Sausage Bomber: The Recipe (ECGC 2017)

Here is the second session we gave at the East Coast Game Conference called "Sausage Bomber: The Recipe".

How we got Sausage Bomber done and launched while working full time jobs! Learn how we went about designing a simple game that would make us and players around the world laugh. From napkin sized design to the Android, iOS and Amazon app stores, lessons learned and concrete examples from a real life project on how to be a wiener… uh winner!

You can download the slides here.

If you enjoyed the presentation at the ECGC or the slides on this website, and feel like giving us a little love back, you can pick up Sausage Bomber in the iOS and Android app store. For a mere $1.99 you can get 128 levels of sausage bombing awesomeness that will make all your friends jealous. Plus, you'll be able to regale them with the tale of how the game was made now that you know :)

The Unsung Code (ECGC 2017)

Hi everybody!

Last week was the East Coast Game Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center. Since we're in the area, this is always a great opportunity for us to meet the fans, showcase our newest games and get a little something back by sharing our experience during sessions at the event.

This year we gave two talks. The first one was called The Unsung Code and you can see the description below.

Rendering is AWESOME! Audio is AWESOME! Gameplay is AWESOME! So let’s talk about everything else instead. We’ll cover all the unsung code that players will never know is there but can make the difference between smooth sailing and development hell. How to tackle the glamour-less “must do” in a way that leaves room for all the fun fluff, or risk the wrath of the bitter hordes of “braindead code that should only have taken five minutes to write”!

You can download the slides here.

If you got a chance to attend the session, or didn't but wanted to go through the slides, let me know your thoughts in the comments! I'd love to hear about your own experience with game flows or with other types of unsung code you'd like to bring to light!

DOOMWHEEL!

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Hey Katsu fans, we've got big news! Today we are announcing our new project, DOOMWHEEL. Working with Games Workshop is a total blast and we can't wait to show you more. To start off, have a bite of this press release: DOOMWHEEL, a wickedly fast-paced infinite runner is currently in development by Katsu Entertainment, in collaboration with Games Workshop®. Doomwheel will be coming to mobile devices in 2017.

The Skaven underworld is a rat's nest of deceit, danger, and backstabbing. As an up-and-coming warlock enginseer of clan Skryre, your only goal is to rise through the ranks of the ratmen by building the ultimate engine of destruction: the fastest and most powerful Doomwheel ever made! Powered by scampering rats and hallucinogenic warpstone, the Doomwheel embodies the sheer inhuman ingenuity of the Skaven race: an enormous iron-reinforced wheel, outfitted with spikes, blades, and blasting powerful bolts of lethal warp lightning as it crushes all in its path: enemies, or the least fortunate of your allies.

Pilot your Doomwheel as it rattles through the battlefield at breakneck speeds in this fast-paced infinite arcade adventure. Dwarves got you down? Doomwheel. Rival clans done you wrong? Doomwheel. Goblin grief? Doomwheel. Shatter, skewer, shock and bounce foes of all shapes, sizes, and races as you claw out territory for yourself across the Old World. Develop a newer, deadlier, Doomwheel in your workshop while fending off the vengeful plots of your backstabbing rivals.

"No man-thing can think to surpass my genius, yes-yes!" said Ikit Claw, Clan Skyre Warlock Enginseer and talented inventor of the original Doomwheel. "Let them try!"

"Run, you fools!" said Imperial Wizard Thomas Steiner, immediately before disappearing beneath an active Doomwheel. Steiner was unavailable for further comment.

Doomwheel is coming to smash everything in its path on mobile devices in 2017. Because sometimes you just need to run things over: Doomwheel.

Get the Burn Cream Ready!

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Given his incredible ability to injure himself with hot pokey things, something awesome must be in the works if Tony is picking up the soldering iron again. What's it going to be? Come see for yourself at next month's Playthrough Gaming Convention in Raleigh! We'll be back again to meet with gamers, play some Sausage Bomber and show off whatever this new mystery item is.If Tony can stay out of the emergency room.

Bienvenue à Dijon Terre!

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The final update for Sausage Bomber is coming soon on iOS, Android and Amazon! Get the game here today to be the first to play the new update! iOS / Apple TV / Android / Android TV / Amazon Underground

Participate in 32 brand new missions over the sunny desert of Dijon Terre. Unlock four new planes: the sturdy Avenger, the swift Falcon, the versatile Liberty and the massive Titan! Take the fight to the last invading nation and finally free your homeland of Fredonia!

Fredonia is counting on you! Join the resistance today!

Aloha from Ketchup Isles

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The Ketchup Isles update for Sausage Bomber is LIVE on iOS, Android and Amazon! Get the game here! iOS / Apple TV / Android / Android TV / Amazon Underground

Participate in 32 brand new missions over the gorgeous sunsets of the Ketchup Isles. Witness the destructive power of the Super V2 Rocket! Unlock two new planes: the stealthy Zero and the stylish Hellcat!

Fredonia is counting on you! Join the resistance today!

NEW IN THE COMPANY STORE

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Clothe yourself in glory! You asked for it, you've got it: authentic Sausage Bomber T-Shirts that you can put on your very own body! Show your support for the Sausage Bomber Corp by getting one of our new official Sausage Bomber shirts, available in a wide-selection of eye-pleasing colors. Tailored for men, women, and youth of all sizes to fit your special body type. Get both designs! Get all the colors!

Really, though, we're thrilled to offer these shirts through Amazon.com. They fit great. The quality is super. They make you feel like you can save Fredonia all by yourself.

Get them from Amazon now! Sausage Bomber Logo T-Shirt Sausage Bomber Vintage Target T-Shirt

Willkommen zu Krautzbourg

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The Krautsbourg update for Sausage Bomber is LIVE on iOS, Android and Amazon! Get the game here! iOS / Apple TV / Android / Android TV / Amazon Underground

Participate in 32 brand new missions over the embattled region of Krautsbourg. Unleash new sausages: the dynamic cocktail trio and the heavy chitterlings sausage! Unlock two new planes: the nimble Corsair and the massive Wolf!

Fredonia is counting on you! Join the resistance today!

Come to Krautsbourg

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The Krautsbourg Ministry of Public Good Relations invites you to come for an extended holiday.Krautsbourg is a beautiful peaceful land where the sun shines 24 hours a day and happy people dance and praise the benevolence and honesty of our government leaders. Reports of Sausage Bombing activity by hateful Nation of Fredonia are complete fabrications by vile traitors to Krautsbourg people. Krautsbourg is friendly, nonagressive land offering security, comfort, and luxury to all. You are to bring all family members and any money, jewels, or other transferable value items. Passport is not necessary.

New Hello Kitty World of Friends update!

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Hello friends! These past few months we've been hard at work on updates for Hello Kitty World of Friends.

We're excited to share with you our latest additions and improvements in the next few weeks. You can expect new super cute clothing, new characters and fun new adventures in brand new locations.

If you haven't checked the game yet, what are you waiting for? :) Hello Kitty World of Friends is available in the App Store and on Google Play. Install the game for free now and let your friends know about it!

The Return of Big Red at Playthrough

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Let me tell you something. I, Anthony J Marinello, hate soldering electronics. I'm terrible at it. I manage to burn myself every single time. My solder joints are shameful. So why do I do it? Because this big red button brought so much joy to the Sausage Bomber players at the East Coast Game Conference last year. Who doesn't love mashing that big red button to drop a payload of meat down on the enemies of the small, peace-loving nation of Fredonia? And now, just in time for the Playthrough Gaming Convention this weekend, Big Red is back and sporting a new little thumbstick so players can navigate menus and check out all the great levels in Sausage Bomber. Come check it out and say hi to us this weekend at the Raleigh Convention Center - we'll be showing Sausage Bomber and Hello Kitty World of Friends, and maybe even giving a taste of some other fun projects we have up our sleeves.

And oh yeah, we've got another batch of the wildly popular Sausage Bomber pins to hand out. So really, you should come.

Looking Back: Sausage Bomber

One of my favorite parts about making games is when you can take a step back and see the progress that's been made over the course of a project. Sausage Bomber isn't done yet but it's come a long way from the very first prototype. Check it out: The Sausage Bomber Prototype

The idea for Sausage Bomber came up at a dinner with friends. Later that night while sitting in front of the TV I cooked up a little app with found artwork. As you can see, back then you could drop as many sausages as you wanted. No enemies, no scenery, just a lot of sausages. But even that was fun and made us laugh so we knew we were on the right track. After several months of tweaking and figuring out gameplay, and with the help of some very skilled artists, we've got something that looks like this:

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Looks like a game, right? We're still not done - new art is coming in - but it's quite a difference, huh? But still sausages and bombers, the chewy center of the game.

Hey, Katsu! you say, why don't you show us some images of the evolution of the Hello Kitty World of Friends game? Well, that's because we've teamed up with our friends at Assorted Nuts and Sanrio to make that game, and when we work with partners we only show the game in the best possible way, as a finished product. When we work with you to make a game, folks will only see the best of your game, too.

Hello, Hello Kitty!

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Hey Katsu! Why have you been so quiet lately? What happened to Sausage Bomber? Are we still pals?Of course we are. We're besties for life. In fact, we're such good friends that for the past several months we've been working hard on a special new game just for you, and now we're excited to announce it.

Our latest project, Hello Kitty World of Friends is now available worldwide for Android and iOS mobile devices! It's a fun, casual, tap-based story adventure set in Hello Kitty's world and starring Hello Kitty and her Sanrio friends. One of the things we love best at Katsu is being able to work with fantastic partners, and teaming up with Assorted Nuts and Sanrio has been a treat. Check out the launch trailer and then go download the game from iTunes or Google Play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHRyD3Zz8qg

And don't you fret about Sausage Bomber. It's still on the way.

Sausage Bomber Gameplay Footage

One of the cool things about being a small indie developer is having lots of new experiences. Right now we're in the process of submitting Sausage Bomber to game festivals and showcases. It's still in what we'd consider a "pre-alpha" state, but we had a great response from the crowd at ECGC and are excited about sharing the game with everybody. As part of submissions we've cooked up some gameplay footage for you to enjoy.one of our goals is to design the levels so that they can be (with a bit of luck) completed using only one bomb. Much like rocking a rhyme, it's tricky! But this video is evidence that it can be done if you believe in yourself and never give up. Stay tuned for more!

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Day-1 for the East Coast Game Conference! We are excited to be hosting a booth on the expo floor. Come check us out if you're in the area and be one of the first to experience Sausage Bomber on the big screen. We have limited edition Sausage Bomber buttons to give away if you give us a Like on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

If you're looking for insights, we are giving a talk about taking Boulder Dash from retro to modern and will be participating in the panel about the little known world of legal stuff (I hear there is a real name for this but it is a little known world after all). But you already know all that because we already updated our ECGC post about it.

See you all there!

http://ecgconf.com

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