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Survive the wilderness in this Western-inspired base builder. Craft your world by placing isometric tiles, explore various biomes, and unravel the secrets of the land. But beware of the lost souls roaming the wilds.

  • Single Player
  • Windows
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About the game

  • * An isometric world made of tiles, created by the player during play.
  • * Survival systems, including crafting, cooking, hunting, fishing and more.
  • * Deep base building with lots of outdoor and indoor assets.
  • * Crops farming and gardening.
  • * A rogue-lite long-term progression system with high replayability value.
  • * A fictional universe inspired by the Wild West. Uncover the secrets of the land... and zombies!
  • * An exciting story about complex settlers and tribe conflicts, play as a young woman destined to discover who she really is.

Features:

A Survival Game with a Twist!

In contrast to other survival games, the world is not generated procedurally, you generate it yourself while you play by placing isometric tiles! Find the balance between investing your harvested resources into your own survival and reinvesting them to craft and the world around you!

Brave the Wilderness

Satisfy your basic needs: thirst, hunger, fatigue and your state of mind! Protect yourself against dangerous predators like animals, bandits or - even worse - the lost souls that are walking on earth. Preparation, wit, and a strong gumption are necessary to withstand this harsh environment.

Tiles

Explore the world however you see fit and choose how the landscape of the Old West will unfold before you. When you reach the edge of a tile, you have the power to decide what’s next. Be sure to err towards tiles that naturally fit or provide bonusses for adjacent tiles, otherwise, you will find your resources scarce and survival slim.

Base Building and Farming

Invest your found resources into your own cabin and build yourself a base for defense and shelter. Create acre, sow seeds you find and harvest crops to increase your chances to survive!

Craft and Cook

Craft the tools you need from resources you have found during your journeys. Expand your base with an oven, anvil, smelter or other useful crafting equipment. Advance in leather working, cloths weaving and more professions to create the best survival supplies for your next adventure!

Story

Corpse Creek, 1883. The darkness of the midnight sky was interrupted by bright green light, shortly after flaming stones came raining down on this otherwise quiet town. People stormed out of their homes to see what was going on. The sky was lit brightly green. After a few seconds the first of those meteorites reached the ground with a massive bang.


The people who survived the incident took their loved ones to the Corpse Creek graveyard the next day. The bodies are just underground and the local preacher Noah just spoke his last blessing words to end the ceremony when the ground started moving and a hand reached out of one of the graves.


People quickly pulled their firearms but weren't able to fight back what was attacking them - their loved ones just raised from their graves, one after another. They are not human anymore, people called them "lost souls".

System Requirements:

  • Genre:

  • Adventure | RPG | Simulation
  • Languages:

  • English
  • Released:

  • Coming Soon
  • Works on:

  • Windows 7 or greater
  • Rating:

  • Not Yet Rated
  • Minimum system requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 or greater
  • Processor: Intel i5 or equivalent (Dual Core with Hyper-Threading)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

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Devlog #1 - Preparing the Alpha!


Howdy everybody!

Today, I have great news to share with all of you. Above Snakes is ready to take the next step and will transition from Pre-Alpha to Alpha! In the last couple of months, we have worked very hard to bring you the new features that made it into the Alpha.


We Have a New Team Member!

First and foremost, I am happy to inform you about our new team member, Marc. Marc joined the Above Snakes team in February as both a Developer and Level/Game Designer. He has been hard at work ever since and I am sure that many of you have already talked to him on our Discord server. I wanted to wait for the first official Devlog for Above Snakes to introduce Marc - so be sure to say hello to him!


Marc has a background in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Autonomous vehicles. He is currently living in Florida where he programs self-driving vehicles, but his roots lie in Groningen (Netherlands) which, coincidentally, is the city I live in! Marc has loved gaming ever since the Nintendo 64 came out and has played a wide range of games on PC and all types of consoles. He has been very excited to become a co-developer of Above Snakes where he’s able to apply his programming and design skills in a different field.


When Will the Alpha Be Shipped?

The Alpha will be shipped to all backers who backed for “Play First” or higher and for those who acquired (or will acquire) the Pre-Alpha Access via BackerKit. As you have probably seen, this means that we are ahead of schedule for the Alpha! Originally, we planned to prepare a content patch for the current Pre-Alpha and ship the Alpha later on. In the middle of the process, we decided that our time is better invested updating the core game features that we received feedback on.


By the way, if you backed via Kickstarter on a lower tier and want to join the Alpha, you can upgrade your pledge! Just write an e-mail to abovesnakes@icloud.com or join the Alpha via this link:



So, let’s talk about the contents of the Alpha!


New Tile System

One of the biggest changes in the Alpha is the way in which tiles are spawned. In the Pre-Alpha, we recognized the problems that the pre-generated biome map had in determining where and which biomes could be spawned. Rather than relying on the pre-generated map for the player to uncover, we decided to leave this decision entirely to the player. We also ensured that biomes now display proper transitions between one another to generate a believable and natural-looking world.


Matching and Blending Biomes



In addition to the full-tile biomes, these new mixed-biome tiles (or “transition biomes”) have been added to the game. They can (and need) to be used by players to properly transition between different biomes, all while making sure that the edges of each adjacent biome match. This tile update should add more depth to gameplay and make the world that you build more complex.


This is an example of how tiles can be combined and transitioned between one another.



 

Cartography System


 

The updated tile system comes together with the new cartography system. In order to make new tiles, you will first have to discover and research them. You can do that on the cartography table - a new item you can craft. Each researched tile is added to your tile pool. From your tile pool, you can choose which tiles are in your current selection and can subsequently be spawned. You choose which tiles you want to spawn, but make sure to select the ones that match your current biomes!


Scouting

We also redid the process of tile placing. In the Pre-Alpha, you paid in certain resources to make a tile. Since we moved these costs to tile research, we added a new mechanic to create new tiles: scouting. You scout your environment by interacting with it (collect berries, chop trees, harvest rocks, etc.) and, once you have scouted your environment enough, you can create a new tile from your tile selection.


Updated Tile Aesthetic



While reworking the tile system, we also updated the aesthetics of the tiles by updating the technology with which we create those. The surface of the tile can now contain up to 4 textures that can blend seamlessly into another (before it was limited to 1 texture with no blending). Also, we can now sculpt the surface of the tiles to create more natural-looking mountains, rivers, lakes, etc.


Rogue-lite vs. Continuous Mode

We asked players which mode they liked more: the rogue-lite (in which you loose your world) or the continuous mode (in which everything will still be there, even after death). The overwhelming majority of players decided for the continuous mode. With this feedback, we decided to remove the rogue-lite mode for now. We will discuss at a later point in time whether this mode will come back and, if so, how.

Please note, that we will be adding death penalties to the game (right now, dying is basically free).

 


New Cooking System

We also updated the cooking system which was working similarly to the crafting system (use X and Y to make Z). The new cooking system requires you to combine up to three ingredients. Depending on how well the ingredients go together, your cooked meal will have certain stats. If you match the "right" ingredients together, you can create a recipe which provides you with extra stats and, sometimes, useful buffs! It is up to you to find out the recipes!




New Tutorial and Quests

The whole tutorial was removed from the game and replaced with a more interesting quest system. When starting the game, you will receive certain tasks that help you with survival. Those tasks increase in difficulty but offer less explanations as time goes on. The first tasks will explain the basic hotkeys and mechanics of the game while later tasks will only ask you to do certain things. It will be up to you to discover the rest.

 

Performance Updates




We received feedback from a couple of players that the performance of the game decreased with the number of tiles spawned. Also, PCs with smaller graphics chips were not able to start the game at all (sometimes stuck in the title screen) due to the way the grass in-game was rendered. We worked on improving these things and added GPU instancing to heavily reduce draw calls of grass. Additionally, we also worked with occlusion and frustum culling to improve performance with the increasing number of tiles. We will continue to work on the performance as this is not yet perfect, but we are happy with the achieved results and were able to measure big improvements in FPS.


New Music

Our amazing composer, Tyler Cline, has created new music for Above Snakes! This new piece is the exploration theme that plays during nighttime. Have a listen:


A long Night in the West on Soundcloud


And More!

There is plenty more to discuss, but that would make this Devlog waaaay too long. Therefore, here is a list of things that are worth mentioning (short and sweet)! If you want to know more about a certain item on the list, please do not hesitate to ask!


  • Brand new Character UI that shows Aiyana’s stats.
  • A new look for the backpack UI.
  • Farm biome with farm animals.
  • New wildlife (i.e. boars and penguins).
  • New lost soul: the crawler.
  • Day and night cycle is now attached to tile creation.
  • Removed tile stats.
  • Fish can now be chopped into fish meat which can be used to cook.
  • Trees can now have bee hives attached to them.
  • Water bottle is now an equipped item and not loose in the inventory.
  • Ice picking for fishing holes.
  • Berry bushes regrow.
  • Hammer and map are now items that need to be acquired, not just hotkeys.
  • Many UX and UI improvements.
  • More storylines and enemies will be revealed soon!


Thanks again for supporting Above Snakes and being a part of our community. As always, please don’t hesitate to ask questions or provide feedback here or on our Discord server.


Cheers,

Tobi


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