Quick Update On Pluto Strikes Back

The feedback on Pluto Strikes Back has been surprisingly positive. So I thought I’d write a little bit about what’s up with Pluto.

Pluto's Nasty Emperor There’s a new version of the game (Release 1.5). It fixes the “endless” score bug and makes the game a bit easier to gasp. It also makes a lot of the content modable. The new version can be download from here. Or if you only want a quick patch download this file and extract it on top of the older version of Pluto Strikes Back.

When you have downloaded the new version I recommend checking Pluto Strikes Back’s first mod by Felekar. You can download it from here (just extract it on top of Pluto Strikes Back). It changes the game by increasing the gravity of other planets. The end result is very fun and very different Solar System to play in.

Pluto Strikes Back can now also be played online. Thanks to pjio.com. So if you haven’t played the game already go to pjio.com and try it online for free. I’ll soon be uploading all my games to pjio.com (I’ll try to do that on Monday).

There’s also a gameplay video of Pluto Strikes Back on Youtube.com (Thanks to Seebee). So everyone who doesn’t want to download or play the game online can see what the game looks like in action.

282 Responses to “Quick Update On Pluto Strikes Back”

  1. Joysticker Says:

    I’d really like to see that “deluxe” version mentioned in the comments section of the pluto release post. Also, I think you should not change the controls of the bat, it just works great the way it is. Again, thanks a lot 🙂

  2. petri.purho Says:

    Thanks alot. It’s good to know that you enjoyed the game. I think the controls are bit difficult the get a hang of, but once you get a feel of them they work pretty well. I don’t think I’ll change the controls for the “deluxe” version, but I’ll try to make them easier to get.

    But thanks again for taking the time to download and play the game and for writing so nice comments.

  3. Joysticker Says:

    After playing a lot, it’d be nice if you could implement a highscore list. Not necessarily connected to the internet, but to keep track of how ace I’ve played.

    Oh, and if you care: I’ve found your game via ExperimentalGames.com.

  4. petri.purho Says:

    The hiscore list was one of the features that I wanted to create for the original release of Pluto Strikes Back. Unfortunately I ran out of time. I’ll try to create the hiscore list for the next patch of Pluto Strikes Back.

  5. c--b Says:

    Seebee= Me by the way 😛

  6. petri.purho Says:

    @c–b, big thanks for creating the video. Btw. did you Fraps to capture the video? Or something else?

  7. c--b Says:

    No, Fraps wouldn’t capture it so I went and found a program that would. The only one that would actually capture the game was a trial version of ACA Capture Pro (Which isn’t exactly the best program out there, didn’t capture at the speed and consistency I would want for a game). I think it turned out okay in the end though.

  8. petri.purho Says:

    Did you try to capture the game with Fraps in fullscreen mode or in windowed mode? I’m not sure but I think Fraps doesn’t handle windowed mode very well.

    I think I’ll give ACA Capture Pro a shot this evening, because I’d love to have videos of the games here on this blog (Thanks to you I already have one). I’ll try to capture the gameplay of the new game on video, so you guys can see it, when it comes out.

  9. Nikola Says:

    Hello Petri !!!

    I love your game, i think it is the best(really) !!!

    First: In the release of Pluto SB Comment’s there is a patch that you posted, is the new version(or the patch(patch 1.5) for the old version) better from this that you posted in comments ???

    Second: Please make for the new patch(and i think it is better not release more patches it is better only to make the “deluxe” version)more asteroids and a menu with: “Start Game”, “Options”, “Credits” And “Quit” !!!

    Third: In windowed mode i can’t move the screen i go up with my cursor but it don’t goes to the “blue” that is up where is “Pluto Strikes Back – release 1.5” and when in windowed mode my mouse is in the game screen i can’t move it out from the screen !!!

  10. petri.purho Says:

    @Nikola: I’m happy that enjoyed the game.

    There is only one patch that I have released. The patch in this post is the same one that I mentioned in the Pluto Strikes Back’s original blog post’s comments.

    I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do with Pluto Strikes Back. I hope I have enough time to work on a bigger and better version of the game.
    Sadly I know that next year is going to be a busy one for me. So we will see what will happen.

    Unfortunately the mouse cursor is restricted to the game window. This is because the game can’t update the bat’s position if the mouse cursor is outside game window. And that sucks when you try to play it. But there is an easy solution. Press Alt + TAB and select some other window.

  11. BigBossSNK Says:

    Nice work! Great depth to accessability ratio = fun
    A highscore table would be nice, and you know if you don’t code it now, you probably aren’t coming back to it.
    Keep it up

  12. petri.purho Says:

    @BigBossSNK: Thanks.

    The highscore table is the one of the big features I’d definately want in the game. I wanted to do that for the original release, but unfortunately time ran out. And that’s also true that if I don’t start to work with Pluto right now, it sure is going to be more difficult to pick it up later. Sadly I’m at the moment too busy to work on any game project. Luckily it’s already December so Christmas is around the corned hence a holiday. I try to work a new game during my Christmas holiday and if I have a free day or two I’ll try to work on Pluto.

  13. ithamore Says:

    You’re Pluto SB has been TIGSourced (http://tigsource.dynamiksites.com/articles/2006/11/29/pluto-strikes-back). I hope you enjoy the extra traffic.

    By the way, the game is admirable. I wish I could control the meteor magnet in addition to wielding the bat, but the updated version is good enough to placate me.

    Keep up the good work.

  14. bigbossSNK Says:

    Gameplay hint:
    Controlling the magnetic field would be great and would create a new game on it’s own but I found it much more interesting to absorb impact by pointing my bat at the meteor, then swinging like it’s interstellar little league practice

  15. petri.purho Says:

    @ithamore: Thanks for the TIGSourcing, it brought me a lot of new players. So I’m happy (as long as I don’t exceed my montly bandwidth limit 🙂

    The meteor magnet control idea is a good one, and I think I’ll have to give it a try. It could bring another level of gameplay to the game. I should release a bunch of Pluto Strikes Back releated prototypes, just to test all these additional ideas.

    @bigbossSNK: That’s actually a technique I use, when I play the game. It’s a good way to minimize the damage that the meteors could cause.