Amazing Frog? is a Hardcore Parkour openworld buffet of bonkers physics sandbox gameplay.Welcome to the town of Swindon, SwindonShire. Home to flatulant super hero, Amazing Frog? a 20Km Landscape A whole bunch of vehicles 4 player split screen Oculus VR support.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“This is the all new Amazing Frog? universe. It is growing, the capabilities, the vehicles, the modes. The story of how a Frog can rise to become Swindon's Flatulent Super Hero will unfold as we add content and features to the game. We love sandbox physics gameplay and how you make your own challenges. Ultimately we want you, the player to have more control over what goes on in Swindon.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are aiming to take it out of Early Access next year, there are currently so many ways to play Amazing Frog? But we want more Swindon, more vehicles, more challenges, more physics chaos. It will be hard to know when to stop and move to full release and even then we will not stop having plans for expanding the Amazing Frog Universe!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Our vision is to make a frog based, online, GTA style, rag doll sandbox game, based in our home town of Swindon. The full version should offer a more well rounded game environment. Each building is being demolished and reconstructed by the Swindon Town Council. Amazing Frog? will always be driven by sandbox gameplay and general messing about, but we are integrating progression systems seamlessly integrated to more worlds, challenges and battles.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“In Amazing Frog? 1 to 4 players can enjoy the town environment of Swindon, where you can catapult yourself into sky, over the building on trampolines and explosives for mad ups and to get to hard to reach places. Or you can take it easy and go to the Park, enjoy a game of chess, interact with NPC frogs and play football and basket ball.

If you are feeling more adventurous you can search for the hidden trophies, cookies and guns. If you want to get around quicker you can drive cars, buses and trucks, pull stunts or race each other. Or mix all of the above.
From Swindon you can visit Fart Gyms, just chill in your Hideout or search for the Sewer and the underground LAB. There are also Zombies (..naturally).

If you manage to escape over "The Wall" there is 20km of Landscape to explore that we are constantly adding features to.

If you are stuck for what to do you can set yourself challenges, "can I get to the blimp" , "can i land a car on that building", "what's that on that mountain" , "where are the other trophies"

Also for the Early Access version, we have created a set of small test worlds with simple sandbox gameplay. These small worlds we intend to grow into what will eventually be called "Party Mode"

Throughout the game there is a simple "Jump to Join" mechanic. Hit jump on one of the controllers or the keyboard and a player can join the game. Each world supports up to 4 players in split screen.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The plan is for the Early Access version to be cheaper. As we progress towards the full release of Amazing Frog? the game will get bigger and bigger so get involved early.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“So much of the fun in building Amazing Frog? is in watching people play it. We want to see what people challenge themselves to do. Many modes have been and will be inspired by how people get their frog on, either on their own or with friends. We love physics sandbox games and are still amazed at how gameplay can unfold differently each time you play. We want to see what you do! Everyone plays differently. Use the steam community features. come at us on twitter and Facebook. The game development process will be effected by your feedback.”
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September 1

Amazing Frog? Devblog 018 Details Details



I wrote most of this devblog a couple of Fridays ago and then i selfishly went on holiday without posting it.  This past week I have been wrapped up in programming, but today I thought i should make some additions to it and post already!

Looking back we have noticed how writing devblogs has started to be really helpful to us. We spend so much time spent focused intently on small corners of the game, that stopping to write a devblog forces us to step back and gaze at the bigger picture. With a wider view of everything its a good opportunity to check in on the overall presentability of the game, but also to help us to refocus on the main task of creating this world. One task always leads to another, for the past few weeks i had definitely lost sight of where i was heading. Fortunately, i tend to trust my instincts and while sending myself off on a series of tasks I can always find my way back to where I was heading by completing them. Each smaller task being a breadcrumb in a trail that brings me back around to a larger more important task which i had forgotten about. When i get back on track its almost like… oh yeah I remember why I started doing that seeming unrelated thing now and I understand why my previous self sent me off in that direction.



So one of my biggest distractions recently is a new User Interface system(UI) I have been building. Basically, we want more customisation throughout, from clothes, to cars, to weapons, to modes, to servers, to quality settings and so on and so on. We need a unified UI to make this happen. Its important that we have something that can scale with the game as it grows, by working as a prototyping UI and also a finished UI. I needed to make a system that we can use productively in development to perform all these different types of operations, but will also work for players in game. Also, we need a UI that will work for all input devices and in a much more coherent way that the UI was in previous versions. Think fPhone 2.0, or something like that. Feeling really positive about it and what its going to mean for the possibilities for the future of Amazing Frog?'s continuing evolution. Although as I said to Hal yesterday, "I just spend all day programming away like Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote and all I have to show for it is a button that disappeared when I pressed it". Sounds bad… but actually it was a good day as it proved to me that the new system works… Next I can use it to displaying interactive connection data or rapidly build a clothing moderator or settings manager … well I will decide tomorrow.

Level Of Detail (LOD)



As you can see from screen shots we have posted over the past few months, The level of detail in the new Amazing Frog? is much higher than before. Its not just about the models and textures, but also the surfaces and lighting. Hal has been improving how we see the buildings from distance, by manufacturing more accurate lower Level Of Detail(LOD) instances of everything. This is all very much about optimisation. Rather than having all the buildings in view in high detail with loads of polygons and materials being rendered, we make simpler versions that you see when you are further away and then how the low detailed object is displayed is based on view location and quality settings. We have also been doing this kind of optimisation on the shadow casters and reflection probes. We have so many active lights in Swindon now, all capable of shadow casting, that it was imperative to cull that activity.

Concrete

As I mentioned in a previous post, we were doing away with all the old style models and assets some of which dated as far back as the OUYA and some were even originally made to run as background assets on an iPhone 4. That included most of the architecture, but their physical presence in the space is quite important. Instead of removing them completely we have "concreted" them. This is to allow them to still function … you know as big blocks of mass and to help you navigate er… vertically. We felt this would be a better way to represent the missing architecture of the old style temporarily, while Hal is working his way through them. Although currently he has been focused on covering the frogs lower regions.





Clothing

Really excited about where the clothing is going. Hal has been making it much more physical and the library of items of clothing to be worn in combination is growing steadily. No trousers (aka pants) in the screenshots, but we've got them too (will show you next time) There is a puffa jacket and some hoodies now. A larger selection of clothing is what we always wanted for Amazing Frog? especially as we become an online game. We wanted enough variation to create your own unique frogs.  This extends to how we have been recreating other features too, as you have seen with the cars.  We know there is a big wave of customisation coming to Amazing Frog? This is why I mentioned earlier about the necessity for the new UI system and why it has been important to create a solid foundation for it.





I just like this image with the sun rays… I’m really excited to show you what we can do with the day, night and weather systems… but I think static screen shots don’t really capture it that well. Don't worry about all these image effects too, the intention is to make many of them optional in quality settings.



So I guess we should get back to it. Sorry for the wait on Devblog 018 , Thanks for all the positive comments it means a lot to us, while development can sometimes feel a little overwhelming, we kind of live for this and don’t want to be doing anything other than making Amazing Frog?

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July 28

Amazing Frog? Devblog 017



I’m afraid much of what i have been doing over the past few weeks I would find hard to glamourise. Really, I’m not sure how to make it sound interesting. Fear not, because Hal’s progress with The Fayju Building yields prettier pictures which follow, but I’ll start with the boring stuff, so hang in there...

World Compilation
This takes place before the frog is even instantiated. I call it 'world compilation' and its the foundation of gameplay, but completely invisible.  “World compilation” is chiefly responsible for loading the game environment and now it is also taking networking into consideration. You know things like if the game is hosted or are you joining a game. In previous versions of Amazing Frog? we had “world” scenes which were giant files that contained everything for each of the locations like Swindon, Moon, Sewer etc. This approach made it very difficult to change the content around each time you visit or during gameplay. Since we are now working with day times, networks and the new FrogLife™ system there is so much dynamic data a game needs a little more thought in setup before gameplay begins. So I have been occupied with building the worlds up out of lots of separate and dynamic components and how to make it easier for us to arrange and change that content.

This has been important for us for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Hal and I have been working very hard of establishing a development pipeline … what we used to have was more of a 'development funnel' where we would cram everything in and hope it didn’t explode, like endlessly piping icing onto a cake. (I like cake) Now we have a much more refined setup. It took a while to get there and we are still coming to terms with it. Since everything we are doing is now a lot more complex we had to enhance the way we build and share. A simple example would be that Hal can happily work on the Fayju Building in isolation, change the lighting setup and those changes can be quickly and simply incorporated into the game without issue. The other, perhaps more important reason why world compilation is so important is for orchestrating all the dynamic objects like cars , barrels, weapons, frogs etc etc. We have been moving towards enabling different modes loaded into the same world and this is the key to developing flexibility for this in the future.

The Fayju building


As you can see we haven’t furnished the our office yet, but its looking and feeling much more like the genuine article. Here are some shots I took today, walking  around the new building. Some of the doors are still a bit …unpredictable, but its starting to come under control. There is a lot more detail I can't wait to freak out running around it in VR its kind of freaky to be walking around the corridors and staircases that we use every day.







Lighting
Now that we are using texture streaming there is a lot more detail in all the surfaces, but we also have made some difficult decisions about lighting. Switching to deferred rendering is giving us a lot more flexibility with lighting and allowing Hal to really go to town lighting the new architecture. We have been back and forth over the use of deferred rendering for some time over fears that it would become difficult to optimise, but we are pretty sure we have a solution to this and so we made the decision to go with it. Now we can see where we are going with lighting.



Time
We have mentioned before how a day and night cycle is to play a part in Amazing Frog? and now we have resolved our approach to environment lights we can move forward with more confidence into how the passage of time works in SwindonShire and the changing of the world lights. Torches and headlights were our biggest concern,  but that looks like its going to be ok, so will show some of that soon. I can’t say with any certainty exactly how the passage of day and night will work in Amazing Frog? and exactly how “dark” night will be, we are still tweaking it to see what feels right, but until more of the game is functioning as usual its will be hard to judge. Passage of time or game time may be something we expose for user control, since it will be possible to host a game and we may look at how a player can have control over this and an environment parameter, e.g. night time racing, early morning pigeon shooting.





More on the New Frog


The Frog is always being upgraded, but perhaps one of the most exciting things we have going on at the moment is the facial expressions (Thats why we made this as the title image) They crack me up.

We are developing some “goto" expressions for particular emotions or reactions or default states for particular NPCs, but the facial expression system is essentially dynamic. We have always believed in little things, like how the frog looks at the camera as it passes or checking out nearby objects as you walk by. Stupid little details are really important to us. Now, aside from head tracking, we also have eye tracking and pupil dilation that can be commanded by code. As with all the FrogLife™ systems we also want the NPCs to have access to facial expression so it has been fairly complex deciding and implementing what makes the face react… we are getting there.

Also on another note, you may notice that all the images we have shown so far of the new frog are only wearing t-Shirts. This is because that is all we have so far. The old frog was reliant on layers of textures to represent costumes (and we still have all of those), but from here on all clothing will have physicality to it, customisable of course, but with physicality… we just haven’t given the frog any pants yet.

Business As Usual


Thanks to every one who nudged me about writing a devblog. If I am honest by the time i get to a Friday and start writing one of these, it takes a while to remember all the things that we have both been doing since the last one. There are so many things going on. Only this morning I was talking to Hal saying I am worried we were spinning too many plates between us, it can be fairly confusing jumping back and forth between physics code, network code, Ai code,  environment code, optimisation and more especially when i want them all to work together.  Likewise, while Hal bounces between making buildings, clothing, crazy substance systems, landscapes and vehicles… I’m pretty sure he was working on a moped at one point this week which kind of freaked me out. We’re so excited about how its all coming together, sorry its taking so long.

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About This Game

Amazing Frog? is a Hardcore Parkour openworld buffet of bonkers physics sandbox gameplay.
Welcome to the town of Swindon, UK. Home to flatulant super hero, Amazing Frog?

The Hideout

Start in hideout, play on your own or split screen with your friends

Swindon

Enter Swindon where you can drive cars, buses and mobility scooters, jump on trampolines, fire yourself out of cannons, into explosions, search for trophies and Tvs and reach the heights and a whole lot more. Its your Swindon do as you please.


Swindon Local Attractions

Take a quiet trip to the Swindon fArt Gallery if it pleases you…. Feeling aggressive ? find a crossbow, machine gun or laser and shoot the hell out of each other. Visit the Fart Gyms for a workout or discover the Zombie filled underground Sewers.

SwindonShire

Plan your escape of Swindon to explore Greater SwindonShire (a 20KM island) where you can go offloading, ride pigs, discover secrets, go for a swim or drive boat in the surrounding Ocean and Lakes


SHARKS

... but watch our for the relentless sharks… cos they huuuuungry.

The Swindon Town Planning Office

Remember to always The Swindon Town Planning Office after an Update. This is where Gaz and Hal from Fayju will notify you in game of updates and additions.

Frogulus Rift

Play in VR if you want to get super dizzy. Comfort not guaranteed. I mean if you like being hurled way up in the sky by an explosion or driving a car of a building in VR… then this mode is for you. Currently supports Oculus.

Test Rooms

There is also a bunch of test Rooms to play around in. For testing out vehicles, trampolines , weapon testing facilities, playing with sharks… basically seeing what your frog can do. Many mechanics are built in these test rooms.

Amazing Frog? Key features:

  • a 20Km Landscape
  • A whole bunch of vehicles
  • 4 player split screen
  • Oculus VR support.
  • Pigging backs… and pigs
  • ridiculous ragdolls, trampolines, cannons and explosions
  • Weapons like crossbows lasers and machine-guns
  • Vicious Sharks
  • Swimmming ish and Boats in the ocean
  • Fully fitted Fart Gym
  • Underground Zombie Frogs in the Sewers
  • A Giant chessboard
  • A bunch of test rooms
  • and a whole lot of mystery...

play together.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHZ Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8+
    • Processor: 2.5GHZ Quad core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB Graphics
    • Storage: 900 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHZ dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Graphics card
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: 2.5GHZ Quad core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB Graphics
    • Storage: 900 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: i5 2 GHZ quad
    • Graphics: 1GB
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: i7 quad
    • Graphics: 2GB
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