Happy New Year Nitromians!

we are not yet back in the office but we thought it would be good to use the time to cover some of the pixel art we have missed!

we always love it when fans come up with something a little different based on our work and we feel this qualifies nicely. Jeferson Damasceno Lima must have spent many hours adding full colour to our 2.0 Skin!You can see the full image on his account here.

Along with this he also recoloured the original classic skin that you can see here.

It raises an interesting question about our skins that we constantly struggle with at Nitrome. Do we go full colour aka the Party skin or does the busyness of that make the site ugly or harder to use? Should we go more minimal? Or is the variety of approaches the way to go letting the user just pick their preference?

Either way I think we can all agree that it is pretty cool seeing these images in full colour!

by Mat

Wiki Collaboration

Hi Nitromians,

Recently I have been talking to the folks at the Nitrome Wiki about potentially giving them their own section within the blog.

The Nitrome Wiki for those who don't know is a very extensive resource built up by loyal Nitrome fans about everything to do with Nitrome. There is literally everything you could ever want to know about Nitrome there and we actually use it ourselves at Nitrome to find things out sometimes as it is quicker than looking it up in our own resources!

This collaboration is being discussed between myself and Wiki member Nobody who a lot of you will know from all his blog comments. He is discussing with the rest of the wiki team what sort of topics they might cover so I thought I would open it …

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Blitzer

Hi Nitromians,

this weeks Pixel love and the final one of 2013 is run and gun game Blitzer by SilverGames. The games mechanic replies heavily on shooting downwards to help with jumping. It's a highly playable little romp and we felt the sprites reminded us of Vlambeer of Super Crate Box fame....which means they are really nice :)

We hope you enjoy the game and well be back in the office next week to find another pixel love for you all to enjoy!

you can play the game here.

by Mat

More Nitrome Mobile!

Hi Nitromians,

for a long time now Nitrome have been experimenting with mobile. From the very beginning we were experimenting with unreleased mobile Chick Flick, there was the long time halted Super Feed Me and finally our Touchy app followed by our first finished mobile game Icebreaker. We're still going with Icebreaker on porting and updates but a few of you will recall that back before Icebreaker was released we also teased a top secret project on the mobile page at 25% complete.

When Rovio got involved as publisher of Icebreaker we needed more people on the team so that project was also put on hold while we finished it.

We did however have another team start work on a different game and they have since before the launch o…

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Hi Nitromians,

when we did the last memory lane about Chick Flick a few of you asked to see the original art so they could see how it had changed. Well that was the original plan but was left out due to Mat being off at the time and him not mentioning it in the notes...doh!

So this is a small update to that to show you the original art. As you can see it is much the same as how it turned out in vectors which is not surprising given that it was the same artists working on both but you can clearly see the pixels in the original phone versions much smaller screen.

A few of you also asked to see the original video we made to show it off. We hunted high and low to find it in all our old back ups but unfortunately could not find it…

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Hi Nitromians,

We have some exciting Icebreaker news! One thing we have wanted to add to Icebreaker is to make it Universal and implement cloud saving. It was very complicated with the branching level structure if the game but we finally think we found a solution that works. This is going to be applied to the iPad version of the game so when the next update comes there will be iPhone only and universal versions of the game.

This update should arrive in the next update which will also include new levels in a brand new pack and be the launch date for the Android build!

by Mat

Boxing Day!

Now that the Christmas Avatar Calendar is done and the Nitrome crew are all off work it would be normal to assume that there would be no more posts until were back.

Maybe you expect a pixel love on Monday or maybe not even that! Well I'm happy to say that not only will there be a pixel love in its regular spot but we also got a little carried away preparing posts for before Christmas (when we were trying to post every day).

Because of that we still intend to have a few posts prior to us coming back including an Icebreaker update and a few others you won't want to miss...Stay tuned!

by Mat

Merry Christmas!

Hi Nitromians,

thank you very much if you ventured to our little site on Christmas Day itself! It is quite humbling to think with everything else going on today that people would opt to visit!

Today marks the final day on the Nitrome Avatar Advent Calendar so we hope you all enjoy that! Did you like todays Avatar? We thought it would be quite cute and festive :)

We at Nitrome are all off at the moment and won't be back until the New Year....stay tuned for a great 2014!

by Mat

One thing people have been asking is about what happens after Christmas to the avatars.

They will all be gone!!....

 

Just kidding :)

The Callander will be going after Christmas but the avatars will still be there just in the standard format ( no calendar or chocolate ). So you will still be able to get them and use them still following Christmas, but that's not as much fun as doing it along side the rest of the Nitrome community day by day right?

You have only 1 more day...can you get them all before the Calander disapears? Go on...what else are you going to do on Christmas Eve?

by Mat

Shine!

Hi Nitromians,

this weeks Pixel Love is Shine by Adventure Islands. We're a sucker for new concepts at Nitrome and we think this one is a bit of a winner!

The basic idea is that you control a platforming character with the keyboard while at the same time a ball of energy with the mouse. The energy ball makes a circle of light illuminating the room so you have to keep it close enough to the player character in order to see what to do.

The Energy Ball will explode on impact though so as well as keeping the platforming character safe you must be careful to keep the energy ball safe too!

The mechanic offers a surprising amount of depth and it's well worth a play!

On a final note about pixel love you may notice that over the Chr…

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BIC fan art!

Hi Nitromians,

It has been a long time since we did a fan art post which is a shame because there is so much great stuff our fans produce! This one seemed appropriate as on top of being a great illustration is also for Bad Ice Cream which is currently hot topic at Nitrome following the recent launch of Bad Ice Cream 3.

This piece was created by Keoen on Deviantart and is one of many pieces of Nitrome Fan Art he has made. He has many others including some Cheese Dreams Planets, the Warlock from Mirror Image and a cute animation of the main Bunny Character from our Mega Mash Game!

You can find the full image and the rest of his work here

Great work Keoen!

by Mat

Final Avatars update!

Hi Nitromians,

So we are another week through the avatars advent calendar and approaching the end! We hope you have all stuck with it...it seems that most of you have been which makes us at Nitrome very happy :)

So what are your guesses for the final few avatars and what do people think we will have in particular for Christmas Day?

by Mat

Bad Ice-Cream 3

Hi Nitromians,

It's done and with a full moments to spare too before the Nitrome team head of for their Christmas adventures! Bad Ice-Cream 3 was a real team effort combining many different people to get the game ready much quicker than it would normally take! Don't think that means we cut corners though as this sequel is brimming with new monsters, new fruit and new ice-cream!

Oh you may want to get right to the end of this one ;)

You can play Bad Ice-Cream 3 here!

Enjoy!

Just a final note that due to the last minute release of the game there could be some bugs...though we did play it through a few times. If there are any we will fix them when were back in the office after Christmas but please do report them to us.

by Mat

Last Working Day!

Hello Nitromians,

today marks the Nitrome teams last working day in the office. Many of the team need to fly home to their family's and generally it is good for us to take a break from things and regain some energy so we take around a week off at this time. We will be back in the office come the new year.

Unlike previous years this does not mean all things will be stopping while we are gone as we still have a daily avatar release set up on auto pilot for you to find in the Calendar!

We also as long as nothing goes wrong should be launching Bad Ice-Cream 3 just as soon as we are sure we have squashed the few bugs we have found in play testing.

We will have the usual pixel love games go up on Mondays!

Finally we also took on the challenge of doing a blog post a day until Christmas and although we dropped the ball due to technical problems for one day we still intend to stick with it as planned until Christmas Day!

Thanks for everyone who follows what we do and have a great Christmas everyone!

by Mat

More fruit!

Hi Nitromians,

along with everything else added to Bad Ice-Cream we have to have more fruit right? We like to deliver and have 4 new fruit just ripe for the picking! So you have the pixels but can you tell what the fruit are?….some of them are a little exotic!

While some of them are just for some visual diversity in the all important stationary fruit some as always have special properties. Rather than reveal what they do we thought it might be more fun to let you speculate...so what do you think?

A hearty handshake and well done pat on the back to anyone who guesses correctly though this time you will have to wait for the release to see if your right. The release is imminent however so you won’t have long to wait to see if you guess correctly :)

by Mat

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