
    – Fixed the ability to get multiple [REDACTED]
    – Fixed several achievements not working
    – Fixed the game showing gamepad hints when gamepad is connected but player is playing using the keyboard
    – Made the crash in “Love is out there” harder to get – it’s still there so this needs more work
    – Fixed a lua error in A Way Out?
    – There’s a new zoom mode – stretch!
    – Fixed the ABABA bug
    – Fixed a bug where the sound crackles when fading
    – Fixed the general sound snap bug
    – Fixed the bug where alt-tabbing reduces performance greatly
    – Fixed an infinite loop related to “Word”
    – Alleviated the issue with multiple Push objects in a row. Still ways to go with that, though
    – Swapped two secret levels to make certain secret stuff flow better
    – Two new levels! One is in the Solitary Isle area, one is hidden
    – Coronation promoted to an extra level
    – Levels shuffled around in Cavern a bit
    – Fixed an infinite loop related to “Pull”
    – Fixed a newly-introduced bug related to “Not”
    – Fixed a bug where undoing didn’t revert certain qualities
    – Fixed a bug where the main map included unintended areas as being required for completion
    – New fix for audio issues
    – Fix to an area not getting the “completed” flower
    – Fix to the new zoom mode potentially not working
    – Fix to save slots 2 & 3 sometimes bugging when you start a fresh game on them
    – Fixed a level with “Cliff” not appearing properly as an object
    – Fixed a lua error related to undoing when Float is involved

    Level adjustments to at least these levels:

    – Prison
    – A Way Out?
    – Ghost Friend
    – Backstage
    – Grand Stream
    – Maritime Adventures
    – Alley
    – Further fields (promoted into an extra level)
    – A way out?
    – Got all this stuff here
    – Meteor rain
    – Stardrop
    – Queue
    – The pit
    – Catch the thief!
    – Endless Corridor
    – Meta
    – Tunnel
    – Overgrowth
    – Elusive Condition
    – Condition
    – The End
    – Passing Through
    – Coronation
    – Metacognition
    – Adventure
    – Buried Treasure
    – Depths
    – Another Way
    – Insulation
    – Secret Garden
    – Babas Are You
    – Guardians

    Baba Is You will be out March 13th!

    (Alternatively, check the official Nintendo version here: Yeah)

    Right! Baba will be released very soon, and that’s great. I’m a week or so late with this blogpost, but eh, I’ve gotten some evidence that some people actually follow this blog from time to time, and I want to support that.

    The game will cost USD $15, or 12.50€ if you prefer that. Wishlisting the game on Steam would be massively useful at the moment, so consider doing that if you haven’t yet.

    I’ve ordered some Baba t-shirts! They’ll probably be gone after GDC.

    I’m really excited about seeing videos & streams of the game – even though seeing someone get stuck in a game you made can be really frustrating/discouraging, there’s always some entertainment as well, plus I really hope I get to see someone appreciate some of the more inventive moments of the game.

    I’ve also been slowly putting together the OST of the game. Due to various reasons, some of which were discussed in that earlier Baba post, there has been need for a lot of tweaking to make the music sound nice for the official soundtrack. The side-effect of that is that the in-game music has improved some as well, so while the process is exhausting, it hopefully increases the overall audio quality, little by little.

    Anyway, there’ll be more news coming soon – I really need to remember to update here because I’m very fond of this blog. Slowly getting used to this block system of WordPress’, too!

    Another Discord link

    Here’s a link for 10 people:


    There have been a couple streams since the last time I did a “”””weekly”””” update, but for whatever reason I couldn’t muster the energy to make proper blogposts to commemorate them.

    Anyway! Things have been going semi-swimmingly, Baba-wise – the game is now feature-complete (to an extent), and we’re just handling some final timing and business stuff related to releasing a game. Baba will be on Steam, Humble Store, and Nintendo Switch™, and it’ll support Mac and Linux on top of just Windows! Huge thanks to MP2 Games for making this large a selection of platforms a possibility (by porting the game). An inevitable result is, of course, that there’s way more stuff to be handled before release. We’ll see how everything turns out.

    A cool thing about Baba is that this time I’ve made the OST by myself! This resulted in a huge mess right before finishing the game, but has otherwise been pretty cool and confidence-boosting. It also means that I’ll get to set up a Bandcamp page! (And deal with “mastering” sound, what does that even mean)

    As for the “huge mess”, we were a couple minutes away from calling the game done and sending it forward for further approval when I notified Mathias (the person behind MP2 Games) about worse audio quality on other platforms. Pretty soon it turned out that the issue was in my computer only, and the culprit was the AudioWizard program on my control panel having been set to Music Mode by default. I had spent a bunch of time trying to remove any involuntary audio enhancements from this laptop back in 2015 when I got it, but apparently I had managed to miss this utility that actually did affect my audio output rather heavily. Music Mode in this case meant some combination of equalizers and compressors that e.g. heavily (*very* heavily) emphasized bass. After turning the setting off, the sound quality wasn’t necessarily “worse”, but certain songs had ear-hurting sounds in them that had been smoothed over by the Music Mode, and some songs sounded much thinner without the bass boost.

    I went into full emergency mode and contacted some very talented audio designer friends in seek of help. In the end we realized that I can just run the audio through the Music Mode effect and re-record the adjusted sound using Stereo Mix to get the bass-boosted result. However, the earlier bass boost had also brought some uncomfortable audio elements of its own that I had mostly ignored until now, so even with the relatively simple solution I had to spend some 3-4 days editing and re-mixing everything, especially since the effect also affected SFX. Mathias very kindly implemented a batch tool for me so that replacing the SFX wasn’t quite as time-consuming as it otherwise would’ve been.

    But that’s now history, and there haven’t seemed to be any new massive hindrances to handle. I’ll be going to GDC in March both for Baba and as a part of the Nolla Games team to promote our upcoming game, Noita. I’ve also ordered some new Baba-related merch to celebrate the occasion. I just wish flying wasn’t such a planet-hurting move. Same for the merch on a smaller scale, actually.

    I’d kinda like to do an image-heavy update as an apology for continuously not managing to keep this blog alive, but this new WordPress system is a bit scary and I have a headache so that might have to wait for a later necromancy post. I’ll try to keep the blog updated with new Baba info, and ESA2 once I finally get that far.

    P.S. I’ve been enjoying Cultist Simulator by Weather Factory a whole lot again. Very inspiring, beautiful-sounding and -looking!

    Ludum Dare 43 results!

    Trying to learn to use this new block system of WordPress’…

    So! LD #43 ended last weekend, and the results are in. My game, Ludum Dare Simulator, fared fairly well, all things considered! There were 765 Compo entries in total, and my entry managed top100 in 4 categories:

    • 15th in Humor
    • 23rd in Innovation
    • 58th in Overall
    • 88th in Fun

    I guess I really banked on that humour value. Anyway, I’m pretty happy with the results! It’d be fun to make another overly ambitious LD game one day a lá Apocalypse Adventure and Badland Quest, but we’ll see when that happens; it’s not like I don’t have well enough stuff in the works already.


    Also check out these other entries:

    Anyway, happy new year! Now back to work on Baba, once I’ve played some games…

    Weekly-8 progress posts #116 & #117: Polish, polish, polish

    Streaming continues to be more of a thing! Great! I streamed yesterday and today, and both streams were quite similar in that most work was done on fixing small issues, implementing audio, and picking at the remaining ending sequence effects. The “must-have” to-do list is getting pretty short, but there are a handful of scary-looking things left that potentially require a good amount of work (or just overcoming the fear of implementing them.)

    SFX has been ignored for a while now, so getting some of that done today felt great. The various “fanfares” for achieving things is especially scary, but at least there’re only a handful of those to make.

    Music-wise I’m missing at least 2-4 songs: I want to have a remix of the theme song to play in the credits, + there are three areas that don’t have their own themes. However, at least one of those areas could technically do without a unique theme, so I’ll have to try to prioritize the less-optional songs/features first and see if I have time and/or energy for the remaining songs.

    Everything related to the ending of the game feels scary to make for a variety of reasons, but as long as my ambitions regarding it stay relatively small, there shouldn’t be all that much left to implement.

    It’s been a pretty wild year – maybe I should do a separate end-of-the-year post?

    Weekly-9 progress post #115: Audio, part 2

    Yay, two streams in a row! Today’s stream was very similar to yesterday’s in that I concentrated on fixing issues and polishing things, along with implementing audio-related features. I implemented a system that makes repeated actions have smaller visual/audio effects; this makes the soundscape less oppressive and improves performance in cases where a lot of stuff happens across several turns. Yesterday’s stream showed that overlapping audio is a surprisingly large source of lag, so it’s great that this new system helps with that issue as well.

    Happy holidays! There’ll probably be more streams once we return from our Christmas holiday trip; we’ll see.