Update 1.2

Hello everyone! I hope you've had a good start of the new year.

It's time for another update of Momento Temporis! It's mostly a bunch of small changes and fixes, but there's also a couple of new additions.

I added some visual feedback when Hania touches mana blocks. It adds a little bit of clarity and looks kinda nice.

Hania's eyes now adapt to darkness. This adds something of a small HDR effect to the game.

A special change in this update is that the resolution is much higher. Why would higher resolution matter in a "low resolution pixel-art game" you ask? It may not be not super noticeable until you look more closely, but all movements are a lot smoother now. Do you notice how jittery the background layers are in the GIF animation here below in the "old" clip compared to the "new"?

In other words, the game now internally makes use of subpixels. This lessens the "retro" look slightly, so if you don't like it you can decrease the internal resolution to 1x in the new Graphics options screen.

Yup, some graphics options have been added. Nothing too special here.

Another small change is that some messages now appear close to Hania instead of all the way at the top of the screen.

The map screen also got a bit of an update. There are no longer two zoom levels - only one, with all the icons the zoomed-in view had before. The teleportation map highlights all target locations better, and it's now possible to view the maps of all the visited areas no matter where you currently happen to be.

The keyboard/gamepad input system has been reprogrammed entirely, so gamepads can now be configured properly and the Keybinds options screen is a bit nicer. The keybinds don't magically jump around anymore if you happen to switch to a new gamepad.

Changelog

Here's the full changelog for version 1.2...

NOTE: Keybinds have been reset in this version. Sorry about that!

Additions:

  • Increased the internal screen resolution. This makes all movements look as smooth as butter!
  • Added graphics options, like exclusive/borderless fullscreen, vsync and resolution.
  • Added option for room transition animations. The "fade" animation may be preferred for people who easily get motion sickness.
  • Added option to disable down+jump=backdash.
  • Hania's eyes now adjust to darkness.
  • Added a cinematic letterbox when a cutscene of some kind is playing.
  • The Lightbeam spell now alerts bats when hit.
  • Added an impact effect to the Particle spell.
  • Mana blocks now flash or disintegrate when touched.

Changes:

  • Removed queuing of actions, but some actions like jumping are a bit easier to perform.
  • The keyboard/gamepad input system has been rewritten entirely and, as a result, all keybinds have been reset. Gamepads can now be configured properly.
  • Improved performance. (A lot in some places!)
  • Improved map functionality and visuals.
  • Improved hitboxes.
  • Improved menus a bit. (Mouse navigation is even possible, to some extent.)
  • Some messages now appear near Hania instead of at the top of the screen.
  • Room transitions are slightly faster.

Fixes:

  • The effect of upgrading the Attack Speed is now more linear/consistent. (May or may not be very noticeable.)
  • Fixed disabled upgrades appearing in the world even after having been picked up.
  • Fixed bats being able to attack Hania while going through door entrances.
  • Fixed white texts not being visible against bright backgrounds.
  • Fixed backdashing into a wall causing Hania to bounce off it.
  • Fixed weird positional "snapping" when jumping up alongside some obstacles/edges.
  • Fixed the Stomp spell playing a sound even though the stomp didn't trigger (because of being out of stamina).
  • Fixed Hania being able to push blocks while attacking.
  • Fixed a couple of pressure plates in Cold Mountain not staying pressed after being activated.
  • Fixed room transition animation not working if Hania is taking damage.
  • Fixed Hania being able to stand on certain edges on some walls.
  • Fixed an issue involving getting killed by the artifact container in the first boss room.
  • Fixed weird one-pixel gaps in menus in macOS.
  • The game is now internally locked at 60 FPS which should fix issues with e.g. not being able to jump out of water.
  • Fixed various other smaller bugs.

That's all for now. Stay tuned for more updates Soon™!

Online Multiplayer for Arena

Yes, you read the title correctly – Momento Temporis: Arena is getting online multiplayer! In the upcoming version 0.12 you’ll be able to connect to your friends over the Internet (or inside a LAN).

After the last update I decided to try out implementing an online mode and it’s been going pretty well. I just need to do some more internal testing before releasing the next public build. Stay tuuuned!

Status Report, September 2017

Hi again everyone!

I wanted to share the status of, and the upcoming plans for, Momento Temporis. After having worked mostly on Momento Temporis: Arena for some time now I’m ready to get back into Momento Temporis: Light from the Deep again. So, here we go…

Part 1 – Released

The first part contains the first three areas of the game, naturally. You slowly explore, run into obstacles, possibly die a lot, get lost, eventually find some upgrades and spells, and so forth. However, as you explore you’ll probably find several caves that lead to dead ends – and that’s where we have…

Part 2 – The Next Big Content Update

Three completely new areas will be added to the game for this update, and several new bosses! You may have felt that the game doesn’t have enough interesting bosses, and I totally agree! So, bosses is one of the focuses of this part. We’ll also see more situations where different spells are essential for survivability and progression. But it’s not over yet – finally we have…

Part 3 – The Conclusion

So far pretty much nothing has been revealed about Hania’s past or why things are the way they are in the world of Momento Temporis. One focus of Part 3 is the story and lore. This part will be what ties all things together. We will also see some of the toughest challenges so far in here!

Momento Temporis: Arena

As I wrote in the last post, there is now a multiplayer add-on available called Momento Temporis: Arena! I will split development time between Arena and Light from the Deep in a way that seems appropriate. (Haven’t figured this one out completely yet.) I’m interested in hearing what you people think of Arena. It’s available on itch.io.

Other News

As of this summer the game has no publisher anymore so now it’s just me, the developer, doing all things related to Momento Temporis, including staying in contact with you – the community. I have to confess I’ve always been pretty bad at using social media and stuff, being mostly a technical person, but I’m going to do my best to post updates and answer questions anyone has. (Anyone who tried to contact us before the summer and didn’t get an answer: please contact me again at info@burningicegames.com)

Ok, so that’s what I have to say for now. Stay tuned for more info over time and, eventually, the release of Part 2!

Momento Temporis: Arena in early access!

Greetings everyone!
It’s about time I wrote something here, eh?

I’m finally feeling good enough about revealing the multiplayer add-on to the Momento Temporis universe on this page after having worked on it for about a half year.

I present to you…

Momento Temporis: Arena

It’s a couch multiplayer game with melee combat, magic casting, platforming and stamina management, similar to Light from the Deep. It draws inspiration from traditional PvP arena games such as Unreal Tournament. The game also comes with a level editor!

You can download the early access beta for free over at itch.io:
burningicegames.itch.io/momento-temporis-arena

Tell me what you think! I will post more updates soon, so stay tuned.

Dev Update February 2017

Steam announcement 2017-02-14

 

Hi guys,

Hope you’re all well and that you’re continuing to enjoy the adventure that is Momento Temporis.

Lately I’ve been working on creating something new that will add on to the large Momento Temporis universe, so while I continue working on the story, I will shortly be able to present a small enjoyable multiplayer add-on.

So know that the project is still very much alive even if it’s a bit quiet here and my commitment to seeing it through to the end and to continue to build new and challenging areas in the world has not changed one bit. Hope to be able to update you with more details soon.

Thanks for sticking with me.

All the best,

Marcus, aka Burning Ice Games

Patch Notes 1.1.1 and New Year Greetings!

Hi Guys!

Hope 2017 has treated you well so far. Here’s the somewhat delayed update that we promised.

Additions:

  • A new section in the innermost part of Cold Mountain.

Changes:

  • Changed some texts into icons instead.
  • Nerfed the yetis a bit.

Fixes:

  • Crash caused by too large textures.
  • Blocking no longer works against acid when being submerged into it.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support and feedback on the game during 2016. It means the world to us. Looking forward to bringing you more of Momento Temporis during 2017.

/Dev team

Patch Notes 1.0.2

Hi,

Here’s an update based on community feedback. Please keep it coming.

Added

  • More map icons!

Changed

  • Teleporting is now enabled everywhere when the current end of the game has been reached.
  • Rage energy now never runs out during a jump.

Fixed

  • Control hint for backdashing is now less confusing.

Happy gaming!
/Dev team

Momento Temporis is now in full release!

Momento Temporis full release moving

Today is the day we’ve all been looking forward to, today the first part of the saga that is Momento Temporis will go into full release. During these past four months in Early Access, a ton of feedback and ideas for the game has been collected from the community. A big thank you to all of you who have contributed.

This is the first complete part of the game to be fully released into the community. This will give you many many hours of fun (and frustration) as you find your way through the three existing regions and all their secrets, challenges, enemies and bosses.

For the release, the community has helped out with translations for the following languages; Swedish, German, French, Polish, Chinese, Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, Czech, Portuguese, Spanish and Hungarian.

A few pointers for when you play the game:

  • Don’t just dodge your enemies, finishing them off can earn you many different kinds of perks.
  • Don’t forget to check the inventory and map regularly as you progress through the world.
  • Don’t forget to keep an eye out for secrets, that seemingly solid wall might not be so solid after all…

Here’s a list of the changes since the last patch was released.

Added:

  • Spirit Essence, a currency used for upgrading some of your stats. Can be found in chests or be dropped by enemies.
  • Stat upgrading stations.
  • Challenge rooms.
  • Crystal keys which unlocks said challenge rooms.
  • A final challenge at the end of the current game.
  • Long distance teleporter in Cold Mountain.
  • Power cells, which powers up inactive long distance teleporters.
  • More icons to the map.
  • Some missing sounds for monsters and spells.

Fixed:

  • Crash involving spell casters’ homing projectiles.
  • Some texts missing in some languages (English is used as fallback language for not yet localized texts).
  • Some letters showing incorrectly in some languages.

Changed:

  • Attack bleed graphics.

If you encounter any bugs or glitches when playing the game, please get in touch through support@501Industries.com or log the issue in the sub forum in the Community Hub. 501 Industries also has a brand new group where all their games can be discussed, check it out here.

Happy gaming!

Press release: From the publishers of Pro Gamer Manager comes Momento Temporis: Light from the Deep. Full release on Steam October 27, 2016.

Momento Temporis is a massive 2D, pixel-art, Metroidvania style, platformer. Use your skills to dodge worms and flesh eating plants as you jump over vats of acid to get to the artifact that unlocks the gate to the next part of the game where you continue your search for your lost memories.

In Momento Temporis you play as Hania, a girl who finds herself in a treacherous land with all kinds of monsters and enemies. With only her wit and fighting skills to help her survive she sets out on an exploration of this strange landscape in search for answers to her past and how she came to be here.

Part one features three fully fleshed out regions packed with lots of secrets, enemies and challenges to explore. Learn new ways to fight using spells, potions and combinations. Find hidden passages and treasures to help you on your way. Hone your skills in the challenge rooms while trying to reach the highest level. Curiosity, brains and reflexes are your biggest assets in this challenging game.

Momento Temporis is currently available for PC and Mac.

To learn more about the game, visit the webpage: www.momentotemporis.com or visit the Steam page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/496310.

Momento Temporis: Light from the Deep is developed by the small Swedish indie studio Burning Ice Games (developers@momentotemporis.com) and is being published by 501 Industries (press@501Industries.com).

Press kit with video and screenshot is available on the website: http://www.momentotemporis.com/press/

Momento Temporis to be fully released this Thursday, October 27th!

Announcement 2016-10-25

After working through everything with the help of beta testers the game is now ready to be fully released!

Note that this is the first part of the game going into full release, there’s still more to come before the game is complete. This first part of the game has reached it’s complete and finished state.

So what’s in this first part?

  • There are three major areas to play, Grasslands, Red Caves and Cold Mountain.
  • In the game you’ll encounter enemies and bosses of varying difficulty. Killing these have many perks, not just the fact that they can’t kill you when they’re dead. And don’t miss out on the slow mo effects!
  • Visit the challenge rooms to hone your skills and earn yourself bragging rights in the community. 😉
  • Go through the world with a fine tooth comb and a healthy dose of imagination to find all the secrets hidden throughout.

For this and much more, check out the full release version this Thursday!

/Dev team