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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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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September 1

Caromble! Friday #408: Harder Better Faster Stronger

It's been a while since we last posted here. No worries, we're still hard at work getting the next release out of the door!
In fact, we are almost done testing chapter 1 - 4 to make sure everything works as it should. When that's out of the way and all game-breaking bugs are fixed we'll release chapter 4!

We also had a meeting to discus the next chapter (5). We're planning to release that to you around the end of the year.

Sorry for the long wait but the next big update is coming very soon!

Cheers!
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August 6

Caromble! Friday #404 No pun intended

Even for a stubborn skeptical person such as me it is sometimes hard to deny a certain super-natural tendency in the way things play out. Due to holidays, and the good old 'huh-is-it-my-turn-again', we almost didn't have a Caromble! Friday #404. Page not found… But of course it could also just be that our brains are so hard-wired to find patterns, and perhaps even patterns that don't exist. My inner skeptic just won't let me write a paragraph like this without that disclaimer…

Anyway, with the holidays and all, we can perhaps be forgiven for having a bit of a slow week. Weeks do get slow Caromble!-wise easily being part-time developers and all. It just takes a single day of being a bit under the weather, and boom no productivity for a week. Especially in the Holiday season that means that things can get slow quickly.

So what did happen… Well we made some progress in our effort to tell the back story of the game. We got a new version of the storyboard, and are working with that.

Personally I did some work on the planning towards the final release. Deciding on what will fit in the scope of the game is a continuous and difficult process.

As a gamer (which we of course also are) you never know what features, ideas, extra levels and effects didn't make the cut. You either like or dislike a game. Of course you might have feelings like, 'this game would be even better with multiplayer', or great level ideas. But that is not the same as missing a feature. You will definitely notice when a game feels 'off' or when it simply isn't fun. Or when it feels rough and unfinished of course. But when it feels good, but could have been even beter… You just will never know.

As a developer, your game is never finished. There is always one more level to make. Every effect can be made even nice. The balance of the game could always be tweaked a liiitle bit tighter. There might always be another FPS to be gained on a particular system.

So I guess you will always feel like you are releasing something that is in some abstract way unfinished. The witness feels like a perfectly polished game, but who knows how many things Jonathan Blow cut out that we'll never hear of?

So that is our devil's dilemma. We want to made a great game. We have been going at it for like 8 or 9 years. But we also want to release it. We have made estimates in the past and gloriously missed them, because there was always something more to add. So I guess it is time to end this cycle and finally decide on when will be done.

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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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