Author Archives: Chris

Custom Occlusion Culling in Unity

Here at the Robot Invader compound we are hard at work on our new game, a VR murder mystery title called Dead Secret.  There’s a very early trailer to see over at deadsecret.com. Dead Secret is designed for VR devices, particularly mobile … Continue reading

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Performance Optimization for Mobile Devices

This week at the Robot Invader compound we’ve been putting the finishing touches on our new Nanobots game, Dungeon Slots.  This game started out as another week-long experiment and has stretched into a month-long development cycle because we like the concept … Continue reading

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Android TV and the Video Game Middle Ground

We shipped Wind-up Knight 2 for Android TV last week.  If you were at Google IO, maybe you saw our logo flash up there for a moment.  If you actually have an Android TV, Wind-up Knight 2 is one of a … Continue reading

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Nanobots: Making Games in a Week

When Casey and I founded Robot Invader back in 2011, one of our goals was to build a team that could produce high quality games in a short amount of time with just a few people.  We produced Wind-up Knight with … Continue reading

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Learning about Free-to-Play from Devil May Cry

The first 20 minutes of Devil May Cry are really clever.  What happens is this: you breeze through several rooms, chopping evil marionettes left and right and flicking that silver hair around like you own the world.  After the second or third … Continue reading

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Playing Wind-up Knight 2 with a Guitar (and why it matters)

Yesterday we posted this silly video about playing Wind-up Knight 2 with a variety of funny controllers. Nothing in this video is faked; we used a converter box (like this one) to convert our various console controllers to USB, then … Continue reading

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Checkpoints in Unity

One of the new features in Wind-up Knight 2 is checkpoints.  They work the way you  expect: if you die after passing a checkpoint you will restart at the checkpoint location with the game world restored to its previous state. … Continue reading

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Leveling Up the Wind-up Knight Design Process

When we built the original Wind-up Knight, Robot Invader was only three people: Casey, our intrepid designer / animator, Mike, our one-man art machine, and me, the code guy.  We hired contractors (the mighty Jordan Fehr for sound design and … Continue reading

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Wind-up Knight 2

We’ve been pretty quiet lately.  It’s been almost a year since our last game, Rise of the Blobs, and other than a few blog posts here and there (and an award or two) we’ve kept a pretty low profile.  But … Continue reading

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Porting Wind-up Knight to OUYA

Wind-up Knight has just shipped for OUYA. It runs great on the console and is really fun to play with a controller. If you have an OUYA, go check it out! If you don’t have one, $99 is totally worth … Continue reading

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