Super Truckin’ : Smartphone & Second Screen Gameplay

Today we are announcing the gameplay mechanics of our racing game Super Truckin’.

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Using your smart phone as the controller you can connect to your PC and race, smash, and score!

We are currently focused on a PC/Android release where you use your Android phone as the controller to the Super Truckin’ game running on your PC. Initial tests with Android tablets, iPads and the Ouya has shown that we can leverage all of these as second screens as well – so when we get closer to being done we hope to try and support those too.

Each of the three initial levels we have created allows up to eight different people to control eight separate trucks on the same screen at the same time, over the local Wi-Fi.

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Today the controller is where you select your truck color, find the game that is already started on the PC and then join it. We are hoping to add more to the controller in time with vehicle add-ons truck selection and similar, but at this early stage customization is just color. Once joining a Super Truckin’ game you turn your truck by turning your phone like a steering wheel (leveraging the accelerometer), gas by pressing the right hand side of the phone, and after picking up a power up you can press the left hand side of the screen to use it. Double tapping the gas will enable turbos and releasing the gas for a quick second turns the turbo’s off. Tapping the center of the screen will honk the truck horn and also display your name on screen in case you lost your truck after getting blown up or respawning after going out of bounds.

We are really excited about getting this out there and getting feedback from real gamers so we are taking requests to be one of the first 10 to try this game out. You must have an Android phone, and a PC and you must be willing to help give feedback on a regular basis to help make this the best game we can make it.

If you are interested please fill the form out below or tweet:

“I want to use my phone to start racing today w/ #SuperTruckin by @in8bitgames”.

We will put all the names in a hat (figuratively) and pull the 10 random gamers on Friday Dec. 20th. That means you can be playing just in time for Christmas!

Get your friends to contribute and retweet to increase your chances of being one of the first to experience Super Truckin’!

 

 

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Electro Ball

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Super Truckin’ Power Ups

In each of the scheduled four levels in Super Truckin’ ( Junkyard Race, Hay Wraslin’, Soccer, Infinite Racer ) these power ups help give you the edge and defeat your opponents. You collect them by crashing through question mark blocks, similar to Mario Kart. We really tried to create unique power ups that captured the themes of our levels and the over all “off road” play style of Super Truckin’ and were FUN. The image gallery above should give you a good idea of what each of the power ups will be, other details below.

Barrel
The Barrel is an explosive that will get deployed behind the truck and roll around in an oblong fashion, similar to a football. This makes it very difficult to dodge and a highly effective power up when your are in first place and want to keep it that way.

Mega Truck
The Mega Truck power up doubles the size and weight of the truck and lets you muscle other trucks around. If you are fighting for the soccer ball, hay, or just the inside corner in a race, this power up will give you the edge.

Electro Ball
The Electro Ball power up is really unique power up that chains a huge electric ball to the back of your truck. This lets you swing it around electrocuting anything in it’s path delivering utter chaos on the field.

Fireballs
The Fireballs are a great power up when you have your opponent lined up in your sights. Two of these explosive balls of flame shoot ahead and blasts your opponent sending them flying.

Oil Slick
The Oil Slick gets laid down on the track and slicks the tires of any truck that runs over it. The trucks then lose traction and acceleration making the truck slide over the field until the oil wears off. Lay one of these in front of a barrel on a turn, and your opponent has no chance.

The Dozer
The Dozer power up requires skill to utilize but can demolish an opponent. Get right on their bumper and use it to scoop the truck up and toss them behind you. Extremely effective at changing the game and making first place last.

We are having a great time play testing with these and feel like we have hit a great balance between these power ups, although each of us seem to have our favorite. What is your early favorite?

In8b.it : Super Truckin’

To start off our blog, we would like to introduce you to our team and its first project: Super Truckin’.

Jason and Alex are the developers, and Konstantine is the music and art man. We all dabble in everything — necessary with an indie team! — but that breakdown represents our primary roles. We got together a couple months ago to start a project inspired by the 1989 arcade game “Super Off Road”. We were all very fond of this game growing up and thought modernizing it would be fun.

We are tentatively calling our game Super Truckin’” and wanted to introduce you to the game and start getting your feedback. Below is the list of features we are planning for the game; we’ll elaborate on them in future posts. If there are items in the list you want to know more about, leave us a comment.

  • “Super Off Road”-style game play
  • Up to 8-player multiplayer
  • Mini game-style levels
  • Themed trucks
  • Customizable truck items
  • “Mario Kart”-style power-ups
  • Cross platform (mobile and PC)
  • Unique controls
We will try to post on this blog at least once a week to let you know about the game’s progress, provide game development tutorials, and update you on other interesting things happening with the team.

We are very excited to show off this game to all of you, so check out the screen shots above and let us know what you think!

– in8b.it team