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Pitfalls of Natheria

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Play as “Hot Spot” Harry or Rhonda “Roks” searching for the lost treasure of the infamous Dr. Slifker.  Your quest for fortune and glory will not be easy however.  This adventure is full of baddies aimed at stopping you dead in your tracks.  Use knives to dig though walls, bullets to battle the baddies, grappling hooks to jump over long distances, oxygen tanks to breath under water and torches to see what lurks underground.  Few ever return from their expeditions into the deep jungles.  So if you are brave enough, the Pitfalls of Natheria awaits!


- 02/22/2018 -  The "Melrose Center Creative Expo 2018" went pretty well.  I was in the training room with several other independent video game companies.  Some were even at the "Octronicon 2018".  What a week.

Melrose Center 2018


- 02/12/2018 - I just received confimation that I will be showing off "Pitfalls of Natheria" at the "2018 Melrose Center Creative Expo" at the downtown Orlando, Florida public library.  It is this Saturday Feb. 17, 2018 from 1-4 pm.  It should be a smaller event.  They will be giving out awards to people who used the Melrose Center to create things.  As I did the work elsewhere, I am not eligible.  However, they are allowing independent video game devleopers to show off their games.  So I will be there.  Also, I am looking at showing it off at the MegaCon at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida in May 2018.  They have 100,000 people show up at this one.  Now, they charge $300 per table plus parking plus food for 4 days.  So I am not sure of I can do it, but we'll see.  My goal is to have the game done by then and give out demos of the game for people to test out.


- 02/10/2018 - "Biff's Gaming Videos" on YouTube posted a video about the Otronicon.  About 22 minutes into it they show off the game and interview my niece Laci.  Also, it won the award (a "Biffy") for "Best Platformer Game".  Cool.  Our first award.  I am honored.  Thank you BGV.  Hopefully more will come in the future from other events.  Biff's Gaming Videos-Otronicon 2018


- 02/10/2018 - I found this video with a brief shot of Pitfalls of Natheria at 19m:20s - 19m:40s into it.  RMS: otronicon 2018 showcase/walkthrough Youtube video


- 01/29/2018 - Joystick, input and menu system were completly redone due to feeback at Otronicon 2018.  Now there is a 'default weapon' (the knife) that is mapped to button 2.  Moved the settings from button 3 to on the screen.  You have to move the currently selected item to use it.  This allows button 2 to be the knife and button 1 to be the bullets at the same time.  Also mapped the torch and oxygen tanks to buttons 4 and 5 as hot keys.  Some joysticks may not support these buttons so they are also able to be used via the currently selected item (yellow striped rectangle).  So you have use 4 items plus jump with a button press.  The hook and the pause menu need to be accessed thought the menu.  The main menu and settings menus were gutted and redone.  This was a big project:  three weeks worth but well worth it.  Thanks for those at Otronicon with the suggestions.  I did listen.


- 01/17/2018 - Here is a link to a video of Otronicon 2018 sent to me from JoAnn Newman at the Orlando Science Center.  There is a quick clip of the game at :32 seconds in the video.  The whole video is 1:37 long, so a 2 second clip is pretty good.  Thanks.  OSC Thank You - YouTube Video


- 01/16/2018 - Started making changes from feedback at Otronicon 2018.  I didn't want to do these things just yet, but the people have spoken.  It's basically joystick input and the menu system.


- 01/12/2018 - 01/14/2018 (Fri-Sat-Sun) - First public showing of PON at the Otronicon 2018 at the Orlando Science Center.  I heard the word 'cool' a billion times boosting my confidnce level of a hit game.  There were 2 laptops running 2 games.  There were always people in both seats at all times.  As soon as someone got up, someone sat down.  I think it was a big success.  Thanks to all who stopped by, played the unfinished game and made suggestions.  I did listen.

Melrose Center 2018


- 01/09/2018 - Otronicon 2018 just e-mailed me confirming that I will be attending.  I will be doing Fri-Sun (not Mon).  I have a lot to do by then: logos, banner, business cards, t-short, instruction handouts and such.  It's 3 days away and the game is not working.  I am optimizing it to go faster and smaller on the hard drive.  Not the best time to show it off.  Oh yeah, the baddies have to be added to the game.


- 12/15/2017 - Here is the link to the Orlando Science Center's Otronicon 2018 page of the game.  Otronicon Website - Pitfalls of Natheria page


- 12/07/2017 - I attended Idienomicon at the downtown Orlando Public Library (Melrose Center).  Rupert Megnot (Burnout Game Ventures), who I met at Florida Free Play 2017 around Thansgiving 2017, talked me into showing off Pitfalls of Natheria at the upcoming Otronicon 2018.  That night I signed up.  They said they would e-mail me back with confimation.


- 11/24/2016 - (Thanksgiving) - First private showing of Pitfalls of Natheria at my Neice's place to family members.  Very early on but basics do function.


- October 2016 - Work began on Pitfalls of Natheria sometime in October 2016.  First as a 3D platformer, then a 2.5D side scroller (that's a 3D game with the camera going left and right only) and finally a 2D sidescroller.  The 2D sidescroller worked the best.  It had to be small enough for Google Play Store, fast enough to run on mobile, cheap enough to make and easy enough for one person to do.


Google Android:
Works on Android devices.  However, due to the slowness of older devices, the apps are limited to newer versions to avoid lagging.  For most apps it is Android 4.1 or newer (API 16).

Microsoft Windows x86_64:
Has both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions.  It will work on most Windows operating systems (XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10).

Windows 10 Universal:
Works on all Microsoft Windows 10 devices (laptops, desktops, tablets or phones).  Has both 32-bit, 64-bit and ARM  Windows 10 versions.  It will not work on Windows operating systems before Windows 10.


- Currently under development with a multi-platform release projected in the summer of 2018.

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