Spring News Update

Hi folks! A whole bunch of new stuff has now been added to Hive Quest since the last update. Things really are coming together with the completion of the following game mechanics (see screenshots for each of these further down) –

  •  – Bug battles – swift and deadly skirmishes that flow smoothly
  •  – The Entling now has to be cared for and fed, or he will begin to get sad and become ill
  •  – New puzzles, environments & denizens of the wild woods, like the snail rider clan
  •  – Improved hive building, with a builder drone tasked specifically for expanding the hive

During the game development process there is often a balance between creative flare, which is where all the crazy ideas come from, and the limitations imposed by my level of coding skill and the game engine itself.

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Creatures & crazy stuff

So what’s Hive Quest all about? It’s an immersive realtime strategy game world set in a mythical woodland filled with ancient magic, strange creatures & intriguing puzzles. As the Hive Mind you embark upon a dangerous and sometimes dark journey to find safety for your insect tribe. Inspired by folklore & fairy legend, LionHead Studios original 2001 PC classic ‘Black & White’ and the artwork of fairy artists like Brian Froud, Hive Quest is a trip into a whimsical world that is intended to delight and entertain.

So what’s been going on since the last update? Quite a bit actually. This little fella for a start.

He’s the first in a bunch of woodland sprites that can be tamed who will help your Hive grow by finding stuff in odd places. Not just any old stuff but useful bits and bobs like spell components and crafting items that can be used to make animated minions (among other things).

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Hive Quest progress

So, as visitors to this page in its previous incarnation may have realised by now, I am quite a terrible blogger. Yup, couldn’t blog my way out of a paper bag, I admit, and it’s been that way for a while.

However, I have resolved to get better if at all possible. I mean, I flippin’ have to. If the message is going to get out there about what I’m trying to do …like, here, with Hive Quest and stuff, I need to learn how to communicate and show what’s going on. I really don’t want to find myself scratching my head one morning in the realisation that all this has all been for nothing.
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Insects Galore! A new game called Hive Quest!

So I was chilling out in the garden this summer with a brewski and became fascinated by the diverse and busy lives of the creatures & plants inhabiting my (very overgrown) lawn.

To those little creatures it must be like a dense and dangerous jungle out there. If you or I were shrunk down and had to survive we probably wouldn’t last 5 minutes, right? Some hairy monster with incredibly long legs would probably come along & bite our heads clean off or something.

I spent some time visualising what life might be like for a bug and found the inspiration for a cool new PC game.

Now, I know insect and hive games have been done before but what I’m trying to do here is something a little different. By combining magic, mystery & puzzles along with a strong narrated storyline I want Hive Quest to be exactly that – … Continue reading