I have been working on the battle system, which can be seen in the screenshot above. The mock-ups I made earlier have been incorporated in the design.
Revised the mockup I made earlier.
Another mockup, this one is based on monsters fighting instead of the players’ sprites. Monster sprites are from the DawnLike set.
The monster sprites are from DawnLike, it is a really cool graphics set (and open-source!).
I am experimenting with different battle screens, this is the first test I did. The layout is inspired by the Shining Force games. This view should also be able to work well for touch-screen devices.
I used the Newgrounds API to log when a player found a pencil. In the graph above you can see the number of times certain pencils were found. It is easy to spot that the pencils that did not require any items were easiest to find: the one in Mimi’s house, Yu’s house, etc. The island pencil requires an extra step if you had traded the green key with Freddy, so it is found least of all ‘zero step’ pencils. The others all follow within close proximity of each other, with Roxy’s pencil last. Perhaps that was the most difficult one, since it required the most number of steps to acquire. All in all not really surprising results, it is good to see the difficulty of each of the 10 pencils were received as planned: 5 easy ones and 5 more difficult ones. Some reviewers claimed the game could use even more puzzles and a longer story, so perhaps that is the way to go for the future.
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I have updated Letter for Mimi 2 on Newgrounds and kcnhgames to version 1.0.1. There was a bug where Roxy would wander outside of the bounds of the interior of Boulder builders inc. It had to do with the way the characters are handled while they are off-screen (they are still there, but invisible). So in some cases they might wander off (when they are in the bounds of the current Flixel camera). I am not sure why this doesn’t happen with characters who wander in the exterior, probably because all the interiors are located at x <= 10 and y <= 30 and you can't get there in the exterior. For the fix I just removed the 'wander' movement type from Roxy.
You can play Letter for Mimi 2 on Newgrounds.com!