Fast-paced block stacking VR fun in a playful factory setting. Pack a box with colorful shapes, then ship it to earn your wage. Filling VR boxes is physically satisfying as you grab blocks, rotate them with you hands, and smash them home.
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Release Date: Oct 14, 2016

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Why Early Access?

“Ship It is an indie development effort and we need our friends in the community to help test and balance the game! Your feedback is invaluable to how development progresses. We are planning to build multiplayer capabilities if people like the gameplay mechanics and there is community support.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Early Access is likely to last 2-3 months.”

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

“The full version will be more balanced, less bugs, and feature complete. The major feature additions in the future will be cooperative and competitive multiplayer. Coding to get these aspects 'just right' is likely to continue after the early access period.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current build is single player only and has three fully working game modes, Training, Endurance and Deadline. Special Order and Breaktime mode will be released as updates in the weeks following launch.”

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

“The price is likely to increase when multiplayer functionality is released to help defray server costs.”

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

“You are part of the Ship It testing army and community feedback is vital to making this game better! Please send me your bug reports and feature requests at this easy form you can use to submit feedback!

If you can leave a nice review I'd appreciate that too :-)”
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March 6

Patch 6 inbound

Just got back from GDC and wanted to get out some of the bug fixes and features I've been working on for the last couple months. Please enjoy this prettier, better sounding, and more stable build!

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PATCH NOTES

I've had a number of demo events over the last couple months and used the opportunity to refine the new player experience. There is still some work to do, but the changes below should help the game be easier to pick up and also prepare for the next stage of development. Next update will likely be a stand-alone demo on Steam.

NEW FEATURES
  • Pointer/grabber finger - push the trackpad to start pointing, aim at a block or box, then pull the trigger the item will zip into your hand. It is a really fun superpower that my brain started to want whenever I'm sitting on the couch at home :-) This required removing other hand gestures (for now) as a cross-platform compatibility compromise.
  • New 3D art, posters, and a new Bloq-O logo.
  • Block storage - watch-like devices (that don't yet attach to your hand) but can be used to store a block for later. You can pick them up and place them wherever is comfortable for you. Useful now, but much more important for upcoming game modes.
  • Improved audio positioning effects
  • Recent Scores panel - keeps track of your last 10 games and best 10 games locally. Designed this for running tournaments at events, so it doesn't really handle different game modes and levels well, but will be improved later.
  • Heads up display board - a better-positioned data display to keep track of level variables during the game. Still working on this one, but it is part of an effort to get all gameplay on 3 sides, so there aren't things you need behind you where tracking is bad on some systems.
  • Moved Abort button to center in case your room isn't that big
  • Added room adjustment controls for fine tuning your placement - use arrow keys to move in the room, R to rotate, and L to recall settings. This is a hack in case you are having problems, I'm working on a more user-friendly design.
BUG FIXES
  • Fixed conveyor belt collider slowly drifting away from player (so boxes would fall through)
  • Removed function from grip button to stop accidental presses screwing up new players. Likely future will have 'advanced mode' controls for experienced players, and 'everything is grab' mode for simpler gameplay.
  • Toned down the color in the loading room
PLAN
  • Radical redesign of game flow - everything will be reoriented into a 'career' to help guide you through all the types of content and level progression This will also include wage tracking, equipment unlocks, and two new rooms of the Bloq-O factory for you to visit.
  • Subtitles and in game tips on the heads up display
  • Creative and Special Order mode will be part of career mode update
  • Remove existing control panels in favor of 'callable' control widgets
  • Improvements to grab and locomotion system
KNOWN ISSUES
  • Some sound effects are out of balance (like box close) - use the control panel to reduce volumes on groups as needed. I will rebalance for next patch

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December 19, 2016

Kaleidoscope VR and Coding Progress Update

No public patches in a while, but development is still moving on Ship It. Last week the game was featured at a few local events including the Portland, OR Kaleidoscope VR Festival and I've spent a bunch of time preparing a stripped down demo version of the game which can be played at conventions without any instruction. I'm trying to add a couple more features to it and then I'll make it available on Steam.

I've also cleaned up a whole bunch of bugs, added a new item that can store a block for later, added animations to the block spawning pipes, and started work on some of my long-term feature plans. 'Special Order' mode is pretty much done, but it is a lot of new content and I need to deeply test it before making it public.

One big change I'm considering is a more linear progression "career" mode that guides players through different challenges. This will hopefully include a daily check in mechanism that highlights fresh puzzles each time you play the game.

Let me know if you have any ideas on how to bring that to life!

As always, please leave a review to help others find Ship It!

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About This Game

Fast-paced block stacking VR fun! Fill a box with a variety of colorful shapes, then ship the box to earn your wage before the 'workday' is over. Designed for VR, you will enjoy physical satisfaction when grabbing blocks from the conveyor field, rotating them with you hands, then smashing them into their boxes.

Pack fast! These blocks contain volatile commodities and won’t last long outside of their containment fields. The supervisor is watching your every move, so losing a block will lead to a citation and your wages will be docked.

Choose how to structure your workday:

  • Training - Block Stacking 101 guides new employees through the basics of stacking and shipping.
  • Deadline - Test how productive you can be when under a tight 3 minute timer. The production line speeds up as the deadline gets closer. (Great for passing around the VR headset and challenging friends)
  • Endurance - Pack boxes as fast as you can, but earn too many citations for exploded blocks, and your workday is over!
  • Break Time (Coming Soon) – It is said ‘play is the highest form of research’. So why don’t you go ahead and rearrange the room, experiment, and stack blocks however you like in your off time. No wages earned and blocks are non-volatile.
  • Special Order (Coming Soon) – Fill a series of increasingly difficult customer orders, earning higher wages the faster you complete the task. These special customers demand perfectly packed boxes and don’t supply any extra parts, so figure out how to pack them full without wasting any pieces.

Enjoy amazing features:

  • Leaderboards track the highest earners
  • Multiple game play modes
  • Comedic story content and training from your management supervisor
  • 10+ levels of difficulty
  • Eight different box sizes to pack
  • Five main block shapes with three different face types
  • VR-friendly physical controls
  • Surprisingly amusing hand gestures
  • Color-blind friendly
  • Oculus Touch support coming soon
  • Best for Room Scale VR, but now supports standing room only!

Planned future updates:

  • Competitive Online Multiplayer
  • Cooperative Online Multiplayer
  • Motivators and Demotivators to power-up your workday…or hinder your coworkers
  • Semi-random shape generation for some game modes

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4590
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 6700
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 980
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
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