Now that we’ve introduced the Trooper Martian in Gwen’s recent post, we’d like to show you a little bit more of the hidden face of Mars.
If you’ve read Fab’s post about the direction of the game, you should know that originally, “Beware Planet Earth!” was not meant to be sold. At that time, all the Martians we were designing were to be only slight variations of the Trooper (both at an artistic and game design level â€“ namely the speed and toughness.)
When we decided to turn the game into a real commercial project, one thing became painfully obvious: simple color modulations of the basic Martian would have been both boring and difficult to read during game play. So we decided to amplify the graphic feedback of the speed and toughness variations, which gave the following basic trio:
We also had plenty of ideas for new Martians and gave all the other ones but the three above a unique skill. For example, the Soldier is not only a tough guy, he also has the ability to short-circuit a portion of the path by performing a mighty “rocket jump”!
And don’t worry, you’ll see more of them…they’re coming…