A few Smash Battle updates

After the last release, last july, we haven't been sitting still. We've been finished the following updates for smash battle:

  • Four additional characters
  • Stereo sound
  • "Press start" at the beginning of the game (which causes the player, who does this, to have control over what gamemode and level is being played)
  • Jump-in character select, which means that when you can select your character, players can press start to join in
  • A few minor bug fixes... as usual ;)
  • And last but certainly not least: We've started to work on the single player portion!

I've also created a very basic level editor, but it's still really buggy, so I might release it later on.

Jeroen has started to set up this weblog for Smash Battle, where we will post more updates about the development of the game, as soon as the weblog is setup and working.

The old version from july is available to download at our project page on sourceforge. For the new version... you'll just have to wait until we've finished creating the single player!

Friday, 4 September 2009, 16:50 Bert Hekman

My company has a new website

A new website, made by me and my colleague. The approach was to make an interactive and graphic website with a lot of fancy stuff going on, as if it was a flash site, without flash. This was our first big website which depended heavily on the javascript library jQuery.

So if you're interested in where I work, what my other colleagues produce or the website itself, then check out our company website!

EDIT: I've also created a iPhone and mobile version!

Friday, 4 September 2009, 16:27 Bert Hekman

Smash Battle big update!

Since last version, from last year, we've been working on a lot of updates which include the following:

  • Three and four player battles
  • New characters and stages
  • Character stats (speed, weight, weapon and bomb)
  • Destroyable levels
  • Bouncing level tiles (when hit from below)
  • Instant kill bullets
  • Play ends after 5 rounds and shows a ending screen with statistics
  • Keyboard and joystick can now be redefined
  • Completely redone and/or re-factored a lot of classes and code

Smash Battle title screen

It's available for download here:

The next thing we will be working on is a single player, which include some missions. This is still in planning phase, but we've got some really nice ideas about what we are going to do with it.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 28 July 2009, 12:30 Bert Hekman

Geek Launcher and Faceplant fun

The last bug and feature request are closed and released in Geek Launcher 1.0beta3. The bug was, that you could not uninstall geek launcher when it was running. The feature request was URIs. You can now launch a website, ftp-site or telnet session.

We also had some fun last week when we created a new Faceplant song. We did not have the time to scream in some vocals, but the beginning is there. It contains a speech from the dutch tv show 'Alfred J Kwak', where the evil black crow Dolf is talking about his own rasict political party. We found it to be quite funny as it is a show for children we watched when we were all young. You can listen to it on our myspace. The song is called Dolf.

Monday, 7 April 2008, 14:39 Bert Hekman

Geek Launcher beta 2 update

After I submitted my project to sourceforge, last week, thing went quite fast. The people over at sourceforge accepted my project submission in one day, while this usualy takes 3 to 5 days. And they put my news item on their frontpage, which caused my project to become quite popular in a short matter of time.

Someone at softpedia apperantly got notice of this and added geek launcher, music importer and mp3 renamer to their software database. They also tested my software for malware and found out that it does not contain any (of course). As of now, the geek launcher has been downloaded 161 times from sourceforge and 30 times from softpedia.

I also released the second beta version of geek launcher. You can now select if you want a large or a small user interface and you can now browse with the page up, page down, home and end keys. I also fixed a bug which caused windows to hang on shutdown. Go check it out.

Friday, 28 March 2008, 12:20 Bert Hekman