Take the mechanics of Asteroids®, the power-ups of R-Type®, the space of a mini-MMO, and amp it up with the intensity of a SHMUP. Up to four players can combine forces to defend your solar system from the impending alien threat.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“There are many features that I would like to still put into the final version of Solaroids. Some of these are already planned and partially developed. I would like to also include ideas and feedback from the gamer community along the way to help drive the direction for the final product. By joining in early and showing support, players will be able to help shape the final release before too much is set in stone. My expectation is that when completed, Solaroids: Prologue will have evolved to just Solaroids.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“As I am a solo part-time designer/developer, it may take longer than a studio, but expect continuous updates to Solaroids during early access.”

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

“Plans for the full version of Solaroids include but are not limited to the following:
  • On-line multiplayer
  • Non-split screen local multiplayer
  • Global/player options - complete
  • Leaderboards - complete
  • Achievements - complete
  • Three difficulty modes
  • New elements:
    • Hazards
    • Enemies/Bosses
    • Power-ups
    • Environments
  • "Neon-style" mode
  • 16-bit styled mode
  • New soundtracks
  • Potential story mode
  • Many more game play tweaks/enhancements

There is a wealth of history in the modern and retro-gaming communities, and I am looking forward to taking in the feedback and ideas out there that fit well with an Asteroids® styled game. Please share!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

Solaroids as a prologue is fully playable and polished as it is on many fronts, and the bar will continue to be held high as it is further developed to its full potential.”

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

“While I don't anticipate changing the pricing structure for Solaroids significantly, I expect that as more content becomes available the price could likely increase.”

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

“By actively engaging players using steam community features, solaroids.com, and other forums/hubs.”
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December 24, 2017

Winter is Coming! - Can you stop it?

EMERGENCY ALERT!!!

Space is a cold, even frigid, place and a sinister plot has been hatched by unknown forces. Working against us, an alien presence has deployed the biggest snow machine known to man, or any other-worldly inhabitant for that matter, in the hopes of sneakily invading our little corner of the galaxy.



Battle the most fearsome and retaliatory snowflakes (and the slithery snowman) you've ever laid eyes on, in a deadly battle against what would appear on the surface as a winter wonderland.

Use your skills acquired playing... ahem… Solaroids, to defend our little home. Do you have what it takes? Do you even care enough to stand up and be counted among humanities last hope for survival?

Briefing Instructions to access the xmas game branch:
  1. Right-click on the game within the Steam client and select the Properties menu item at the bottom.
  2. From the Solaroids: Prologue - Properties dialog select the BETA tab.
  3. From the BETA tab pick xmas - Happy Holidays from the Select the beta you would like to opt into drop-down selector. You should immediately see an update queued.
  4. Close the properties window and prepare for battle!

Once you have either saved mankind or screamed in agony at defeat, you can return to your normally scheduled program by returning to the BETAS tab and picking NONE - Opt out of all beta programs from the drop-down selector.

Happy Holidays and merry X-Mas HO HO HO!
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December 15, 2017

Early Access V1.1.1

Happy holidays everyone!

I present to you a small but significant update, as it has a few features that have been commonly requested. Now that I have an option menu in place it makes it much easier to surface some of these tweaks!

First, a very common request has been to eliminate the traditional "screen edge effect" that simulates the classic Asteroids wrapping from one side of the play area to the other. As Solaroids has a much larger playing field, this can be jarring (especially in the arena corners) and is unnecessary. So now the default is to use a Seamless Wrapping mode where there will be no discernable edge to the play area. The sun becomes a constant landmark to help re-orient yourself and is conveniently shown in the player reticle. While this is the new default, you can globally turn the mode on and off during gameplay from the video options.

Second, there are several options geared toward tweaking the visibility in the game. One is that the faster you are flying the more the camera will look ahead. This should give better visibility of what your heading towards, like a giant space centipede (Infiltrator). In addition, I've adjusted the default camera to be panned back just a little more, but you also can now adjust it even further (within reason) using the new Zoom video option.

Third, you may or may not have noticed that at the end of November I released a FREE DEMO, so if you can, please spread the word. The demo has a few limitations, one being you can only play for 15 minutes at a time or through level 4, whichever comes first. In addition, Free Play mode is locked, and Steam global leaderboards and achievements are unavailable. If the full game is purchased in-game, then these restrictions are lifted except for the global leaderboards and achievements. A restart is necessary to activate these Steam features.

I hope you enjoy the new additions, and I would love to hear any feedback you are willing to share via reviews or discussion threads. Thank you for your continued support, and happy blasting!!

New Features
  • Add seamless wrapping video option that eliminates the edge of screen transition at the edges of the arena. This is now the default.
  • Increase camera look ahead amount to allow seeing further ahead when moving.
  • Adjust default zoom level. It is zoomed out about 5% more than before.
  • Add Zoom Level option that allows some limited tweaking of the camera zoom level (80%-150%).
  • Change Controller Vibration player option to allow a percentage from Off to 100%.
  • Change Camera Shake player option to allow a percentage from Off to 200%.
  • Change bloom video setting to allow a percentage from Off to 200%.
  • The high scores for the steam account are highlighted.
  • A set of basic tips are deployed around the sun to quickly guide the new player instead of being mixed in with the other level tips that can be found.
  • Added 144fps to frame rate option.

Other
  • Improved memory efficiency.

Previously Released Patches
  • Limit the number of found power-ups to restrict the maximum number active to approximately 25.
  • Fix timing issue for frame rate limiter that would cause the target framerate to be slightly lower than the requested rate.
  • Fix Infiltrator boss (serpent) when running at greater than 60fps.
  • Reduce popping of large nebula.
  • Default Friendly Collisions to off.

Known issues
  • Borderless is only implemented for Windows right now.
  • Some options are English only.
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Reviews

All the right elements for an addictive shmup: In the end, Solaroids: Prologue has everything a hardcore shoot ‘em up fan could want in order to keep themselves busy for many hours. The controls are snappy, the graphics are nice, and there are enough levels to have fun with for days.”
4/5 – Softpedia

About This Game

Solaroids is a re-imagined version of the classic Asteroids® as a single or local multiplayer shooter that retains the essential premise that inertia is the missing ingredient of many modern top down shooters.

One to four players can experience a Campaign mode that progresses from tame introductory levels to epic high-octane space battles that will challenge even the most experienced pilots. As the campaign progresses, and the threat continues to grow, the types of weapons and firepower at your disposal will also increase. As you get familiar with the game mechanics and the properties of different hazards and enemies, you will learn many subtle aspects of the game: what combinations of piloting, armament, and strategies result in the most success and fame.

While each player competes for high scores individually, to accomplish this each must choose their own path; whether to be friend or foe, work together or individually, fight or flee. Each player can customize their ship colors and join or leave the game at any time. As participants come and go, the action never stops.

If you are in need of a "quick fix," Free Play mode is always waiting with its instant ramp up, and unlock of all weapons and enemies.

Solaroids: Prologue will continue to evolve with input continuously gathered from players in the community, as it makes its way to an official release as Solaroids!

Features

  • Classic Asteroids® style game play
  • Huge wrapping arena
  • A wide assortment of power-ups and new threats unlocked throughout the levels
  • Customize primary and secondary player ship colors
  • Damage system based off physical, mechanical, and electrical properties
  • Reticle indicating location of items of interest including enemies and players
  • Forward and reverse thrusters
  • Campaign mode providing a gentile introduction and progression through the levels
  • Free Play mode providing instant and insanely intense action
  • Up to 4 local players
    • Join at any time
    • Unlimited credits (configurable)
    • Cooperative or not - you decide (configurable)
  • Separate local and global leaderboards for both "first credit" and "any credit" high scores
  • Achievements
  • Original soundtrack with support for Steam music
  • Supports common controllers:
    • Keyboard
    • Xbox 360/One
    • Dualshock 3/4

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7/8/10/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible (Shader Model 2.0)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 170 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Snow Leopard (10.6)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible
    • Storage: 140 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: glibc 2.15, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible
    • Storage: 150 MB available space

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