The Concrete Jungle Monthly Chronicle – July

Hello folks! It”s been quite a while since the last update- so I’m here to remind you that I’m alive.

The last few weeks I have been busy big fixing, tweaking and polishing up the game. I’ve fixed bugs, inadvertently created new ones in the process, then fixed them.

I’ve gone through each level in the 18-level story mode/campaign and made sure each is balanced and enjoyable. Along side that I’m very close to finalizing the game’s script. Next week I shall begin casting for the VO work- this should be fun!

As for the AI, I’ve been pitching it against itself (you can set up the game to play itself if you so desire). I’m currently collecting info from the AI playing over and over again in order to balance character abilities and cards. So far 4 out of the 8 characters I believe to be well balanced, and I’m currently running the second batch of tests to find out if my recent tweaks have improved the other 4.

One of the last ‘buildings’ completed was the Canal tile. Concrete Jungle now has some much needed water!

Canal

I’ve been using this to make the story levels a bit more visually interesting, although you can also unlock it as a starting card.

Literally just before I started writing this update, I got ‘Classic’ mode fully working. This mode echos Concrete Jungle’s predecessor, MegaCity. The deck building is removed, replaced by an infinite list of randomly assigned buildings. It’s a lighter, more arcade-y style of play and is perfect if you only have 10 or 15 minutes to kill as opposed to the 20+ minutes of the other 2 modes.

Classic mode plays a lot like MegaCity.

Classic mode plays a lot like MegaCity.

Over the next week I’m going to begin revising the main menu and options, shifting the game’s save system to something faster and more robust, and implementing stat tracking. I want the game to keep track of your favorite cards and how many buildings you’ve placed etc- there should be some interesting stats to keep track of.

We’re getting ever close to a release now, but I’m not quite at the stage where I can set a date in stone. With the next update I’ll be able to bring you that. The game has seen another large leap forward since the beta in May, so I’m super excited to show you it as it approaches it’s full release. Stay tuned!

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The Concrete Jungle Weekly Chronicle – June 20th

Hello all!

It’s time to reveal the final playable character for the game! This is Jeon Park, but he’s also known as ‘Captain Caribou’.

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Four years ago, Caribou City government hired a crossing guard superhero mascott to teach kids about road safety. 2 months after, Jeon was fired. But believing “the city needed a hero”, Jeon kept Captain Caribou alive. Instead of opting to fight crime like a useful superhero, CC remains committed to not only helping kids cross roads, but making sure everybody gets to work on time. He’s perhaps the most unnecessary superhero ever.

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Jeon’s skill tree is based around public transport and link-based buffs. He gets access to train stations, subway stations and taxi ranks.

Also this week I’ve continued to polish up the game. Once of the coolest things I’ve added recently is the building placement animation- before when you placed tiles they just appeared. Now there’s a nice animation to accompany that:

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What’s left to do:

-Playtesting/tweaking on the main campaign mode missions.
-Skill tree icon graphics.
-Finish adding new sound effects (90% done).
-Playtesting AI/tweaking & balancing.
-Final card balancing.
-Stats tracking & achievements screen.
-Improvements to options and card database screen.
-Localization.
-Finalize script then commission some voice acting!

So there’s still a bit to go but for the most part it *should* be quite straightforward. The largest part is basically tweaking and polishing various elements of the game. There may be a few update-less weeks ahead as some of the things above are very boring to write & read about in updates. I may move away from a regular weekly update to a ‘post when I’ve got something interesting to share’ schedule!

But to end, here’s a couple of random buildings from weeks prior that I (don’t think) I posted:

Taxi Rank

Taxi Rank

A Workshop

A Workshop

Investment Bank

Investment Bank

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