Solarus official Gitter

We created an official Gitter chat for things about Solarus. For the moment, there is only one room, the default one. Gitter is a popular chat whose benefit is being tighly linked to Github, and where you can write directly in markdown. If necessary, we will create more rooms for each projects.

Solarus official Gitter

Git repositories ownership change

https://github.com/solarus-games

Previously, the Git repositories were owned by christopho, our team leader. Please note that now, they have been transfered to solarus-games official Github account. Update your links according to the new adresse if needed.

 

Solatrix, a next generation handheld console [April’s Fools]

NB: Clarification at the bottom of the article.

For several years, we have been developing in great secrecy a project of unprecedented ambition.

This is not a game, nor a game engine or even a game creation software. This time we went further.

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We are proud to officially unveil the Solatrix, a revolutionary handheld console dedicated to games built with the Solarus engine!

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The Solatrix will allow you to download games created with Solarus Quest Editor, both our team’s games and the community games. It is expected to be available for the holidays, although it is unclear what year.

 

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Light and handy, the Solatrix has a 3.5-inch backlit screen.

 

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The Mercuris Pack will offer the console accompanied of Zelda Mercuris’ Chest, our flagship vaporware.

 

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Compatible with the most popular controllers on the market, the Solatrix promises hours of play more exciting than ever.

 

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Every Solarus Software Team member has worked hard to give life to this project! The plans will be available soon so that you can also build your own Solatrix.

 

That’s hours of fun and joy ahead!

Edit:

Obviously, it was an April’s Fools. But it is not impossible to build. Actually, it is quite feasible. The console we use to make these pictures is this one, by Rasmushauschild, so congrats to him for making such a beautiful console. It works with the RetroPie distribution, which is a distribution specialized in retro-gaming emulation. And as you may know, Solarus works now on RetroPie! The last missing thing is the little “Solatrix” sticker, but you can print it with the logo above. So now you can build your own Solatrix console!

 

Currently in development : Oni Link Begins remake

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Christopho and Mymy have begun to work on Oni Link Begins, the sequel to Return of the Hylian. This is also an original game by Vincent Jouillat, and the second part of his trilogy. There is no release date announced, but you can watch the progression of the remake.

New games made with Solarus

Solarus community had been very active for the last months. People started developing games and some are pretty far advanced. So we had to create a new page on Solarus website to feature community’s games.

Two games are well advanced in their development:

  • Tunics!: a rogue-like Zelda game. It means it’s only dungeons, and they are randomly generated. If you die, you’ll have to start again from the beginning.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Book of Mudora: a more classic Zelda game.

Have fun !

Official Twitter account

Solarus has now an official Twitter account. It is no more Christopho’s one, even if both are obviously tightly linked. You can now follow us if you still don’t.

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And remember that we also have an official Facebook account, which by now will just forward the twits from its Twitter counterpart.

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New game release : Zelda Return of the Hylian (Solarus Edition)

We are proud to announce the release of a new game ! It is called Return of the Hylian – Solarus Edition. However, it is not really a new game, since it is a remake of another fangame originally made by Vincent Jouillat from 2009. This time, the game has been completely remade with Solarus, thus featuring many improvements thanks to the engine.roth_se_logo

If you’ve never played the original version, you will notice that the game’s style and flow is rather different than our original creations : no tangled labyrinths, no hair-pulling-out enigmas, and less sinous dungeons rooms. It is a more accessible and relatively short game, but remember that Return of the Hylian is actually the first iteration of a quadrology of excellent games.

This first version is not perfect, and it is possible that you still encounter some bugs. Don’t hesitate to notify us, and it will be corrected as soon as possible.

What is missing in this 1.0.0 version, and will be added in the next weeks :

  • Configurable controls
  • English translation (for the moment, the only available language is French, but English is coming soon)
  • More improvements everywhere

You can find more information and download the game on its dedicated page.

Have fun !

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New design for the development blog

As the project grows and gets bigger, we thought it was important to get a new design for the development blog. Here it is ! We merged some pages to simplify navigation and changed the wordpress theme to a customized version of the very nice Vantage theme by SiteOrigin.

Solarus is about to be released in its 1.2 version, so let’s say the new design is to celebrate the soon-to-come event !

Solarus Wiki

Christopho began to make video tutorials about how to make a game with Solarus. However, these tutorials are, for the moment, only in French. To help the community to get the basis of Solarus, a Wiki where everyone can contribute has been set up. We use Dokuwiki, a free and open-source file-based wiki engine.

Currently there is almost nothing on the Wiki, but we are working on it, and we hope you too !

A new design to celebrate Solarus 1.0.x

As you may have seen, Solarus 1.0.1 has just been released. The project is becoming quite big, as it incorporates an engine, 2 games (3 games soon) and a quest editor. With the aim of increasing the project’s visibility, an official logo has been made. We hope it will remind you vintage 90’s video games companies logos. You can freely use it (both png and pixel-art) for your project as it is under Creative Commons license, and download the full pack of logos in EPS and PNG formats on the Solarus logo page.

Solarus Engine logo to use on light backgrounds (click for full size)

Solarus Engine logo with black background (click for full size)

Solarus Engine logo in pixel-art, for title screens

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Consequently, the design for this blog has also been remade to match the logo’s style. It uses the Presswork WordPress theme which is a great theme if you want to build up quite fast and easily a blog. The pages have also been remade with more illustrations to improve navigation and readability.

Changes

  • New WordPress theme : Presswork
  • Responsive design
  • Colors and design match the new logo style
  • Illustrations, logos and artworks
  • Christopho’s tweets (at the bottom of the page)
  • Page to download Solarus logo

We hope you’ll like it. And now, here is a small bonus :

Animated title screen for Solarus logo