The next portrait is of one character you might have come across before, though not personally. You see, this is Professor Mandrake, who has been corresponding with Ivy recently. Such a swell guy, helping her with her research!

As you might guess, he will also be found in the desert. What he's doing there? Why, wouldn't you like to know!? You'll just have to play and see ;)



Next up we have another portrait! This guy is strolling along the market, looking at the wares. How interesting!




Moving on with the desert stuff, there are still a bunch of interiors to finish. By now I've made so many random items across the game that a lot of them can be reused in various ways, and for this room in particular I used a bunch of old stuff either as is or after making some slight changes to them.

This house, you see, is a warehouse that stores a ton of random objects, so what better place to reuse a bunch of those random things, such as jars, chests, boxes and whatnot? Of course, we wanted to keep the feel of the desert interiors so where's a bunch of carpets and such as well.


Below you can see it in its current form, though I couldn't help myself and added a few more items after finishing up the video (as well as fixing the missing pixels on one of the carpets, oops) :)


This week we've finally started going through (and implementing) the sound effects! As usual when we start this part of development, we've sent out a request for a bazillion sounds to our trusted sound effect person, Fark who then promptly provides us with what we asked for, sometimes with several options!

To decide on these options, we go through each sound effect one by one and select our favorites. We tend to do this separately when we have the time, so to note others of our preference we have a grand google doc which looks something like this:


Whenever someone has listened to a sound effect, they put down their preference beneath the name of the sound effect, noting who they are by using the first letter of their name. If two people are in agreement that's the sound that gets chosen, and if nobody agrees on any one option, there's usually a discussion some time after everyone has noted their preferences.

Sound effects really make such a huge difference to the game, and we're super happy to be able to work with Fark in this way and get the bestest sounds for Grindea! Can't wait for you to hear those cute Loods... :)
The boss work continues! Fred has worked hard with the new epic Solem boss, who gets an epic laser attack through a mystical gem, oh my!!



Previously we said all Solems will have the laser attack, but we then changed our minds and decided that it would simply make them a bit too crazy for regular enemies. Saving the attack for a boss is totally OK though!

No ancient ruin is complete without its own sets of traps, of course, and since we all grew up watching the #1 adventurer of all time running away in panic from a rock, it's time for you to do just that in Grindea!

In order to have a cool rock to run away from Fred started making a bunch of 'em, to see which one we liked the most:

And here we have it, in all its glory, chasing our unsuspecting heroes as they steal an ancient treasure totally mind their own business, how unfair!



The second portrait features a guy lying on the beach getting an intense sunburn. Do not do this at home kids, this is not very healthy for your skin! The character is based on this sprite made by Fred:


WIP video (also featuring the creation of the final sprite this time, woohoo):


...and the finished thing:


This week's first portrait features a girl walking around in the desert town! I call her a beach girl even though she will probably be walking around in the market, as she is dressed like someone strolling along the beach! She's probably visiting the town as a tourist, having a relaxing vacation.

WIP video:

Finished sprite:

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