Automatica: Programmable Battle Droids
Tactical puzzle game where you need to make your moves ahead.
Written and designed as a hobby project by Viktor Bocan, Design Lead of Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis. In the development for PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch by Cinemax.
After the final battle, humanity is gone, and you may be the last living being in this part of the Universe. Space stations and spaceships are still there in the darkness, unmanned, maintained by pre-programmed robots. And they have data: your only clue on the way to find remaining humans.
You cannot enter ships and you cannot control your robots directly. The only way to finish the task lies in the art of programming.
In each mission, your task is to find terminals, download the data, and bring them back. For that, you may use up to four robots. They cannot do anything on their own, so you need to command them to win. Click on the robot in the base or use keys 1-4 to select the robot. Write a chain of command; see the PROGRAMMING section below for details. You have an infinite number of tries, your dropship can create as many robots as you need. Once you start the mission, you can speed up or slow down time with + and – keys and watch the action through the eyes of any robot by pressing the appropriate number key. Do not bother to clean up: once you win the mission, robots will get back to the base (actually, they self-destruct and will be created anew, but let’s not talk about it).
Programmable battle droid. Fast, and versatile. Can detect enemies and shoot laser beams on long distances. Holds up to 1 PB of data.
Multi-purpose guarding bot. Slow, but strong. Will destroy anything with a short-range EMP pulse once it gets close enough.
Encrypted data are held in terminals. Your robot will hack into it and decrypt the data on the fly. It needs only a few seconds of time.
The data need to be brought back to the databank in your dropship. Only one robot can access the databank at one time.
The task of each mission is to bring the requested amount of data back to the base and upload it to the databank. For that you need to program up to four robots to enter, fight, defend, retrieve, and cooperate. Hide details...
Video #1: Programming Guide 1
This is part of “Automatica Stream”. Viktor, a designer of the game, explains the very basics of Battle Droid programming on a simple mission.
Video #2: Programming Guide 2
The second part of “Automatica Stream” shows how to beat a quite complicated mission. Many important tricks can be learned here.
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