Check it out, our Achievements are live! Look at all these great things you’ll be achieving in a few weeks time!

Two highlights from this cavalcade of top tier achievement design include:

  • The Horn Proclaimers
    Honk your horn 500 times, then honk your horn 500 more.
     
    The best worst thing about is achievement is that you probably have “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” stuck in your head now. 

  • Wheels of Steel
    Complete an eSports Speedrun without exploding.

    I’m obligated to put an “…of Steel” achievement in every game I work on. I’m so sorry. (I’m not sorry.)

Go check out the full list over here!

It’s August 18th! That means there’s only one month to go until Official Roundabout Day on September 18th!
Be sure to chat with your city officials to find out what local celebrations are in store for your favorite ’70s B-Movie game about a constantly revolving limousine.
Don’t forget to pre-order, too. Those fancy Humble Widgets above this post will get you a Steam key, and the deluxe edition comes with a crazy amount of extras.

It’s August 18th! That means there’s only one month to go until Official Roundabout Day on September 18th!

Be sure to chat with your city officials to find out what local celebrations are in store for your favorite ’70s B-Movie game about a constantly revolving limousine.

Don’t forget to pre-order, too. Those fancy Humble Widgets above this post will get you a Steam key, and the deluxe edition comes with a crazy amount of extras.

Today we’re passing through our Beta milestone! Hooray! 37 days to ship!

To celebrate and help us through, we keep staring at this hat. At first glance you may think it’s a perfectly normal dad, but it’s actually just a hot dog that’s been cut and crafted to look like a perfectly normal dad. Food art is always a winner.

I heard through the Twitter grapevine that Saturday is the day all of the indie games post their artisinal screenshots and tag them #screenshotsaturday.
This seems like an appropriate time to post a shot of Roundabout’s “Arty Mode” extra. As you can see from the screenshot, it visually turns our fun comedy FMV open world game into a serious farm-to-table art piece that challenges human conventions on things and stuff.

I heard through the Twitter grapevine that Saturday is the day all of the indie games post their artisinal screenshots and tag them #screenshotsaturday.

This seems like an appropriate time to post a shot of Roundabout’s “Arty Mode” extra. As you can see from the screenshot, it visually turns our fun comedy FMV open world game into a serious farm-to-table art piece that challenges human conventions on things and stuff.

Here’s some quick facts about controller support in the Steam and Humble releases of Roundabout:

  • Native PS4 controller support: Yep, the DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller is a first class citizen in Roundabout. Just plug it in and it’ll work, no drivers necessary. Roundabout will even flip over all the button prompts to be the fancy PlayStation symbols, too!
  • Hot swappable controllers: Unlike some other video games, you won’t have to restart or mess with settings to use a controller. Just plug in and play! The correct button prompts will show up for whatever device you’re using as soon as you plug in.
  • Extended support for Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers:  Playing with an Xbox controller on Windows? We’ll flip you over to using XInput so that you can get a faster controller sampling rate and vibration cues.
  • Not just for Windows: If you want to plug in an Xbox 360 controller on OS X, or a PlayStation 4 controller on Linux, that’s a thing you can do. You should do that if you’re running on OS X or Linux.

One of the many “hats” you can buy for your limo in Roundabout is a pet eagle. My favourite thing about this hat is that it’ll help you by pointing you in the direction of your next objective. Eagles are helpful!

There’s no name for this guy yet, though. Panzer wants to name it “Jeffrey 2”. I think that may cause some confusion since we already have a Jeffrey in the game. Do you have a better name?

Roundabout is coming out in 48 days, yet Jeffrey the Skeleton looks like he may be showing up in Billionaire Banshee first! Here’s a quick rundown on how the game works:
“Billionaire Banshee is a quick and easy game to play. Each turn one player grabs both a Perk and a Quirk card. This combination of cards represents a potential lover that player could spend the rest of their life with. Everyone then puts either a Date or Deny voting card face down, to represent what choice they think their friend will make. Individually each player flips their voting card and explains why they believe this is the perfect, or worst match for their friend. In the end, the player who’s turn it is reveals how they voted, and why. Everyone that guessed correctly gains a point. This is a conversation building card game. You’ll be shocked by how your friends answer. How could someone be okay with dating a mate with tentacles, but have a problem with dating a wizard? Why would someone deny a billionaire, but date a lover with a toaster oven mouth? These are probably questions you never thought you’d be asking about your friends, but that’s why this card game exists!”
Here’s a look at Jeffrey’s card in Billionaire Banshee. Note that it also serves as a handy resume when you aren’t playing Billionaire Banshee. Keep it in your wallet and impress loved ones with your knowledge of Jeffrey the Skeleton!

Roundabout is coming out in 48 days, yet Jeffrey the Skeleton looks like he may be showing up in Billionaire Banshee first! Here’s a quick rundown on how the game works:

Billionaire Banshee is a quick and easy game to play. Each turn one player grabs both a Perk and a Quirk card. This combination of cards represents a potential lover that player could spend the rest of their life with. Everyone then puts either a Date or Deny voting card face down, to represent what choice they think their friend will make. Individually each player flips their voting card and explains why they believe this is the perfect, or worst match for their friend. In the end, the player who’s turn it is reveals how they voted, and why. Everyone that guessed correctly gains a point. This is a conversation building card game. You’ll be shocked by how your friends answer. How could someone be okay with dating a mate with tentacles, but have a problem with dating a wizard? Why would someone deny a billionaire, but date a lover with a toaster oven mouth? These are probably questions you never thought you’d be asking about your friends, but that’s why this card game exists!”

Here’s a look at Jeffrey’s card in Billionaire Banshee. Note that it also serves as a handy resume when you aren’t playing Billionaire Banshee. Keep it in your wallet and impress loved ones with your knowledge of Jeffrey the Skeleton!

T-minus 50 days until Roundabout is out!
The wait is almost over. Soon you will be able to play Roundabout, and we will be able to sleep!
Let’s kick off the countdown clock with some fan art of the DMV Instructor. Played by ixnay1, the DMV Instructor is the guy who’ll give you your ticket into the lucrative luxury revolving vehicle industry.
My favorite thing about this piece of fan art is that it’s for a character that we haven’t shown you any FMV footage of yet. Time has lost a lot of meaning for us as we prepare to ship Roundabout, but I’m still pretty sure we’re in a “time goes forwards” universe. Slightly less sure after seeing this great piece of accurate fan art, but still pretty sure. 80% sure.

T-minus 50 days until Roundabout is out!

The wait is almost over. Soon you will be able to play Roundabout, and we will be able to sleep!

Let’s kick off the countdown clock with some fan art of the DMV Instructor. Played by ixnay1, the DMV Instructor is the guy who’ll give you your ticket into the lucrative luxury revolving vehicle industry.

My favorite thing about this piece of fan art is that it’s for a character that we haven’t shown you any FMV footage of yet. Time has lost a lot of meaning for us as we prepare to ship Roundabout, but I’m still pretty sure we’re in a “time goes forwards” universe. Slightly less sure after seeing this great piece of accurate fan art, but still pretty sure. 80% sure.

Now that we’re getting closer to the finish line, we’ve been ramping up our playtesting with full start-to-finish gameplay sessions. 

The basic No Goblin Playtest Process is Panzer and/or I quietly watching someone play while we furiously write down scrawl about things to change or problems to solve. In my case, said scrawl is indecipherable at best.

I love this stage because it gives us hundreds of tiny things that we can fix quickly. It’s the game development equivalent of popping bubble wrap. We burn down the list, find a new fresh player, then repeat the process all over again.

The scale of these things is pretty wide. The last shot in this gallery is a tweak we made to the pulled out camera - it now pitches down a bit as you pull the camera back, giving you a slightly more top down view. That’s a pretty minor five minute fix that makes things feel a little more polished.

The other shot is a good example of the other end of the scale. With our first few players, we noticed they didn’t have a good sense of whether a ride had been played, completed, or how they were doing against the other players on the leaderboards.

With the latest build, we now have completely different UI for unplayed and played rides, and our played view now shows a completion and leaderboard summary. Hitting RB pops up the “How’s My Driving” card and leaderboard info to show you what you need to do to get 100% on a particular ride.

Thankfully, both of these ends of the scale are pretty minor. Playtesters seem to be enjoying the game, which is a nice feeling when we’re 56 days out from release. Not long now!