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First Infested Planet Patch

Welcome to the first ever Infested Planet Patch Day! This one’s mostly about housekeeping. If the game works for you and everything’s great then this one doesn’t matter too much. Some of you have been having problems, so I’ve bee...

 
 
 

Infested Planet Hits Beta

The beta is finally here. You don't have to read about me playing the game, you can do it yourself! Anyone who preorders the game instantly gets in on the beta. Think of Infested Planet kind of like Starship Troopers: The Game. You ta...

 
 
 

Infested Planet Beta Soon!

Big news guys! I announced Infested Planet a year ago, not suspecting how much work was ahead of me. I thought that I could get it all done in 3 months – hah! Well, that journey is almost over. On June 21st you will be able to play the g...

 
 
 

Let's Play Infested Planet!

Welcome to the first Infested Planet battle report. This is the story of a random game that I played yesterday. I decided to play at "Master" level, to make things interesting. I've taken lots of juicy screenshots to illustrate what happ...

 
 
 

Infested Planet Relaunch

I'm back from hibernation everyone! For those of you who didn't read the previous posts, this blog is where I talk about my upcoming game "Infested Planet". I took a bit of a break, because I was busy working on the game. Now the game is...

 
 
 

Infested Planet - Technician Design Evolution

Since the last post I made about the fusion rifleman design was interesting to some people, I've decided to do something like this with another new unit. A while ago I added a Technican class that protects your team, but it took several tr...

 
 
 

Infested Planet - Fusion Rifle Design

I play with Infested Planet a lot. I don't mean playing the game (I do a lot of that too). A lot of times I'll spend a day tweaking particular unit or ability in the game, making it feel just right. That's the story with a new weapon typ...

 
 
 

Infested Planet - Replays and Random Maps

I heard that Attack of the Paper Zombies was mentioned at a PAX panel. Thanks to whoever did it! Yay! Now a bit about how the game is doing. Ive spent the last week working out the bugs in the random map generation. Since the switch to...

 
 
 

Infested Planet - Random Maps Overhauled

Its important to me that random maps are interesting in Infested Planet. Theyre going to be used in the skirmish mode and in the campaign, so there has to be some variety in the generator. I was pretty proud by the map generation as-is,...

 
 
 

Infested Planet - New Wall Code

After my last post about wall woes, I tried a new approach. The idea is to tile a lot of sprites along the edges. Here it is: What do you think? Better than the last batch of screenshots?

 
 
 

Infested Planet - Me vs Wall Code

Usually I post about stuff that Ive just finished. I grab a couple of pretty screenshots and stick them for your enjoyment. This probably makes the game development process seem nice and simple, like walking across a room. Well, today I...

 
 
 

Infested Planet - Gratuitous Alien Death

What's with the visual obsession? Some people have mentioned that I seem to be focusing on the game aesthetics a lot recently. The reason is that I'm pushing to release a trailer, and I can't do that unless the graphics are fundamentally ...

 
 
 

More Infested Planet Eyecandy

I havent posted an update in a while. Part of the reason is that after the SC2 release, my schedule has been turned upside-down. Thankfully, I think that Ive recovered this week. The other reason is that Ive been working on various gr...

 
 
 

Infested Planet Gets Bloody

Im back! One of our competitors goes by the name of Blizzard tried to sabotage my productivity with a cunningly designed piece of software. Thankfully, Im all over it now and back to working on the game. One of the fun things about...

 
 
 

Infested Planet Gets Makeover

Over the last two weeks, weve been working hard to improve the visuals in the game. One reason is that I want to release a trailer to let people know about the game. Its a lot easier to show the game off if the graphics look good. Im ...

 
 
 

Infested Planet vs. Alien Swarm

So here I am, working on the game, minding my own business, when I see THIS. Since when is Valve interested in space marines? I thought that was Blizzards turf. Of course, the graphics are gorgeous and its free. Bleh! How am I suppos...

 
 
 

Infested Planet - Why Micromanagment Must Die

Today Im tackling the topic of micromanagement in RTS games. It might surprise you that Im working hard to scour all traces of micro from Infested Planet. That doesnt seem to go well with the arcade strategy idea, does it? I strongl...

 
 
 

Infested Planet - Terrain Mockups Revealed

Disclaimer Im a bit hesitant to reveal game mockups, for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the art in the game could change and end up looking quite different. I dont want to set up expectations and disappoint anyone. Also, the mock...

 
 
 

Infested Planet - Art Crisis

Carlos and I just experienced a bit of an art crisis. We were working on the level backgrounds, but all of our ideas just weren't sticking. We'd create a mockup of what a level should look like, and it would end up being icky. We were sp...

 
 
 

Full Time Game Dev: One Month Retrospective

It's been one month since I switched to full-time game development. This is probably a good time to look back and reflect. Things I Didn't Expect While I was making games after work, I thought that I would feel very differently if I was ...

 
 
 

The Origin of Infested Planet

I've mentioned that Infested Planet is the progeny of an earlier game that I worked on - Attack of the Paper Zombies. What I didn't speak about is where AotPZ came from. Origins Two years ago I was inspired by Petri Purho to start making...

 
 
 

Guerilla Game Development

One thing that I find frustrating about game development is that you often need to create the tools from scratch. Its certainly gotten better over time, but I still have to hack up level editors and such. I always feel like the tools are...

 
 
 

Infested Planet - A New Kind of Strategy Game

Infested Planet is a pretty unconventional real time strategy game. Compare it to something like Starcraft. - You dont produce units - You dont have to gather resources - You fight hundreds of enemies with only a few units A lot of the...

 
 
 
 

Infested Planet Feature Spotlight Vector Map

Today I'm going to be talking about a feature in my indie strategy game that almost didn't make it in. I love the way it looks, but the producer whip-cracking side of my brain says that spending a week on it was crazy. Still, I think that...

 
 
 
 

About Alex Vostrovone of us since 8:01 PM on 03.30.2010

I'm an independent game developer in Vancouver, Canada. My mission is to take over the world, one game at a time.

Check out www.rocketbeargames.com to see my work.