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Armillo: The Parallel Universe Mystery is a fun to play action puzzle platformer where you control Armillo, a space armadillo; rolling, jumping, and boosting around spherical worlds. Play through various obstacle-filled spherical worlds including grass, desert, ice, and fire. Solve puzzles, navigate obstacles, engage in battles, defeat bosses, and more! This game has tonnes of different game mechanics to keep you on your toes!

Post news Report RSS Dev Blog #8: Particle Effects

Lately I've been working on revamping the particle effects, moving away from the mostly procedural style and towards an art-driven style.

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One of the things I wanted to work on would be to improve the particle effects. As a start, I've drawn a simple texture atlas of the particles in Photoshop. This replaces the mostly mathematically generated procedural particle textures and individually loaded textures in-game.

One way I plan on using these effects is by overlaying two effects on top of each other. For example, the one on top can be a colored sharp particle texture, whereas the bottom one is a whitish blur particle providing the illumination effect around the particle:

One of the neat advantages of using a texture atlas is that you can reduce the number of draw calls by just referencing a single texture but using different UV's. It also helps reduce loading times as loading a bunch of individual textures can end up hitting up the seek times on the disk.

It's now working in-game, but it needs a lot of tweaking to make it look pretty and stuff:

In other news, we've just seen a youtube video of someone playing the Armillo demo. He seems to like our demo. Take a look:

Greenlight It (Episode 1) Armillo

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