Hey all, SuperDanny Powered Up v2.0 has been released! I set out to make a small v1.2 update to wrap up a few tweaks and bug fixes, and two months later I found myself with v2.0... Seems to be how I do things, for better or worse.
As the tweaks and improvements started escalating my underlying goal became improving the game from a design perspective, as good game design wasn't a primary concern with this project so much as enjoying the creative process. For example, so far as I could tell it wasn't possible to defeat Quick Man buster-only without taking severe damage regardless of skill level. Any boss where you can't possibly hope to win without getting beaten to a pulp in the process generally falls under bad game design in my book, and it's things like this that I set out to fix. Changes include:
- Behavior has been tweaked where necessary to allow reliable no-damage buster-only victories on every boss. Likewise, levels have also been tweaked to remove potentially frustrating spots and allow for reliable no-damage buster-only runs. Essentially made the whole game reliably buster-only perfect-runnable for the skilled and dedicated.
- Hard Mode was made easier by removing flash damage (post-hit invincibility) from normal enemies. Upon reflection I decided that just really wasn't a good idea as it renders your skill in rapid-firing inconsequential in a game with no charge shot to fall back on.
- Loads of other miscellaneous changes; Hard and Fusion Mode both unlock together now, you default to the last costume worn on level start and new life, Fusion improvements, enemy improvements, extra bonus content for completing all Challenges, etc.
- And of course, piles and piles of bug fixes and visual fixes/improvements--including graphics card and Windows 8 performance issues.
This massive update makes for the definitive version of the game, and will hopefully be its final. If you've already played and enjoyed the game at all v2 is definitely worth a download, and if you're a newcomer there's never been a better time to do so. Head on over to the game's page
to download it and check out the full release notes, and I hope you enjoy the upgrades!