Scraps is a vehicle combat game where you build your vehicle from parts.
Scraps is a bit like the multiplayer melee mode in Interstate ’76, except you build your vehicle from the chassis up instead of just bolting on weapons and armour. It’s kind of like how you put stuff together in Stratosphere: Conquest Of The Skies except that it’s a vehicle instead of a floating platform.
Scraps is sort of like building a vehicle in LEGO Racers except that when you build your vehicle, every part actually does something and has mass and aerodynamics, instead of the result being mostly cosmetic. It’s something like Robot Wars, except you drive what you’ve created directly.
Scraps didn’t come out last century like everything above! It’s a game I’ve been thinking about and wanting to play for so long that I gave up waiting and I’m making it myself.
Scraps lets you create a vehicle that sucks. A car that falls over whenever it corners or only has enough power to fire its guns once a minute. It gives you a lot of power over what you’re creating. Do you trade speed for firepower? Do you add weapons at the expense of your power supply draining faster? What about armour? At the same time, it tries to avoid needless complexity like wiring components together, and tries to keep things intuitive. When you take out other players, you can scavenge their parts too.
Scraps is currently in development with no specific release date or final pricing. It will be sold at a reduced price at Alpha stage, building up to release. Purchase at any stage will grant access to the release version when it’s done. This is an indie game, currently a solo project, so don’t hold your breath – but it is coming.
TL;DR: It’s like Kerbal Space Program except the spaceships are vehicles and they fight. It is not a retro 2D platformer.
Testing wreckage spawning with placeholder wreckage models.
A scrap is a fight, but scrap is also junk that can be reused. When a vehicle part is destroyed in a Scraps game, it'll drop some wreckage. Nothing like the amount you see above, but enough that maybe you can scavenge some and get back to an evac pad, where you can spend it on improving your vehicle.
To pick up scrap, you'll need something to put it in. So far, I've made this tall container:
The white fill bars and plastic viewing window help you - and your enemies - see how much scrap you're carrying. The lid also bounces around as you drive:
Scrap that you pick up is divided evenly between all your containers. Scrap does have some weight, so putting all your containers on one side may not be a good idea.
I'm going to anticipate someone suggesting an even cooler way of handling scrap collection by both proposing and debunking it as an option now: Wouldn't it be cool if the scrap you collected actually went into your containers? Like, the actual scrap piece sat in a container with its own physics, instead of this abstract representation on how full your containers are?
Yes it would. It would be the coolest. You could try to carry too much while driving carefully like a combat version of Tricky Truck. You could ram people who were carrying too much to topple some of their scrap and steal it.
There are two reason why that wouldn't work unfortunately, one much bigger than the other:
Using actual physics-based scrap pieces flying all over the place, with Unity's physics being non-deterministic as well, would just be impossible. If scrap was just cosmetic, it'd be fine because it wouldn't matter if the server's scrap pieces didn't match the clients, but it can be picked up by anyone. So the positional data of every active piece of scrap on the map would have to be synchronised over the network all the time.
So that's why I'm using a more abstract representation here. You can still destroy their container to get the scrap that's in it!
New: Half-height blocks and slope blocks.
I also made a few more cosmetic blocks this week. I will put these into the demo, but not right now: It's not in a good place to update right now because my demo branch is getting too out-of-date to merge changes into, but in the main game the vehicle building and testing process is a little broken and not tested properly since I've made lots of changes. When things are more stable I'll be able to put this stuff into the demo.
I have one issue with half blocks that I'm not sure of the ideal way to solve. It's easiest to show via image:
Any clever suggestions are welcome. For now, I've omitted snap points from the sides of half-blocks, which limits some arrangements but at least everything sits nicely.