February 28th, 2013
Over the last two weeks I’ve been chipping away at our first ‘large’ building, the ‘Tower of Cash’. All the buildings available to you in Slime City will come in two footprint sizes. The ’small’ buildings will fit on a 8×8 meter square. The large ones are 4 times that size at 16×16 meters.
The final design is still quite fluid. But the tower of cash, obviously, is the behemoth of cash production. It will probably be quite expensive to build, but well worth the investment.
This is the first building to have people on it! All the citizens of Slime City will be 2D, hand drawn to match the camera angle. This gives us the freedom to have all kinds of crazy characters, doing all kinds of crazy things, quite cheaply.
February 14th, 2013
I’ve been working on a huge new building this week, but I didn’t quite finish it. So this week we’re showing off our first vehicle, the bus! Also, this tiny, 1 tree park.
The buses will help clear up traffic on the streets. They will randomly replace 5-10% of your cars, allowing traffic, and building efficiency to increase. Parks will effect adjacent building with higher efficiency and they will require minimal resources and be cheap to build.
Next week look for our first big 4×4 buildings, and people!!
February 6th, 2013
We’re showing off roads this week. I’ll refrain from making any Back To The Future references, eh? As you can see we’ve done our best to make these the most bike-friendly and people-friendly roads possible. Although I’m pretty sure the bike lanes will get axed, and the bikes and cars will just have to share.
We’re still debating the game mechanics behind the roads. On the base level, your buildings will simply not produce (turn on) if they’re not adjacent to a road. Buildings may also gain additional output if roads run on multiple sides. Of course slime will be able to travel over all road surfaces.
We’re also discussing basing the output of each building off how long it takes their dedicated vehicles to circumnavigate the whole road system. So the larger your city gets, the slower your building payouts will be. This is still open, we’ll have to test that mechanism.