Battlesloths 2025 Review!

Battlesloths 2025 Review!

What is Battlesloths?

Welcome to Battlesloths2025!  The land of pizza, sloths, crazy hats, and pure pixel carnage!  Battlesloths is an example of a return to the Retro Gaming Era that has been executed well by veterans in the industry.  Battlesloths is a 1-4 player game with its core gameplay focusing on multiplayer. You can play online with friends and strangers or alone with bots that have surprisingly impressive aim and skill across all the maps.

The multiplayer segment has 4 modes:

  1. Slice Hunt. You bring back pizza slices that drop from fallen sloths to your base. First to a certain score wins.
  2. Golden Slice. A golden slice of pizza will spawn in a random location and your job is to bring that slice back without getting killed.
  3. Sloth Hunt. Basically a death match where the first to a certain number of kills wins.
  4. Last Sloth Standing. Death match with lives where you want to be the last sloth remaining.

What Makes The Game Standout


What makes this game standout for me are the little things. For example you’ll have arrows, blood, and burn marks remaining on the map so you’ll transform the map from a clean surface to a battlefield.

Over 1000 collectible hats you can use to customize your sloth!

Note:   If you want to be immortalized in the game you can join the Invisible Collective livestream on Twitch.  The lead artist will design you a sloth hat of your choosing.  Streams are every Wednesday night.  You can follow @slys on twitter or @Randygbk on twitter for up to date information and get in on the hat creation.  

The skill of the bots when it comes to completing objectives and blocking shots with swords and lightsabers is first rate and often times will make you curse out loud and forget you’re even playing against bots.

Every map has a theme to it. So one area designed in the shape of a continent will have three different sized levels with unique layouts and environmental hazards. You might have giant snowballs falling from the sky while you’re trying to shoot your friends or perhaps Mayan tablets, that when put combined form a gigantic stone guardian you can control and stomp your enemies with. No matter how many times you play Battlesloths, you’re going to get a unique experience.

On the rare occasion you’ll have a strange looking hat appear that when shot enough times, will suck everyone into a vortex leading to a secret game mode called the Golden Hat. In this mode you’ll have to keep control of the Golden Hat for 30 seconds in a level with tight spaces and little room for error.

Definitely play this game with friends on your LAN Game Nights. The matches are quick and easy and will provide a good laugh for everyone. More than 4 people at your party? No problem! With the fast pace of games you’ll be switching off every two minutes or so.

Challenge Mode

Two months ago the game launched a challenge mode that teaches you how to improve your skills across all weapons and maps. It’s challenging on the maximum difficulty level, and if you can pass all of them, I guarantee your friends will stand very little chance against you.

Issues

My only complaint so far with the game is that there is currently no story mode. I know designing games takes hours and lots of people, but if a story mode or single-player campaign were introduced down the line, it’d make the game feel more complete and provide additional reasons to return to it after you’ve played all of the levels and beaten the challenges. I’m looking forward to what Invisible Collective has in store for the game’s future. Great game everyone.

Horror Block Breaker Video Update #2

Horror Block Breaker Video Update #2

Horror Block Breaker Update Video #2

I feel like I’m slowly getting back to normal after recovering from moving and just being sick.  So I took it easy this week and focused on artwork for Horror Block Breaker.  I’m still working on a couple of the sprites for paddles and balls such as Freddy’s glove, but progress is good.  While I can’t show everything since it’d spoil the game, I’ve shown a couple of sprites and a new weapon in this video update below.

 

 

100-Day Game Dev Blog Challenge #6 – Learning to Draw

100-Day Game Dev Blog Challenge #6 – Learning to Draw

Learning to Draw

Today’s post will likely be short, since I don’t want to reveal too much about the game.  What I can say though is that the artwork is coming along well.  At this rate I should have some cool things to show on this Tuesday’s Game Dev video update and perhaps even one of the new levels if I feel it’s ready.  I also discovered some additional tweaks to add for the Jason level.  Such as blood to the machete, and a brighter background so players can see the black blocks easier.

One of the main issues I’ve come across is distinguishing between two characters because they both have similar facial features.  I’m not going to reveal them, but I think you’ll see why once the final version of the game is done.  While I don’t think the full version of the game will be done by this Tuesday, I think I can get it ready to have my friends and family test it by next week.  Below is the before and after shots of the Scream-themed ball I was working on.  I tried to get a general outline of what I wanted to use and then I focused on angling the mask to match the film.  Since I’m only using two colors, it didn’t take too long to create, but I’m proud of how the second version came out.

(Before) Getting a general outline of the face

(After) Working on angles, polishing, and adding some shadow where the hood is.

To improve my art skills I’ve joined some online pixel art courses, so hopefully the art will improve in the next games I make.

Looking forward to Tuesday!

100-Day Game Dev Blog Challenge #5 1st Draft of a level and goals for the game

100-Day Game Dev Blog Challenge #5 1st Draft of a level and goals for the game

Video Update!

I finally feel like the game is going places with regards to progress.  Today I launched my first video update for game development on my YouTube channel and I hope to make it a weekly post.  One of the major things I need to work on in general is just being consistent with uploading when it comes to YouTube.   So while I work on the more advanced videos, I can post a quick game dev update.  This video features a first draft of one of the levels in my game: Horror Block Breaker. Check it out below at the bottom of this post!

Goals for the game next week:

  • fix the broken ball code so the ball doesn’t get caught in a boring loop (where it bounces from side to side)
  • finish the sprites for the paddles and if possible the balls as well
  • finish the rough outline of the remaining levels
  • Incorporate feedback from the comments in the video below
  • start incorporating sound effects into the game
  • add cracks in the blocks to show they’ve been hit (2-hit blocks and 3-hit blocks)
  • add blood spurts when blocks are destroyed

Long term goals (week after next, but I understand they could take longer):

  • arrange for 8-bit music to play in each level (I have content creators in mind to ask for permission to use their music for this project.  We’ll see what happens).
  • get the game uploaded on game bucket and itch.io.

The Video:

 

 

100-Day Game Dev Blog Challenge #4 Sprite Sheets

100-Day Game Dev Blog Challenge #4 Sprite Sheets

Learning little by little: Sprite Sheets

I felt like I didn’t accomplish enough yesterday to warrant a blog post on my progress, but today was great.  I finally figured how to make my own sprite sheets using an art application and then transfer it into Unity and edit it futher in detail.  Sprite sheets are a collection of images that show how a particular item, character or object in a game has changed.  For example you might have a door that is closed, slightly open, and completely open.  Three stages of a door represented by three different images. Sprite sheets can be useful for setting still images on your level or if you wanted to make a quick animation.  I’m taking a Udemy course to help me get the fundamentals of Unity and I’m enjoying it, but as I saw yesterday, sometimes progress can be slow.

Sample sprite sheet of vechicles

What Happened

Yesterday I was trying to import multiple sprites at a time into Unity… I struggled.  This was a real struggle fest in that my images would appear in Unity, but for some reason Unity believed my collection of images was one big image.  I didn’t realize it until I watched my class lecture multiple times.  Apparently the distance between my sprites designated by transparent space wasn’t large enough for Unity to register multiple images.    Once I figured out how to add any type of sprite from my sprite sheet into a game, I realized I could save so much time.  Now something that took more than  an hour to understand, will now just take me 10 minutes.  The sprite sheet below will show you what I mean by having transparent space between images in your sprite sheet.  If the transparent space isn’t big enough, Unity will think you’re inserting a large picture.  Note:  These images do not represent the final product for my first game, they were just used for a test run to understand the concept.  These are bricks that show damage over time.  I am not using these in my final game since I borrowed the top sprite from my course for practice.  The bottom three images were created by me.

Learning how to use a Sprite Sheet in Unity: Remember transparency is key.

As I keep proceeding with game development, I know I will encounter more road blocks along the way, but I’ll keep on trucking.  This Tuesday I’m hoping to show off a draft one of my levels for the game with a completed Jason brick model that reacts to hits.   Let’s see if I can pull it off.

100-Day Game Dev Blog Challenge Day #3 Frustrations and Collisions

100-Day Game Dev Blog Challenge Day #3 Frustrations and Collisions

The road ahead is like a marathon

Today’s post while short, might be interesting to you if you’re wondering about the bread and butter behind an Arkanoid game, collisions.  I’ve been a little sick today so I mainly focused on playing my game in its current state and coming up with a laundry list of things to add.  Some of these items possibly include: powerups, moving blocks, blocks that change tone or image after they have been hit, music, and sound effects etc.  There is only so much you can do with an Arkanoid game / clone, and yet to me it feels like a mountain.  I’ll be honest I’m taking courses and looking at guides to help me with the foundation of building my first mini game.  Although I’m shooting for a small size, seeing what I have to learn to accomplish all of this, move on to the next game, and eventually get enough skills so I can one day in the future make a game to sell is a little overwhelming.  A comparison might be, an extremely overweight person who is trying to train for a marathon and complete it in qualifying or record time, even though they have never run a 3k race before in their life.

So to keep up my spirits and move on, I celebrate the small victories.  No matter how trivial, no matter how long it took to do one thing, like get the blocks to destroy on collision.  Or yesterday’s problem: struggling for an hour wondering why your sprites weren’t rendering properly and coming out in different shades whenever you played it.  The answer was because the depth or Z-Depth of the sprites and my background was the same, so my background image would impact which sprites would change color whenever I moved them.  (Do’h!)

Collisions Make an Arkanoid

Today’s small victory was finally implementing the code to break the blocks in my game.  The code looks like this inside my brick sprite and i’ll explain it as best I can.  Keep in mind this is only a small piece of a much larger part of code, so some parts are missing.

void Start ( )

{

                timesHit = 0;

}

void CollisionEnter2D (Collision2D col)

{

                 timesHit++;

                 if (timesHit >= maxHits)

                     {

                       Destroy (gameObject);

                      }

}

So you might be wondering what is this mumbo jumbo above.  This is likely the most important code in Arkanoid that really makes the game.  It is located in my brick script attached all bricks I insert in the game.  We have the start function where we have an integer called timesHit that is set to 0.  Next we have another method or function titled CollisionEnter2D.  This is where the game senses that a collision has taken place between two objects.

In the method CollisionEnter2D you have an argument called Collision2D and a variable called col (not the most important in what I’m explaining, so don’t worry about it).  Inside the method you have the integer timesHit increasing by 1 every time a collision is detected.  Then we have an if statement where when the #of timesHit is greater than or equal to maxHits another integer, the object will destroy itself.  The gameObject being the current sprite containing the brick script.

What’s cool about this code?

What’s nice about this code is that it will apply to all objects you’ve included in your game that contain this script.  So instead of editing each individual object’s code, I just have to edit the script and it is applied to all objects that share the script.  Pretty cool!