June 13, 2015 -- Day 154
I have a good week of extending the critic system, as well as finishing the expression drawings. (about 10~11 for each critic) First, let's enjoy some of my game testing- topping GIFs.
I personally think the topping visuals can be improved a bit more. While the herbs are easy to make and code, the ketchup in the other hands is quite a HEADACHE. Right now I'm still struggle to find a way to "copy" the exact patterns of the spilled ketchup to the critic's plates.
Now the next topic, let's talk about the 'Critic System' -- the 2nd important element of the game.
Without it, your egg cooking would be meaningless.
For the new improved version, 3 additional steps are added before 'Food Tasting'. I'll briefly explain the functions and changes in each step. So here's the list:
By adding 3 more steps before 'Food tasting', it feels more realistic and also organized. Also, the addition brings to the judging process. To have visual critiques at first, then tasting critiques, just like real-life scenario.
So here's what each step is about:
Show Dishes + Reactions
This would remain the same. The critic's emotions & expressions brings fun & humor to the players. You can immediately tell if they like your cooking or not.
Responses (Visual Critiques)
Because of this new action, the original critiques is categorized to visual & taste based. This one is focused on the looks: how cooked is the egg, when there's too much topping/filling etc. Also I think there's no need to have all of them responding, so only 2 critic's comment is selected in random.
Reject or Not
This new action wasn't totally necessary or even fair to the player, but it's very reasonable if you look into how relevant it will be. What kind of critic will eat an egg that is totally raw or burnt? When a critic rejects, he/she pass through all the latter steps until the verdict, you'll automatically get "X" from him/her!
So this is the first barrier to cross: How to make your egg looked good enough for the critics to eat. Also reminded that every critics has his/her own preferences.
Food Tasting + Reactions
This is the 2nd round of your egg evaluation. Due to how the eggs are judged by the looks already in 'Visual Critiques', the food critics will now be tackling how your eggs taste in the 'Taste Critiques'. The fillings or toppings will also be looked at-whether if you put too little, too much, or all together that could affect the taste.
Remains the same way.
The way to predict is inspired by reality shows like "America's Got Talent" and also the popular 3-star system from mobile puzzle games. By the remarks of 3 critics, You can get 4 different verdict: failed terribly, failed, passed, and aced.
Actually, there's one step absent in the current version, which is called the "Egg Look".
This is a part which will only be featured in the final version of the game. So we will skip this for another time.
Beside all of this, the flow of the procedure controls the pace of this game, and it affects a lot whether the game is dragging or too prompt. I'll tweak on the timings to get the best "flow" possible.
That's all about the critic system now.
I will be posing nexr update at the end of June, the next demo launching date would be announced then.