Another Quick Update on the Devils Forge stage. Things are coming along nicely and a working ROM version is being assembled.
Our design process for the forge was to explain the Claudia's use of magic and technology. The Devils Forge is essentially the birthing spot for all of the mechanical foes the crew faces through AoC.
Dracula and Claudia set up the Devils forge as a way of imbuing automita (spring powered machines) with souls to better fight the Belmont's. Stage progression would follow the process of making cursed iron.
Here's that process:
Step 1: Mine pure iron and begin transporting it by train to the Devils Forge.
Step 2: Melt the iron into a molten state and fill large pools full of the mixture.
Step 3: Capture victims willing participants and gently drop them into the molten mixture.
Step 4: Presto! Cursed iron is created. Souls become trapped in the magma during its formation and can become a bit rowdy if not stirred from time to time.
Step 5: Refine and pour the mixture into ingots and molds. Let that baby cool before assembly and you have yourself some possessed metal which will fuel your dark empire for the next century!
Here are some test screen shots for the level.
An upper floor has been assembled, with windows and carts full of fuel for the flames.
and the melted refinery below, with massive pools of cursed iron stored in vats and transported to make ingots
New flame sprites have been created along with some small UI changes to text.
That's about it for now, more changes coming soon.