July 6, 2015 · wip weekly update

Week #27 update

What I've done this week##

I took the time this week to prioritize fixing outstanding bugs and issues and spend less time on adding new stuff. I do get a little lazy and quite often make a note of something on my TO-DO list and then forget about it. When I say forget about it, I mean purposely ignore. Quite a few things appear minor but will take quite a lot of time - hence forgetting about them until I can be bothered.

*Escape Moby Dick*

A new feature "Quirks mode" was added this week. While my main goal is to replicate the original Lode Runner Online: The Mad Monks' Revenge as closely as possible, the other goal is to fix the bugs and add new features that are in keeping with the "vibe" of the original. I've had a few requests to include some of the bugs listed on Jason's Lode Runner Archive and considering this project is for all fans of the original Presage Lode Runners and not just me, it sort of 'needs' to be added. You can read all about it on the Quirks Mode blog post.

The other major item added this week was gamepad support. My brother was back from work for a while so spent some time tinkering with his Xbox One controller with Lode Runner.

All tools used by heroes (pickaxe, goo bucket, befuddlement gas, snare/rope trap, all bomb variations) have been rewritten. Some of these tools had occasional stuff-ups and portions of the code were a little dubious after constant changes as more alterations were made to support new features/original compatibility. All of these tools now benefit from performance increases and less code (making them easier for me to add to/maintain).

I will be doing monthly builds from now on (still weekly blog posts). The next one will be at the end of July. More frequent updates means more feedback and the more feedback means I can get rid of bugs and make this project as good as the original.

A name in parenthesis and in bold is the finder of the bug/quirk. Thanks to all, I really do appreciate your time and support. Cheers!

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A massive Lode Runner fan. You may have guessed that.