• Register

Auralux: Constellations is the sequel to the popular sleeper hit, Auralux. Auralux simplified real-time strategy game play to its core. Now we're ready to take the next step!

Post news RSS Supernovas

Supernovas are one of the coolest new twists coming to Auralux: Constellations!

Posted by on

We have big plans for Auralux: Constellations, and the most exciting is right in the title: new “constellations” of levels! Each constellation features a single new twist to the old Auralux gameplay, and each twist breathes new life into the game.

One of my favorite constellations introduces a new object called a Supernova. When you first see it, a Supernova looks like this:

super empty


(Please note: All of these graphics are in development! They’re real in-engine screenshots, but the look might change before the game comes out.)

The Supernova is sort of like a bomb. Left alone, it won’t do anything. However, players can choose to invest their units into it. As units enter the Supernova, it will grow and grow in size:

super full


Eventually, it will explode, destroying all enemy units within a certain radius, which looks something like this:

supernova


Since it destroys all enemies within its radius while sparing friendly ones, the Supernova can turn the tide of a battle in an instant. Some Supernovas are enormous, capable of eliminating every single enemy unit on the map. Trying to trigger one of these large Supernovas too quickly can be expensive, leaving you defenseless in the early game, but letting an enemy trigger it is almost always a bad move. You always have to be thinking about whether it’s the right time to attack.

Supernova1


Other Supernovas are smaller. They don’t require as large an investment to trigger, but they have a much more limited radius. If you keep your units away from them, the Supernova won’t be able to destroy them. Unfortunately, they’re often positioned at the most strategically useful locations.

Supernova2


Small Supernovas are great defensive tools. If you have one near some of your own planets, you can defeat a large attack in one fell swoop. But once it’s been triggered, the Supernova takes a long time to reset. It’s powerful, but not foolproof.

The Supernova is a perfect example of how we want to expand Auralux. It elegantly fits into Auralux’s other gameplay mechanics. It doesn’t require any new controls, and it’s easy to understand once you see it in action. Sometimes useful, sometimes dangerous, but it always makes for interesting gameplay.

Supernova3


New features like the Supernova allow us to experiment without detracting from the core elements that make Auralux great. And we have a lot of other twists to share soon. Keep an eye on this blog (or Twitter, or Facebook) for updates!

Post a comment
Sign in or join with:

Only registered members can share their thoughts. So come on! Join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) and join in the conversation.

Follow Profile
Icon
Auralux: Constellations
Platforms
Windows
Creator
WarDrumStudios
Engine
Custom
Contact
Send Message
Release date
Game watch
Follow
News
Browse
News
New
Post news
Share
Related Games
Auralux: Constellations
Auralux: Constellations Real Time Strategy
Related Groups
Indie Devs
Indie Devs Hobbies & Interests with 1,665 members
Indie Gamers
Indie Gamers Hobbies & Interests with 1,509 members
Science Fiction Fans
Science Fiction Fans Arts & Literature with 788 members