Smith and Winston is a humorous exploration action shooter. When a strange signal is detected in deep space the Federation orders Smith and Winston to go and investigate. What they find, after a brief nap, is a shattered ring world, aliens and an evil overlord called the VOID.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to build a community of people and work with them to create a better Smith and Winston. It's hard when you work on a game for a long time, you get too close to it. Having an outside force to point things out is invaluable.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to release the game fully in July 2019 so it's only going to be in early access for 4-6 months.”

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

“For the full version of the game we'll be adding split screen two player coop, Steam cloud saves, Steam leaderboards, a story mode to complement the arcade gameplay mode and be much more polished.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current download is fully playable with

  • two player co-op
  • Full Controller Support.
  • Full Keyboard Support.
  • Steam Achievement Support.
  • Local save games (Steam cloud coming soon).
  • Full sound and music support.
  • Full video support (fullscreen toggle, vsync toggle, brightness adjust resolution select).
  • 18/25 level fully playable.
  • 2/3 bosses implemented.
  • Sound design for the weapons, pickups, explosions and enemies is complete.
  • The levels are fun to play. All levels available include enemies to kill, items to collect and places to explore, there are no empty, direction-less, meaningless levels to get lost in.

However the current download is missing:

  • Music for all the levels, currently only eight have the correct music but all levels have some music.
  • Level sound design. Only eight levels have complete sound design all though all levels have some sound design work done.
  • 5/25 levels are not ready for the public yet (too buggy or incomplete) and are being worked on as we speak.
  • 1/3 bosses have not been completed yet.
  • Steam cloud for save games. The current save game system needs to be modified to make cloud saves possible.
  • Steam leaderboards are missing. We plan on having leader boards for Arcade, coop and Story mode game play. These are not enabled yet.

All of these features will be added in frequent updates over the next few months.

We plan to release updates every three to four weeks. With critical bug fixes being released ASAP. We're releasing new levels in the sequence the player will play them and we try our utmost to keep your save games valid as new content is released.”

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

“We plan to gradually increase the price of the game as we get closer to final release.”

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

“We really want feedback on the levels, design ideas for puzzles, new weapons and pickups to add and ways to improve the overall experience. We would like the primary communication method to be using the Steam Community Hub for Smith and Winston but we are open to a Discord channel or any other method of communication that suits the community.”
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June 18

Develop Indie Showcase 2019

We are pretty chuffed to announce that Smith and Winston has been selected for the Indie Game Showcase at Develop: Brighton 2019 here in the UK.

Develop is an industry event where developers from all over Europe get together and talk shop. We're very surprised and quite elated that Smith and Winston is one of the 10 games that has been selected by an expert panel. We didn't even have to bribe them with cake! The nine other game are all amazing and well worth a look if you are looking for great indie games to play.

https://www.developconference.com/whats-on/indie-showcase



Charlie and I will both be there running a stand so if you happen to be a developer in Europe... come and Explore and Destroy!

dazza
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May 23

Update #10 - Power Cubes, Shippy, New Levels, More Debris and much more!

Everything here is available to download now... so update, explore and destroy!

New levels to explore

Spynall Tapp

Where the demons dwell if you can find the secret door at least.



Asteroid

You’ve made it to the surface of the Asteroid. The space ship that the VOID used to gather the monoliths to unleash his power… it’s a bit weird on the giant cube.



These are the final two levels before you enter the Asteroid to face the VOID itself.

Escape from the teacher

Listen, we all know that you hate training levels. But we also know that some people need them. So we’ve added a get out quick door at the beginning. So if you are super l337 hard core haX0r twin stick aficionado then you don’t need to sit through it.



It’s certain flowers that give you coins.

We got an interesting bug report that sometime you picked up a power cube but it didn’t appear in the HUD. After some digging we realised that it wasn’t clear that some flowers give you a coin. So now when you get a power cube an icon appears to let you know it’s a power cube you’ve collected and not a coin.



Power Cubes

Speaking of power cubes. You collect them to repair shippy, well at least that’s what she tells you at the beginning of the game. Well now they are needed to power the spinning portal doors. After feedback from EGX we realised that people were just powering through the levels and not taking the time to smell the roses and explore a little. There is a lot to find in all the levels so this is a little hint to chill a bit, destroy a bit more and dig for some POWER!

The number of power cubes needed is written at the top of the door because the aliens that inhabit this shattered ring world are all highly organised and probably have a spreadsheet about these sorts of things.



Sarcastic Shippy

When you jumped to a new level Shippy told you some useful information about how many enemies you’d killed, how many power cubes you got and all that stuff. Well that was far too nice of Shippy so now she tells you sometimes useful information and sometimes sarcastic information.



Bug Fixes and tweaks.

Screen SHAKE Shenanigans!
  • Screen shake is worked out for each co-op player independently so now, just as you were making that difficult boost across a gap, your coop partner can’t throw a grenade making the whole screen shake.
  • If the screen was shaking because, say, a large block was moving, and you threw a grenade… well all hell broke loose and the screen shook like a wet dog. That’s fixed now.
  • If you’ve turned off the screen shake then maybe give it another go.
  • Better physics on low end machines
  • Physics uses more cores if you’ve got them
  • Up debris in options > game > debris

Faster loading and rendering

We’ve sped up the loading of levels a tiny bit by being a bit more clever… or less dumb. We no longer build the same model thousands of times per level and just do it once. Thank you for recognising my genius.

Have fun exploring and destroying.

dazza
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“Playing this was like being a child again, as huge amounts of enjoyment oozed out of my every pour.”
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About This Game

Smith and Winston is a humorous exploration action twin stick shooter. When a strange signal is detected in deep space the Federation orders Smith and Winston to go and investigate. You take control of Smith or Winston and explore the source of the signal, a shattered ring world. Discover the ruins of an ancient race, kill and loot the alien invaders and uncover the dastardly plot by the evil VOID.

FEATURES


  • Fully destructible everything.
  • Two player couch Co-Op.
  • Humorous storyline.
  • Explosions, with extra explosions.
  • Twin stick combat.
  • Metroid style exploration.
  • Selection of weapons and power ups to collect.
  • Rocket pack adding another dimension to twin stick combat.
  • Buddy Mode - Coop player 2 can't be shot! Play with your kids or your friend who sucks!
  • Casual Gameplay - Challenging and rewarding not insane and hard, it's fun to explore and shoot and destroy.

STORY




When a strange signal is detected in deep space the Federation orders Smith and Winston to go and investigate. What they find, after a brief nap, is a shattered ring world, aliens and an evil overlord called the VOID.

After crashing into the ring world, due to a slight navigation error involving hitting an asteroid Smith and Winston must discover the source of the strange signal, collect power cubes to repair their spaceship and defeat the VOID and his dastardly plan.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.5 GHz (or equivalent)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 5xx
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 2.8GHz (or equivalent)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 1050GTX
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.5 GHz (or equivalent)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 5xx
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 10.14
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 2.8GHz (or equivalent)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon Pro
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.5 GHz (or equivalent)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 5xx
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 18.04
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 2.8GHz (or equivalent)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 1050GTX
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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