This is Caromble!: A fresh new take on the brick break game! Free the corrupted world and fight evil with physics-based destruction, puzzles, explosions, skill-levels, power-ups, mayhem, more explosions, further puzzles, platforming elements, speedruns, superscore medals, unlockable challenges and boss fights.
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Positive (12 reviews) - 83% of the 12 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 27, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Watch our Early Access video explaining our intention and goals if you´re more a fan of listening than reading!

Caromble! is ready to meet gaming enthusiasts who want to take part in our development process. This is NOT yet the complete game and we motivate you to buy Caromble! in Early Access only if you like to be part of the creative process of fine tuning and polishing Caromble!. Also, you should expect occasional gameplay bugs or other issues in this phase.

We are only 5 guys working part-time on this game every Friday of every week since 2009. Now, it is time for us to step out of our developer garage - actually from our kitchen tables - and share Caromble! with the world! We would like your input to balance and improve the Caromble! experience. In this phase you can have a major impact on the development process. Your input on power-ups, boss-fights, skill-levels and anything you want to share with us will helps us tweak the difficulty and make the game challenging from beginning to end.
Furthermore, It is unlikely that we have found every bug ourselves. A community that can help us with finding the remaining bugs and technological or compatibility issues is something infinitely valuable to our small team with our limited resources.
We would love to meet you and hear what you think of Caromble and how you think it can be even better. Get your hands dirty on this work-in-progress and help us to finish Caromble! to make it the brick-breaker you’ve been waiting for!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until we and the community are happy with the game. However, as we only work on Caromble! for one day a week, it might be a bit later than we'll hope. We have already been in Early Access for a year, but we are still not ready. We will continue to work every Friday on Caromble! until it is done.

We have already created the contents of all 6 chapters, which we now want to polish, balance and tweak. We will gradually add new story and skill levels to the Early Access build.”

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

“The final version will have more content, better performance, and provide a more stable experience. The current Early Access release contains the prologue of the story mode, three story mode chapters - containing 12 story levels - and 5 skill levels. We’ll continue to add content until all 6 story chapters are in the game, along with more challenging skill levels and backstory elements.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All core gameplay mechanics of Caromble! are in place. The current Early Access build contains the first 3 chapters, and allows the player to unlock five skill levels. This build can be finished in about 120-180 minutes depending on the player's skill. Collecting all the medals and reaching the highscores on all skill levels will take more time.

We’ve tested the build on about every machine we could get our hands on. On those machines the build was stable. But, being a small team lacking resources, it is hard for us to have access to all hardware out there. So yes, there might be bugs. We'll fix them with the highest priority, but we only have a single day every week (and an occasional night) in which we can do this.

We think the production value is close to the quality of the final build. That is, unless the community's feedback proves otherwise.”

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

“Caromble! will have the same price during Early Access as when it hits full release. In the end everyone will have the same content. Therefore, we feel that the price should not be different. The player can decide when it's Caromble! time: if you want to be a part of the development process, that time is now!”

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

“Community involvement is our reason to be available in Early Access. We want the player's feedback as much as possible! We'll use Caromble's Steam forum with separate topics for bugs, features, difficulty, etc. We will create some polls about Caromble!'s gameplay features like power-ups, and we might even release the level editor to the more brave and bug-resilient members of our community.

Furthermore, after every Caromble! Friday we post an update on our steam community hub. Also we keep a development blog (updated slightly less frequently) and will respond to messages on Twitter (@Caromble) and Facebook.

We will spend as much time working with the community to finish and improve Caromble! as necessary to make it the brickbreaker game you have always dreamed of.”
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July 22

Caromble! Friday #402 Squashing some bugs

As outsiders correctly assume, indie game-development is a big rollercoaster of rock-and-roll awesomeness. And not at all about staying indoors while the weather is nice and fixing bugs. Not at all.

For me, this week's rock-and-roll awesomeness materialized in the form of euhm several bugs that had to be squashed, while being inside. Hmm.

Anyway, sometimes there is awesome stuff and rollercoasters and rock-and-roll. But today it is bugs. Glorious bug fixing.

It is a well known fact amongst developers that bugs enjoy laughing in your face. However, most of the times you just know that this must be so, without actually being able to see the bug laughing at you. So when I finally encountered a bug that was literally laughing at me, I wasn't sure what to think.



The problem was that at a certain point in our Prologue, just before the boss releases a power-up its head would make a jump. Just a small one, but annoying nonetheless. I 'fixed' that by always animating the head to a 'neutral' position before playing a new animation. However, now I head the problem you can see in the gif. The head would sink before starting the next animation… I figured the reason for that *had* to be that some other animation was also adjusting the position of the head. It had to be. Their effects would combine in some sort of unholy way and cause the sinking effect. Haha, I knew what to do!

It only took me an hour to carefully tracking which animations where affecting the top of the head of our boss at what time. And then another 30 minutes to come to a slow realization that there was no problem with the other animations. No unholy combination of translations. Just a simple oversight on my behalf. I calculated the translation vector for the head to move back to 'neutral', and then instead of applying that, I would animate the head towards the animation vector. To the less mathematically inclined, lets just say that makes as much sense as rotating something by a color.

At least by now I understood what that evil bastard was laughing at…

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July 14

Caromble! Friday #401: Controller improvements

We had several people complain about the fact that we do not expose an option for controller sensitivity. The thing is, we played Caromble! with the mouse - always!

That was of course a mistake from our side: many people like to play the game from their couch or bed.

Therefore, I dusted off one of my PS4 controllers and used InputMapper to make sure my PC was detecting it as a 'genuine' Xbox controller:



After playing the game for a while I decided to make several improvements:

  • Add the sensitivity option for controllers (well duh)
  • Improve how we detect controllers and buttons - also fixes issues with Steam Link
  • Added support for Rumble/Vibration!

Coming weeks, I will continue to play with the controller to see if everything works as it should!

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Reviews

“Super-Duper Breakout”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Caromble! is the game that I’ve needed for years but had no idea I was missing.”
God Mode Mag

“.. easy to learn, but hard to master.”
9/10 – Game Review Bomb

About This Game

This is Caromble!; A fresh new take on the brick break game! Free the corrupted world and fight evil with physics-based destruction, puzzles, explosions, skill-levels, power-ups, mayhem, more explosions, further puzzles, speedruns, superscore medals, unlockable challenges and some surprises you would't expect in a brick breaker game. Brick break your way to glory and discover a world of nostalgic wonder. Let’s get ready to Caromble!


The full release of Caromble! will feature:

  • 24 levels divided over six chapters
  • Each level has multiple playable areas
  • Physics based destruction
  • Medals for speed runs and highscores
  • Numerous unlockable skill levels
  • Powerups
  • Explosions
  • Powerups that cause explosions
  • Explosions that release powerups
  • Puzzles
  • And yes... platforming elements (say what?!)



    The current state of the Early Access build is:
    • Buggy
    • Not fully optimized for performance
    • Contains the first 3 chapters with 12 areas
    • And 5 unlockable skill levels
    • Production quality equivalent to release quality
    • Very enjoyable


    Please help us improve Caromble! Report bugs. Play the game. Enjoy the mechanics. Don't like the mechanics? Tell us about it! Tell us why you think Caromble! is great. Tell us why you think it stinks. Know somebody who might enjoy Caromble!? Help us find them! We're forever in your debt.


    Thank you for playing Caromble!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or higher
    • Processor: i5 second generation or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 8800GT or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista or higher
    • Processor: i5 second generation or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon 6900 series or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 400 MB available space

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