Dwarfinator - Blog


Freeze spell

It's time for May to have her first active skill. The spell she casts is able to freeze to the ground almost any enemy. Techically, it's instant cast of AoE inflicting "Freeze" effect on mobs, which immobilize them for certain amount of time and does some ice damage in process. I already had snowflakes and ice shards, so all I needed to draw is magic circle and some ice decals.

Forge UI

It seems I left you without updates for several weeks again. Not without a good reason though. After thouse weeks I can finally say that forge UI is complete and fully functional. I had to draw a lot of new UI elements and redraw some of existing, rewrite almost all the code from scratch and even change some of UI logic. The result you can see on attached screenshots. And now I can finally get back to working on something more enjoyable. As I probably already said - I hate making UI.

Item parameters

With new parameter system based on new icons and tooltips it's now possible to see all the important item stats in its description panel. And if some parameter is not informative enough you can call its tooltip and see the rest. For example, the armor parameter displays average value for all damage types, but its tooltip shows armor value for every damage type if it's different from zero. And each sub-parameter also has a tooltip.

Windmill in action

Few hours of animating, little adjustments to companion visualization, some little things like icon, description, stats and upgrades - and the windmill is fully implemented into game! Wilfred and Ugylk say it works just fine in its place. The dwarf is especially happy about it as he don't need to pedal whole the tank on his own now.


While reworking inventory UI is still in progress, I found some time to make new engine for Wilfred's tank. Yep, that's a windmill. And I know it can't possibly produce enough power to move a vehicle that big, but neither can dwarfcycle. Though I always try to create tank parts with some visual explanation of how they work, it was never about total physical accuracy.

Progression screen soundtrack

Although I already had a track for progression screen, I felt it shouldn't play there all the time and suits only for one of later locations. So I decided to make a separate menu soundtrack for each location. And another one of them is already here, it's called Campfire and will accompany player between stages of the forest location. With this one, total amount of soundtrack is reaching 20 tracks with 55 minutes total length, which is probably already too much for a game like Dwarfinator. But I just can't stop. Maybe making a game was just an excuse for making a music.

Icon system

Inventory-related UI rework in progress. Stuck here for a while, for many existing features were inefficient or not reusable. Right now, for instance, I'm making general icon system to decerase UI latency and make possible partial updates of multiple icons. It's become possible with building icons from multiple parts such as background, content, frame and others instead of baking full icon and using scriptable objects to store values of those parts as single style asset. I can also merge multiple styles into new one at runtime, which allows me to store some changes in icon, like highlighting or selecting, as common style for every icon of certain type.

Tank parts management system

Working on a new tank parts management system. Previous one was quite a chunk of code, so making it again from scratch should take some time. That's why I can't show any new content for now. In its current state the system is already able to build fully functional tank, but I still need to integrate it into user interface.

New gameplay video

It's been almost two years since first gameplay video and now I'm finally ready to show you a new one. It's still work in progress and some things may change again, but it's quite close to what I meant this game to be. A lot of enemies of different sizes and abilities, active skills and buffs for the player, much more intense fights with dynamic difficulty adjustments, various improvements in visual and sound effects - I've been quite busy those two years. And I'm going to keep it that way.

Buff visual effects

Until now there was no visual representation of tank buffs and debuffs in the game, but today it's changed, and I can show you some basic lightning effects for "Overdrive" buff. And it seems I never posted anything buff-related before, so you can find full sequence of activating buff from active skill in attached video.