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I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

— The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost

Gone indie!

Today is the day! After 11 years, I just quit my job to work full time on my videogames!

I’ve been dreaming about this day for a long time, and now that it’s here I still can’t believe it! I’m super excited, and a little scared too…

You may be wondering how I’m going to survive. Obviously I need to eat, pay bills & enjoy life beyond gamedev.

There will be 3 sources for my monetary needs:
1) Residual income from my previous games Twin Robots & Twin Robots: Ultimate Edition (pls buy! :D )
2) Freelancing.
3) Savings.

Besides these, there are other factors that weighed in, without which I wouldn’t dare to do this:

1) My wife has a steady job.
2) I have no kids.
3) I have no mortgage (I do pay rent though, which where I live – Barcelona – is sky rocketing right now)
4) I have access to a public healthcare system.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t do this if you have kids, or if you happen to have a different life situation. I’m just saying that in my case, those factors helped making the decision easier. I know for a fact that I’d be having a hard time trying to convince myself otherwise.

Of course, I’m well aware that shit happens, so despite all the careful planning who knows where I’ll be a month from now.

All in all: do follow your dreams, but be prepared in case anything (or everything) doesn’t work out as you expected. Don’t put anyone at risk or end up trapped with no escape plan.

The journey begins!

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Twin Robots on Xbox One!

Twin Robots is now available on Xbox One! As with the Switch, this is Twin Robots – Ultimate Edition, meaning that there’s more & better content than ever!

This is the list of changes vs the normal (non-UE) version of the game:

• 12 new levels, making a total of 40 levels in the game.
• New exclusive music tracks by Levi Bond
• Improved physics!
• Some puzzles have been tuned & reworked
• New camera system
• Secret bonus zones
• Improved graphics, including new full 3D backgrounds and better overall performance.
• Reworked achievement system, removing grinding achievements.

You can get it right now on the store.

Thanks again to my great friends at Ratalaika Games for making this possible! You rock :)

Twin Robots no longer for sale on PC

Hi.

It’s with great sorrow that I have decided to stop selling Twin Robots on PC, due to the new GDPR law that goes into effect May 25, 2018. Don’t take me wrong, I love how this new law gives power back to the people about its own data, but adapting Twin Robots to this new regulation would require:

  1. Removing gameplay analytics: These are stats about where players die, how long they stay on each level, etc.
  2. Removing Unity Hardware analytics: These registered hardware info so the Unity team could gather insight about where to optimize their engine, for example. The thing is, the free version of the Unity engine does not allow to disable this data gathering. You have to subscribe on their $35/month plan to be able to do that… with a minimum 12 month stay.
  3. Removing online leaderboards: I used my own server for this, and since it registered your username along your score, it could potentially be considered personal data under the new GDPR law. Specially when considering that the default username when submitting a score is your Steam username, which uniquely identifies you.
  4. Removing Steam integration: when playing from inside the Steam client, the game sends & receives personal data like your Steam username, so that’s probably a no-no under the GDPR too.

If I don’t remove all this, I’d have to provide a means for the player (you) to access, revoke or modify any of this data.

After that, I’d have to build, test & upload all 3 versions (Win, Mac, Linux).

I was going to do it, I even purchased the Unity subscription plan, but honestly… it’s not worth it. It doesn’t make any financial sense, the game has been for sale since 2015 and it sold pretty bad. So I can’t keep pouring time & energy on it. :cry:

I’m a single developer with a normal day job, so I prefer to put my scarce resources (time, effort, money) towards building a new game where all these requirements will be met from the start.

Thanks for reading, and sorry if this causes you any trouble. If that’s so, please let me know and we’ll talk about it, I can probably help.

Oh btw, for existing players: the game should continue working as usual, though the leaderboards won’t work anymore so you’ll see a “Loading…” message in there that never clears (the leaderboards on my server have been removed). Sorry for that inconvenience.

Have a nice day,
Pablo

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Twin Robots on Switch!

Twin Robots is now available on Nintendo Switch! It arrives as Twin Robots – Ultimate Edition, meaning that there’s more & better content than ever!

This is the list of changes vs the previous versions of the game:

• 12 new levels, making a total of 40 levels in the game.
• New exclusive music tracks by Levi Bond
• Improved physics!
• Some puzzles have been tuned & reworked
• New camera system
• Secret bonus zones
• Improved graphics, including new full 3D backgrounds and better overall performance.
• Reworked achievement system, removing grinding achievements.

You can get it right now on the NA & EU eShop.

Thanks again to my great friends at Ratalaika Games for making this possible! You rock :)

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Twin Robots on PS4 & PSVita!

Twin Robots is now available on PS4 & PSVita!
You can get it right now on the NA Store, and October 10th on the EU store.
Oh, and worth mentioning: it’s crossbuy! :D

For this release, I’ve partnered again with Ratalaika Games. They’ve been an awesome travel companion and took care of everything, so I can definitely recommend them if you’re interested in getting your game published on console!

Have fun! :)

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Twin Robots on WiiU!

Great news! Twin Robots will be available on WiiU eShop starting June 16. That’s… tomorrow! :D
It will be available on both the american & european stores. Check it out!

For this console release, I’ve partnered with Ratalaika Games. They’ve been an awesome travel companion and took care of everything, so I can definitely recommend them if you’re interested in getting your game published on console.

Have fun! :)

Twin Robots – Speedrun contest!

Hi,

Hope you are all having fun playing Twin Robots!

I thought it would be cool to make some kind of contest to reward you for playing this game, and a 3D printed figurine of one of the robots came up as a nice prize! Some time ago I made one for myself, I hand painted it and it’s currently sitting on my desk:

My little robot

Robot #1 – This one is mine!

So, I already got a new one 3D printed, and it’s still pure white. It’s about 9,7 cm / 3,8 inches tall:

New robot - Still white!

Robot #2 – This one can be yours!

If you win, you’ll get to choose between the black or the white version of the robot and I’ll hand paint it myself. I can also leave it as is in case you want to paint it. International shipping is on me too, except for customs / border charges if any.

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Twin Robots on Steam!

It’s been a while, but Twin Robots is finally available on Steam! Save 15% if you buy it now – Go get it! :)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/374230

What’s new on the Steam version? Well…
- Added background music
- Music & sound effects volume can be adjusted ingame
- Added steamworks support (achievements)
- Player name uses your Steam username by default. If you enter any other name once, then that’s the one that will be used by default from then on.
- Graphic enhancements (depth of field, distance fog, vsync option)
- Background is now lighter when lights go off, so the black bot can be seen better.
- More gamepads supported!
- Vibration support on Windows via XInput
- You no longer need 2 gamepads to unlock multiplayer mode: you can play local coop using a keyboard + 1 gamepad
- Added a game manual

I wanted to include the Android version as a free DLC but Valve refused to distribute an apk, so if you want it just get in touch and we’ll find a way ;)

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Twin Robots on Greenlight

Update 05/05/2015: It’s been Greenlit!! Twin Robots will be available on Steam soon – Thank you all for your votes and awesome support!! :)

Twin Robots is now up for voting on Greenlight! If you are interested on seeing it on Steam someday, I need your help: please go here and vote “YES”

Thank you! ;)