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.
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.
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.
We are proud to officially unveil the Solatrix, a revolutionary handheld console dedicated to games built with the Solarus engine!
That’s hours of fun and joy ahead!
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!
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.
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 !
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 However, it is not really a new game, since it is a remake of another fangame originally made by Vincent Jouillat from 2009.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.
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 !
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 !
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 !
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.
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.
- 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 :