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Hello, everyone

TL;DR - boss updated, more significant parts of his kit are listed and illustrated in that post.

As one can see from my previous articles, I'm actively updating visuals and gameplay. Now it's time to give the first boss a facelift.

You will encounter that bad guy in about a minute after starting the game. I've designed him to be pesky but totally defeatable. Perfectly boss encounter now should work like that:
1 - Oh, a boss, cool!
2 - So, he can shoot me down in like 2 seconds, ok.
3 - I can hit him while he charges his power shot, good
4 - So he has phase two, alright
5 - Got him, yay!

Go go boss update!

66 Shoot

The 1st phase is armoured vehicle with a machine gun. To match game's story it looks highjacked and "adjusted" to street thugs' style.

67 boss attack

Second phase attack now looks more dangerous. Boss is not just punching you, but hits with a metal claw-hand.

68 btr shoot

On the stage, while shooting boss has a knockback from his weapon, that looks better.

69 btr cannon bad

Also, boss is not just shooting at you all the times anymore. Now he has a charge-and-shoot attack that gives you a window for some more or less safe time to retaliate. This attack has a pin point marker to display the epic center and the spotlight brightens up and down.

And yes, people who would try to stand in the red marker to see if the attack is really so powerful as it looks will be one-shotted. I've made sure of that :)

72 rollin boss1
74 rollin boss2

Boss'es roll in image was updated. There was a long debate about his name. Default name "Killer" sounded somewhat off, and lazy. I even asked people on social media and got couple dozens ... interesting options. In the end the artist suggested to revolve that bad guy's name around "smth that can hurt you". After like 3 seconds in google I've found out that the answer is truth. So his name is Truth. Truth can hurt you.

Summing things up. First boss got his action kit updated. He should be much visual and understandable to fight against now. This was a really huge part of work focusing on updating demo. I totally understand that my articles looks sort of chaotic, but i (and the artist) roar through tasks needed to let everyone interested to play demo version. And get some feedback (mb some bug reports as well).

There still is a handful of task on the way, but the heavy part is done. I hope to release the demo in a month (or two months if thing will roll downhill for whatever reasons).

Thank you for reading it all the way here. It means a lot to me.

Cold.Shell Dev blog #16 - updating art, polishing gameplay

Cold.Shell Dev blog #16 - updating art, polishing gameplay

Cold.Shell 8 comments

Lots and lots of visual updates and some gameplay polish.

Cold.Shell Dev blog #15 - baseball on the road with a grenade

Cold.Shell Dev blog #15 - baseball on the road with a grenade


Baseball, cars safety, combo skills. Diversify the gameplay.

Cold.Shell Dev blog #14 - z elevation in 2d TDS plus some updates

Cold.Shell Dev blog #14 - z elevation in 2d TDS plus some updates


Getting the most out of new engine features, adding some depth and height feel to my 2d top down game.

 Cold.Shell Dev blog #13 - music, spydrones and doors

Cold.Shell Dev blog #13 - music, spydrones and doors


Dynamic battle music, spydrones, visual updates - ready to be checked out. :)

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